TATOC is an enterprise which is sponsored by the timeshare industry and is in support of the many positions the industry adopts. The company claimed to be 25 years old in 2014 however they are not. The present company is headed by Harry Taylor. In 2008 he announced that the new direction for TATOC and would side with the idea and ideals of promoting Timeshare. Being a claimed consumer institution, it is alleged [by many] that this enterprise does little for consumer rights. TATOC has been admonished by a variety of consumers and maintains its support for the timeshare industry taking [on most all] occasions the industry side on matters. The supporters contribute to the success of TATOC implementing many back-links advertisements and praise for what is essentially a pseudo consumer enterprise financed by the timeshare industry.
In the early days of Timeshare, an institution was created and titled The Timeshare Counsel, their name changed to the Organisation for Timeshare in Europe-OTE. Once established, this organisation represented some resorts in and around Europe and in support of the Timeshare industry position. At the later stage of the OTE it changed its name again to the Resort Development Organisation RDO. The organisation continues to represent the industry however; it has a diminished member base. In reality, it represents less than 10% of Timeshare resorts in Europe. It also claims to support the consumers in the event they have problems with their resorts, however this could be classed as a conflict of interest. The RDO sponsors a variety of websites including but not limited to Go Timeshare, The Timeshare Task Force, Business Check, Kwik Chex, TATOC, Timeshare Consumer Association Portal, Mindtimeshare and many other forums website and resort websites.
Timeshare Consumer Association Ltd
This organisation was started by Sandy Grey over 13 years ago, when he died it was taken over by David Cox who then sold it to Tolmex Ltd which is a dormant company. The site appears to now be run by someone else and fails to address the issues of the sale of leisure credits and predominantly blisters Silverpoint. Many of the articles have been removed and the news feed has slowed significantly. We have now received stories of bland and unsupportive advice which warrant concern.
Kwik Chex is financed by the RDO and has been brought in to reputationally manage the Timeshare industry on behalf of the RDO. They are in support of TATOC, Silverpoint and the RDO and engage with companies not associated with the RDO so as to verify the operations of the companies they alone investigate.
This enterprise lacks appreciation for the legal profession and the work it does. You will find, if you visit their site, that they challenge legal firms so as to dissuade consumers from engaging with them. They do not promote anyone that is not a member of the aforementioned organisations and purport to investigate without a mandate or without association to any professional body. Neither do they retain or holds any qualifications in what they purport to do. It was recently reported that they falsely achieved compensation in the amount of 80 Million pounds on and behalf of consumers. KwikChex appears to be entering in the legal profession. Mr Emmins and KwikChex retain no legal mandate, they are not a member of any paralegal institute and are not licensed by the Ministry of Justice.
Go Timeshare is a promotional website created by the Resort Development Organisation RDO for the purpose of signposting consumers to their industry affiliates. It purports to give consumer advise which, at best, is lacking in any meaningful intent or independency.
Timeshare Talk is a website forum whereby consumers and the industry can air their views on subjects which affects them. The site had moderators who continued to introduce new threads to address new subjects and circumstances. The site lists the RDO and TATOC yet, the majority of the participants are either anti RDO and TATOC or sit on the fence.
The site was sold to Tolmex Ltd in February 2016 and has now crashed as the new terms and conditions imposed have not been accepted by the Moderators who have all resigned. Many Threads and comments in respect to Leisure Credits have been deleted. The site can be classed as near dormant.
Lord Timeshare is an employed term by a Managing Director of the World Wide Timeshare Hypermarket Limited. This company is a reseller of Timeshares and its Managing Director also sits as a Director of the RDO. When visiting his website, he is in full support of TATOC and the RDO and broadcasts on many occasions that support in the form of articles and industry links.
This purported Task Force is the brain child of the RDO and is supported financially by TATOC and the RDO. The website has been designed by KwikChex who ensure that many back links are created which facilitates higher Google exposure on the articles that they alone master.
In its early days, the Timeshare Task Force was promoted as a needy enterprise as the industry complained that the scammers who operate in the industry needed some form of regulation and, in their opinion, the police force and other authorities needed more teeth. The day to day management of the enterprise is controlled by KwikChex.
This task force has no lawful mandate, no purpose other than to assist the RDO to check out those who oppose them and independently assist the Timeshare consumers.
Harry Taylor or Henry Taylor [he keeps changing it] is the CEO of TATOC which serves and is sponsored by the timeshare industry. He served his time in the Timeshare industry and in particular Diamond Resorts who is a large sponsor of TATOC. Before being elected to represent and sit on the board of TATOC, Mr Taylor was also the chairman of Lakeview Timeshare Club. That resort is no stranger to problems and continues to suffer bad press in respect to the management of the resort. The personnel employed by TATOC are predominantly those affiliated with Diamond Resorts and some suggest that TATOC was crested to add conjecture to the many posts supplied by Mr Sandy Grey. TATOC helpline is sponsored by the Resort Development Organisation RDO again dishing out industry advice.
Mr Emmins is the Managing Director and 99% shareholder of KwikChex which is commissioned by the Resort Development Organisation-RDO. He alleges at Companies House that he resides at 5 St Stephens Court, Bournemouth. Checks with the local authority establish that they do not have him registered there and it is reported that he is domiciled in Spain.
Mr Emmins position is that of a pseudo investigator and seek to check into the background of entities who challenge the RDO members. He is also a promoter for Silverpoint which is a timeshare resort in Tenerife. He manages the Timeshare Task Force and Business check on behalf of the RDO and appears to effectively slur with innuendo those who refuse to be members of the RDO.
Praetorian Legal is an unregulated paralegal company who work closely with EZE Group and Monster Travel/Monster Credits. They receive leads generated from both named entities and write letters on behalf of consumers, who seek to use their services. who assist consumers in getting exits from their Timeshare contracts.
The Directing mind is that of Mr Gary Smith who is not a named Director, He is not a lawyer in the correct sense, as his background is as a law cost draftsman who engineers the solicitor’s bills. His wife stands in for him. The enterprise was created by the EZE group Managing Directors Mr O Reilly. They do use an ex solicitor who has a dubious background and operate from a lavish hut at the bottom of the garden of the marital home of the Smiths.
EZE Group, despite allegations, are not in the Timeshare industry. They offer leisure credits to consumers which are obtained via sales presentations. The directing mind is Dominic O Reilly an ex timeshare sales/manager. Again this company is no stranger to consumer complaints surrounding the sale of leisure credits. With this enterprise once a consumer has acquired these credits they can use them in various outlets including hotels, flights, spa days and adventure days. It is known that EZE Group have in their sights, timeshare consumers as they appear to be the ones targeted for sales presentations.
Mind timeshare [if believed] report that they have received many complaints. That said, historically, the RDO sponsored Mind Timeshare berated EZE Group in such a manner that they issued proceedings against Mind Timeshare for libel. That libel case was settled by Mind Timeshare/RDO in or around 2014/15.
Monster Travel is a division of Hollywood Marketing SLU now Monster Rewards SL and has been the subject of complaints from the Resort Development Organisation-RDO. They proclaim that the enterprise does not operate correctly and that the many sales personnel it employs over sell the Monster Credits which purports to access a holiday product they alone sell. In short this division of HM is a mule for other travel companies, whereby they have approached those travel companies obtained discounts and purport to share those discounts with its consumers if they acquire Monster credits and exchange them as part of the purchase of the holiday. This involves paying for the holidays they sell by way of credits and real money (£). As part of their sales pitch the members of the RDO come under attack. HM is controlled by Mr Mark Rowe who was the timeshare sales manager at Silverpoint another timeshare developer.
SELL MY TIMESHARE TV
This is a website owned and operated by Hollywood Marketing SLU NOW Monster Rewards SL, which is a Spanish company operating in Tenerife. HM is controlled by Mark Rowe and the division clearly states what it purports it does.
That said, they have extensive advertising budgets and litter the press with the opportunity to re-sell your timeshare, however almost everyone who attends is sold Monster Leisure credits. TESS has produced a report on this division of HM and has distributed it amongst its many clients. The sell my timeshare division is also no stranger to complaints, has been pursued by many solicitors, whereby recoveries have been successfully obtained. It is reported as of July 2016 that authorities have and still are investigating this division for breaches in the unfair practices regulation 2008. Consumer are strongly advised to proceed with caution with this enterprise.
This firm of solicitors is headed by Mr Boyd. Mr Boyd had a relationship with Mr Sandy Grey of the Timeshare Consumer Association (TCA). He has litigated many individual cases and formed various group actions in pursuit of consumer rights. After the death of Sandy Grey, he was instrumental in appointing David Cox to run the TCA and approached the beneficiaries of Sandy Grey for their consent, which was given.
Litigation Management rose to fame a few years ago in the Timeshare industry as a result of their involvement in the case Consumers v RCI. The company is led by Mr Ben Hawkins, [an ex-solicitor] who is fully conversant with procedures, SRA rules and litigation funders. The formulation and management of group actions are their speciality and they provide a very worthwhile service in assisting solicitors and consumers in their pursuit of justice and damages.
Mind Timeshare is the scourge of reason. The enterprise was set up by no another than the libel king Mr. Albert Garcia. This website is financially supported and sponsored by the Resort Development Organisation-RDO. The content of its website is restricted to attacks against companies, enterprises and firms associated with the legal profession or those who assist consumer to get an exit from the contracts they wish to disgorge themselves of. When originally set up, it provided substantial benefit to consumers and launched scathing attacks against many companies, however recently they began to lambasted everyone. Mr Garcia was exposed by David Cox in 2015 and appears to have been now pushed out as the site has gone thought substantial changes including the removal of content and is headed by a Lawyer operating in Spain, however it is still sponsored by the RDO. The authoring and exhibits now appear to have taken a mellower tone.
First National Trust Company is a member of the RDO and has recently acquired Continental Trust . This trust company and others like it, including Hutchinsons and Barclays International Trust author the underlying trust mechanisms which support the ownership of the Timeshare infantry. They hold a duty to consumers and resort owners alike. These trust companies are generally paid by the resorts when they establish the trust mechanisms. These trusts generate income from the construction of these trusts and for that reason it may be beneficial to them to carry out re-modelling of the timeshare concept which may be part of the reason why timeshare concepts continually change.
They also charge the clubs an annual fee for their continued service and to ensure that this service is maintained clearly the resort timeshare club are required to capitulate. I can say with some confidence that the old saying of “he who pays the piper plays the tune” comes into force, as clearly timeshare is awash with litigation and squabbles, yet no resort club or developer appears to have sued a trustee.
Timeshare Portal was originally the timeshare website used by the TCA. After the death of Sandy Grey, the access codes were lost. When the website term reached its natural demise, it was acquired by the timeshare industry and the TCA (portal) came into existence.
Clearly if somebody acquired the domain name, the historic traffic it generated follows. When the new owner did acquire, they did so for a purpose. The last and historic purpose was to assist timeshare consumer by offering independent timeshare advice, however quite clearly the site is now used to divert those consumers who seek independent advice to the industry lead organisations where they will receive industry advice.
Depriving the consumers of the needy independent advice, they seek is not an adventure which people ought to praise, as it deludes the consumer. The owner is not identified and is not scourged by the reputational manager of the industry. That reputation manager is Business Check and the timeshare task force headed by KwikChex.
Canarian Legal alliance CLA
CLA is a marketing company based in grand Canaria and meets with clients for the potential of obtaining money to assist them in the presentation of legal actions against timeshare resorts. The company is headed by Mr. Eugene Kaiser who was the Anfi timeshare resorts sales manager, who also runs Porto de Atlantico a present timeshare resort.
They are in effect a game-keeper come poachers. Mr Kaiser is no stranger to many allegations and has been in trouble with the police with an arrest warrant which we successfully defeated. Porto De Atlántico has also been featured for mis-selling timeshare /holiday club membership.
In respect to presenting legal claims, he does charge high upfront fees and his legal team is successful and has delivered many meritorious outcomes.
Mr Kaiser has many website and timeshare interests and is habitually admonished by the timeshare industry who have engineered many campaigns against him personally as well as his companies in Spain. He is however, a prolific gamekeeper and poacher in timeshare, operating resorts whilst pursuing his fellow resorts for the very same actions he has perpetrated in the past. Being the sales manager of Anfi resorts he would have sold many of the very contracts which have been deemed illegal.
Justice (Enforcing your civil rights) 4
Justice 4 enforcing your legal rights, is headed by another ex-timeshare salesman called Mr Lee Pallister. They operate from Wales and used others for compensations claims in Spain. They are unregulated and not a member of any legal professional institution. In the main they also act as a marketer and charge fees and pass the work onto other. In short they do not and should not provide legal advice to another. To overcome this restriction, they obtaining advice from solicitors or lawyers which in reality you could obtain yourself.
International Timeshare Refund Action ITRA
This enterprise has many websites which all direct consumers to ITRA they are very much opposed by the timeshare industry, who seek to admonish them via all of their websites. They are prolific at selling timeshare terminations and do present many cases to the courts on behalf of consumers. They collated and assisted litigation management in the delivery of over 12,000 litigants to place before the courts a group action against RCI. To date the courts is considering the judgement.
Prior to them becoming involved in getting consumers out of timeshare they operated Club Class Concierge who were involved in the timeshare industry and were taken to court for infractions.
There are the most prolific solicitors operating in timeshare and have successfully delivery many meritorious group actions to the courts in support of their many consumer clients.
TLW are relatively new to the timeshare industry, however are making their mark and delivering good results for consumers who have a need to disgorge themselves from timeshares. They are registered solicitors and regulated by the law society.
Mr. Correa is a Spanish timeshare lawyer who operates in the canaries representing many consumers who have a need to bring their cases to the courts for a determination. He is consulted by a variety of English firms and generally deliver a very good service.
Has now gone out of business, yet did do some good work for many timeshare consumers, The timeshare department was headed up by Mr Boyd who has since left and joined Athena Law
This website is controlled by Graham Williams who was a moderator on Talk Timeshare, he tries to add balance to the many situations, however is or has been a timeshare salesman in the past. He is an advocate for timeshare and tries to assist many who seek to terminate or exploit the timeshare consumer have,
This is an independent website which was set up to counter the Diamond Resorts statements and actions
Mind Timeshare [the truth]
This is a website set up by a disgruntled person who utterly dislikes mind timeshare and others linked to silverpoint, and issues some very stark positions.
We Love Villa Canna
This website is owned by Mr Paul White who was outraged that MacDonalds took his timeshare off him and developed the site with a view of assisting others to rebel against the decision to change the fixed week system into points
This site was set up by Dr Robert Webber the chairmen on the action group who opposed MacDonalds and their decision to change from fixed weeks to points.
The Villa Canner Forum
Was set up by Mr Webber as a bolt on to the MacDonalds owners site and was designed to be a place where MacDonalds owners could chat without interference
After the many alleged wrongs perpetrated by the Harry Taylor lead committee the landlord became outraged and created another unfettered forum whereby owners could chat amongst themselves.