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Happy Halloween from the team at Praetorian Legal!

It is important for us as a business to ensure that we celebrate traditions which the team here at Praetorian are passionate about. Halloween has certainly increased in popularity within the UK; more and more people participate in fancy dress for Halloween each year.

We wanted to make sure that Praetorian was not left out and we invited all of the team to participate in the festivities. The whole team made such a fantastic effort, with face paint and fancy dress. We had zombies, vampires and more.

The office was appropriately decorated; … Read more

Looking over the internet at timeshare news, we came across a post about one of the industry’s largest timeshare and vacation rental companies.

Wyndham Worldwide are said to be splitting their Hotel business from the Timeshare and Vacation Rental side of the business.

Wyndham are still set to be one of the industry’s largest timeshare owners worldwide. There will be a second public company opening under the Wyndham umbrella which will be solely for the hotel side of the business.

The company are said to be working to ensure that the current loyalty programme for timeshare owners is not disrupted … Read more

Many timeshare holders and frequent holiday makers of the 5 star Fortina Hotel in Malta have started to post on the ever popular TripAdvisor site. Unfortunately, it appears that the hotel is due to close in December 2017.

Timeshare owners have received a letter from a company called Mercury Direct informing them that the hotel will not be operating after December 2017.

At this moment in time, timeshare owners are being offered the chance to move their timeshare to the Fortina’s 4 star sister hotel. This news has not gone down well with the community. With posts on TripAdvisor suggesting … Read more

With the end of another year fast approaching, there are many things to look forward to with the festivities that Christmas and New Year period bring. With all celebrations also comes the expense and extra financial burden that this time of year brings and timeshare, holiday product and vacation club owners feel it more than most.

It is around this time of year when many are hit hard with demands for their annual timeshare maintenance fees.

Although not every client’s fees are the same, as they range from £350 to over £1,000, there is one common trend for everyone – … Read more

Weekly payment store BrightHouse (Trading name of Caversham Finance Ltd) has been told to pay out £14.8million in compensation and refunds after The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) ruled that it had treated its customers unfairly.

The firm had agreed to pay 249,000 customers for unaffordable lending and payments which should have been refunded.

The Financial Conduct Authority said BrightHouse failed to be a ‘responsible lender’, and had not always delivered good outcomes for customers – particularly those at higher risk of falling into financial difficulty.

The payments related to 384,000 agreements between April 2010 and September 2016.

The Financial Conduct … Read more

It is a common problem when buying goods or services to find that they are not delivered/provided or that they don’t match what was advertised. For many, they put this down to experience and shoulder the cost, buying the same thing again and hoping for better.

What many people don’t know is that there are protections, which enable customers to recover their payments, when a purchase is made by credit card.

Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 allows customers who have made a full, or part, purchase of a product or service to recover the payment from their … Read more

A record-breaking £14bn collective action against Mastercard is set to rumble on after the former financial ombudsman who brought the case on behalf of 46 million consumers seeks to appeal last month’s Competition Appeal Tribunal ruling.

Law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, which represents Walter Merricks CBE, announced today it has applied to the tribunal for permission to appeal the decision.

Boris Bronfentrinker, a partner at the firm, said: “Together with Mr Merrick’s team of highly experienced barristers, we have carefully analysed and considered the tribunal’s judgment and identified a number of manifest errors in the reasoning and approach … Read more

Four Points by Sheraton Venice Mestre has opened as part of Marriott, under a franchise agreement with the Italian management company DHotels. The new location is in the urban area of Mestre which is one of the most economically developed regions of Italy.

The hotel is the fifth addition to Four Points in Italy joining Four Points by Sheraton Padova, Four Points by Sheraton Milano and Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano strengthening the robust portfolio in the country.

DHotels is said to be pleased to be working with Marriott International to launch Four Points Venice Mestre. Marriott International has a … Read more

Ryanair is facing legal action after being accused of intimidating passengers attempting to claim hundreds of pounds worth of flight delay compensation from the airline.

This comes after the Irish carrier was asked for an apology and damages, after the airline sent letters to its customers who had attempted to obtain compensation due under EU legislation.

Ryanair is informing the customer they will receive the full compensation by going direct to the airline.

It is worth bearing in mind that, earlier this year, a study by Which?, into whether airlines are correctly paying out compensation, found that the Civil Aviation … Read more

Monarch Airlines has gone into administration and all its holidays and flights have been cancelled with immediate effect. 750,000 Monarch customers have had their future bookings cancelled.

The CAA, the Civil Aviation Authority, are working alongside the Department for Transport to organise the return of over 100,000 customers who are currently overseas.

CAA chief executive Andrew Haines said:

“We know that Monarch’s decision to stop trading will be very distressing for all of its customers and employees. This is the biggest UK airline ever to cease trading, so the Government has asked the CAA to support Monarch customers currently abroad

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