A number of consumers are advising that following the winding up of ITRA, they are being approached by European Consumer Claims (ECC) and are corresponding with M1 Legal. These communications concern offers of continuing work said to have been started by ITRA.
As consumers paid ITRA and entered into contracts with that business and it is now the subject of liquidation and insolvency investigations, the Timeshare Task Force, which is managed by KwikChex on behalf of RDO, advises that such approaches should be reported to the ITRA liquidator, Richard Long & Co., as they are likely to be unlawful – a breach of the Insolvency Act.
The Timeshare Task Force is also being informed that there are denials by these businesses of the circumstances surrounding ITRA and the relationships between ITRA, ECC and M1 Legal. For the sake of clarification:
- ITRA was wound up after failing to provide promised timeshare relinquishment and claims services to consumers and subsequently for failing to refund consumers as ordered by the courts. ITRA had previously been named as a part of a major scam which resulted in the UK authorities shutting down seven connected businesses. The person identified as controlling ITRA was Andrew Cooper.
- ECC was set up by Andrew Cooper, who is a director of the ‘UK ECC’ business. He was previously a director of two of the companies shut down by the UK authorities. Current contracts issued by ECC list a USA registered company as the provider of the services, which it has been confirmed has no employees and dose not disclose ownership details. In addition, the US registration has a false Gibraltar address and the proxy director is a company previously registered in the Bahamas, which has since been struck off.
- Whilst it has been pursuing some claims, Spanish registered M1 Legal was also set up by Andrew Cooper. One of the directors is also a director of the ‘Spanish arms’ of ITRA and the businesses shut down by the UK authorities.
The attempts at denials prompted the Timeshare Task Force to provide information clarifying the facts, with links to some of the media coverage and documents that provide clear substantiation – that information is available on the following link https://timesharebusinesscheck.org/why-european-consumer-claims-ecc-is-so-upset-with-kwikchex/
The contact details for ITRA liquidators Richard Long & Co are
Richard Long & Co
36 Castle Street
Tel: – 01992 503372