2022: The successful year so far for M1 Legal

M1 Legal projecting to finish 2022 with another record breaking year

Compensation awards

Since 1999, timeshare companies in Spain and elsewhere have been ignoring laws enacted to protect consumers from unscrupulous high pressure sales operations in holiday hotspots. Initially the unnavigable Spanish legal system served as a protective safeguard for the resorts, as foreign timeshare owners had neither the stamina, nor Spanish legal knowledge to challenge the illegal practices.

Claims firms like ECC, together with Spanish firms of timeshare lawyers like ourselves at M1 Legal changed all of that.

ECC filters and checks the feasibility of the claims, qualifying them for M1 legal.

M1 then manages the legal process, from start to finish.

2022 victories

“Every year we grow and achieve more victories than the year before,” says Fernando Sansegundo, head of M1 Legal. “By August we have already reached 250 court victories on behalf of our clients, which is several percentage points up from the record set last year.

“We are seven months into 2022, and so far M1 has won £4.1 million in compensation awards for timeshare victims. We are on schedule to reach £6.2 million by year’s end, and a total of 362 victories. This would be yet another record year for M1 Legal.”

Top 4 Resorts by award totals

“We represent people who were illegally sold to by many different timeshare companies,” says Sansegundo. “We have achieved consumer victories against all of those resorts.

“The most heavily penalised resort so far this year has been Club La Costa. M1 has had 116 successes against them so far this year and £2.1 million in compensation awarded.

“Next comes Anfi with 61 awards, totalling £893,000 in compensation. Diamond Resorts Europe come in at number 3. DRE have 22 awards against them and £272,000 in compensation for former clients.

“Finally we have Marriott Vacation Club with 17 awards and well over a quarter of a million in compensation awarded against them.

“The remaining £578,000 of awards was spread between a host of other, smaller resorts.”

Top 3 individual awards this year

Whilst the average compensation award is around £20,000, some awards are far higher than this. The top 3 amounts so far in 2022 are:

  • £73,658 won by a Manchester couple against OnaGrup
  • £69,437 awarded against Club La Costa to a couple from Wakefield
  • £52,536 again awarded against CLC, to a couple from Witham in Essex

“One of the greatest pleasures in my job is making the call to a client to give them the news that they won their compensation case,” says Fernando. “I hear tears of happiness and great emotion down the phone line. The larger amounts can literally change people’s lives. Many of our clients tell us that they would have been happy just to escape the financial burden of the timeshare membership.

“When I inform them that they have been awarded tens of thousands of pounds as well, sometimes they can barely speak for joy.”

Am I entitled to compensation?

Every case is different, and because the timeshare industry spent over two full decades issuing illegal contracts, there are too many people for M1 to speak to directly. In order to make sure we only deal with people who have a solid claim, M1 works together with the leading international claims firm, European Consumer Claims (ECC).

ECC filters out the strongest claims and passes those over to us at M1 Legal. This way we maintain our 98.6% success rate, and also people with weaker claims do not waste money on legal action that may not be fruitful.

The consultation process is free and confidential. If you want to find out more about whether you have a strong timeshare claim, get in touch with the team at ECC to arrange a no-obligation chat with an expert consultant.

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Relevant websites for this article

www.m1legal.com

www.timeshareadvicecentre.co.uk

www.timeshare.lawyer

www.ecc-eu.com

First published on MyNewsDesk September 2022

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