Newly revealed report details Harlequin Resorts due diligence disaster

Dave Ames Harlequin Ponzi

If you can’t see fraud and Ponzi schemes here… you aren’t looking!

According to a due diligence chart posted online, Harlequin Resorts’ The Merricks development in Barbados did not file financial accounts for seven years between 2006 and 2013.

During that same period The Merricks took in £47,946,581 in payments from victims ‘investors’ but only spent £7,971,246 for land and construction costs.

That leaves £39,975,335 outstanding, or… a better way would put it: that leaves £39,975,335 MISSING.

How many Ministers of Government received ‘campaign donations’ from Harlequin during this period? How did our government protect investors and Barbados’ reputation during this period?

Why did the Barbados government allow this to happen? Seven years without required filings and Barbados politicians were content to line up for photographs with Harlequin’s David Ames? What the heck were they thinking?

Or… were our politicians simply delivering the service that they had been paid to deliver? With no Integrity Legislation and no Freedom of Information laws, Bajans will likely never be able to prove who the villains are.

The Harlequin Resorts chart is nothing more or less than a confirmation that Harlequin was and is nothing more or less than a gigantic Ponzi scheme.

More and more the questions are shifting from Harlequin to the UK and Barbados authorities charged with maintaining the law…

The question has become: Why have the authorities not acted to arrest and charge David Ames and his co-conspirators?

Comments are open!

You can download the due diligence report at Barbados Free Press here, or download it from FileTea.

 

 

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1,520 responses to “Newly revealed report details Harlequin Resorts due diligence disaster

  1. Grand Master Ponzi

    David Ames has not been arrested because of his masonic connections, there can’t be any other reason.

  2. Because your thief is an Englishman.

  3. Anonymous

    I can find no entries on the DD for any properties in Dubai. Were
    these purchased by Ames, in his name, using Harlequin money?

  4. CARPE DEUM

    Isn’t it time for new political parties in BGI and SVG?
    It appears that anyone associated with the current majority and
    opposition parties are tainted. There must be some young lawyers
    ready to lead. Where/who are they? Having been a devoted reader
    (for the past two years) of both BFP and I-Witness News it seems that
    the ONLY non old-crony influenced journalism is the electronic
    press. You guys are doing a vitally important job.
    YOUTH OF THE ISLANDS IT IS TIME TO SEIZE YOUR DESTINY,
    if you don’t nothing will change.

  5. Bernie "I'm greater than Dave"

    It might be because there is so much evidence against him, that it takes a long time to assemble. The more evidence and the bigger the Ponzi, The longer time in jail I hope.

    Thanks for managing the old post, Cliverton. 3 cheers for the BFP.

  6. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926TO 2014 MASSIVE FRAUD LANDTAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS, BARBADOS DLP/BLP MASSIVE PONZI FRAUD

    Barbados will have the same heading soon.

  7. I'am a cider drinker....

    There are a number of people with the same goal planning a big cider drinking party, very soon!

  8. Agent Orange

    @ I’m a cider drinker 4.59. Do the number of people approximate to 4000? plus other halves making 6000 in total?

  9. Anonymous Coward from Brierley Hill

    RL seem to have confirmed the authenticity of the document as they have just closed the discussion about it on their secure site.

    “Sorry, but this appears to be a document protected by the NDA we hold with Harlequin. We cannot permit it to be circulated.”

    Are RL demanding BFP delete this article and remove all links to the document? If not, their comment is beyond pointless.

  10. Anonymous

    Can someone explain:
    Money owed to Shipleys by H-Hotel Barbados 943,573.90
    Money owed to Shipleys by The Harlequin Hotel Barbados 3,396,758.39

    I thought they were one and the same …

  11. One pissed off bloke

    Well that’s just verified it’s real . Wazzick that Fatchett guy , not got the Brains he was born with …..

    Any doubts are now gone it’s a true document folks .

  12. All moans no action

    I matters not one jot; Shiplys will liquidate soon.

  13. whatsthefuss

    This just confirms what we already know, Ames is an idiot and delusional, Harlequin is fucked, so is anyone that invested cash.

    Nothing has changed, SIPP may have a chance.

    The rest better start suing agents and Ames.

    Or do nothing and moan on here?

  14. One pissed of wench

    It could just be bollocks and made up, Harlequin is dead period, we are stuffed.

  15. Agent Orange

    Anonymous Coward from BH 5.16. Download it quick, then. It’s a pdf and can be stored on your computer. Mine’s in folders called Harlequin and In Liquidation…..
    And if we’re stuffed, I’ll make damn sure Ames is defoliated.

  16. You could not make this up

    It’s more stuff just made up, Fatchops is in on this, Ames has done nothing wrong,

  17. Anonymous Coward from Brierley Hill

    Agent Orange: Marathon Man will now be demanding IP addresses from BFP and the various hosting companies of everyone who has downloaded it so he can come round and personally ensure it’s been deleted.

    The man is a loon.

  18. Roygbiv

    @ Anonymous 5.29. Just because most people have heard of only one hotel in Barbados being bought, doesn’t mean that only one was bought. The document may show double entries for one entity, or it may reveal an extra hotel a mucky little turd was hoping to keep for himself.

  19. Agent Orange

    @ Anonymous Coward from BH 6.00. If that means a 20lb hammer through my hard drive ……. Don’t worry, I’ve backed up all the evidence against Harlequin.

    Besides, I can think of a much better use for a 20lb hammer – moving fast enough and well Amed, it should stop a turd telling any more lies.

  20. Agent satsuma

    The real document is much worse, this is just a taster of things to come.

  21. Tramposo

    The figures are wrong. More than one copy was made. Some have different unique figures. Those unique figures tell who leaked.

  22. A big thanks to James Baker

    I must thank James Baker for his input into the latest document.

  23. Anonymous

    It was James Baker, I paid him.

  24. Tramposo

    James Baker – an internal leak ? But why ?

  25. PHIG F***ed it up again

    It was Paul Walton, he paid me.

  26. A big thanks to James Baker

    He is an accountant, he knows Harlequin is stuffed. He needs to work after Harlequin is dead.
    He spills the beans, looks like the good guy. He may gets work from the people he gave the information too.

    Oh yes, Ames owes him £27500.

  27. A big thanks to James Baker

    And, he rather stupidly let his bread and butter clients in the lurch.

  28. Agent Ugli (residing at Bluebell palace)

    @ Agent satsuma 6.20. We’w Oi fink Oi been rumb’wed

  29. Anonymous

    A Agent Ugli -What the heck language are you writing -Cockney Yiddish?

  30. They are Accounts Jim but not as we know them

    Well well well, Strange accounts James, very strange indeed.

    Look like …………………….. no not yet Jim, not yet, but we do have you mate, we have you by the short and curlies,

    Another victim of the Toxic Toad.

  31. Tramposo

    That’s an odd phonetic language. Sounds a bit Irish to me.

    James Baker is an independent trustee. He’s beyond reproach.

  32. One pissed off bloke

    Fatchett says it’s his stuff given to him under a non disclosure agreement and it can’t be seen or talked about .

    But it’s here and it’s bad news .

    Ames needs to say if it’s accurate or if someone’s taking the piss .

  33. Anon

    The Irish builder posted the documents, so need to be taken with a pinch of salt.

  34. Jim Baker is as bent as Ames.

  35. These are the original documents given to RL by Ames, we note that RL continue with their not so aggressive stance against Harlequin on their forum.

    The question has to be asked, why would Ames have given RL unredacted documents in the first place and why did they then need to be redacted at a later stage ???

    There is far more to this than meets the eye.

    Hmmmmmmmmm……… It’s really not that hard to figure out why ……….

    Any thoughts ??????!

  36. boaz

    I suspect that its all a mystery which will be revealed soon.

    freemasons are clearly involved.

  37. Financiers would obtain non redacted documents.

  38. Party Animal

    I would like to respond to GRANDMASTER PONZI AND BOAZ. Masonry will not tolerate such people, so please cleanse your mind.
    who says two smart RATS can’t live in the same hole ?

  39. boaz

    What is very odd is that such documents were leaked now. Why now ?

    That’s the really strange thing.

  40. Why not, does it matter when documents get leaked?

    Those that had the documents hide behind NDA’s yet claim to represent investor interests.

  41. left foot

    Only James Baker can confirm if these documents are real.
    Why not ask him?

  42. Ask what is the .....
  43. Agent Ugli (residing at Bluebell palace)

    @ Anonymous 6.46 Bad Essex ok Bad attempt at Essex.

  44. AnonaMouskouri

    So am I right in reading this? A quarter of a billion pounds taken by Harlequin is unaccounted for.

    If this is true then we are talking of a disaster that will make global headlines!

  45. boaz

    The ship is all over the place anyway. Not sure why the figures make too much difference.

    A bit of side show !

  46. AnonaMouskouri

    No the Ingham/Broughton thing is a complete and utter side show of no importance to anyone other than those seeking to hide the big story in the mire of filth they concoct in their sick minds.

    £250m is no side show. If it’s true, It takes this to a whole new level. Losing a few million quid could be put down to bungling management and a bit of an economic ill-wind. There is no way anyone could lose this much without doing something worth going to prison for.

  47. Roygbiv

    @ AnonaMouskouri 8.27. It must be a couple of months since DA said he’d publish the TRUE figures (at least what he called true figures) and everyone is still waiting for them. I hope you’re right both about the global publicity and going to prison.

  48. SFO confirm they are still well and truly on the case.

    Is Ravenswood in Australia? Why is it owed almost £19m?

    It’s astonishing how many Ames lies are revealed in that document, if it’s true.

  49. Another Anon

    I believe Ravenswood was an Australian resort that never got built. I did see a website about 4 years ago that claimed that all the units had been sold out. I suspect that was all sales hype however and probably not a reliable guide to the actual number of units sold at the resort.

  50. Anonymous

    More will be revealed soon

  51. Demis Roussos

    Posting on a blog isn’t going to get Ames arrested is it? What needed is a combined pooling of data and stop fucking about.

  52. There's a Kind of Hush All Over the ( Ames) World

    I think it’s actually Ames that leaked the documents, to spread doubt in the minds of RL clients?

    I would put nothing past the toxic turd.

  53. Anonymous

    Somebody is funding ISIS. A missing 250 Million might be very
    interesting to UK/US intelligence services.

  54. Lyin (Ames) eyes

  55. A big thanks to James Baker

    For confirming Harlequin is insolvent.

  56. Roygbiv

    Anonymous 9.32 whoever’s funding, I can think of some candidates for sending out there Ames, employees and agents. And don’t allow them back ,because there will be a new Boris bill. It isn’t just the Daily mail that’s full of Boris bills

  57. Anonymous Coward from Brierley Hill

    Here’s confirmation that Harlequin were claiming investor funds were held in escrow. I think Dave was a bit upset about this. https://mega.co.nz/#!789xkQiI!2_yFGHqRPa05cqEukl3fxupevs_79RmbUjESYL7iuSo

  58. Anonymous Coward from Brierley Hill

    Let’s try that link again as the other one is broken https://mega.co.nz/#!y08QTQ6A!0beHeDVD2hzSN64ihqP2piCPagyO25gbKd8tCiWqcEo

  59. Haynes Workshop Manuals

    I see RL have deleted most of the discussion on their site about the unredacted spreadsheet, including their own comment confirming its authenticity. They haven’t deleted the link. What is Fatchops playing at?

  60. Roygbiv

    @ Haynes Workshop Manuals Perhaps Fatchops can’t delete the first bit of the question. Daft, geriatric, don’t know how to use a computer, posters should have put the direct link in that first bit, instead of leaving people to trawl through Anonymous Cowards 12 something post on the House of Cards thread.
    No wonder they got caught by Harlequin. They’re too stupid to put the link in the right place!!!

  61. Abba

    The RL forum thread has now gone.

  62. Keeping it real

    “COW” Williams on Brasstacks today related the difficulties he experienced to get approval to expand a long existing pond on his land so as to provide water for irrigation of lands marked for vegetable production. According to him it took two years for the Planning department to respond to his application and in its response, the Planning Department required him to undertake an EIA that would have cost over $100 000!
    ———————————————————————–
    Have not heard from billionaire COW for awhile last time he opened his arrogant boastful mouth he said he wasn’t making a cent from the government and he was going send home him his workers. Chris Sinckler responded by saying his friend COW was not telling the truth. The MOF said it was his certain knowledge that COW had pocketed over $100 million from government contracts since the Dems took power in 2008. Needless to say COW never replied because the Finance Minister knows what he is talking about. It look like the knight COW find he voice again.

  63. Anonymous

    The word “pocketed” suggests that COW made that much on the Government Contracts.The contracts may have been worth that much, but how much did it cost COW to do the projects? Up to 1500 employees for 5years, plus cost of machinery and materials, loan repayments,NIS, Vat, Income tax, corporation tax, plus overheads such as electricity, land taxes, and God knows what other expenses, including Party contributions.
    Unlike other construction companies that have gotten contracts and who have grossly overrun the quoted costs, taken far longer than the times promised, COW has delivered on his projects (for which he is paid)
    When COW`s projects are stopped or delayed, the only reason is non payment of bills by guess who? THe Barbados Government.I`m sure The Finance Minister can (but won’t) confirm this.

  64. Anonymous

    I don’t understand why COW Williams has become relevant to
    Harlequin but I think that this whole sad, sad situation would be
    somewhat different today if Williams had been the original contractor
    for Buccament. Somehow I think that Ames would have moved out
    of the Caribbean and concentrated on Thailand. A slew of
    investors life savings might have been saved. Oh well …

  65. Haynes Workshop Manuals

    I’m disappointed that RL haven’t issued a statement claiming that:
    (a) the unredacted file is a forgery or
    (b) someone broke in to their offices and nicked it or
    (c) complex anti-redacting software has been used to remove their redactions

    Or maybe a combination of all of the above. Anything to prove to Dave that Fatchops didn’t break the NDA, so please Dave don’t sue us!

  66. Could it be that renegade Walton has overstepped the mark in his vendetta against DA?

  67. Anonymous

    -HWM
    Relax it was BFP that published the DD (such as it is) and they
    wrote that it had been posted on-line. We all know how far Ames
    got when he tried to sue BFP/Wordpress.

  68. Yeah that’s right. Something else left on a train. Load of bollox.

  69. One porkie too many Nikki

    This is to deflect matters from the proof that Nikki Crozier is not who she says….. more on this later.

  70. The Time For Real Change Has Come. The Alternative government that operates behind the scenes should show it’s face in Barbados and think about forming a significant part of the next Government, even if only as Independent Candidates. Then we’ll start to get rid of most of the alleged fraud as it will in most part be their own money that they will be protecting.

  71. Looks like crap IS crap, still don't throw the bloody rubbish away...

    @ Anonymous 25 Aug 5.29. About 3 weeks into May, 2012, Harlequin sent out a letter about a NEW hotel in Barbados. So secret the buyers weren’t allowed to know the name, but I think it was on the SW coast of the island. So desparate to sell, that they’d return the £1000 deposits if the sale was not completed.

    The smaller sum of money may have been spent buying this 2.5 to 3 star hotel… or it may have been spent on lawyers suveyors and all, for a purchase that never took place.

    No prizes for guessing who really paid this £900,000, was it? Perhaps some people paid deposits? Got £1000 back? Even got contracts on this second Barbados hotel?

  72. Can you really imagine that following all this, yet one hears the Prime Minister reaching out to Nationals who are living in other countries in the COLD and sometimes with mounting bills of their own, not to mention mortgages, to send funds to Barbados. That in itself is a disgrace to any decent and fair minded person in Barbados. Not to mention that most returning Nationals from Europe, for what ever reason are said to be Mad. .
    Michael Jackson once asked Who’s Bad, Well, well the real question is Who’s Ma?. Maybe Trinidad or China will give us the answer to that in the future. No doubt the Nation will strip naked and have a Crop Over Celebration.

  73. To all those Anonymous Persons out there, why bother to post if you do not have the courage of your convictions to stand up for what you have to say.
    Believe that you are still at least living in a God fearing Democracy. But remember, I could be wrong about that as well.

  74. AnonaMouskouri

    Dear BFP, is there any way that you can automatically cleanse the thread of posts that make mention of either Broughton/Ingham? Is there a way of setting up an automatic junking of posts that use certain key phrases such as particular names or slang words for women’s anatomy?

    The only reason these people post is to disgust right-thinking people who find their vile comments so disturbing that they stop reading the thread. It is such a transparent tactic by frankly desperate people with minds of unimaginable depravity. Simply to have thoughts like these should be enough to trigger a psychologist’s report, to post them publicly is even worse.

    Whoever is posting this rubbish needs to understand that WE DON’T WANT TO READ IT AND IT HAS NO BEARING ON THE FACTS OF £400m THAT HAS GONE DOWN THE DRAIN.

  75. Keeping it real
    August 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Said
    ……..Finance Minister knows what he is talking about………

    Come on now. Please keep it real

  76. Anonymous

    @ Anonymous 8.09pm

    Just go away and don’t come back. Nobody is remotely interested.

  77. Anonymous

    8.09 has no self-awareness
    (sounds like a Storey, writes like a Storey…must be a Storey

  78. Anonymous

    Moving right back to something more relevant, why did the Ravenswood Resort show up as being “sold out”? Where did all those deposits go?

    http://www.investorsprovident.com/overseas-property/australia-property/ravenswood-hotel-and-resort-perth.html

  79. SFO confirm they are still well and truly on the case.

    How near is it to Ames’ Son-in-Law’s land?

  80. Anonymous

    Not sure, but maybe someone can tell us.

    Didn’t the “house” wine at BB come from the family farm over in Australia? The resort was supposed to be complete in 2009 but I don’t even think a spade was lifted. There is no evidence of the resort functioning if you do a search. There is a hotel of the same name but it doesn’t bear any resemblance to the resort that was marketed.

  81. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926TO 2014 MASSIVE FRAUD LANDTAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS, BARBADOS DLP/BLP MASSIVE PONZI FRAUD

    With out CLEAR TITLE TO LAND, nothing can be built and kept, For there is no time limit in law on fraud, Unless you believe your lawyer.

    To Clear you title of land in Barbados , You will need to check for your self, Out side lawyer not from Barbados or check with the owner of most of the land in Barbados,
    http://www.moorishcourt@gmail.com

  82. Anonymous

    We are sorry for the meaningless previous post that added precisely nothing to the topic in hand.

    Meanwhile, back in the real world, when Shipley’s call in the debt from Buccament Bay how will the resort be able to function?

  83. Anon

    ^ ^
    That was Mr Storey posting there at 7:57am The useless twunt is back.

  84. shrek

    Most the intellectual posters must be on holiday at the moment… This is nearly as boring as the Rl forum

  85. Roygbiv

    @ Anonymous 9.08. Thanks for the link. This one appears to have had a proposed life of only 7 years, 2 years at 10% plus 5 years at 50%. It has the touch of Harlequin with that wretched word cabana.

    If you feel like a laugh read the definition here

    http://www.audioenglish.org/dictionary/cabana.htm

    A collapsable canvas tent near the beach. It reminds me of nothing so much as the Bay restaurant at BB.

    It’s quite expensive to set up a vineyard, with a long wait for production. I wonder whose money paid for the vineyatd?

  86. Roygbiv

    @ SFO confirms they are well and truly on the case, 9.19. There is A Ravenswood (community/town/township) at about the same latitude as son in law’s farm and much nearer to the coast.

    Ravenswood may extend further than its centre, which I perceive as behind a lagoon (nature reserve) that is close to the coast. This Ravenswood is between Pinjarra and Mandurah. Shane Kelliher s large farm is about 100 km inland from this Ravenswood.

    Harlequin may have chosen a place on the true coast about 100 km from Kelliher s place or it may be somewhere entirely different.

  87. shrek

    Mr KGB, I’m sure Mr Walton is a very hardworking guy, not sure how he is relevant to the missing cash. His personal life is his business and probably as boring as yours posting crap like that. Why don’t you get a life or a real job?!!!

  88. a

    @ Anonymous 9.08. Was the land ever bought? In whose name is it now? It could be one of the assets belonging to the people who paid for the Harlequin assets.

    When I hear the words Shane Nicola Kelliher Wandering Australia I get a sniff of marriage de convenance.

  89. agent for divorce

    Sorry the computer entered with only an a…

  90. Bernie "I'm greater than Dave"

    @ TA 8.56. Thanks Nigel for using the word 4000 people were longing to read – ponzi. Next time, for even greater effect use it in the first few lines, so readers don’t have to click on more to see it.

    I’m sorry you’ve lost your forthcoming holiday and wish you a wonderful trip at the replacement.

  91. name

    ‘oboist’

    Was that a Freudian slip Bobbykins or just another of your ludicrous attempts at spelling?

  92. Anonymous Coward from Brierley Hill

    Found in a rubbish dump just off the A127 https://mega.co.nz/#!e11TVLxK!7zXTed37oIsvuxZ2Uhft7Od_k_xmHGLD9Mp4HqgR7KE

    Paying returns when according to the Great Visionary BB has only just broken even does look a bit odd. Does this prove it’s a Ponzi?

  93. Anonymous

    “Oboist” is the name of his cabana at BB.

  94. Anonymous

    An oboist is someone who plays an oboe Bob. Just so you know.

  95. wink wink

    Bobbykins likes to play with his oboe.

  96. Apple of Daddy's eye

    Meanwhile let’s get back to the real story on here…
    You know the one about the PONZI scheme set up by the Ames family and all their scum staff, IFAs, and hangers-on (trolls on here).

    Nicola Kelliher née Ames is a shareholder of one or more of the Harlequin companies and (like the rest of the siblings) has historically received a tidy sum in dividends. Nowadays, she and hubby Shane are upstanding members of the community of The Shire of Wandering, in Western Australia. The pint-sized Mrs K is also on the committee of the The Wandering Country Womens [sic] Association where she holds office as [erm]…Treasurer!

  97. The Fruit doesn't fall far from the Tree

    @ Apple of Daddy’s eye 2.43

    Bull’s Eye!!!!! the intellectual posters are back.

  98. Looks like Matt Ames... poor girl!

    Seems like Nicola is spending the money on new curtains…. and the rest!

  99. anon agin

    You’ve got the wrong Ames girl there
    Watch your step!

  100. The Ravenswood Hotel near Perth Australia, the Hotel Ames was flogging around the UK some years back is located on land owned by the parents and family of Shane Kelliher husband of Nicola.

    Many of the purchasers had their purchases transferred to the Caribbean.

    Prior to this in 2005 Ames sold out a resort in Panama, this too never got built so again some folks were again transferred to the fictitious Caribbean developments,

    Same with Brazil.

  101. The festive board

    I have a report.
    James baker and Kim Woodford nee Fry have been very helpful in regards to certain documents we keep finding.

    More to follow

  102. Solvancy issues?

    I don’t think harlequin is solvant , shiplys have made up their mind.
    S&F

  103. Anonymous

    Wow! That was quick…. Negative TA review #559 by Nick was removed less than 24 hours after posting.

  104. Football Scores

    Paddy 0 Dave 1

    Hard to believe the non league Essex team would win. However, they have. No point appealing to the ref Paddy, you lost.

  105. The Irish man who cried wolf...

    Always yapping on about the end of Harlequin. Never happens.

    Come on Mr O’H when is Harlequin going to go ?

    You cannot beat us, we are too fast for you.

  106. Anonymous

    If Harlequin maintained books I wonder how much they would
    claim for “good will”.

  107. I note that we are now back to the builder, so the builder is responsible for the documents posted on BFP. ?

    And ??? Why mention the builder after all this time, who’s cage has he rattled now ???

    And back to the document, why have RL removed any mention of the document from their forum, surely the document was not supplied to BFP by them, is reference to a third party independent website now subject of an NDA, actually it’s not unless RL leaked the document and were caught out.

    Which now appears to be the case. Why else would RL remove all reference to the document. GF is supposed to be a solicitor, but it appears that he has little knowledge of the law. But heh ……………..

  108. Some on here seem to suggest that Harlequin is not finished….

    This is a bizarre statement….

    Harlequin have not sold properties in over a year, a huge part of their business.

    They are unable to pay their debts as they fall due so hence are trading insolvently. They have the short term protection through the ongoing administration process in the UK and the corruption in St. Vincent.

    Their UK operation is still in Administration and soon we will discover whether this business is to be put into liquidation or not.

    Even RL state that Harlequin in it’s current form is finished.

    Now it’s not just investors or third party creditors who are suing Harlequin, but now too apparently guests……

    Yeah the company is not finished lol….. Dream on ……….

  109. Pigs do fly .... look at Warties

    You remember those stretched Navajos?

    Harlequin Are Buggered
    Holidays Are ‘Bysmal
    Henchmen At Basildon

  110. Anonymous Coward from Brierley Hill
  111. It’s Solvent you dumbass, solvent!! And Kim is too bright to leave something on a train or anywhere. How desperate can you get.

  112. Lol Solvent, what is solvent????

  113. Pigs do fly .... look at Warties

    @ Anonymous 8.34. A solvent is a liquid with the capacity to make solids disappear. they are still there really and can be recovered.

    I wonder if you can recover £400m from solution?

    The chemistry explanation is just boring … I like the idea of a solvent hiding £400m from view and i like better the idea of recovering it by heating.

    I wonder how hot you’d have to heat Ames, til he gave up the £400m?

  114. Dave Ames will be holding an additional 2 conference calls next Tuesday the 2nd of September at 12.00 and 18.00. We will of course record this conference call and look forward to comparing this with the last conference call.

    Some might ask what is the point, Ames cannot change what he said….

    Well regardless we will allow you to judge, and don’t worry we have a number of different recordings arranged.

  115. Dave's Telephone

    I bet we can get at few recordings.

    There is no way that Harlequin can stop planted investors recording Uncle Dave.

    “The FSCS have decided to fund Harlequin …. but only if you sign up”

    “I own every beach in SVG, depending what you mean by own”

    “I have done a reverse takeover of LIAT”

    “I am the resurrection and the light”

    “I am the one and only, nobody I’d rather be”

    “I am a dedicated follower of fashion”

    “I’m Jake the Peg, …err”

    “I am what I am”

    I can hardly wait. I am getting my IPhone App ready. How about model questions !

  116. Anonymous

    Didn’t someone last week post that something monumental will
    happen this week?

  117. Danny Boy

    Probably our Irish mate. He’s a regular Mystic Meg.

  118. I Think I Figured Out A Way For The Cash Investors

    I think I figured out a way for the cash investors to get their money back…

    I was considering what can be done about Harlequin from a third party investor’s perspective. If you had some money ready to go into the developments which Harlequin has proposed, how would you do it?

    Right now, you’d be an IDIOT to give Ames any money outright. It’s too risky (as you’ll see below). The two options you’d have to create a return would be:

    1. Give out mortgages to investors completing on properties (would have to see run rates for BB & Blu to justify return)

    2. Buy the land & hotels at rock-bottom prices, wipe the slate clean & invest significant money to get the hotels built (hence why you’d need to buy current assets at depreciated value)

    If I was a financier, I’d be looking #2 (to give initial value to the investment); perhaps with #1 (to get the cash flow required to get all the hotels constructed). If you came to #2 with an extra £50m or something (please.. we’ve only ever seen ballpark numbers from Harlequin, I’m not going to change it now), you’d be able to build out the various resorts, leveraging the completions to fund the further hotels.

    [[And before you say £50m is too little – I want to know where the £100m went to build BB. I want to see it itemised]]

    The returns for investors would have to come from the room rates of that hotel ONLY, although having no numbers for BB & Blu, I can’t tell how this would work.

    So if you were a third party, you’d be looking at buying the lot at a knock-down price, using your own money to build the resorts out & relying on completion money to fund the rest. The returns will have to come interim – from the rental income from the hotels.

    This would mean that if you were able to actually construct the rest of BB, H & the rest of another hotel (one of the big ones with 1000+ rooms) – you’d get an idea as to the budget required to build, as well as the potential you’d raise from completions.

    It must be noted these completion monies would ONLY have to be used for building. If you give anyone a return from them, it would be Ponzi.

    This sounds much the same as the Harlequin model we have now.

    So what’s the problem?

    When you think about how a “sale” of Buccament Bay would occur, the only beneficiary at the moment would be David Edward Ames – the sole shareholder of the RDC’s. Currently, Shipley’s can’t touch these companies (from what I’ve read), and they are the ones which hold all the chips – the contracts, the land, planning permission, any funds left over, and all the progress.

    One shareholder.

    Even if the proposed trust was pulled off, it would do nothing about the “assets” of these companies – they would still be owned outright by all the RDC’s, which in turn are owned by one person. Even if the whole thing imploded (I’m not sure about Shipley’s position on this), the assets these companies own (in the Caribbean) would have to be purchased at a knock-down price off someone. That someone being Ames.

    This raises a significant question to any external finance party. That question being – how would you buy the hotel even working with Ames? How could you get it at knock-down?

    The fact is you can’t. Ames is too slippery – he’s not going to let a little thing called owing £400m to investors going to bring him down. As he said himself “see you in court”…

    So what would you do?

    The way I can see it is thus:

    The main aim for a financier would be to bring liquidity to the company.

    To do this, you need to bring all the assets under the control of a transparent structure. Ames thinks this is “the trust”. I’d disagree – I’d say this is where a publicly traded company in the UK would suit.

    You’d have to split the investors / creditors up into several camps.

    Firstly, the SIPPs – you’re going to have to consider them out of the equation for this simulation (in order to get it to work); secondly the CASH investors (the ones who are really struggling) & thirdly the THIRD PARTY creditors (unpaid contractors, suppliers etc)

    As mentioned, as a financier, you could only afford to work with a single party – the CASH investors. Anyone else would just dissolve the potential returns. I don’t know how you’d work the third party debt – I’ll leave that up to Thomas Levy

    The “trust” has been proposed as a vehicle to “secure” investments. The only way investments would be unsecured would be if the company was sold or went broke. Let’s discount liquidation, because I actually think they’ve been trading insolvently so long that it will just be another drop in the ocean to have them continue for a few more years

    I would argue the ONLY way to “secure” investments is to get the collateral out of the hands of Ames, and make the equity liquid. The only way to do this would be to put it under the control of a public company in the UK. This, of course, will have massive ramifications in terms of Shipley’s calling the debt in, but let’s ignore that for the moment.

    If you created a public company in the UK, there are several things you could do:

    Firstly, you could devolve Ames’ shareholdings in all the Harlequin RDC’s, bringing them under the ownership of the UK PLC. Please note I do not mean to “take” the shares off Ames – he can still buy shares in the PLC, not without transferring ownership first, though.

    This will be the most important step, as the land assets & other equity is what will give the PLC the base-line share value. This could either be done by keeping the RDC’s (for the purposes of avoiding the issue with Shipley’s), or “selling” the land to the PLC for £1 or something, transferring rights of investors etc as required (described below), dissolving the RDC’s as a result

    Secondly, you’d then have to accommodate the investors in the initial offering. To do this, you would take any of the SIPP investors who have received redress out of the equation. You’d take out the third party creditors (they’re not investors anyway), leaving you with the cash investors only; and, I suppose, any SIPP investor who doesn’t want redress, and wishes to proceed. I don’t know the specifics of how this would work – buy you’ll give them shares in the PLC somehow

    Thirdly, once you’ve created the PLC, have the “private” (pre-offering) shareholders (cash / sipp investors) in place & the equity, you’ll have a PLC with real value, and scope for growth (which will attract investors at all levels). This will then allow you, as a substantial financier, to invest a significant sum into the company with both the security and roadmap for growth, effectively buying BB & Blu at the discounted price you want.

    As its a PLC, you’ll be able to see the transparent progress, as well as ensuring everything done by the company is both in agreement with the board & shareholders (you’ll have an AGM); as well as keeping financials published.

    So what about returns?

    Well, this is where things get interesting.

    The Harlequin “model” has always been 50/50 rental share for those who complete. This means that if a PLC raised the capital required to build out the rest of the resorts, you’d have the following setup:

    1. You’d have a PLC which owned the land & the hotels

    2. The PLC would be owned by a series of shareholders (mostly the cash investors, but also external), whom would receive dividends based on the PLC’s net income for the period (notice the PLC’s net income; not just a single hotel)

    3. The company would split revenues with investors who paid the PLC money to buy properties off the PLC. I’m not sure whether these people would have to sell their shares or something – it would complicate the structure somewhat, but is doable

    4. As the company expands (with the newly raised capital), the extra resorts will eventually bring in the rental returns which will both fuel the net income of the PLC, and investors’ returns. By virtue of this (growing) revenue, the cash investors who do not wish to “complete” will be able to sell their shares on an ad-hoc bases

    5. This will provide the company with the ability to grow independent to any finance required to get investors into a position so that they can “complete” (mortgages), as long as capital is there to build with; which would be forthcoming with a PLC.

    This is my plan to get the cash investors their money back. You could put into action early 2016 after the WK case I believe.

  119. Anonymous

    I’m amazed that someone spent part of their life typing the above.

  120. No our Irish mate is no mystic meg, he is probably along with his mates the one group that Ames knows will destroy the toxic turd.

    Let’s face it he and his mates are probably behind the leaks, The recordings, the majority of the trouble Ames is dealing with, even the SFO. Is he not still buddies with Wilkins Kennedy….. Walton Fatchett CLC Crazier

    And Ames knows this…😉😉

  121. Even RL feel Ames could be locked up for contempt lol

  122. Ames wasted and stole over £200 million, for weeks it was Ingham and Broughton now we are back to the builder.

    Lol…,.

  123. Anonymous

    Having been a faithful reader of BFP for the past two year I can say
    without doubt that it has NEVER been Erica…

  124. On his own Walton is little or no threat to Ames, but if he has given stuff to the Irish builder that’s the problem.

  125. Walton is not just GFs puppet, indeed more importantly he has been providing information and working with Others

  126. Anonymous

    He is an SFO witness

  127. So mote it be

    Mr Ware, we are with you. Stop sending our masonic mate messages,

  128. 32nd Degree - Spread Eagle

    When our mate claimed he was at the upper echelons, he was not telling the truth. We need to be careful. We have spies in our midst.

    Lock down information.

  129. What is the care of evry mason?

    Ames is not on the level. Bro Irish builder is and as such gets our vote.

  130. Junior Deacon

    Bro Irish Builder can be a little temper driven. However, his heart is in the right place.

    He seems to be cross about a ceremony in October 2014. We cannot understand why. There is enough to roll with.

  131. overpopulation is the big problem

    Nobody gives a shit about your spazzy mong kid or whether you are offended by any accurate description of the abortion bucket escapee.

  132. Another fool figures out a new way for cash investors

    I Think I Figured Out A Way For The Cash Investors
    August 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    What makes you think that thousands of people are going to visit any of those Harlequin holiday resorts? Where is your research and financial analysis of the Caribbean tourist market ? Also are you aware about the local politics in all of the localities?

    Why don’t you have a quick look on the local realtors’ websites. You will find far better hotels and good land with PP on sale at a fraction of the cost that Harlequin paid.

    Why did Ames pay so much money for the flood plain at Buccament? The barren cliff at Merricks, the hills in St Lucia… etcetera ?

  133. breath of fresh air

    If you can’t handle the heat, well basically put your face in my butt crack and take a big deep breath. Love E

  134. Redefining a lot Brighter than Dave

    @ Ravenswood Hotel 27th Aug 4.58. Is it possible that Ames has an obsession with mosquitoes?

    Visitors to BB complain about an insufficiency of mosquito coils and look at this tourist advice for Panama. I’m not surprised that resort didn’t get off the ground.

    http://www.frommers.com/destinations/panama/763795#sthash.kfrgV7wU.dpbs

  135. Redefining Ruff Trade

    @ Another fool figures out 2.49. Did DAmes pay too much for inferior sites as part of a money laundering (or more likely brown envelope) strategy? “I’ve got a few or even quite a lot (St Lucia) doggy acres, so if you pay me more than they’re worth, we’ll fudge the planning permission and you can get a personal cut, while your “investors” get screwed.”

  136. Bro Irish Builder has an aversion towards bent lawyers and there are plenty of them in and associated with Harlequin. Bro Irish Builder looks forward to the outcome in October 2014.

  137. Danny Boy

    The Equaliser

    We too await with interest the October 2014 matter.

    Surely the earlier matter would please you more ?

    If that went for you, well, it would be a very pleasing day.

    Can we be friends again ?

  138. Redefining Ruff Trade

    @ Backhanders 3.45 and the little turd claimed to have bought the land from the millions he made selling a business.

  139. Danny Boy

    It is our sole objective to bring this matter to conclusion.

    Today has convinced us that this needs to happen.

  140. Observant Holidaymaker

    @ Somewhere in Spain 4.42. There’s plenty of ganja around, especially in SVG. I’ve met the man to whom Ames tugs his forelock. It is quite clear who is the gentleman in charge at the BB site. and he is nothing to do with the Ames family, or former cruise ship entertainments managers or any w*nker who’s worked in any kind of hotel….. If you bothered to give him the time of day, he’d treat you as an equal. He spent all day on the resort and knew exactly what was going on.

  141. Fair play

    @ Backhanders 6.16 Thanks Backhanders, All these lies coming to light can only be a good thing.

    Good for the Irish builder, good for Wilkins Kennedy (why should people be vilified for things they haven’t done or for miniscule peccadillos compared to the great turd’s crimes?).

  142. shrek

    What has butt cracks and stupid comments got to do with Harlequin, missing money and broken promises….how many bent agents bought themselves nice Mercedes stealing honest people’s cash, how many properties has Ames bought with our cash? Even Rl site is more interesting than this rubbish.

  143. Danny Boy your recent transgressions will be overlooked this time.

    Whilst you may be concerned about a back lash from the Toxic Turd, there is safety in numbers especially if those numbers hold the trump card as is the case here.

    Dave and Carol, enjoy your weekend.😉

  144. A Way For Cash

    @Another fool figures out a new way for cash investors

    Sure – I’ve never been to the Caribbean nor have I taken the time to look at land prices in the area, nor the prices paid by Harlequin. I was merely postulating a solution for cash investors, who currently stand to lose a lot if the company goes down (it won’t)

    I was also putting up something decent for people to dwell on, instead of the stupid bickering of some posters.

    I don’t think thousands of people are going to visit Harlequin’s hotels.

    Firstly, they are meant to be “luxury”. This does not lend itself to massive throughput; more a refined, exclusive experience for a family or couple who want to get away from the hustle bustle of a busy life. Sure you can go to Spain & other places, but the Caribbean certainly has its value too, IF you can make a hotel worthy of making the trip for. My lack of local knowledge is certainly an impediment there.

    I’ve been observing some of the docs & other statistics coming online over the past few months, and have found some merit in the numbers of people actually making the pilgrimage to Buccament Bay. It may be run down & the reviews might be fake, but people are going. How many is a different matter completely.

    I am of the firm belief that the hotel industry’s product lifecycle starts at a decade. This means it will take at least a decade for the first “swathe” of visitors to come & visit, another decade for the next generation, etc. At the very least, it’s a yearly business. BB has been running for what? 4 years? So it’s coming up to half way through its initial life cycle. At 5 years, you’d have to gauge the growth of the development based on the throughput.

    You seem to hold more opinions about the local area. Perhaps you’d like to discuss the land situation in the locality? Might give some more ideas to the cash investors

    @RL

    “We read it and wonder how any Harlequin business could get a PLC status.”

    I’ve not been involved with taking a company public in the UK before. I’m not sure about the stipulations to make it a viable offering.

    However, I do believe that it will be an attractive proposition the way I outlined before. As a financier, you’ll be able to pick up the hotels cheap, and still accommodate the cash investors.

    You mention “any Harlequin business”. Creating a publicly traded company would not be for the current Harlequin setup; it would have to be a new entity. How that would work is beyond my experience, but if you created a new entity to hold the land & other assets, you’ll have access to the asset base of the company without having to deal with a single individual who could easily disappear.

    That is how external financiers will be able to leverage the asset base that’s currently there. Might not be worth a lot ($15m, $20m?), but it will give the ability for financiers who would have otherwise not wanted to get involved, the ability to invest capital, thus making the company’s asset base more liquid.

    “often turn out to have an element of truth in time”

    Not these ramblings. The only person who knows the truth is David Ames. He’s the shareholder of the RDC’s, and consequently, will hold the keys to what happens next.

    My original post was sparked by the realization that currently, the success / failure of Harlequin depends on Ames. His companies own the land, which at the moment, has no form of activity at all being performed on them. The illiquidity of the asset base is woefully evident, and is the main cause of the entire problem with Harlequin.

    The problem has arisen because money which should have gone into building, went on commission. Moral implications aside, that means that only a portion of the planned hotels could ever be constructed without external finance, leading to the situation we have today.

    Imagine it like a “credit crunch”, but just for Harlequin. Without having any units completed, the company cannot attract finance, who need some sort of leverage to justify a return. The finance cannot come because Ames needs too much to build the next resorts in one go; he’d be better making smaller steps with less financial risk to external money men.

    Ames’ original plan was to raise a mortgage on the land & hotels already constructed. This will be catastrophic for the company, as it will not resolve the core issue – which is their asset base is set in stone. They need to leverage the assets they already have (land), to help build the hotels. They already had one chance to do this and fucked it up. To give cash investors a chance, they’ll have to find a way to realize the equity in their land.

    The PLC is to describe a way to free up the equity held in the assets, allowing a larger group of the financial community to push forward the construction of the hotels. This will be very risky, but if it can be pulled off, it will provide the investors with at least something they can sell for a return.

    “inadequately thought out solution”

    Inadequately thought out or not, it’s still better than the “trust”, and is also better than the RL “counter offer”, which is trying to accomplish the same aim as I have detailed, without actually fixing the underlying problem.

    I am simply an observer in this – highly interested to see the outcome.

  145. Danny Boy

    A way for cash –

    Me and our federation have no interest in saving Mr Ames.

    If Mr Ware get’s his appeal, then so be it. He is not our enemy.

    If Mr Ware communicates his agreement via our mutual communicator, we will post a later post confirming our agreement.

    We will simply declare that we are prepared to share the treasure.

  146. Anonymous

    @AWFC – “I was merely postulating a solution for cash investors, who
    currently stand to lose a lot if the company goes down (it won’t)”…
    In the eyes of most on here it has already failed. Your “solution”
    is so pie-in-the-sky its laughable !!

  147. Fair play

    @ Anonymous 8.34 thanks for your input. There are perhaps 1500 people (non sipps?) who’d like to see an attempt at least made to keep it going – laughable or not.

  148. Danny Boy

    Who would run Ames Plc ?

  149. Broadsword

    Calling Danny Boy

    We’re heading where eagles dare. It’s all going for a Burton.

    There is a deal to be done but we’re not waving hands around.

  150. Would that be the same paddy o’ware who RL allowed to run riot over their blog? No collusion there then.

  151. Danny Boy

    Where Eagles Dare …

    Will you be sending an SMS to our intermediary ? He is waiting on the Spanish border.

    Following the events of today, we are now 100% behind the game plan. There are standards of behaviour which have been broken. We are left with no choice.

  152. Anonymous

    There seem to be several conversations going on here. Some
    have nothing to do with the Caribbean and very little to do with
    Harlequin…

  153. Anonymous

    Anons 11:04 and 11:07 you both are exhibit A. Ever thought of
    posting a positive comment?

  154. A distressed Freemason somwhere in Spain with a broken laptop.

    Brethren, unless I have totally misjudged the situation we all have the same goal ?

    Time to flush the toxic turd down the pan?

  155. Danny Boy

    Why is Dan posting so much ?

  156. Danny Boy, you have the power to torpedo the toxic turd. It’s time.

  157. Regulatory Legal is now being formally investigated by the SRA more proof that Harlequin is being targeted unfairly.

    An SRA team has been appointed to investigate the affairs of Regulatory Legal.

    Investors should now be warned that Regulatory Legal was only interested in the liquidation of Harlequin.

    Investors should now consider using Holkham Compensation a not for profit company who will arrange redress with no hidden agendas.

    Please contact holkham compensation.com for further information. The company is legally entitled to seek redress for clients, contrary to the claims by Regulatory Legal and is working closely with Dave Ames and Harlequin.

    We hope that the investigation into Regulatory Legal will demonstrate to all investors that the safest option for their investments is to join the Harlequin Trust.

  158. Masonic Rumblings

    How can it be not for profit when you charge fees ?

    Also, is not the owner a big mate of Tailormade ?

  159. Holkham Compensation

    What about the £400m of money not applied properly ?

  160. BB Staff

    Have you heard that BB staff have not been paid on time ?

  161. Anon

    Is Bob PHIG getting a cut ?

  162. MOJ

    Authorisation is required, Halkham don’t have that Bro. Walton seen to that.

  163. Anonymous

    Holkham compensation what a fucking joke.

    Give us a break & take your blatent spam somewhere else. I’d rather trust RL with my case than a bunch of uninsured, unauthorized cowboys who don’t have any case at all.

    And further, it’s not a “not for profit”. How can you even claim that? Liars.

  164. Anonymous

    They should change their name to Hokum Compensation…

  165. Hiroshima moment

    Any guess what the next PHAG /Harlequin update will bang on about? Time for harlequins Hiroshima moment

  166. Trench foot

    Harlequin know that the game is up.

  167. just lock the rats up

    When is this obvious scam gong to end and the Ames family end up in prison

    This whole mess needs winding down and ending

  168. Hiroshima moment

    Holk con are doing a deal with the agents they won’t sue them in return for them convincing investors to go with them. Oh yes and a split if the fees. Ask your agent to confirm this in writing🙂

  169. B52

    Bomb with Daves name on it .

  170. Anonymous

    What happened to all the really clever posters? They have not been
    around for a day or two.

  171. Holkham Compensation

    Our post has appeared on the Regulatory Legal forum, see below.

    We are appalled by the response of Regulatory Legal to the formal investigation by the SRA which is very serious and is made up of complaints from dozens of investors.

    Their response,

    “Regulatory Legal Solicitors August 29, 2014 at 7:09pm
    If a party writes to our regulator, it is only right and proper that our regulator looks into their concerns. That would be no different here.

    We are happy to deal with any concerns or queries our regulator has. That goes without saying. As a solicitors practice, we are duty bound to respond to any queries.”

    David Ames of Harlequin has attempted to deal with Regulatory Legal for over a year now, in a fair and responsible manner. However it was brought to Mr. Ames’s attention that Regulatory Legal’s only focus was access to the secure data base of investors that Mr. Ames holds, and holds in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act 1998 ensuring that Investors details are protected.

    David Ames engaged with Regulatory Legal on a good faith basis as a result of assurances given by Regulatory Legal, that they were committed to working with David Ames, in providing Investors with the assurances they required that their investments were protected.

    It was David Ames who initially suggested the trust, a concept eagerly accepted in its entirety by Regulatory Legal.

    A number of agreements were set out, and Regulatory Legal agreed that monies they collected from investors would be used to carry out professional valuations of the Harlequin Resorts, pay for the independent legal advice necessary for the establishment of the trust and to fund the preparation and finalizing of accounts for the various Resort Development companies.

    It was as a result of these agreements that David Ames actively encouraged investors to pay Regulatory Legal £200 + Vat. David Ames even went as far as to mail all investors on behalf of Regulatory Legal in order to maintain investors details as is David Ames’ legal requirement under the UK Data Protection Act 1998.

    However David Ames subsequently discovered that Regulatory Legal had not paid the payments they received from investors, as per the agreements David Ames had with Regulatory Legal.

    Not only did David Ames attempt to seek resolution of the matter with Regulatory Legal , David Ames pleaded with Regulatory Legal to refund the monies to investors if Regulatory Legal were unwilling to honor the agreements they made with David Ames.

    Instead of engaging with David Ames, Regulatory Legal began a campaign of gross misinformation against David Ames and his companies and began to act in a most hostile manner. It became apparent that Regulatory Legal were only concerned with possible redress claims that they felt they could obtain for clients and David Ames was most concerned that Regulatory Legal had fraudulently obtained money from David Ames’ investors.

    David Ames however did not wish to inflame the situation, and had hoped at all times that Regulatory Legal would come to their senses and return the fraudulently obtained funds to the investors. They have not.

    David Ames was eventually so incensed at the arrogance and wholly unethical manner in which Regulatory Legal dealt with their clients that he made his legal team and Hefin Rees available to the clients who wished to obtain a full refund at no charge.

    David Ames was also very concerned that Regulatory Legal were looking to excessively charge investors who had a very valid claims for redress, charging up to 30% of monies invested by investors for a service that is provided free of charge by the UK Government through the FOS and FSCS schemes.

    Thus David Ames contacted us at Holkham Compensation, we provide a non profit service for Redress Clients unlike the 30% fees charged by Regulatory Legal.

    As a result of the alleged fraudulent activities carried out by Regulatory Legal a very serious complaint has been made to the SRA who have acted expeditiously on the matter, given the very serious nature of the allegations, and will be sending a team into the Regulatory Legal offices on Monday to forensically go through their documents and accounts.

    The SRA only take such action in the most serious of cases and anyone considering using Regulatory Legal at this time should now reconsider. We also ask investors who have paid over monies to Regulatory Legal and who have not yet made a complaint to the SRA to consider doing so.

    David Ames is personally deeply saddened that a company that he trusted to assist him in giving Investors confidence have acted in such a wholly unprofessional manner and potentially committed fraud against many of his investors. He however is thankful for the very quick response and action taken by the SRA in the matter and is relieved that no more investors will be taken in by Regulatory Legal.

    Below is a section from the Regulatory Legal forum demonstrating the utter contempt in which they hold their clients, their response to the very serious situation and investigations facing Regulatory Legal is to put it mildly an absolute disgrace.

    SRA Investigation Posted by David Peck on August 29, 2014 at 5:34pm
    Someone called “Holkham Compensation” posted this on BFP:

    Regulatory Legal is now being formally investigated by the SRA more proof that Harlequin is being targeted unfairly.

    An SRA team has been appointed to investigate the affairs of Regulatory Legal.

    Investors should now be warned that Regulatory Legal was only interested in the liquidation of Harlequin.

    Investors should now consider using Holkham Compensation a not for profit company who will arrange redress with no hidden agendas.

    Please contact holkham compensation.com for further information. The company is legally entitled to seek redress for clients, contrary to the claims by Regulatory Legal and is working closely with Dave Ames and Harlequin.

    We hope that the investigation into Regulatory Legal will demonstrate to all investors that the safest option for their investments is to join the Harlequin Trust.

    Is this based on fact or fiction?

    Following
    Replies

    Natalie August 29, 2014 at 7:39pm
    This has Ames written all over it. “the safest option for their investments is to join the Harlequin Trust”

    I would rather poke my own eyes out than give the toad another 5 year grace.
    Reply

    Maria Teresa Legros August 29, 2014 at 7:13pm
    These are serious allegations to be made by these people. Whoever wrote this should be made to apologise to RL and taken straight to court for trying to blacken their good name. This gets worse as it goes on, I’m absolutely furious that this can happen by all these nasty, devious individuals!! They are so desperate!!!
    Reply

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors August 29, 2014 at 7:09pm
    If a party writes to our regulator, it is only right and proper that our regulator looks into their concerns. That would be no different here.

    We are happy to deal with any concerns or queries our regulator has. That goes without saying. As a solicitors practice, we are duty bound to respond to any queries.

    Reply
    Patrick August 29, 2014 at 6:59pm
    Who cares any client who cannot see exactly what kind of tactic this is has no place on here . RL have worked very hard to provide a solution and the toxic turd dismissed it out of hand .whoever if anyone has complained is a blithering idiot and is better of signing the turds stupid trust and let the rest of us fight for justice.
    Reply Delete

  172. Tubal Cain

    This is now a real problem for Ames.

  173. Danny Boy

    Dear Holkham,

    A few things :-

    – RL charge 15% plus VAT, not 30%
    – Your charging the same

    Nice attempt at a stitch up, but no dice.

  174. Warthogs over Wickford

    The latest update from the Basildon Bunker

    Chairman’s Update: 29th August, 2014

    Dear All,

    With an incredibly busy summer period coming to an end, I think now is a good time to update investors on where Harlequin stands today. It really has been quite an eventful year so far.

    Occupancy

    I have just returned from Buccament Bay Resort where, as some investors witnessed for themselves, we were at full occupancy for periods with many families, couples and friends all enjoying their summer holidays. This is quite an achievement when you consider that many Caribbean hotels suffer in the summer for what is typically their low season.

    It has been the busiest summer period since Buccament Bay Resort opened and bookings remain very strong through to Christmas 2014.

    So far this year, bookings are up by approximately 20% on 2013 and we have opened many new cabanas this year into hotel inventory in order to meet the growing demand for guest occupancy.

    New opportunities

    We continue to enjoy strong support from the travel industry; this is in spite of continuing attempts to undermine the business by unscrupulous individuals who post false negative reviews and rumours online in order to harm the hotels’ reputations. An example of the support for the product was shown by a recent promotional campaign ran by a tour operator named Travel Zoo that brought in around 200 bookings for Harlequin in just a few weeks.

    Efforts to crack the US market continue ahead of St Vincent’s new airport opening next year. Our experienced team has been representing the resorts at trade shows and developing relationships with influential agents. Many US agents have now visited our hotels and are only now in a position to recommend the product to clients, which makes for an exciting future.

    As an example, I recently met a major US agent who described Buccament Bay Resort as their “new favorite resort” and “loved” blu, St Lucia, to quote their email to me. As a result, the agent will soon begin marketing to their “millions of clients” and they confidently predict they can “fill both hotels”.

    West Indies & Bangladesh cricket teams

    Buccament Bay Resort will be hosting both the West Indies and Bangladesh cricket teams in September for over a week as they take part in a five day test match in St Vincent. They will be joined on resort by cricket officials and committee members, who will also hold a conference whilst staying with us.

    Harlequin Air

    Harlequin Air, operated by Caribbean Helicopters, soft launched in August and the feedback has been extremely positive from guests enjoying the added dimension of luxury and style to their stays with us. There have been teething problems, which are to be expected when creating a brand new international air transfer service from scratch, but these have been overcome and it is a proud moment seeing this value-adding, unique service get off the ground.

    Trust

    Constructive meetings continue with SIPP providers with the general feeling being one of support on the basis that Harlequin works closely with the SIPP providers in addressing any queries and resolving issues where possible.

    We have not set a deadline for investors entering the Trust at present because it is neither in Harlequin’s nor investors’ best interests to impose a false sense of urgency that will cause further stress, particularly given the time of year (summer holiday season). With that said, we are mindful that the sooner the Trust is established, the sooner investors are protected by the security on offer and Harlequin can obtain finance to realise its and your investment goals.

    Finance

    As you are aware, we already possess a Letter of Intent from a leading global five star hotel operator, which could act as a route to finance, and discussions are ongoing with a number of third parties. Harlequin has a duty to be extremely careful and diligent in any finance related decision it makes and therefore always proceeds with extreme caution. Although finance is the ultimately top priority, we are also exploring options for hotel management, project management for development, and other related avenues.

    Following a lot of work over the summer, I am pleased to reveal that negotiations with a major international tourism brand are advanced with the framework for a deal agreed that will contribute greatly to Harlequin meeting its objectives for investors at both ends of the spectrum. I expect to be able to provide more details soon; in the meantime, I can reveal that the deal is likely to include both Buccament Bay Resort and blu, St Lucia.

    Completions

    I am delighted to confirm that the main SIPP providers have started to proceed with completions and signing contracts. Not only is this fantastic news for SIPP investors who want to see their investment succeed, but it also clearly shows that confidence is returning and the plans I have set in place are materialising.

    We have some units left for completion, so if you have balancing funds available to complete, please contact either Dan Dalligan or Vinny Stenning so we can begin working towards completion and delivery of your investment. Their contact details are as follows:

    01268 24 24 60
    ddalligan @ harlequinhotelsandresorts com
    vstenning @ harlequinhotelsandresorts com
    With the support of external funding, income from completions will create a snowball effect that will enable Harlequin to develop and open hotels at an accelerated rate and provide purchasers with rental returns.

    Wilkins Kennedy professional negligence claim

    Now that Wilkins Kennedy and Martin MacDonald have submitted their defences, we will submit a robust and thorough reply in the coming weeks. We expect the claim to go to trial in 2015.

    Unconstructive distractions

    Lately you may have noticed that we have sent fewer emails countering the negative PR tactics employed by Gareth Fatchett of Regulatory Legal (“R Legal”).

    Our relative silence has been due to a few reasons, chief among them being that I am devoting my energy to the most important matter: the business and its future success.

    Investors and agents have always been split between those who want us to respond to R Legal and those who would prefer us to ignore the atmosphere of negativity that R Legal try to engender.

    It is also the case that the reaction from investors and agents to R Legal’s scaremongering has decreased to the point where the last month or two has seen barely a handful of people get in touch with us to clarify comments about us. In fact, we have seen a number of investors coming to join the Trust because of R Legal’s negative tactics. Clearly the vast majority now realise that the statements are designed to manipulate investors and create customers for R Legal, although we are always more than happy to deal with any enquiries that will put an investor’s mind at rest.

    True colours

    Through his actions, it has become apparent that Mr Fatchett will try every trick in the book to destroy Harlequin. Presumably this is because a failed investment increases his chances of redress success and reaping commissions. Having been frustrated by his own attempts to harm the business, Mr Fatchett has desperately jumped on the bandwagon of legal action by another firm, which he publicises with curious gusto via social media and other means. Essentially, Mr Fatchett shamelessly backs whichever horse will increase the chances of bringing Harlequin to its knees. This has been underlined by the knowledge that a prominent member of Mr Fatchett’s group collaborated with the other firm to generate negative publicity for Harlequin.

    Indeed, Mr Fatchett has told Harlequin members of staff that he as good as controls that action by a separate firm.

    Out of the loop

    There have been too many misinformed and/or misguided statements to clarify them all here, but it is important to remember that R Legal is out of the loop as far as Harlequin is concerned and they certainly do not possess clairvoyant gifts that enable them to know what is happening with the Trust, administration, finance, and so on. R Legal merely guesses or shares the worst case scenario on as many forums as possible with anyone who is willing to listen to their spin.

    A worried investor put under pressure is more likely to become an R Legal client, hence the endless imminent deadlines and grave warnings for the last 18 months. Sadly, the likely result of joining Team Fatchett is limited to placing more monies in the pocket of R Legal and further ostracising the investment in an already difficult environment, where the only winner will be R Legal if it achieves its goal of redress.

    HMSSE administration

    To give you some examples regarding R Legal’s recent output, the situation regarding HMSSE’s administration is represented to be a clear cut ‘doom and gloom’ situation, when in fact it is far more complex than R Legal either let on or understand. The Shipleys extension does end in the near future, but they have not confirmed if they will or will not apply for a further extension and they certainly have not confirmed their final decision regarding a Company Voluntary Agreement. The decision rests on a number of contingencies that Harlequin are working on with Shipleys, all of which R Legal is not involved in or has no knowledge of, so by involving themselves in this process they are simply making un-educated guesses to de-stabilise those who will listen.

    Harlequin is still fully confident and has good reason to believe that HMSSE can trade out of administration and we remain in positive discussions with Shipleys.

    Irrelevant levy

    In another recent email, R Legal shared the esoteric news that the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme) announced that there might be an interim levy and used it as yet another tenuous reason not to join the Trust. R Legal even implied that any adviser who suggested entering the Trust as a result is incompetent.

    What makes this utterly bizarre is that the Trust and the interim levy, which R Legal did not explain to investors, are completely unrelated. To add to this, R Legal are not best placed to advise as they are far from experts in the field of Trust law, something that Harlequin has experienced first-hand during the course of the year.

    To explain the interim levy, the FSCS charges investment providers a certain sum each year depending on their forecast for the next year’s redress claims. If the FSCS has to pay out on more redress claims than anticipated, they raise more money with an interim levy (i.e. charging the providers for more funds). That alone tells you that it has absolutely no relevance whatsoever to the Trust, but this is underlined by the fact that the interim levy is based on past claims, not future claims.

    Short memories

    Lastly, R Legal likes to repeat that external finance has not appeared as yet. As we have stated many times and Gareth Fatchett pointed out himself before abandoning the Trust, finance will be forthcoming once the Trust is in place.

    It is clear that investors are tired of these self-serving distractions and R Legal’s general conduct. In fact, we are aware that a number of investors are outraged and have accordingly reported Mr Fatchett and R Legal to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

    Finally

    I hope it is evident to you all that the business is strengthening with each month that goes by and we are closer than ever to meeting the expectations of all kinds of Harlequin investor. We are acutely aware of the different categories of investor and will continue to work hard to satisfy the demands of all, which will be far easier once the Trust is up and running and finance is generated to accelerate construction of our exciting projects.

    Regards,

    Dave Ames
    Chairman

  175. Danny Boy

    The most obvious attempt at a stitch up in history.

  176. The Eqauliser

    Chairmans Update

    Dear All,

    With an incredibly busy summer period coming to an end, I think now is a good time to update investors on where Harlequin stands today. It really has been quite an eventful year so far.

    Occupancy

    I have just returned from Buccament Bay Resort where, as some investors witnessed for themselves, we were at full occupancy for periods with many families, couples and friends all enjoying their summer holidays. This is quite an achievement when you consider that many Caribbean hotels suffer in the summer for what is typically their low season.

    It has been the busiest summer period since Buccament Bay Resort opened and bookings remain very strong through to Christmas 2014.

    So far this year, bookings are up by approximately 20% on 2013 and we have opened many new cabanas this year into hotel inventory in order to meet the growing demand for guest occupancy.

    New opportunities

    We continue to enjoy strong support from the travel industry; this is in spite of continuing attempts to undermine the business by unscrupulous individuals who post false negative reviews and rumours online in order to harm the hotels’ reputations. An example of the support for the product was shown by a recent promotional campaign ran by a tour operator named Travel Zoo that brought in around 200 bookings for Harlequin in just a few weeks.

    Efforts to crack the US market continue ahead of St Vincent’s new airport opening next year. Our experienced team has been representing the resorts at trade shows and developing relationships with influential agents. Many US agents have now visited our hotels and are only now in a position to recommend the product to clients, which makes for an exciting future.

    As an example, I recently met a major US agent who described Buccament Bay Resort as their “new favorite resort” and “loved” blu, St Lucia, to quote their email to me. As a result, the agent will soon begin marketing to their “millions of clients” and they confidently predict they can “fill both hotels”.

    West Indies & Bangladesh cricket teams

    Buccament Bay Resort will be hosting both the West Indies and Bangladesh cricket teams in September for over a week as they take part in a five day test match in St Vincent. They will be joined on resort by cricket officials and committee members, who will also hold a conference whilst staying with us.

    Harlequin Air

    Harlequin Air, operated by Caribbean Helicopters, soft launched in August and the feedback has been extremely positive from guests enjoying the added dimension of luxury and style to their stays with us. There have been teething problems, which are to be expected when creating a brand new international air transfer service from scratch, but these have been overcome and it is a proud moment seeing this value-adding, unique service get off the ground.

    Trust

    Constructive meetings continue with SIPP providers with the general feeling being one of support on the basis that Harlequin works closely with the SIPP providers in addressing any queries and resolving issues where possible.

    We have not set a deadline for investors entering the Trust at present because it is neither in Harlequin’s nor investors’ best interests to impose a false sense of urgency that will cause further stress, particularly given the time of year (summer holiday season). With that said, we are mindful that the sooner the Trust is established, the sooner investors are protected by the security on offer and Harlequin can obtain finance to realise its and your investment goals.

    Finance

    As you are aware, we already possess a Letter of Intent from a leading global five star hotel operator, which could act as a route to finance, and discussions are ongoing with a number of third parties. Harlequin has a duty to be extremely careful and diligent in any finance related decision it makes and therefore always proceeds with extreme caution. Although finance is the ultimately top priority, we are also exploring options for hotel management, project management for development, and other related avenues.

    Following a lot of work over the summer, I am pleased to reveal that negotiations with a major international tourism brand are advanced with the framework for a deal agreed that will contribute greatly to Harlequin meeting its objectives for investors at both ends of the spectrum. I expect to be able to provide more details soon; in the meantime, I can reveal that the deal is likely to include both Buccament Bay Resort and blu, St Lucia.

    Completions

    I am delighted to confirm that the main SIPP providers have started to proceed with completions and signing contracts. Not only is this fantastic news for SIPP investors who want to see their investment succeed, but it also clearly shows that confidence is returning and the plans I have set in place are materialising.

    We have some units left for completion, so if you have balancing funds available to complete, please contact either Dan Dalligan or Vinny Stenning so we can begin working towards completion and delivery of your investment. Their contact details are as follows:

    01268 24 24 60
    ddalligan harlequinhotelsandresorts.com
    vstenning harlequinhotelsandresorts.com
    With the support of external funding, income from completions will create a snowball effect that will enable Harlequin to develop and open hotels at an accelerated rate and provide purchasers with rental returns.

    Wilkins Kennedy professional negligence claim

    Now that Wilkins Kennedy and Martin MacDonald have submitted their defences, we will submit a robust and thorough reply in the coming weeks. We expect the claim to go to trial in 2015.

    Unconstructive distractions

    Lately you may have noticed that we have sent fewer emails countering the negative PR tactics employed by Gareth Fatchett of Regulatory Legal (“R Legal”).

    Our relative silence has been due to a few reasons, chief among them being that I am devoting my energy to the most important matter: the business and its future success.

    Investors and agents have always been split between those who want us to respond to R Legal and those who would prefer us to ignore the atmosphere of negativity that R Legal try to engender.

    It is also the case that the reaction from investors and agents to R Legal’s scaremongering has decreased to the point where the last month or two has seen barely a handful of people get in touch with us to clarify comments about us. In fact, we have seen a number of investors coming to join the Trust because of R Legal’s negative tactics. Clearly the vast majority now realise that the statements are designed to manipulate investors and create customers for R Legal, although we are always more than happy to deal with any enquiries that will put an investor’s mind at rest.

    True colours

    Through his actions, it has become apparent that Mr Fatchett will try every trick in the book to destroy Harlequin. Presumably this is because a failed investment increases his chances of redress success and reaping commissions. Having been frustrated by his own attempts to harm the business, Mr Fatchett has desperately jumped on the bandwagon of legal action by another firm, which he publicises with curious gusto via social media and other means. Essentially, Mr Fatchett shamelessly backs whichever horse will increase the chances of bringing Harlequin to its knees. This has been underlined by the knowledge that a prominent member of Mr Fatchett’s group collaborated with the other firm to generate negative publicity for Harlequin.

    Indeed, Mr Fatchett has told Harlequin members of staff that he as good as controls that action by a separate firm.

    Out of the loop

    There have been too many misinformed and/or misguided statements to clarify them all here, but it is important to remember that R Legal is out of the loop as far as Harlequin is concerned and they certainly do not possess clairvoyant gifts that enable them to know what is happening with the Trust, administration, finance, and so on. R Legal merely guesses or shares the worst case scenario on as many forums as possible with anyone who is willing to listen to their spin.

    A worried investor put under pressure is more likely to become an R Legal client, hence the endless imminent deadlines and grave warnings for the last 18 months. Sadly, the likely result of joining Team Fatchett is limited to placing more monies in the pocket of R Legal and further ostracising the investment in an already difficult environment, where the only winner will be R Legal if it achieves its goal of redress.

    HMSSE administration

    To give you some examples regarding R Legal’s recent output, the situation regarding HMSSE’s administration is represented to be a clear cut ‘doom and gloom’ situation, when in fact it is far more complex than R Legal either let on or understand. The Shipleys extension does end in the near future, but they have not confirmed if they will or will not apply for a further extension and they certainly have not confirmed their final decision regarding a Company Voluntary Agreement. The decision rests on a number of contingencies that Harlequin are working on with Shipleys, all of which R Legal is not involved in or has no knowledge of, so by involving themselves in this process they are simply making un-educated guesses to de-stabilise those who will listen.

    Harlequin is still fully confident and has good reason to believe that HMSSE can trade out of administration and we remain in positive discussions with Shipleys.

    Irrelevant levy

    In another recent email, R Legal shared the esoteric news that the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme) announced that there might be an interim levy and used it as yet another tenuous reason not to join the Trust. R Legal even implied that any adviser who suggested entering the Trust as a result is incompetent.

    What makes this utterly bizarre is that the Trust and the interim levy, which R Legal did not explain to investors, are completely unrelated. To add to this, R Legal are not best placed to advise as they are far from experts in the field of Trust law, something that Harlequin has experienced first-hand during the course of the year.

    To explain the interim levy, the FSCS charges investment providers a certain sum each year depending on their forecast for the next year’s redress claims. If the FSCS has to pay out on more redress claims than anticipated, they raise more money with an interim levy (i.e. charging the providers for more funds). That alone tells you that it has absolutely no relevance whatsoever to the Trust, but this is underlined by the fact that the interim levy is based on past claims, not future claims.

    Short memories

    Lastly, R Legal likes to repeat that external finance has not appeared as yet. As we have stated many times and Gareth Fatchett pointed out himself before abandoning the Trust, finance will be forthcoming once the Trust is in place.

    It is clear that investors are tired of these self-serving distractions and R Legal’s general conduct. In fact, we are aware that a number of investors are outraged and have accordingly reported Mr Fatchett and R Legal to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

    Finally

    I hope it is evident to you all that the business is strengthening with each month that goes by and we are closer than ever to meeting the expectations of all kinds of Harlequin investor. We are acutely aware of the different categories of investor and will continue to work hard to satisfy the demands of all, which will be far easier once the Trust is up and running and finance is generated to accelerate construction of our exciting projects.

    Regards,

    Dave Ames
    Chairman

  177. Anonymous

    DANNY BOY AKA WALTON

    Is the above also a stitch up?????

    You and your mate got caught with your hand in the till and now its curtains for you matey. lol

  178. Bobbikins van der Wiyer and the Druids

    @ Holkham Compensation 8.16.

    My favourite quote from this long post is “David Ames was most concerned RL fraudulemtly obtained money from clients…”

    Expressions about pot and kettle seem a bit to genteel for this example. I prefer to introduce The pig potatoes cauldron calling the mash bucket dirty.

    The killer quote is in the last sentence “The company is legally entitled to seek redress for clients, contrary to the claims by Regulatory Legal and is working closely with Dave Ames and Harlequin”

    Nobody who’s a client of RL is going to select a firm that is working closely with Dave Ames and Harlequin.

    Here’s a lesson for DA and Harleqin. Once you’ve lost the confidence of people, by treating them really, shittily badly. You can NEVER regain the confidence. You can never get them back on your side.

  179. Mon Canard

    Anonymous – I bet you that won’t be the case.

    Remember all the pink forms and the terms of business. Sets out the relationship quite clearly.

    Problem comes from Ames & Co telling people they had to pay to join the trust. RL did not say that and it does not appear in their terms.

    Just a point to mention.

  180. Dave's huge gamble

    Let’s hope for Mr Ames, GF isn’t successful in his most recent endeavour. If so, then I doubt there will be any quarter given.

  181. Anonymous

    I’ve just re-read the TA review by Nigel (travelled with five kids in tow)
    who wrote that after having paid his agent in full for a return in October
    the agent refunded his money in full. Now why would that be?
    As we say in the States “something ain’t right”

  182. Dave's huge gamble

    “Process

    The creation of an independent trust to hold the security of the land assets for investors is a task which will require independent advice.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors will co-ordinate this process. We will need to obtain advice from local lawyers in the Caribbean in relation to the effectiveness of the security offered by Harlequin. We will also need to obtain a valuation of current assets in the various jurisdictions and embark upon an extensive due diligence process into the Harlequin Property structure and business.

    With the benefit of this knowledge, you will be in a position to make an informed decision as to whether you are prepared to waive the actionable (and potentially actionable) elements of your contract.

    If, after considering this process, you are content to accept the offer of securitisation from Harlequin, we will provide you with the necessary waiver document. Once this document has been executed, you will become a beneficiary under the trust and will benefit from the securitisation.

    This letter is to invite you to join the Investor Trust. By accepting this invitation, you are not committing yourself to the Investor Trust or the waiver of your actionable or future actionable rights; you are merely opting in to the initial process whereby you will receive the formal documentation, advices and opinions mentioned above to enable you to make an informed decision about the Harlequin offer of securisation. ”

    Seems to me that RL were saying that you need to consider the due diligence before joining any trust. The fact RL did the due diligence and then said “do not join at this point” is because the due diligence report was bad.

    The later terms of business take out the valuation and say (if appropriate).

    Seems to me that they have been very straightforward.

  183. Memphis Belle

    @ Warthogs over Wickford 8.43. Hi Warties good to see you again.. Thanks for the long update. “Teething problems” on the clapped out stretched Navajos? Hardly surprising. They are very old. “Brand new international air transfer service”. So is a lunch trip to Paris Plage, but hardly something to boast about.

    “Unique service”. I wonder if the pilots have instructor ratings instead of passenger carrying tickets.? That’s what they say on the website.

    Let’s get out the A10s and the B17s and buzz the stupid chieftains

  184. Holkhams missing MoJ authorisation

    We have been searching high and low for it. Any clues ?

  185. That's all folks ...

    Dave,

    SRA will take months. You don’t have months.

    Add to RL, the contempt and your favourite Celtic mate you have now lined up a very strong and very motivated group against you.

  186. RL Running for cover

    Replies

    David Peck August 29, 2014 at 10:57pm
    Everyone in this thread – your names have been mentioned in this comment on BFP:
    https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/newly-revealed-re

    I would suggest you email both RL & BFP to have either your name, or the comment removed from their site

    This is a legally privileged forum, and I would expect my communications to be treated as such.
    Reply

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors August 29, 2014 at 11:02pm
    David,

    One of the site users is copying the forum across. We cannot stop people doing this other than removing the forum.
    Reply

  187. RL Running for cover

    Harlequin Update – 29th August 2014
    Posted by Regulatory Legal Solicitors on August 29, 2014 at 10:48pm
    All,

    Mr Ames has quite clearly put his efforts into encouraging some investors and some of our clients to complain to our own regulator.

    We were told about this around the time when Mr Ames was holding his trust meetings. Therefore, we have expected to be contacted by our own regulator since that time. This has now happened and we will respond to the queries when they are put to us.

    The pincer movement by Holkham Compensation (on Barbados Free Press) and Harlequin through their updates tonight was both calculated and pre-planned. No sooner had they received confirmation from our regulator that they were going to speak to us, both parties moved to publish the fact.

    We accept that this matter is highly contentious and that we give updates which do not please Harlequin. We cannot complain when we are criticised, anymore than when we criticise Harlequin.

    We anticipate that the tactics of Harlequin and Holkham was designed to unsettle our clients and to seek to persuade them to sign up with the Harlequin Trust. Although, in some measure, our clients may feel unsettled, we doubt they will lose their resolve and simply sign up to whatever Harlequin offer.

    No sensible person will be fooled by the way in which Holkham Compensation and Harlequin co-ordinated their updates. It is annoying for us, but we accept that this is part of the territory for these type of contentious matters.

    When we consider our position, we would rather be in our position, than that of Harlequin. After all, we have not taken £400m, produced one completion, paid £200m in commission and face the on going scrutiny of the SFO.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  188. RL Done Good

    This was only a matter of time.

    Harlequin have not come back with their own due diligence, which would have surely doused RL’s “lies”, specifically pertaining to how much revenue the company is generating, and how much land they actually own. A distinct lack of this information is very telling (they either don’t have it, it’s not worth publicising, or they are too disorganized to publish it).

    I’m passed the whole “let them die” phase – I’m intrigued to see how Harlequin will pull through this. I am bitterly aggravated by their continued meddling, but oh well. More popcorn required. It’s the same old story – innocent Ames worked with a big bad company who only wanted to bring him down. What a travesty (again).

    Will have to see how this Holkham thing goes.

    If people are so desperate as to go with them, I only have pity. Uninsured, unauthorized, no track record, no details of how they plan to achieve redress, no credentials, no connections.

    To those wanting answers about Holkham… Would you trust a Surgeon who held the same [lack of] credentials?

  189. David Peck defender of the faith, retired know it all, who resides in the North of France, alcoholic advisor to the RL trust and regular attacker of BFP now crying to BFP that he is being mentioned on here lol.

    Even though he is a self proclaimed expert on all matters financial ( one wonders why he invested in Harlequin if that was the case) his fondness for the cooking sherry apparently had fried his brain……. He now wants nothing to do with this mess??????

    What does he mean we wonder……..

  190. Bobbykins van der Wiyer

    @ Holkhams missing MoJ 9.54. Same place as the cheque … in the post. And if Holkham’s cheque is still in the post, the MoJ authorisation is unlikely to have left the office.

  191. Anonymous

    From last TA review..does this sound like a 5 star resort ?
    “So why average? Well for the reasons mentioned elsewhere. The complex is clearly has some financial constraints and half of the complex is boarded off and becoming dilapidated. The planned restaurants and harbour have never opened or are half built and the cricket coach only came once he had been promised to pay him cash for some back pay. All of that is ok but when air conditioning is not working properly or the bar cannot serve a variety of drinks because they have run out impacts enjoyment. “

  192. Moj

    I called them about Halk con and they certainly are not authorised. Details have been sent – they will not get moj approval.

    God word is enough?

  193. Why was the Buccament Bay TA review 559 censored?

    Someone obviously took offence to the word PONZI and didn’t like it mentioned that the three families Nigel’s travel agent had sent out previously to BB “had commenced a legal action to recover some of their costs and did not want us to endure the same that we encountered in addition to the water sports being closed.”

    It comes to something when even a UK travel agent has no faith in Harlequin or its 5 * PONZI resort.

  194. Maria, stating that those who copy and paste from the RL forum should not be protected by GF is sad.

    It’s sad that you along with others believe that GF is protecting you. GF is now formally being investigated for Fraud.

    You guys are wholly ineffective in this fight. GF has no plan, never had but continues to string you guys along.

    David Peck the alcoholic twit on your forum likes the sound of his own voice.

    David Ames discovered that GF was working in league with Carter Lemon Cameron, Crozier, O Halloran ( the guy who triggered the collapse of Harlequin), Newman and a few others.

    David Ames has been the subject of incessant attacks by greedy unscrupulous and vicious characters for a number of years now.

    David Ames has never been charged nor convicted of any crime, yet GF has a team of investigators calling into his offices on Monday to begin a process of what is known as Supervision, that is the process by which the SRA only investigate the most serious of allegations.

    David Ames gave GF every opportunity to make amends for his wrongful actions, but is disgusted by the fraud perpetrated by GF against you guys.

    Do you not find it odd that GF refuses to make a full statement to you his clients on what you call a secure website. He has no decency. And look how many contributors are on his forum, fewer then a dozen brain washed idiots like your self.

  195. Looting again at Buccament Bay?

    What’s the going rate for a months wages? A TV? Coffee machine ? When Harlequin goes down how long befor the locals dismantle your unit?

  196. Holkham Compensation

    We can now confirm we have a number of disgruntled members signed up for our redress package. Of course, since we are not for profit, and since Regulatory Legal is now being investigated by the SRA, we are confident of providing investors with a satisfactory route to redress.

    Mr Ames has never been the subject of an SFO investigation. Mr Ames has never had any of the allegations against him proven, and is currently engaged in litigation against a number of individuals who have wronged both his good name and Harlequin.

    We are confident & happy with the progress of Harlequin, and hope investors join us to achieve redress from greedy, unscrupulous individuals who are trying to bring Harlequin down.

    In accordance with the update sent by Harlequin yesterday, it’s clear that Regulatory Legal have been stirring defamatory and negative publicity for Harlequin, making conducting business very difficult. It is because of this that we felt compelled to act, and are now well on the way to providing assured solutions for those in need.

  197. A Personal Message For Maria T Legros

    GF has been telling lies about Harlequin for many months – it is only now that we are in a position to bring R Legal to the justice the investors require.

    To this date, GF has never provided investors with a ledger on where the trust money was spent. And still GF takes – demanding innocent investors spend £200 for even joining his site. I am disgusted by the work of GF & R Legal, and especially their treatment of Harlequin.

    David Ames has never done anything wrong. He has provided information both documenting & exonerating himself & Harlequin in courts of law, proving without doubt that he has nothing to hide. Mr Ames is currently conducting work to bring the good name of Harlequin back, after these disgusting attacks.

    We need to be clear about this – the investor trust is the only way that investors will be able to secure their investment. We can confirm having worked closely with the FSCS & SFO, we are able to confidently offer the trust as a viable method to achieving a return on your investment. No one else can guarantee a return on your investment – only Harlequin with the trust.

    The only way to secure your investment is by joining the Harlequin trust. All the work has already been performed by R Legal & Pitmans. Investors can now just sign up for the trust, free of charge, allowing Harlequin to raise the finance required to complete the resorts. This is in investors’ best interests, and is wholly supported by the SFO, SIPP companies and FSCS

    GF is currently under investigation for fraud. Who you would you rather trust? A fraudulent firm, or a company who’s never lost in court? We currently have a growing number of investors trusting their investments to Harlequin’s capable hands through the Harlequin trust.

    We can also confirm the SFO has now ceased investigating Harlequin, as well as the confirmation that two highly prominent SIPP providers have signed agreements with Harlequin in support of their trust.

  198. shrek

    Why attack Maria or Mr Peck you morons ? Maria is an eloquent, polite lady. What has harlequin or the agents done apart from take our money and give us very expensive pieces of paper?

  199. Liars

    A Personal Message For Maria T Legros
    August 30, 2014 at 9:50 am

    What you have posted is not true. The SFO and Essex Police continue to investigate Harlequin. Nor does the SFO, SIPP companies and FSCS ‘wholly support the trust.’

  200. To the Harlequin scum

    You and your thieving deceitful ways are truly disgusting. You are beginning to sound desperate. We can’t wait until you are arrested, charged and sentenced. That’ll wipe the smug smile off your faces.

  201. Dave, is this really your best shot?

    The SRA is regulated by Freemasons !

  202. @ Holkham

    Can you post your MOJ certificate please?

  203. Gareth Fatchett did not act on his clients instructions when it came to the issue of the Stat Demands. This was indeed discussed on his forum on many occasions, the screen shots from his forum have now been compiled and sent to the SRA’s investigation team.

    Sadly for Mr. Fatchett it is this, and the non action on a consent order on behalf of his clients The Hartland Group which contained a Penal Notice which will cause him some very serious issues.

    There is also the issue of Gareth Fatchett’s double dipping, representing those with an interest in investing in Harlequin whilst in the same breath representing those looking to claim their money back.

  204. HP trolls and the SRA

    Dave, is this really your best shot? August 30, 2014 at 11:11 am
    The SRA is regulated by Freemasons !

    You are talking complete rubbish but I suspect you know that anyway. You can try as hard as you might to disrupt all negative discussion; discredit and attempt to harm the reputations of any person who stands up to Harlequin, the despicable Ames family and their bully-boy employees but it aint gonna work. The truth will out in the end.

    Let’s have no more of this Masons blether. Here is a link informing you about how the SRA is regulated:
    http://www.sra.org.uk/sra/how-we-work/memorandum-understanding.page
    Read it and learn!

  205. Just hearsay ?

    That Ames gave Holkham the client contact details for a cut of the redress?

    That agents get a referral fee?

  206. Strike Off

    We also have it writing that the SFO and FSCS are firmly behind our attempts to give Harlequin investors a chance at receiving a return on their investment. In light of the email update issued by Dave Ames yesterday, it should now be obvious to anyone involved with the Harlequin group of companies, how the solicitors at Regulatory Legal acted fraudulently & wrongly.

    Regulatory Legal have caused insurmountable damage to the Harlequin brand & the good name of the Harlequin employees, directors & shareholders. Mr Ames has tolerated this for over a year, and has decided that now is the right time to reveal RL’s true intentions. We are sorry to investors who have been mislead by this corrupt company, and wish to set amends by revealing their true colours to you all.

    Our complaint to the SRA is in accordance with UK law, and as Harlequin has done nothing wrong, cannot be rebutted by Regulatory Legal without revealing their true intentions. It is unfortunately the way to which we have become accustomed to working with these people, and are ashamed to have once considered them a partner of Harlequin, to help us get the business back on track.

    We hope the SRA’s investigation will be as full and proper as they informed us it would be. As Mr Ames has never been found guilty of any crime, he is well within his rights to condemn the actions of Regulatory Legal in regards to the fraudulent activities they have been engaged with. We can also confirm that Holkham Compensation is fully authorised to handle compensation cases in the UK, our MOJ authorisation is already processed & awaiting approval.

  207. Anonymous

    It now appears to be Shyster vs Shyster. But the biggest shyster
    of them all remains to be Ames …

  208. Oh pull the other one HP trolls

    Let us have a look at who are the shareholders of Harlequin.
    Mater Carol Ames, Daniel Ames, Matthew Ames and Nicola Kelliher née Ames. Oh and not forgetting Pater David Ames.

    Two of them have freezing orders on their assets.

    Isn’t another one of them in prison for… erm a massive fraud? I hear his chavvy house Marimba in leafy Goldfinch Lane is under offer and that his assets will be confiscated through the Proceeds of Crime Act.

    http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/11101423.Vince_Cable_and_victims_of_fraudster_eyeing_his_luxury___700_000_home/

  209. That's all folks ...

    Holkham – you ain’t got an MoJ authorisation – https://www.claimsregulation.gov.uk/search.aspx

  210. Molehills

    Just a small point. Each and every RL client who has joined http://www.harlequininvestortrust.ning.com have to confirm they have received and read their terms of business. The TofB says money is payable for the due diligence and is non refundable.

    What’s the issue ?

  211. Semantics

    Holkham are authorised because Ames said so, that’s good enough for me. Ames is fighting for investors to keep Harlequin going against the Irish builder, unregulated legal , and all the others out to ruin your investment. Enough is enough well done Ames

  212. Molehills

    Ah yes, the issue is that RL would not be a patsy.

  213. Anonymous

    @Hokuspocus(Holkham) How can you claim that you are “authorized”…who authorized you, David Ames?

    “Claims Management Regulation»Business not found
    Sorry, this business has not been found”

    Someone telling more porkies?
    Not being authorized, seems that what you say you are doing may be illegal..no?
    “Holkham Compensation
    August 30, 2014 at 9:40 am
    We can now confirm we have a number of disgruntled members signed up for our redress package”

  214. We hope our reply on a Saturday assures any undecided investors about our commitment to providing the most reliable redress package available for all (SIPP and cash). We are confident in Mr Ames’s judgement that Harlequin’s redress claims can be handled by more than one company, breaking the monopoly that Regulatory Legal has tied so many investors into.

    Our authorization has been processed, but will not appear yet on the various reference sites you have kindly sent. In line with Harlequin’s commitment to transparency & honesty, we can confirm that we have registered, and been accepted by, all the relevant regulatory bodies governing this industry.

    As proven by R Legal’s fraudulent activity, the need for professional, regulated companies is one of the most fundamental requirements for any investor looking to pursue redress. One of the reasons Mr Ames supports Holkham outright is that he believes our professional acumen, our track record, and most importantly, our commitment to providing Harlequin investors with the best possible outcome. Mirrored by Harlequin itself, our conduct is 100% regulated, and has never been under the scrutiny of such bodies as the SRA, who are specifically tasked with uncovering fraudulent activity amongst the legal profession.

    With Harlequin’s finance within weeks of being secured, we are confident we can provide the appropriate redress to disgruntled investors. We understand the frustration of many, whom just want an honest return, and in line with Mr Ames and Mr Ladel of PHIG, we have created a not for profit compensation package for any investors who have yet to see a return.

    Mr Ames has informed us this morning that his email update yesterday sparked a flurry of activity within his investor base, with many of them congratulating him on the final unveiling of RL’s lies. We are pleased to confirm that Mr Ames fully recommends Holkham, and has been providing contact details to our phone support team. Many investors have been speaking to Mary over the past couple of weeks, and with our client base growing, we look to be a formidable competitor to RL, who have had to lie & cheat their way into investors’ pockets. We deplore this unprofessional activity, and hope to right the wrongs of Mr Fatchett

    Let us be completely clear – we are working as a non-profit organization. As per our website, “Holkham is a not-for-profit company. It will ensure that any surplus is used for a suitable public purpose.” We are here to right the wrongs of Regulatory Legal, giving investors the hope they need for Harlequin

  215. Bobbikins van der Wiyer and the Druids

    @ Holkham Compensation 2.29.
    Paragraph 1 Redress claims probably can be handled by more than one company. The issue is whether yours is one of them.

    P2 ALL regulatory authorities? I thoight it was just the MOJ.

    P3 How can you have a track record, when your application is so newly processed, you don’t yet appear on reference sites. Besides, your company is only about half a year incorporated, hardly long enough to have built a track record. If Harlequin’s conduct is 100% regulated, that would be good news for 4000 people.

    P last. Please tell us what the suitable public purpose is.

  216. Stinks worse than an old L'Arome Agent

    “Holkham is a not-for-profit company. It will ensure that any surplus is used for a suitable public purpose.”

    Now what is that all about?

  217. Anonymous

    @Hokham 2.29pm. Those sure sound like some libelous and defamatory statements to me.Given that Ames is a proven liar, your acceptance of his statements are quite revealing about your “professional acumen”
    As to your “track record”…where is it? You are not even approved yet.
    Perhaps you could share the email or correspondence received from the authorities to prove that you have been approved. You might then gain a bit of believability. Until then, your statements and condemnation of RL sound like a repackaged DA speech…Pure BS.

  218. Looks like crap IS crap, still don't throw the bloody rubbish away...

    @ Strike off 12.10. I don’t know and can’t speculate what happened between GF and other clients. I have at least one email from his firm explaining that he cannot represent those who have signed up to the DAmes trust or plan to do so. (I believe those people signed a waver not to sue for 5 years), so if he tried to represent them before 2019, it would be with both hands tied behind his back.

  219. More crimialisation of "Reckless cheats"

    @ Oh pull the other one HP Trolls 12.58.

    The son is a very lucky man, who got off lightly. So is the man in the Times p 50 Sat 30 Aug, who got only a lifetime ban, when 800 people lost £30 million.

    Compared to Ames, he’s a pathetic small scale amateur. He’s stayed out of prison and probably kept enough of the proceeds to live a comfortable life, so some might call him a successful operator.

  220. Memphis Belle

    @ Anonymous 3.05. The professional acumen is to do with Celtic vicaring. It must be crystal clear to all his clients what Celtic vicaring has to do with making compensation claims!

  221. Anonymous

    Funny the things one learns trying to understand this thread. Googling
    -“Celtic vicaring”- I somehow was thrown into a discussion of
    the Anti-Crhist. If I were a believer there might be some truth to that…
    re: Ames

  222. Bobby PHIG and his mad Vicar mate

    SRA would not visit Holkham as they are not solicitors or regulated.

    They may get a visit from a higher authority.

  223. El Cid

    We would like to announce that Dave was right after all.

    Sorry for any inconvenience.

    Regulatory Legal

  224. Rimmers

    Is Bob PHIG a god bothered or marrier of same sex couples ?

  225. Lancaster bomber

    The timing of Harlequins attack on Rl with the waffle from the God squad is telling. Where is sneaky bob?

  226. P.I.E

    Let’s just say, don’t leave your children with him😉

  227. Cloche

    There is no surprise. However, read the SRA guidance. Even if RL were the anti-christ there would be months, if not years before anything happened.

    This will be a smoke screen. It will damage RL, but it will also finish Harlequin.

    People will not be converted to Harlequin by this. They may become anti RL, but this does not convert them to being Ames fans.

  228. SVDW

    Sylvain is unmarried and in his forties. erm…

  229. Agents witness statement

    Halkham offered financial inducements to agents, plus an agreement not to take any action against them personally.

    I wonder why This attack on RL?

  230. Grate

    I thought Bob was the man who loved P.I.E ?

  231. Stripey Pyjamas and a shower

    Do you think Dan Abrahams is behind this ?

    The update looked like one of his.

  232. Watcha

    Agents – not the idiot Mike Ingham ?

  233. Anonymous

    Info rom Company Check..no wonder Hokham is a not for profit operation!
    Director Overview

    Robert Van De Weyer holds 0 appointments at 0 active companies, has resigned from 1 companies and held 2 appointments at 2 dissolved companies. Robert is not registered as holding any current appointments.

    The combined cash at bank value for all businesses where Robert holds a current appointment equals £0, with a combined assets value of £0 and liabilities of £0. Roles associated with Robert Van De Weyer within the recorded businesses include: Director, Company Secretary

  234. de Havilland Mosquito

    @Warthogs o W 8.43 Aug 29. I’ve just seen your long post quoting Dave. and the success of TRAVELZOO in selling 200 Harlequin holidays. If he didn’t live in such a rarified environment, he’d know that to 90% of the population Travelzoo means cut price dinners, spa days, weekends and now redefined holidays in the Caribbean.

    Dave has just told all his “investors” he sold 200 holidays cut price (something he said he’d never do in those dreary presentations – because it DAMAGED THE BRAND).

    My personal rule for Travelzoo offers is they have to be something you’d try in any case and approx 50% reduction. My friends and I consider it worth a punt on that basis, including a “free” drink.

    C’mon Warties, let’s get the A 10s, DH 98s, B17s, B52s and drop fatman (a joke for Erica) on Basildon. Blow all the Ameses and Stenning and Dalligan (who now have their own links on Harlequin propaganda) to kingdom come.

  235. Ames has been telling porkies!

    @ Strike off 12.34. I’m surprised if Harlequin can complain to the SRA about RL/GF’s conduct, because surely you have to be a client to make a complaint?

  236. Arbiet

    Letter from October from RL says explicitly they do not and will not act for Dave.

    So, you can bet your bottom dollar it will be some of the dim wits who signed up to Dave’s trust at his meetings.

    Some of these will be clients.

  237. Work will set Dan free

    Holkham will get some of the complaints. Remember, Dave has been trying very hard to get a copy of one of the RL winners cases. He can then copy it.

    RL will be sore about the SRA, but they have trod this path before with other “Dave’s”.

  238. Ames has been telling porkies!

    @ Mustard Gas 4.59. Why not? Phosgene and hydrogen cyanide are completely different substances.

  239. Work will set Dan free

    Sensitivity at a time like this is a waste of time.

    Battle lines are now clear.

  240. Fix bayonets

    Let the fun begin

  241. Macht

    @ Work will set Dan free 5.20. Why does Dave Want to copy RL’s winners cases? Is he going to use it when he goes to law himself? Surely his own lawyers can make their own cases?

    This posting name is not reserved and any one who wants to use it (especially as part of a snappy trio) is welcome

  242. shrek

    Why the attack on Rl? Normal boring legal crap. Wonder how many ifa’s will still have their licence when this has finished, no matter how many stupid immature comments are put on here, it doesn’t change the fact ifa’s didn’t act ethically

  243. Frei

    Some time ago RL recommended asking a different firm of lawyers if any client wasn’t happy with them. I think they gave the names of two established firms, to make enquiries.

    Might be a good time to re-publish the names of those firms. A different competant solicitor might be a much better bet for success than a minister of the church with very limited legal experience.

    It’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that lawyers who end up advising Holkham have track records covering up other questionable business practices. They may even have names Harlequin clients recognise.

    (I value free choice and this posting name is unreserved too)

  244. In the Ghetto

    Why not try Foot Anstey or Bond Dickinson ?

    RL have respect for them and rate them. Pantone’s team left and became …. RL’s Manchester office !

  245. Celtic Prayer Method -knee in front of me

    Follow the trail

    Holkham – Powerscourt – SCS Farmland – Tailormade – Harlequin – PHIG – Holkham

    All roads lead to Celtic vicars. Grubby little pervert.

  246. Celtic Prayer Method -knee in front of me

    Is Sylvain an accolade of the Cliff Richard school of Christianity ?

    Does he have his own spiritual guide on tap ?

    Why is a man of the cloth frequenting with Bob PHIG(PIE) and Dave “trust me” Ames ?

    Is Sylvain a Crystal Methodist ?

  247. Wiltord

    Does anyone fancy the regulatory investigation at the MoJ for Holkham ?

    We can even provide you with the investigators name and email.

    We weren’t going to stoop this low, but now we are in the gutter, why not ?

    How about the name of the person investigating the DPA breaches with Mary calling everyone ?

    Or the name of the person at the Insolvency Service looking into how “Parr Leads” got the telephone numbers ?

    We had decide that we were going to rise above it. However, we have now taken a different view.

    Let us know and we will publish the names for you.

  248. Gareth Fatchett has lied, The SRA investigation may reveal a lot more.

    Dave Ames is basically Black Mailing Gareth Fatchett but Gareth Fatchett knows if he comes clean it’s the end of his career, however the SRA investigation into Gareth Fatchett is about to uncover something that will end Gareth Fatchett’s career and at the same time deal Ames, Rees and possibly ELS a simultaneous mortal blow.

    See Ames has once again been a little too clever even for his twisted little mind.

    The past has a horrible way of catching up with you.

    Gareth Fatchett is an unethical solicitor and most certainly deserves no sympathy. And should now be struck off and prosecuted along with Ames.

    Shipleys should be on notice that Gareth Fatchett assured Ames that he was pulling their strings too. His relationship with Anthony Davidson should now be of concern to that particular gentleman and a detailed file is being sent to the CIB.

    Ames’ actions have dealt a self inflicted mortal blow.

  249. de Havilland Mosquito

    @ In the ghetto 6.58
    thanks for recommendadtions for reputable lawyers for people who want a second opinion. Contact URLs below

    http://www.footanstey.com/contact

    http://www.bonddickinson.com/contact-us

  250. Enemy at the gate.

    Ames in now in my sights

  251. I’m sure that the SRA investigation into Fatchett will reveal dirt, but in the end, who’s got the upperhand, him or Ames? I know who I’d rather be.

    I don’t know how this charade has been let to carry on for this long. Insolvent companies, unregistered land, unscrupulous agents… you couldn’t make it up.

    Ames is an outright idiot for working with Fatchops in the first place. Who works with someone they openly distrust? If you don’t want to work with someone like that, don’t open your fucking database to them in the first place. Should have just told him to jog on with his stat demands in tow.

    But Fatchett got a wiff of something more. The SIPP investors were too big of a juicy target. So he persisted. He told Ames some porkies to get him to send out letters for the trust. Pink and blue flying out of Essex all over the country. Not only that, but meetings too!!

    I’ve been involved with Ames for a number of years. Let me say, you don’t want to get on his nasty side. He may look like a jovial little fuck being about 4ft tall, but when he gets mad, he turns into the Hulk… all green. Nah. He just gets really pissed.

    This is what lead to this Holkham bullshit. He hatched this plan at BB with Ladel his brother in law. This was before the trust, when it looked like Harlequin was well and truly on the rocks, they decided to try and bring one of the meddling lawyers down with the sinking ship. This is when Ladel started approaching agents to “find a solution” to the redress problem.

    Ames knows what he’s doing, but I’m afraid he’s overstepped the mark here.

  252. Bobbikins van der Wiyer and the Druids

    It looks as if the director of Holkham compensation is descended from one of the Lord Powerscourt s, so I suppose it’s unsurprising he chose the name of great grand dad’s viscountcy for one of his companies. Being a common old pleb and not having one of those in the family, I don’t know whether it’s tempting or not.

    I imagine Dave’s cup runneth over … not only will the troublesome priest try to save Dave’s arse, but his granny was an Hon!!!

    Dave will be able to lord it over all the investors. In his eyes, he’s probably already one.

  253. All,

    We have just received some very important news from Mr Ames.

    In tandem with our data collection process, which started in earnest earlier this week, we can now confirm that we have seen a sharp spike in investors joining our redress campaign. Mr Ames was very generous in his congratulations, now that his trust is able to proceed unabated, and the Regulatory Legal lies uncovered for the first time.

    In light of the recent email Mr Ames sent yesterday, we can also confirm we’ve just had a sharp influx of investors who categorically are against the Regulatory Legal’s mis-truths, which will work to build a stronger Harlequin, allowing the business to deliver on its promises. To be completely clear, you must be aware of the finance process occurring in the background, allowing you to rest assured that once you sign up with our redress package, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of the Harlequin trust for free.

    We hope to give you some very important updates in the next few days in regards to the raising of finance, the reply to the WK case, and most importantly, how the business is going to move forward. Let us be clear about this. We have working very closely with Mr Ames, and can confirm that our redress packages are fully approved by the SFO, FSCS, FCA and a number of SIPP companies who have explicitly provided written support for the Harleuqin trust.

    We are extremely pleased with progress, but want to assure people that revealing the truth about RL’s lies will likely be a long and arduous process. We are pleased to confirm that we have the support of both Mr Ames, and the rest of the Ames family, who’s good family name has been tarnished hugely by RL’s underhand publicity campaigns against them, and the Harlequin brand.

    As fully authorised by the Ministry of Justice, we are pleased to be able to provide investors with an effective service at no cost to them. Now perhaps some of the investors will find an happy ending to their Harlequin investments. Any investors who need information please contact Mary at 01223 96 76 56, or Holkham Compensation, 23 City Road, Cambridge CB1 1DP, UK. You may also wish to email info [at] holkhamcompensation.com for more information

  254. Van Cleefs

    Just a small point. Why would anyone need redress if Harlequin is going to end up well ?

  255. Oh Dave !

    Dear Mr Ames,

    Make sure the Harlequin team which monitors this asks you this question.

    “Do you remember the memory stick you gave to me in your office in Basildon ?”

    Youi expressly told me not to tell your legal team. I remember that too. I was sat in the boardroom (the one with the massive table) with you, me and my colleague. The memory stick has some very interesting properties.

    So when you say we swiped your data, how will this look ?

  256. Bilbo

    It’s quite funny.

    GF to be prosecuted. Probably executed next.

    Storm in a tea cup..

  257. Oh Dave

    Dave,

    Remember the help we gave you on the emails ?

    No wonder you wanted us to have access to those poor SIPP investors.

  258. Wow what next. Someone knows what the table looks like in the boardroom. Whatever next!

  259. Anonymous

    These expressions are pure David Ames..Holkham Compensation comments are written by DA.
    “Let us be clear about this. We have working very closely with Mr Ames, and can confirm that our redress packages are fully approved by the SFO, FSCS, FCA and a number of SIPP companies who have explicitly provided written support for the Harleuqin trust.”
    Prove that the above statement is true…you cant, lying Holkham priest.

  260. Anonymous

    Judas Priest !!!

  261. just lock the rats up for ever

    If a lot of innocent people have not had money stolen by Ames, this Kolkham and RL SRA story would be very funny

    It is a bout time someone derailed this train crash and locked the rogues up….for god….Ames fatchops etc…..all got stolen money stains on their hands. A lot of innocent people have lost money they cold not afford to lose stolen and everybody from Ames, the ifa and even RL and all robbing bastards and should have the money recovered and given back to the innocent people

  262. Oh Dave

    Dave,

    Remember when you asked for huge admin fees for your trust ?

    This time in that hotel near the Royal Courts of Justice.

    Was it the refusal to effectively pay you a backhander that has upset you ?

  263. The meeting somewhere in England ......

    Re: operation euthanisia.

    With the combined knowledge, seriously how hard can it be to put the mad dog down?

  264. I wonder if the next set of RL accounts will split out how the £1m of pink money has been spent. Remember how GF has been banging on about completion money should go into an escrow account. Wonder if Walton has an expense account?

  265. Tiger Tot

    David Ames and his mates are crooks. If you are an investor and intend joining one of their unregulated companies,you can be proud of yourself, as you are taking part in the next scam.

  266. Not only RL account.....

    Don’t forget the 3 week holiday in the Caribbean Ames paid for Walton – easy to prove is it not?

  267. Walton

    Mr Walton took a 3 week holiday in the Caribbean.
    He did not pay for this, instead of helping the Harlequin brand , he only tried in vain , to damage your investment by the posting of commercially sensertive photographs on the RL blog .Mr Walton promissed Mr Ames he would not do this.

    Clearly he want Harlequin to fail.

  268. Anonymous

    Monty Python humour on here again. “Walton damaged your investment”.
    What investment? This blog is about a huge very complex FRAUD perpetrated by David Ames and his family, facilitated by IFAs and “advisors”. Criminals that have spent years planning and carrying out crimes in various locations around the world. Victims losing their life savings and pensions to unscrupulous vermin squirrelling away millions. No amount of delaying and distraction tactics will alter the inevitable outcome.
    That parrot is definitely dead.

  269. Tiger Tot

    If an investor wishes to check on the on going investigation into David Ames and Harlequin. You can contact the Serious Fraud Office
    on 020 7239 7000.

  270. Tailormade

    My agent called me , said I must join The trust and use holkham because RL have been suspended. This could affect my claim if I did not sign up?

  271. Anonymous

    @tailormade
    Don’t believie anything said to you by an agent, Ames or holkham(Ames delay going to jail team). That is what got you into this mess in the first place.
    How can RL be suspended when sra hasn’t met with them yet?

  272. William Morris

    @ Somwhere in Spain 10.02. Perhaps the table has special qualities. Hiding something underneath. I wouldn’t have it in my house.

  273. Bobbikins van der Wiyer and the Druids

    @ Anonymous 12.31. Only 30 pieces of silver? I think this guy is after quite a lot more than that.

    The odd question is why did he bother to get involved. Is it enormous quantities of money? Has he a personal agenda about reallocating other people’s money?

    Why would a retired academic want to be associated with those rather sleezy agents? If you don’t think they are sleezy, take a look at the photos.

  274. Gods work

    Money the god business does not pay well especially when you have a son with certain expensive habits.

  275. St George's Dragon

    There is an advert in the Nation in Barbados today for 2 night stays at Blu St Lucia for US$403 for two people including breakfast. The Liat fare is quoted as $480 for 2 people. Even if Harlequin has a discounted rate agreed, they can’t be making much at those prices.

  276. St George's Dragon

    My mistake – it’s US$403each, so less the published airfare of US$240, that gives Harlequin just over US$80/night. Not bad for luxury redefined.

  277. James Baker

    More than enough to pay our CVA you silly little man.

  278. Ddraig Goch

    @ St George’s Dragon. Haven’t seen you for a while. Did you audition for game of thrones? They loved my sleek red wings and offered them a role.

    It sounds like travelzoo, they offer just about break evens in a dull patch in the hope of repeat business during the party season. Even if it’s just for Barbados locals, it’s around $100 pppn B and B.

    Not the figures Ames and the Fiona Binnie used in their presentations..

    So Ames was lying when he said he’d never discount …. It would damage the brand.

  279. Freebies for Walton

    I would call a 3 week holiday for that fat fucker a discount . This will be exposed along with his RL ‘expenses ‘ account see what happened to your DD money!

  280. Ames you thieving pond life

    I don’t give a flying fuck about the £240 you dick head. I only care about the £146 THOUSAND that Ames took off me. Idiot HP trolls

  281. So is tha now £146,240.00. Oh dear. Just keep throwing it in the deep hole.

  282. £240 was a bargain

    £240 to get a real picture of the Harlequin fiasco with it’s insolvent companies, dodgy land deals and what appears to be corruption at the highest levels was money well spent. The trolls trying to paint RL as the bad guys really are grasping at straws now.

    We are still waiting for Harlequin’s response to the RL DD though. The DD strewn with inaccuracies and misleading information that Harlequin promised to put right.

    In unrelated news, I hear the next winter Olympics are being held in Hell.

  283. Corrupt agents

    My agent who happens to be close to TM said she would have no part of Holkhams scheme .

    Ames gets a cut, TM , and a referral fee for the agent. The £150 evaluation fee is split four ways.

    Holkham also give a written guarantee they will not Sue the agent

    She only sold Sipp stuff so feels safe….

  284. Arpels

    @ Van Cleefs Aug 30, 8.51. Just in case you thought Holkham Compensation was newly incorporated , 23/04/14, there’s an even newer company Holkham Redress, incorporated 07/07/14, same director.

    Funny how someone gets significant dates – Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and the anniversary of terrorist bombings.

  285. Oh Dave

    Dave is Desperate.

    The SRA take months as they are very slow. RL will be very much more motivated now to get Harlequin into liquidation.

  286. My enemy's enemy, is (now) my friend

    We have a great situation now.

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”

    A very motivated and very united anti Ames machine.

  287. My enemy's enemy, is (now) my friend

    Dave,

    Remember the meeting in Starbucks near St Paul’s ? You told me and my colleague that you wanted a bribe personally.

  288. Anonymous

    DA claimed that BB was almost full in the summer , yet last TA review says that occupancy when they were there in July was less than 50% and that the water sports facility was closed for their entire ten day stay . Does anyone still believe anything that Dave says?

  289. Bobbikins van der Wiyer and Barabbas

    Roll Up! Roll Up!! New firm of IFAs in town. New lodge Partners Ltd.

    Directors include the son and probably nephew of the director of Holkham Compensation and Redress. Plus Horrabin and Morgan. You may not have heard of them, but I’ll bet you’ve heard of their predecessors at Cambridge May Trustees.

    They took over from Alistair Burns and Peter Legerton (of Tailormade fame).

    Funny how the same names keep cropping up in the Harlequin business.

  290. Today we have been working hard on fulfilling the requirements of all the dissatisfied RL clients who have been contacting us. It has been an incredible week for us, and cannot wait to redistribute our collected funds to the public causes listed on our website holkhamcompensation com

    We are pleased to announce that we have now begun proceedings against Regulatory Legal solicitors, and Paul Walton, on behalf of Mr Ames. As our Ministry of Justice registration is already confirmed, and that we have FSCS & SFO backing for our trust, we felt it best to protect the interests of our clients by ensuring the RL lies are at least contained until Harlequin is in a stronger position again. Mr Ames is very pleased with our progress, and has requested we approach the SFO regarding RL’s unsavoury conduct in the following weeks, which we will be happy to oblige with.

    With regard to the defamatory & libellous comments posted on here, we are currently in the process of launching a new wave of litigation with Barbados Free Press, and their parent “hosting” company, Automattic. Although we are not at liberty to divulge details, we can confirm that we are working on behalf of Mr Ames, who has requested we protect the good name of Harlequin from all the anonymous information posted on here, and other websites.

    As we are fully SRA registered, we are able to advise clients legally, and have all accreditations & qualifications to handle any client of fraudulent & lying Regulatory Legal. Our proven track record ensures that any client wishing to work with Holkham will be taken care of in the most sensitive, assured and professional environment possible.

    We hope to begin proceedings next week, and are happy to engage with any investor who feels wronged by RL’s constant undermining of the Harlequin Business. You can call us for more information on 01223 96 76 56, and Mary will deal with your request.

  291. Broom House

    Has the gay Scottish one sold his faggy house yet?

    The higher they climb……..

  292. Anonymous

    @holkham
    Yippee another person in a very, very, very, very ,very etc long long line of people/organisations are to blame and going to be sued.
    “Protect the good name of Harlequin” Who with and where exactly do harlequin have a good name? The one thing we can say about Ames, he is not prejudiced. He rips everybody off.
    As you already know holkham, RL didn’t take 400 million from victims David Ames did. Harlequin was in trouble and wasn’t delivering the goods many YEARS before RL came along.

  293. The wonderful line staff are the only thing holding the Buccament Bay resort together, despite only receiving a quarter of their salary.

    The cupboards are bare, guests over the summer faced shortages of everything, and there were many complaints.

    The old GM disappeared, he hadn’t been paid for 2 months, and the former HR Director is in charge of the sinking ship.

    The resort looks run down and tatty, flies are every where, and rumors that the engineering department were ordered to dispose of human waste in the Buccament river abound, this is the same river that runs into the bay where hotel guests bathe! Buccament Bay village residents were very upset and have video of the act.

    The watersports folks are nowhere to be seen, and other activities like kids club are not available as there are no staff to run them.

    Pity the poor guests who have saved diligently, and the even poorer investors who have likely lost everything.

  294. NDA

    Fatchett teases his supporters once again, I will name and shame those in Holkham through links I have found or so says Fatchett, well do it Fatchett, do it……. We are waiting

  295. St George's Dragon

    @ Ddraig Goch
    I haven’t bothered to post for a while. Too much rubbish about below the waist areas and people’s weight. Not enough substance.
    I pass the H Hotel in Barbados most days and see it gently rotting away. I will go up to Merricks and check it out some time, but I think we all know what is happening there – nothing – apart from it being stripped by the local entrepreneurs.
    I should be in SVG in a couple of weeks so if I get the chance I will stay at Buccament, or call in there and look around.

  296. NDA

    The SRA are investigating a number of very serious allegations against Regulatory Legal and Gareth Fatchett.

    1. Fatchett claims he has been engaged by clients to carry out due diligence on Harlequin.

    He takes 200 + Vat, then distributes previously obtained Due Diligence conducted by Regulatory Legal for clients of his who were in the process of purchasing the Blu Hotel and H Hotel off Ames. Yes folks off Ames not Harlequin. Fatchett was the lead solicitor for the purchasers in this transaction, whilst at the same time claiming to represent clients who were owed 100’s of Millions by the Ames family and Harlequin.

    Fatchett then used the same due diligence in the main referred to above for the purposes of the due diligence for investors looking to join the trust.

    However this due diligence had parts redacted in agreement with Harlequin, as the original due diligence was covered by an existing NDA.

    See if Fatchett had been upfront and straight, which the SRA investigation will prove is not the case, Fatchett would have rejected any information from Harlequin which was the subject to an NDA.

    See Fatchett was supposedly acting on the instructions of his “clients” in the “clients” instructions to him to obtain the due diligence, there fore if he had acted according to the code of ethics and rules governing solicitors it is not he but his “Clients” who would have been subject to an NDA.

    And now to the matter of “clients”, is Fatchett redefining what clients are under UK law, those who are active on his secure forum appear to believe that for a paltry £200 quid + Vat that Fatchett is representing them in their quest for refunds.

    His “Secure” forum would infer that this is possibly the case, it will be interesting to see the “Engagement Letters” Fatchett has for all his “Clients” and more importantly the remit for Fatchett in these “Engagement” letters.

    Fatchett is now being investigated for some very serious allegations being made against him and his firm.

    The complainants are alleging fraud amongst other things, some are also alleging that Fatchett failed to act upon their instructions ref the Stat Demands.

    Others are claiming that they were led to believe they were “clients” of Fatchett discovering subsequently that they never received any letters of engagement.

    Harlequin have made a further number of complaints as to the conduct of a Fatchett, Fatchett had agreements in place with Harlequin which he failed to honour, Harlequin recorded every meeting with Fatchett so now have the evidence to back up their many claims,

  297. My enemy's enemy, is (now) my friend

    Not wishing to sound contradictory, the dates on the due diligence reports from the overseas lawyers and the subject matter relate to general due diligence. Look for yourself.

    You do talk some twaddle !

  298. My enemy's enemy, is (now) my friend

    We have the recording at Wagamama !

    Remember when Dan said that Bob (PHIG) was getting a very “special deal”.

  299. Set Square

    New Temple – got to be the masons.

  300. NDA

    Twaddle lol The redacted documents were given to you by Dave you twat because you promised him you would get your mates to buy the Blu Hotel and H. Anyway the SRA have the documents now, so let’s see what they make of it lol.

    The rest of the shit you produced you were told by Williams and Williams that it was wrong…. But by this stage Dave saw you for what you are, a fraudster…… So you went ahead and produced the wrong information anyway, just to cause as much trouble for Dave..

    And I must really laugh at this next piece lol you Fatchett refer to the contempt of court case on your forum being run by Audrey Dixon who calls herself Nikki Crozier now.

    You say you do not control that case lol, now that’s not what you told Dave is it….. No you told Dave that you controlled that case and that you would stop the contempt, you told Dave that you had the dirt on Dixon now Crozier and that they would not proceed against you.

    Well Dave has given this to the SRA too. Lol

    You thought you were to smart for Dave, the only game in tone you said, you made promises and you broke them now it’s time to pay the price.

  301. David Griggs

    This is the funny thing. If RL are bad guys, which they may or may not be, there will be months and months of wrangling before anything is done to them. 2015 / 2016. I doubt RL will simply lay down.

    Harlequin need breathing space now. I doubt following the outburst from Harlequin on Friday, there will be any leeway given by RL.

    This all seems a big mess to me and another attempt to avoid the real issues around the developments.

  302. NDA

    Fatchett you have been caught with your pants around your ankles, you have no recordings and if you had you would only incriminate your self, remember the comment you said to Dave at one of the country wide meetings, yes I remember, you said Dave, they have gone for this, we have them hooked.

    It was this comment that got Dave thinking that you were only in it for the money, that day you lost Dave’s trust, pardon the pun.

    Harlequin is on the way to recovery, at last, and it’s scum like you who have spread fear and panic.

    Hope the SRA throws the book at you.

  303. NDA

    RL have laid down, you will hear nothing from them, The SRA supervisors move in tomorrow so I’m not sure RL will be involved much longer in Harlequin or anything else for that matter. Fraud is Fraud and the SRA have moved quickly, which is not normal.

  304. Ddraig Goch

    @ St George’s Dragon 9.26. Holkaham Compensation was incorporated on your special day – could be random. Exactly one week earlier and on St G’s day Aidan incorporated Jocelyn Brett and Mishmush. in a quiet little backwater. near Foxton. A bit fenny for my taste with too many mozzies. Seems an awful lot of companies for a village population ca. 1000.

    And while you’re soaring round Barbados, would you keep an eye out for that missing second hotel said to be on the Sw coast and 5 acres, so we’d be lucky if it were 1.5 acres … CGI showed beachfront, but that could have been a pack of lies.

    I’d love to hear if you spot anything. Was there one or wasn’t there?

  305. Anonymous

    @SGD – It would be interesting to see whats going on at Hythe House,
    Welches, Christ Church. Seems that I read both Argo Dvlpt (David
    Campion) and Krauss-Manning were both located there…

  306. Anonymous

    So Automattic (wordpress.com) is going to be sued. Fantastic since
    it is a California company. Haven’t the HD idiots ever heard of
    a little thing called “discovery” . For a suit to proceed a total collection
    of audited books would have to be provided to Automattic’s
    lawyers. Folks we are talking billions here as opposed to an
    allegedly squandered 400 million.

  307. pity HP never built a prison.... for themselves

    The biggest disgrace of all this is that the SFO and all the other financial regulators don’t seem to have the balls or legal procedures to prosecute the Ames and the bunch of lower level con artists called IFA’s
    The authorities need to act soon on all this and imho this should include RL as I don’t think they are clean in all of this, albeit they jumped on board the gravy train very late

    Why is there no incentive to be honest in the modern world, when people like Ames and Fatchett seem to be able to get away with major frauds

  308. Anonymous Bosch

    This whole fiasco now reminds me of an episode of “Walking with Dinosaurs” in which two large ugly carnivores with brains the size of walnuts tear each other to bits and both end up dead.

    The hurling of insults and the titbits of revealing information are entertaining for the bystanders to watch. This must be the end game?! As the Shipley’s deadline looms larger it will probably get more desperate and frantic.

  309. Tiger Tot

    Holkham Compensation
    Aug 31st@ 7.56pm
    Please supply evidence of your claim that the SFO and FSCS support your Trust.

  310. Stinks worse than an old L'Arome Agent

    @ Holkham Compensation

    Why should the Serious Fraud Squad back your trust? It is not in their remit.
    Please supply proof that you are ‘ fully SRA registered’ as intimated on your website.
    I can find no evidence of your ‘proven track record’?
    Which authority regulates your ‘not for profit’ business?
    Are you a registered charity?
    Are you telling whopping great fibs?

  311. RL please supply information where the £1m quid has gone. Good game this.

  312. update

    Sorry that should read Serious Fraud Office (SFO)

  313. Bobbykins speaks

    BS Bob Storey this is not a game.

  314. Haha wrong again. Keep on guessing.

  315. Expense account

    Are we saying Walton gets all his holidays paid for by RL or Ames or both?

  316. RL and the pink pound

    Well , we spent a bit on DD, trousered the rest after giving Paul his expenses. What’s wrong with that?

  317. Ripped out fireplacce fanny

    Fatchett will get whats coming I told you this last week, Dave is nor as daft as he makes out.

  318. Erm, who had £400 million ?

    Not WK, not the Irish builder, not even RL,

    Who is in jail convicted of fraud for using daddies business model ?

    Won’t be too much longer for the truth to finally come out.

  319. Tiger Tot

    Holkham Compensation
    Still no reply from above on their claim that the SFO AND FSCS support their Trust.
    Here we go again!
    It could be just be just a slip of the keyboard,
    or
    all they have said is total lies.

  320. As paddy o ware used to say , patience folks all will be revealed

  321. Holkham ( whatever they are called this week?)

    The Tailormade bunch have teamed up with Holkham redress to get a second bite of the Harlequin pie. I have contacted the IP looking after Tailormade ( in liquidation)

    Holkham compensation will not get MOJ authorisation – I reported them too.

    I will not send any of my clients to anything that has that gay Scottish bloke or snappy little. Rob Shaw.

    I will set up my own before that happens.

  322. Anon

    Oh Dave – Waterloo is coming

  323. Tiger moth

    Who will drop the bouncing bomb?

  324. Bren gun

    Kim Fry is being helpful after leaving especially after Ames refused to pay her holiday pay.

  325. Bear

    @ Tiger Moth Lanc gets the honour. Wish it could be me Tu 95

  326. Anonymous

    @Ddraig Goch…The second hotel Harlequin claimed to have purchased in Barbados was Amaryllis. The deal fell through (guess why?). It has since been sold to the owner of Bougainvillea Hotel, a very successful operation also on the South Coast, who is completely renovating the place.(unlike what Harlequin did to the Allamanda, H hotel wreck and eyesore.)

    As to Harlequin suing BFP and Automatic….didnt they try that already? What was the result?
    Desperation .

  327. So NDA confirms that David Ames, not Harlequin own Blu and H hotel.
    How can that be? Were Investors sending money to DA`s personal account so that he could buy those properties?Something sounds wrong here.

  328. Lee enfeild

    That’s why Ames wants to keep them out of the trust they are his😉

  329. All,

    We are pleased to confirm that the SRA’s investigation into the fraudulent activities of Regulatory Legal (R Legal) has begun, and we are eagerly awaiting the outcome of this most serious of allegations.

    We are fully registered with the Ministry of Justice, our approved application should be arriving within the week. We can also confirm that several hundred dissatisfied clients of R Legal have begun the process of having their funds returned to them, through our not-for-profit organization. You can read more about our redress process at our website holkhamcompensation com

    The latest “updates” from R Legal on their forum is further validation of what we, and Harlequin, have experienced for months. The R Legal team simply cannot be trusted, and as a way to combat this most unscrupulous of attacks, we are inviting investors to phone us on 01223 96 76 56. We need be clear about this, the Harlequin trust is the only way to secure your investment. The FSCS and SFO fully approve of our trust, and we will help any investor who wishes to achieve redress through this process too. We are the only company who are both supported by Harlequin and the authority bodies (FSCS, SFO, SRA, FCA). This means only we can provide the legal advice required to make an informed decision on joining the Harlequin trust.

    Let us understand the situation & be clear about the implications for investors. Back in 2013, through no fault of its own, Harlequin was targeted unfairly by ICE group, lead by Padraig O’Halloran. After a lengthy, and trying, court case, the judge saw through the ICE Group lies, awarding Harlequin the compensation they were entitled to. Although this was a major win for Mr Ames, it wasn’t the end. The accountants who were proven to be implicit in this crime were also responsible for gross professional negligence. We confirmed several months ago our intention to litigate against this crime, and are in this process now. With a $100m payout for this case, we are confident we are able to proceed with the business after Harlequin win.

    As a result of this litigation activity, Harlequin’s extensive building program has had to be paused. This has caused untold problems with our local partners in the Caribbean, who’s lives have been forever changed by these criminals. Also, this has prevented investors from realizing their returns for this time, and we can only apologize on behalf of the criminals in ICE group and Wilkins Kennedy for this issue. We can confirm, however, that we have secured financing, and are able to commence building again in a matter of weeks. We are simply waiting for WK’s lawyers to agree on a settlement.

    The Harlequin trust was established as a result of R Legal’s involvement in Harlequin. It wasn’t until R Legal’s change of heart, after they had plundered Harlequin’s investor database, that they decided the trust was not a good idea. This shocked Mr Ames, as he had suspected for some time that R Legal was operating under their own pretences. The due diligence supplied by R Legal was strewn with errors, and as a result, Harlequin is appalled at the way investors have been unfairly treated.

    It was under these uncomfortable conditions which Mr Ames had to work in late 2013, early 2014. Now the business is becoming much stronger, Mr Ames felt it right to introduce another party into the redress process, FSCS, SFO approved, to give investors more choice than the unjust, and lying, R Legal one. We can provide not-for-profit services as all of our team are volunteers, determined to right the wrongs of R Legal.

    We can confirm that Mary’s assured calling has helped at least 250 investors discover the truth, and have begun the process of achieving redress. You can call us today on 01223 96 76 56

  330. 23 Railway Cuttings, East Cheem

    @ Holkham (whatever ……) 1.06.
    For someone determined to milk posh, but ever so distant relations, my money is on a range of companies called Clarance.

  331. Ddraig Goch

    @ Anonymous 1.29. Thanks for the good news. I’m really pleased, for the owner of the hotel, the people of Barbados, who get a good neighbour and the holidaymakers, enjoying themselves.

  332. They Say We Say Who Say?

    Holkham Compensation needs to stop posting the same post as this is spam, I’ve got no problem with his post but please ban his IP Address next time as it’s a little boring and they don’t seem to answer any questions. Anyone who puts the words ‘lies’ or ‘criminals’ in a post is usually pointing a finger to hide their own hidden agenda.

    ‘The due diligence supplied by R Legal was strewn with errors, and as a result, Harlequin is appalled at the way investors have been unfairly treated’

    Harlequin is appalled? At its own behaviour I’m guessing but if the Due Diligence was strewn with errors why aren’t you employing a company to do another Due Diligence to compare to theirs? Unless they’ve realised the costs are too expensive. Hence why Regulatory Legal had to charge £200+vat for all the third party companies involved to gather all the information in a foreign country. Just look at all the information they’ve uncovered for the people who invested into Harlequin!

    ‘Mary’s assured calling has helped at least 250 investors discover the truth’

    250 IFA’s who have investments no doubt.

    Regulatory Legal have left their offer on the table regarding the trust because of Dave Ames’ alterations which would have left everyone in the same, if not worse position with a 5 year waver period from my understanding. Although I don’t know the full ins and outs of it as Regulatory Legal are working for its Clients, they make the best decision for its Clients as that’s what they’re paid to do. The Clients have viewed all the information provided and made their own decisions individually, some clients have gone to other Solicitors depending on what they’re wanting to do. I’m surprised if you even know what SFO or FSCS stands for.

    The simple fact is that most of these cases that are against Harlequin/Dave Ames are for him not paying his debts when due. Every person that hoped this would work gave Dave Ames the money to do so, understandably no one can predict the future but he’s put himself in a position of a landslide. Instead of solving a number of problems and coming to agreements, he spends more money fighting them!

    Regarding the Statutory Demands, from that simple comment alone on your previous post I know you lack the knowledge of the overall picture. No doubt you’re a troll, filled in with as little information as possible to clog this thread up with rubbish.

    For your sake I hope you’re being paid Weekly and not Monthly as you may never see your pay cheque!

  333. @bren gun. Funny I’ve just had an e mail from her.

  334. Anonymous

    There will always be an England…Holkham has got to be a very droll
    put-on.

  335. Tiger Tot

    Holkham Compensation
    This is a very new unregulated company, just like Harlequin.
    Investors should proceed with great care.

  336. What a surprise!!

    Unregulated ! Like harlequin, the agents, I can see a pattern here. For gods sake can anyone stop this man?

  337. pity HP never built a prison.... for themselves

    @Holkham Compensation

    This has caused untold problems with our local partners in the Caribbean, who’s lives have been forever changed by these criminals….. I assume this is the Ames, HP and all the dishonest IRA’s you are referring to

    At least you are telling the truth there

  338. pity HP never built a prison.... for themselves

    BBC news web site

    Work has started to prepare the site of Britain’s biggest prison, which is to be built in Wrexham

    Looks like this mess is coming to an end soon

  339. Ames is off to jail

    Will Ames still be able to run Harlequin from a prison cell.

    He is in a bit of a tizzy over the contempt application lol ;(

  340. Anonymous

    @holkham
    “We are the only company who are both supported by Harlequin and the authority bodies (FSCS, SFO, SRA, FCA)”
    ABSOLUTE GARBAGE!!
    If you are going to lie at least tell ones that can’t be verified with one phone call.
    Building work stopping had nothing to do with legal action against ICE or the accountant. It was solely down to no more people willing to put money into a scheme that was not fulfilling it’s contracts. The reality is because of Harlecon people started to really scrutinise the HP business model and realised that the numbers simply didn’t add up. The model required continual new “investors” to service it’s ever growing obligations or bluntly the dictionary definition of a Ponzi scheme. Couple this with the publication of the little known fact that 200 of the 400 million went upfront on commissions.
    New investment. Heard the same story for years, it’s totally ludicrous to even contemplate that anybody would touch HP.

  341. Balderdash

    Holkem compensation, perhaps hokum compensation would be a more accurate description

  342. Yes of course Harlecon came riding over the hill like a knight in shining armour to the rescue. Not they decided to squeal to cover their own arses with the fraud they committed. Newman went to the sfo 3 times before they decided to listen to him. Pity they did not explore his motives first

  343. Anonymous

    Diversion and distraction. Ames took the money from “investors” not Newman.

  344. Ames crows on about the win in Ireland, a win of 00.29% of monies invested. That is zero point two nine %

    Ames will never mention the Appeal in Ireland, why did Ames’ evidence differ in Ireland from that in the CLC case.

    This is being dealt with in the contempt case.

    Ames would never have lied in the Irish Case, surely not lol. Nor apparently has he lied in the UK.

    Sam Commissioning Ames’ SVG Lawyer also gave contradictory evidence in both cases, he was subsequently reported to his regulatory body in St. Vincent but Rene Baptiste the head of that countries over sight committee feels that perjury by a solicitor is wholly acceptable.

    Ames will loose the substantive case in the CLC case,

    Ames will loose the contempt case, why because he has committed perjury, or sorry was that only in Ireland, we apologise Mr. Ames.

    Ames will loose the appeal in Ireland, why there are over 40 grounds for the appeal. Many include perjury contempt and falsifying evidence.

  345. Hang on the Great V. himself David Edward Ames was at pains to point out in his recent update that it was Gareth Fatchett who brought Harlequin to the attention of the SFO.

    Others say it was Newman……. Could it have been the Irish Builder????? Perhaps it was some disgruntled investors??????? The opposition in St. Vincent perhaps ????????? Wilkins Kennedy??????? Martin Mc Donald ??????????? Jon Austin of the Basildon Echo…………

  346. They should be gassed

    Gassed or shot?

  347. Su Mi

    It’s a great pity Newman et al, Singing Pig, BBC Panorama, the Guardian and all the other people who voiced an opinion in the first place were shut up by Ames, his sidekicks and his bully boy lawyers. At the time, they were all paid very handsomely (from investors’ money natch).

    It’s a great shame that so many people have been forcibly prevented from commenting about this fraudulent scheme.

  348. Some say it was.......

    It was dan Ames when he fell out with daddy

  349. David Gladstones

    God bless Dave, the cockney barrow boy.

    He’s united the anti Harlequin camp. They were too busy squabbling before.

  350. Hu Mi?

    And just what exactly did Bob Storey, say to the SFO when he claimed to be one of the first people to be interviewed by the SFO? At that time he was proclaiming to all and sundry how happy he was with the cosy deal he’d struck with Dave Ames and was well-chuffed with the monthly return he was receiving.

  351. Gay Abandon

    What’s all the RL SCS Farmland stuff about ?

  352. Essex Rub Felch

    How many months does Matt Ames have to go ? When is his confiscation hearing ?

    I bet his Mrs is being “comforted” by a local businessman. A vajazzle and a cream pie for the ex Mrs A.

  353. Essex Rub Felch

    So those who created the crash are going to try and tidy it up.

    Holkham – morally bankrupt.

  354. Maybe Jack was correct?

    What was the message washed of the wall at a Jack the Ripper crime scene?

  355. Square Conduct, Level Steps

    Oh no. The bloke from Holkham is a freemasons. Look on his linked in.

    Everyone is.

  356. I suspected as much

    Just look at the name they set up with TM on the lastest venture

  357. St George's Dragon

    Re Hokum’s post September 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm:
    I get worried when a lawyer can’t get basic law right.
    “We confirmed several months ago our intention to litigate against this crime, and are in this process now. [More about crime and criminals follows].”
    Surely a lawyer, particularly an SRA approved one, should know that the civil case against O’Halloran and the professional negligence one against Wilkins Kennedy are not a crimes, they are a civil matters.
    This calls into question whether Hokum knows its arse from its elbow. No doubt the 250 people who have signed up with it will tell us – or perhaps they don’t know one body part from another either.

  358. TDK C90

    I have just took the wrapper off my new cassette in preparation for Daves call today🙂

  359. @hu mi give Joe a call. I’m sure he will tell you.

  360. Cornered rat

    Ames will be increasing his attacks soon, yet more rats leave the ship!

  361. Not another Dan!

    This will weaken his legal team when Abrams leaves.

  362. Holkham bites the dust

    The latest RL update yet again shows what a nasty little man Ames is.
    Why won’t the SFO grow a pair?

    This needs to be closed it’s over.

    There is no plan, no finance, no hope.

  363. The Problem

    If you are a Harlequin investor who has been treated badly by them,you can share your story with the country. Numbers below should take you to editorial:

    The Telegraph dtnews@telegraph.co.uk

    Daily Mail Editorial 02079386000

    Mail on Sunday Editorial 02079386899

  364. BBaywatch

    I’m posting this in its entirety as I suspect that it won’t last long on TA. Hardly compatible with Ames’ glowing report of the success of BB over the summer. The problems are so detailed that this obviously goes well beyond what might otherwise be a subjective judgement and does indeed praise where it is due. The problems with BB must be close to terminal now. Interesting that there is speculation in SVG that there will be an early election – one wonders how the collapse of HP and indeed the revelation about the ‘deal’ to privatize the beach will play when revealed?

    review titled “a Great Shame’

    We holidayed at Buccament Bay as a family of four over the first two weeks of August and unfortunately this resort did not live up to its billing as an Exclusive Luxury Resort. As background we have close friends and family who have holidayed at Buccament Bay, some on several occasions, and all returned with rave reviews. Unfortunately it is apparent that standards have dropped considerably to date, something that was confirmed by speaking with some returning guests in resort. Our lasting impression of Buccament Bay will be of a 3 Star holiday at 5 Star prices. And that is a great shame.

    We experienced many shortcomings, incidents that taken alone may well have been easily overlooked were it not for their number or repetitive nature. I will try to outline the failings as we found them….

    One of the two pools was effectively closed for the first three days of our holiday as it was so cloudy you could barely see the bottom.

    Poolside furniture was largely worn and in some cases falling apart. Umbrellas suffered from broken arms in many instances and seemed to stand at 45 degree angles. Sunbed covers and towels were often threadbare when available….. For the second week of our stay it was clear that the resort is somehow not in possession of enough beach towels for the number of guests they had staying, as if maybe two coach loads of tourists had taken them by surprise.

    The private plunge pool outside our room did not function at any point during our stay. We did however have use of the pool in our adjoining room, so while only inconvenient at best this is just another example of expectations not being met.

    Our “fully stocked” minibars were stocked with two bottles of water and two cans of local fruit juice on arrival, and we had to chase several times for any restocking, indeed soft drinks on resort were limited to regular Coke only for three days, no Diet Coke, Fanta or Sprite etc.

    Another surprising shortage in resort was fresh fruit…. Being in a tropical climate one might expect fruits to be abundant, however we only found any available at breakfast and sparingly at best. A request for a plateful of just pineapple was refused on the basis that there may not be enough for other guests….

    Lunch buffet – flies are obviously an issue about which little can be done, however come the BBQ at The Bay for lunchtime the raw foods (although on ice) are placed in the open “covered” only by cling film which almost without exception leaves some of the plate uncovered and quickly covered with flies… Also relevant for the breakfast buffet in Bamboo.

    Restaurant & Room service – on a couple of occasions we ordered pizza for my daughter while dining in Jacks. On both occasions the pizza arrived after the rest of us had finished our dinner. To combat this we tried ordering room service pizza before we left for dinner…. Ordered at 6pm to allow plenty of time before we left for our 7.30 table. On this occasion the pizza arrived just as we were leaving the room at 7.20. Cold.

    There are more to list…. Restaurant seat covers that flake off on your clothing, bar stools so worn they almost collapse under the lightest pressure, broken communal toilet seats left un- repaired for days, I feel I’m going on, but I did say the issues were numerous….

    There are of course positives to be found.
    The accommodations were faultless, and the setting quite wonderful.
    Staff “on the ground” were generally to be praised.
    Sushi Bar for lunch was excellent, Jacks served Filet Mignon and Ribeye steaks as good as any you’ll find and Safran served wonderfully fresh Indian cuisine.
    Several issues took a turn for the better in our second week…. Just as some senior staff from the parent company in the UK arrived to celebrate the Four Year Anniversary…. (They couldn’t find the missing beach towels as far as I could tell)

    It is a great shame that I am having to write this negative review, as we believe this resort could be quite something, and understand from previous shared experiences that it probably once was. Unfortunately the negatives detailed above have managed to tip the scales against the positives and leave us feeling rather cheated.

    These issues were all detailed to the resort management, by email, two days before we left, and we put ourselves at their disposal for further discussion before we left. This email was finally acknowledged by the time we reached Barbados airport on our return home, with promises to investigate. Two weeks have since passed and we have heard nothing, leaving me to conclude that they do not care for our concerns since they already have our hard earned money….my advice to anyone who has made it to the end of this review would be to spend yours elsewhere.

    If however you enjoy good steak & premium spirits in wonderful surroundings them by all means give it a go. Just try to book the same weeks that the Chairman of the parent company in in resort, and take your own towels!
    Stayed August 2014, travelled with family

  365. Anonymous

    -BBaywatch
    Son of a gun !!! You must be prescient… Its gone.

  366. Anonymous

    In 2013, Stephen Kauffer, CEO of Tripadvisor, was paid US$ 39 million.
    Thats a lot of money for someone who doesn’t seem to care just
    how damaged his brand is becoming……..

  367. The TA review by Danny K is still up.

  368. Wear and tear, lack of maintenance, shortage of food and drink, all point to a lack of funds to maintain a high standard. The 5 star resort is beginning to sound more like a bed and breakfast on a fake white beach.
    Other reviewers have stated that water sports were not available during their summer stay.Hotel Manager was quoted to have explained that the operators were on annual leave. How can that be at a five star resort, where the rates Include water sports?

  369. Anonymous

    Annual leave? More like permanent leave. Suppliers must be paid, if you don’t pay them, they don’t supply anything.

    Quite simple really

  370. This whole situation is Bizarre, publicly you have Harlequin / Ames attacking Regulatory Legal / Fatchett yet behind the scenes RL / F are still representing the clients looking to purchase the Hotel Blu and H site from Ames.

    The RL / F clients have however a number of conditions that must be met ahead of the sale going through, one of the more important conditions is that Ames has permission to sell these assets, because of the current situation RL / F clients are awaiting confirmation that Ames is legally entitled to sell these assets.

    The trust would allow this.

    RL also have a wee bit of a problem when it comes to the SRA investigation, RL claim to have a number of thousand clients, yet there are no engagement letters that support this assertion.

    There are those over on the RL forum who honestly believe they are clients of RL, many will sadly discover this is not the case.

    You have the bizarre situation over on the RL forum that those who contribute on a regular basis number fewer then a dozen individuals, they discuss all aspects of the Harlequin business openly yet appear to never have issued RL with instructions on how to deal with the matter, instead blindly waiting for RL to come up with a magical plan to rescue their investments.

    Time and time again we have been told by RL that “They are the only game in town”, that ” Time has run out”, that ………….

    I could go on… We have had the story of the Stat Demands….. There were none…. Not in the Caribbean anyway.

    Then we have the almost bizarre allegations from Ames that Fatchett claims he could and did control third party litigation…

    We have seen the response to the attacks by Ames on RL from RL on their forum.

    This clearly demonstrates that RL’s only interest is, as has been discussed many times before, the redress claims.

    The focus over on the RL forum is now primarily on Holkham, the claims management company set up by Ames and his cronies, but what about continuing to deal with the matter at hand? Apparently RL have no option or plan “B”, yet for months we heard that RL would implement a plan “B” by July.

  371. 5* Plastic glasses and cheap plonk = Chavs galore!

    There is no plan B Harlequin is insolvent and no one can fix that. Not long before Shiplys call it a day.

  372. All moans no action

    @Fatchett Ames bedfellows.

    And what would you do to fix this problem? Pillock.

  373. I would have issued and enforced stat demands, and not threatened this.

    I would have commenced proceedings against Harlequin in the Caribbean.

    I would not have accepted any due diligence from Ames which was subject to an NDA.

    I would have made my forum members “clients” instead of pretending I had thousands of clients.

    I would not have perjured myself in court.

    I would have enforced orders I obtained against some of the Harlequin entities.

    I would have acted upon the instructions of my clients,

    I would have understood that Harlequin were and are trading insolvently and would have understood it was pointless in trying to save it at the expense of the investors.

    PILLOCK

  374. All moans no action

    Erm, why have you not done any of it then?

    Who is the pillock? That’s the question?

    Talk is cheap.

  375. I don’t represent the RL clients, that’s probably why I have not done it ,

    Simples.

  376. All moans no action;

    You appear to have little understanding of the posters reasoning behind his post.

  377. All moans no action

    Correct.

    I don’t understand why someone would belly ache and do nothing!

    Appoint a solicitor to do all those things then….. Nobody seems to have the balls to take him down.

    At the moment it seems to be CLC & RL – neither have, what I call success.with Ames.

    Post something on BFP, yeah that really works.

    Maybe we need a solicitor who does not five a shit with a big pair of cahoonies.

    However, posting crap on here does not achieve anything.

  378. Recording?

    Has Audrey got any recordings to share?

  379. CLC have a freezing order on all the Ames’ personal assets, they have a contempt hearing coming up and a date for a full trial. So yes they have achieved quite a bit.

    Nicole Sylvestor a solicitor in St. Vincent has obtained Judgement for in excess of 30 clients. So again has achieved quite a bit.

    RL have obtained a consent ruling in the Hartland case but advised their clients not to proceed with enforcement on the grounds that the assets subject to the consent order were worthless, (a fact that was wholly incorrect)

    So am not sure what the argument is here, RL for whatever reason do NOT want to antagonise Ames.

  380. Anonymous

    As familiar with Harlequin in all of its machinations as it is, it doesn’t appear
    that it is within the purvue of The Echo/John Austin to do an on-site
    investigation. Maybe there is a reporter at either The Financial Times
    or better yet The Economist that might fancy a working-vacation to the
    Caribbean. Just a thought …

  381. Shipleys working with Ames,

    Finance guaranteed

    Projects have recommended

    Buccament Bay 100% Occupied past 5 weeks.

    Harlequin Air to expand because of massive demand

    Conference call ongoing….

    Jesus

  382. Is it enforceable?

    @ Fatchett Ames bedfellows 2.33. I don’t understand why arrangements are being made for clients to complete purchase of the H and Blu hotels in Barbados and St Lucia. Nor do I understand why RL is playing a part in this.

    The 2 hotels were late entrants to the Harlequin set of acquisitions and Others paid deposits long before those hotels were even mooted

    If you argue that H with costs of £5m and deposits of £7 has been fully “paid for” and I would argue by whom, there is no reason to add blu, which has been only part paid for (costs £3m deposits £2m) should be added to it and averaged. That would give these clients preferential treatment.

    I may have the wrong end of the stick and the purchaser may be a completely other.

    In which case Fatchips should make sure the proceeds of the sale go into an account he (or a completely independent lawyer) controls. If the hotels are bought by outsiders, the proceeds should be available for distribution among Harlequin screwees.

  383. A result.... no.

    How much money have CLC returned to their clients?

    About as successful, as Ames was at suing the Irish builder !

  384. You pay we have a laff

    Unless you are getting paid for no results.

    a ‘Pay a fee if we win or loose’

    Muppets

  385. Bear

    @ Conference call 6.02. Harlequin Air as presently equipped is the aviation equivalent of buying Vauxhall people carriers and hiring chaufeurs to drive you in them. They are just a little bit better than a basic twin trainer. Bit bigger versions of those Lycomings on single trainers. They are robust enough to put up with the rough treatment student pilots dish up. They are not 5 star transport.

  386. Reel to reel

    Blimey he just can’t help himself, does Ames not understand all the investors will be calling shiplys tomorrow!

    Finance is available! Yawn….

  387. Brazil

    Will I still get my Brazil refund as Mr Ames said so last time?

  388. Observant Holidaymaker

    BBaywatch 11.50. Hey Nigel M of London is back again, reinstated at number 559 on TA

  389. @ is it enforceable

    The RL clients were not existing investors. The clients buying the hotel assets are seperate clients of RL.

    Fatchett has being playing both sides all along.

  390. Pity the mushrooms

    Both RL and CLC have the ability to finish this.

    Both are in the process of doing this. Neither can do anymore at this stage.

    RL will not seek a Plan B as they would prefer Ames fails.

    CLC will seek to squash Ames into submission. They do not care if Ames fails or not.

    You can tell people are ill informed by the fact they do not really know what proceedings are in hand.

    Mushrooms …

  391. The Problem

    Holkham Compensation ltd
    If you use this company it will seriously damage your health and pocket

  392. H, Blu and RL

    The clients buying the hotels are RL clients out of their Manchester office.

    The fund is based in London and Birmingham.

    The RL clients who are suing Harlequin are getting paid out from this deal.

    It is a good deal for everyone and Dave gets fair value.

  393. Anonymous

    I believe that over the past few months several posts have been made
    by those claiming to have invested in blue. If true then how the hell can
    Ames sell something he doesn’t own 100%? Also I was a vendor to both
    HHotel and Merricks and payments came from the same account. That
    is a bit mystifying.

  394. Holkham

    I have reported Holkham to the MOJ and want to know where the fuck they got my details from .

  395. RL have about thirty clients, most on the RL forum think they are clients but they are not. The Hartland group is RL’s biggest client, those who paid £200 + Vat only paid for the due diligence, they are not clients of RL, not registered as such either.

    So maybe someone on the RL forum should ask RL to clarify this.

    Simple

  396. Ask then

    Instead of sneaking around ask rl forum yourself?

    Why not

  397. Just have and further more, I have another question of RL and Mr. Fatchett, if we are clients of his and we have instructed him to obtain due diligence on our behalf, can he explain as a solicitor how he and not us is bound by an NDA with Ames?

    If we were true clients then Mr. Fatchett would only be acting for us and thus would not be bound by an NDA.

  398. ghastly old pedant

    @Fatchett Ames Bedfellows 2.33

    I thought the “surveys” were a way of getting instructions from the people who filled them in.

  399. Is it enforceable?

    @ Anonymous 6.40. Thanks for the explanation and I’d only call it playing both sides if the purchasers and vendor were both clients of RL. In all of this undergrowth I don’t think Ames is a client of RL and I may even be able to find the email where Ames says so.

    It may be possible and don’t know if it is here, for the same firm to handle purchase and sale, as long as different partners represent buyer and seller.

    “Dave getting fair value” is a good principle, as long as somebody remembers that Dave bought with other people’s money and they should have an interest in what is being sold (or at least the money raised by the sale).

  400. Anonymous

    @Holkham Got a link for me to complain? They contacted me as well – truly digusting

  401. Lib Dem Councillor

    @ Holkham 7.03 Yourselves of course.

  402. Tiger Tot

    Roll on Liquidation of Harlequin.
    At least Ames should be taken quick.

  403. Redefing dozy

    Ask Them 7.18 That windy old pair of geriatrics already has

  404. Redefining a lot Brighter than Dave

    @ The problem 6.42. It isn’t really. If they cold call you, just put the telephone down or under a cushion and let the old bag waste her breath, while you get on with something enjoyable.

  405. Call

    Anyone recording the call this evening?

  406. Lib Dem Councillor

    Holkham 7.03 Sorry I misread. I thought you were Holkham and wondered where others got your details.

  407. H, Blu and RL

    If the information is released under and NDA then you would have to respect it.

  408. Finance

    There is a recording and Dave is going to come under scrutiny on the finance side of things.

  409. RL Clients

    RL just replied to one of the posts on the forum – everyone who signed the Terms of Business is a client.

  410. Redefining Filthy, Dishonest, Lying and Sh*t

    Perhaps Dave refused to divulge details of Blu and H as part of DD about Harlequin, because they are his personal assets….

    Perhaps RL acquired the DD about those 2 hotels as part of prepurchase enquires (made by Manchester office) …..

    Dave may have refused permission to let the figures out, but allowed the paper with redactions.

    If you interpolate that reasoning to the other papers redacted (loads of them) Dave may claim to own an awful lot of property INVESTORS PAID FOR.

  411. Tiger Tot

    Please somebody Liquidate Harlequin.

  412. There is nothing legally wrong with Fatchett representing clients who are looking to purchase Harlequin assets, whilst at the same time representing clients seeking redress.

    Fatchett is not it must be remembered seeking redress from Harlequin. Indeed Fatchett was always hoping to keep Harlequin alive.

    The problem is that there are those on the RL forum who firstly believe they are clients of RL in the matter of Harlequin.

    Sadly the bulk of so called clients were only clients with respect to the due diligence, they paid Fatchett for due diligence and he provided it, as for any extended remit beyond this, Fatchett has no instructions or mandate from the bulk of the forum members.

    Fatchett would have been fully aware that the forum members arguments were that Ames used their monies to purchase the bulk if not all of the Harlequin assets in the Caribbean, however none of these assets with the exception of the one completion are in the hands of those who handed over monies.

    Hence of course the suggestion of the trust, but Fatchett knew that two of the assets were never to be included in the trust, those being the Blu Hotel and H Hotel, these same assets Fatchett had clients willing to purchase.

    Given that these assets are in the names of companies owned solely by Ames then what Ames did with the proceeds of the sale was up to him.

    Ok so the forum members incorrectly thought they were all clients of RL, and to a point they may have been, but only in respect of the due diligence. But to have been clients requesting due diligence then Fatchett could not have been the subject of an NDA.

    So what was the NDA all about.

    When Fatchett’s clients were looking to purchase Blu and H hotel, Fatchett would have requested Due Diligence from Ames, Ames produced the unredacted due diligence, which showed deposits taken, and purchases made,

    Fatchett’s clients interested in purchasing the Blu and H hotel would not have been bothered by deposits taken for properties in Australia for example, indeed it would have shown that Mr. Ames had a global presence.

    Hence Ames had no issue providing these clients via Fatchett the unredacted due diligence, this would have been subject to an NDA.

    Fatchett then took on “clients” for £200 +Vat in order to provide them with due diligence.

    He provided them with the same due diligence he obtained for his original clients, however he had to redact parts as the original due diligence was subject to an NDA.

    Fatchett will jump up and down and say that the due diligence was dated later then the original due diligence obtained for his original clients. And some of it was.

    But the ethical way he has dealt with this deserves a thorough investigation by the SRA and we will provide the SRA with some missing pieces of the Jigsaw.

    He has this evening referred to those who paid the £200 + Vat as his clients, and that is technically correct, but they are only clients with respect to the assimilation of the due diligence, unless he is suggesting now that his firm represents close to 3000 clients on all matters pertaining to Harlequin.

    His response this evening on the RL forum is very cleverly written, he avoids stating in general terms what remit he had for the bulk of his clients.

  413. Tiger Tot

    dave contact shipleys call it a day

  414. So what?

    What fucking difference does it make to me when I gave my money to Ames , then the IFAs Ames and the Irish builder nicked it. Bunch on tossers

  415. Anonymous

    Finally a poster who produced a well-written and clear explanation of things. Thank you

    Now I understand the SRA complaint.

  416. Quick Question

    What if RL didn’t act for clients looking to buy H & Blu ?

  417. Fatchett claims he has 3000 + clients but will not provide even in general terms what his instructions may be.

    He also appears never to have released communication between him and Harlequin with respect to his clients, this is odd behaviour as it is common place to release this information to clients, furthermore despite claiming to be acting on his clients instructions he appears to be personally covered by an NDA, which sorry does not make sense if he is acting on the instructions of his clients.

    Mr. Fatchett is not telling the truth here and is hiding his lies behind “Client Confidentiality”.

    Time the SRA took a very close look at Mr. Fatchett.

  418. Stick and stones

    Looks like someone has rattled Harlequin, could this be why Mr. Fatchett is getting all this abuse?

  419. If Fatchett has 3000 plus clients why does he continue to sit idly by, ?????

    And what about all the statutory demands he claims to have ?

  420. David Gregg

    Who say Fatchett has sat idly by ? How do you know ?

    The limit of the RL terms for due diligence clients are set out on their site. Have a look at the 10th July 2014 update letter.

    Maybe RL are not interested in anything other than the redress going forward ?

    Would you want to spend loads of time being sniped at by Dave and his cronies ? No, thought not.

  421. I'm bored now

    Maybe that’s why the Harlequin trolls are out because he has upset the Chairman Ames.

    I have no problem with RL, they have done more than anyone else.

  422. Eva

    I would rather listen to the musings about pigs trotters than this rubbish.
    RL are bad RL are bad zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo obviously Harlequin.Trolls

  423. RL are doing a good bit of back pedalling over on the RL forum tonight, even offering to put up their standard terms of engagement for any “clients” who may have lost theirs.

    Furthermore they have stated that the due diligence retainer ran out in July 2014.

    So either RL are working on a no win no fee basis with 3000 + Clients or at the very least have 3000 + Clients on an open ended non fee paying retainer basis.

    Now it could be that RL have asked for retainer fees to be paid over and above the £200 + Vat, which they now claim that retainer ran out on July 2014. But none of us were asked to pay this, nor have RL ever publicly stated that additional fees for additional retainers needed to be paid.

    Looks like Fatchett is really misleading his clients over on the RL mushroom growing forum.

  424. The SRA are appointing supervising Solicitors to RL in the morning. They very rarely do this. This is a serious investigation, and no amount of diversionary tactics will change the fact that serious allegations have been made against that firm .

    There are some on here who will say that RL have done a great job, well let’s see what they have achieved for their clients, questionable Due Diligence perhaps, and an investigation by the SRA, yeah brilliant.

    And damn all else.

  425. Paul Sykes - a frustrated investor

    I spoke at some length to RL today. They are not very optimistic about the chances of a deal. I got the distinct impression that they have decided that they cannot deal with David Ames.

    The simple position is that RL have lots of clients who do not trust David Ames enough to be able to sign up to the trust. Add to that their 1500 or so redress clients (their number not mine) who have been advised not to join until FSCS approve it.

    If you add 1500 to the other clients RL have or influence then about 4000 people quietly stand in opposition to Ames. I have not spoken to GF, however it is clear to me that RL do not want to deal with Ames in the future. I also got the distinct impression that RL do not want to actively crash Harlequin.

    David Ames will know that no financier will offer money without investors being onside. Having to explain to a financier that only a minority support you, would not be attractive.

    Without finance, David Ames is stuck and he must know this. As a reasonably competent businessman (apart from my lapse of reason here) I would be trying to reach a compromise to get some momentum.

    I do not understand much, but without progress Harlequin will collapse. It is probably for this reason that RL have been attacked so strongly. This is counter intuitive as without RL, David Ames cannot move forward.

  426. Wenry Hare

    Anonymous – you are funny. Only a few people know the reality any by spouting like you do, you make it clear who you are.

    Tactically very naïve.

  427. The pickle

    You said the SRA were coming on Monday. Make your mind up.

    I suspect your going to tell us that you are on speaking terms with the SRA soon.

    You know as much as about this as you do the SFO, FCA investigations etc

  428. Square

    Isn’t GF a freemason ?

  429. If I paid you £200 + Vat as requested by you.

    1. Was this for the due diligence only?

    2. If not, what else does this cover?

    3. If it was for the Due Diligence only, you state that the Due Diligence retainer expired in July 2014, so am I still a client of RL or must I pay more money?

    4. You have stated clearly the options for redress, but as we are clients of RL are you still willing to pursue Harlequin if instructed or will we have to pay additional funds for this.

    5. Did you have a remit to act for us with respect to the establishment of the trust?

    6. If not can you explain why not?

    7. If you are still representing us with respect to the establishment of the trust when does this expire?

    These are just some of the questions I would like to see published on the RL forum.

  430. @ Gareth Wenry Hare, you really think that we are worried about a tactical game lol.

    You my friend are very much mistaken, but carry on, we are finding this most amusing.

  431. During the ‘5 weeks of 100% occupancy’ food and drink supplies were lacking, the chefs forced to shop at the local super market each day to make ends meet. Guests who had made multiple visits over the years advised that they will not return again due to the very noticeable slip in standards.

    When it comes to contractors, many refuse to provide service unless payment is received upfront, and most of those still providing service do so unwillingly as Harlequin / BBR owes them sometimes 10’s of thousands of dollars, they are worried that if they walk away they may never see any of the money owed to them.

    The dive / water sports contractor has moved off property, guessing they got fed up of supporting a business model that did not want to pay its bills.

    Wonder how long it will take the bus driver and the owner of the land where the Bamboo restaurant sits to wise up and walk away?

    The staff have still yet to receive their salaries for the last month, so don’t be surprised to have a full on strike on the property soon!

  432. Pol Pot ... I'm a philanthropist compared to Ames

    Looking at the list of property Ames/Harlequin “own” There’s a site on an island of Thailand, very close to Cambodia. Even less specific are a QL (Queensland?) and BC. I can find only British Columbia and Baja California.. Redefining Luxury in temperate latitudes and luxury at the wrong end of a gun

  433. Look let’s face it GF was only interested in the SIPP redress claims. A few mill squid, all he needed was the client list. Then he got seduced by Walton, paddy and a few others who showed him riches beyond his wildest dreams. There was a meeting in a tent in the desert, a few dancing girls perhaps, and he was hooked. Now he’s in it too deep to back out. Lay with dogs etc. now his core business is under threat. Should have stuck at what you knew old son. Warey old hare had you by the short ones now.

  434. Ross and Shaw

    @ It’s all in the sipps. Falcons and sight hounds … sleeping bags marked meum and tuum and a few bloody camels. We’re ready for a remake with Fatchops in the Irishman’s role…

  435. Ross and Shaw

    @ It’s all in the Sipps 9.46 Sight hounds and falcons … sleeping bags marked meum and tuum and a few bloody camels. We’re ready for a remake with Fatchops in the Irishman’s role

  436. Taps

    @ David Ames
    Day is done, gone the sun……

  437. To David over on the RL forum, it’s a pity that RL did not inform their “Clients” of the SRA investigation into their activities before news of this was released on BFP and in the GV’s Update.

    It is even sadder to still see members on the RL forum believe that they are clients of RL, a few remain, but as RL have stated the bulk of the clients retainers finished in July 2014.

    RL have not really played this well, they have always assumed that Ames would eventually cave into their demands.

    Sadly this will not come to pass, Ames is already convinced that Shipleys will grant him a CVA, the best RL can hope for now is an application by Shipleys to extend the administration.

    This may prove difficult to obtain.

    It is also odd that RL publicly are treating the SRA matter so casually, the attempt by Harlequin to undermine the credibility of RL which could very well succeed was born out of an arrogance on the part of Gareth Fatchett in believing that he was the only game in town and that Ames would roll over and have his tummy tiggled.

    We have been told about the Plan B, that never happened, the SRA move caught RL off guard.

    Ames is not that bright, indeed he is actually a bit dim. It’s through his ignorance that he has lasted this long. So for RL to have been caught off guard in such a manner must be a bitter pill to swallow, yes we expect RL to make accusations against those they feel are leaking information but one must ask why RL with 3000 + clients ( which is not what you guys are) cannot take decisive action.

    Indeed if you guys on the RL forum are clients of RL as RL claim, then why don’t you guys instruct RL to issue Stat demands against one of the RDC’s to begin with.

    We have heard about them for long enough.

    The problem RL has is that Harlequin have seen from the RL forum that the last thing the RL “clients” want is to tip this shambles into liquidation and Ames knows without this ultimate threat RL are totally ineffective, RL know this too.

    But sometimes you need to bring it to the wire and beyond if necessary.

    You as clients can instruct RL to do this, all we see on the RL forum is RL’s clients (again I use the term loosely) looking to RL for guidance and solace.

    There is no doubt that RL have acted in bad faith towards a good many investors, this happens when you are juggling too many balls in the air.

  438. double barrel

    Why doesn’t somebody just fin shoot Ames and bring this all to an end

  439. The Problem

    Holkham Compensation
    Its another day but Holkham Compensation is still a scam

  440. Colt 45

    @ double barrel 2.01 And who’s gonna represent Chickadee and Coast to coast’s victims in all this? Will they join in with RL’s or will the be extradition to the US, where Ames might get a proper sentence. Long enough not to have a life worth living after it?

  441. Lib Dem Councillor

    @ The Problem 7.39 Phew Aidikins! What a flurry of activity on the links. Are you going to bag a set of golf clubs, so you can join in?

    Oops, sorry 2 meanings of the word LINKS. I got the wrong end of the golf club.

    I hope Cleggie and auntie Ivy at Sid’s cafe are grateful to you for dropping your links to family members, in favour international political ones.

  442. The Problem

    Just a reminder from yesterday
    If you are a Harlequin investor who has been treated badly by them,you
    can tell your story through the press.Numbers as below:

    The Telegraph dtnews@telegraph.co.uk

    Daily Mail editorial 02079386000

    Mail on Sunday 02079386899

  443. Thanks for those numbers. So don’t foreget if you a RL client/follower/or anything else get in touch with those publications and tell them your RL story. That is what you meant isn’t it?
    On a seperate note, will the latest telecon with DA be appearing in the Echo, IFAonline and any other rag just like the last one. The last one was published by those wasn’t it?

  444. Lib Dem Councillor

    It’s sad that links to innocent, if slightly dull topics had to go. A few days ago, I saw a couple of book reviews, a church service and a symphony orchectra. There was a poker player, a site of a pretty village and a photo of Uncle Ralph linking to the wiki page of SVG.

    The last was an unusual choice and how could it not be innocent?

    Today, they included a video of the beheading of a journalist ( didn’t watch didn’t want to). Nasty topic. Release of intimate photos. Salacious topic, Australian exports of alpacas. This last topic might interest the Essex llama farmer, after all he has land in Oz hasn’t he?

    It’s a natty little program to change the images and pages they link to.

  445. The Problem

    @Its all in the SIPPS
    Read it twice it might sink in

  446. @ it’s all in the SIPPs, it’s a pity you seem to deny the Ames recording existed, Ames is a thief, so is his wife.

  447. I have not denied the recording existed. In fact it was very good of the lady from Craziers organisation to leave your monicker on it. It was stated quite clearly that it would be sent to the echo and IFAonline for publication. Now why have these publications, who lets face it would print next years calendar if Walton or fatchett told them to, not published the transcripts. Why is that?

  448. shrek

    So grateful to Ames, got a couple of beautiful hardback brochures for Caribbean ventures, ‘deeds’ or whatever it’s supposed to be for only £50,000 +. Only had to work for twenty years in an office to get them, bargain! 🙂

  449. TDK C90 (chrome)

    @It’s all in the SIPPS

    Even Fatchett takes orders from the SFO and the Freemasons

  450. Just a question for you “all on the SIPPs”, you appear to have a problem in an individual an investor as you claim making it public, the claims made by Dave Ames in his question and answer conference call,

    The claims that Ames himself as gone back on in his latest updates.

    Why not criticise the fact that Ames made wholly untrue statements, why instead suggest that the recording was made by someone currently in litigation with Harlequin, perhaps the recording was circulated and circulated and circulated.

    Frankly who cares who recorded the conversation? What is important was that we all got to hear it and that it was circulated.

    And as for the press, perhaps they are just waiting for Dave to provide a response to the questions asked of him about the recording?

  451. Dave Ames has influence over SVG courts? True or false.

    Ames claimed once to me he could stop litigation in SVG, is this just big talk or does he actually have any power in such matters? If so, this would explain his ego.

  452. Anon

    Sadly, it is probably true.

    However, he cannot control any offers of finance. No point in controlling the courts when what you need is an offer of finance.

  453. The Problem

    @Anonymous 1.00pm
    I have a feeling that what has happened on this forum in the last 2 weeks has been very strange.
    It is unlikely that you and i wil discuss Harlequin for much longer because it will be gone

  454. Martin MacDonald sacked?

    I called Wilkins Kennedy today and they said Martin MacDonald doesn’t work there any more. Can any one confirm? It doesn’t look very good for the case with Harlequin!!

  455. Jeremy Oldman

    If only you really knew what was going on!

  456. Death by a thousand cuts, or a quick kill?

    All,

    We thought that it would be sensible to send out SIP3 which is the guidance which surrounds “Company Voluntary Arrangements”. It is worth a read, as it sets out the considerations an insolvency practitioner would need to have prior to proposing / accepting a CVA.

    We have asked the joint administrators of Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited (“HMSSE”) to invite Harlequin to show meaningful proof of finance prior to any CVA being proposed. There does not need to be any further debate on finance. Either Harlequin will deliver on finance or not.

    The application to extend the administration period needs to be made by the end of September 2014. Therefore, all investors will know more in the next 4 weeks.

    We expect any financier to pre-condition an offer of investment around investors being unable to demand their money back. This is the biggest hurdle, which at this date still remains unsolved.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  457. @anon 1.00 pm on the contrary it hasn’t been made public. It has appeared via some anon files on here, it has appeared on the RL blog. I don’t think that is public. So why has it not appeared on the echo or IFAonline when it was clearly stated it would be sent to them. Is the question too difficult to answer?

  458. I just called the Southend Office and asked for Martin Mc Donald and his secretary put me through, no problem.

    Not sure what the last post about Martin was about.

    He is still there.

  459. @ it’s all in the SIPPs, I just spoke with Jon Austin and he IS running the story, he contacted Harlequin and was told Ames was away, Harlequin through ELS then contacted the Basildon Echo last Friday and stated that Ames needed time to answer Jon Austin’s questions, Jon said he would wait.

    I know Jon and I have him the recording and I’m not a client of CLC.

    I also found it odd that ELS and Richard Specter contacted Jon Austin on. Friday cause Richard is a Jew. Now I know few Jewish lawyers who don’t work Fridays and further more no fewer who do no win no fee cases lol,

    And one last point given that BFP is a public forum and the recordings were released on here, I’d say it was safe to state that the recordings were made public. You might not be aware but Dave Ames tried to obtain the IP addresses of anonymous posters on this site because he claimed he was being defamed in a very public manner.

    One question I have, do you not think it was wrong of Ames to lie in his conference calls or was it worse to publicise the fact he had lied.

  460. So “Martin” tales calls from complete strangers. Redefining a top 20 accountancy company.

  461. Having not read the transcript I could not comment on whether DA has lied or not. Why has GF mouthpiece Laura Miller not published the transcript in full? Why would Jon Austin wait for a DA response before publishing the transcript? He never has before. What happened to the promise to send it to the mos?

  462. The oboist

    Why does It’s all in the SIPPS sound just like BS Bob Storey?

  463. On the contrary “it’s all in the SIPPs ” I do a lot of work with Mr. MacDonald and was seeking to clarify the situation, it’s odd that you made no reference to the individual who claimed to have called Wilkins Kennedy only to be told that Mr. MacDonald no longer worked there.

    Mr. MacDonald is actively assisting those who are seeking to bring the Ames family to justice or who are investigating them. Now Richard Specter please feel free to put pen to paper and contact Kennedys the lawyers for Wilkins Kennedys insurers bringing their attention to this post.

    And not sure what your concerns are given that you have not taken time to listen to the recording, or even read the transcripts, lol, yet you are most anxious to subtly question the veracity of the recording.

    So may I suggest you listen to it before making further comments Bob.

  464. Jon Austin has given Ames an opportunity to respond to every story, the opportunity was always followed by a letter from then Mssrs Carter Ruck and Simon bent lawyer Terry and more recently ELS Richard Jew Boy Specter the no win no fee Jew and Daniel Abhrams another little Gay Jew rentboy.

  465. On the contrary, I have at no time questioned the vadility of the recording. Perhaps you can point out where that is the case. On fact I tried to download another file from here and got a computer virus so never again. It was clearly stated that the transcript would go to several publications and non have printed it. Why is that?

  466. @Dave Ames has influence over SVG courts? True or false.

    Consider the political situation in SVG.

    – Party in power promised an international airport, which is running behind schedule.
    – Airport needs big hotel to encourage large airlines to land.
    – Resort needs airport, but can use lack there of to blame financial challenges to investors.
    – Resort owes government A LOT of money (It is believed that resort has not made National Insurance contributions for any of its staff for over a year, as well as owing the nationalized electricity and water providers, VINLEC and CWSA, huge amounts). The electorate are for the most part unaware.
    – The majority of the local staff, who are the backbone of the resort, work despite not being paid primarily to uphold national pride as they understand the importance the hotel plays within the tourism industry.
    – Prime Minister wants re-election, and appears to not care about the financial hardships faced by almost everyone who has done business with the resort. Instead all focus is given to the airport and and its ever slipping ‘due to open’ date.

    Does Mr. Ames have influence in the courts of SVG, I would doubt it, however it is fair to assume that he still has some friends in high places although should the political tide change he may find the island a little colder than he is used to.

  467. @ all in the SIPPs it’s a pity that you are the only one who obtained a virus from downloading the file,

    You need to ensure you antivirus software is up to date.

    Yours is the only complaint about a virus.

    And I’m sure that the papers will run the story soon, it might be worth your while to contact Jon Austin to ask when he proposes to run the story.

    Again it’s a pity that you were the only one who picked up a virus, the download works fine on my computer and my tab. As it has for the 3000 + clients on the RL forum.

  468. When Ralph is ready, he will bull Ames..(west Indian expression)Expropriation is easy in that Banana rRepublic…ask the land owners at Argyle who had their land expropriated more than 6 years ago, and who have not seen a red cent from communist Gonsalves.

  469. Taps

    The Ponzi Effect…..both sons of Madoff are now dead.

  470. Maria Legros over on the RL forum, why do you continue to whine about your investment, you say all you want is your money back…. See your undying belief in RL leads you to believe you will get something back,

    It’s gone you silly cow, it’s totally gone.

    And to think that RL give a shit about you, c’mon wake up, your just a mushroom and a pain in RL’s Butt.

  471. What’s the point in RL continuing to operate their forum…. ?

    The forum is leaking like a sieve, and most now are too afraid to post on it, even Walton has ceased posting….

    All that’s left on that forum is a bunch of sad investors hoping for RL to conjure up something that will see them walking away with their investments intact.

    Well that will never happen.

  472. @anti virus. Well guess what shit happens some time. But your concern is appreciated. But guess what, again you have side stepped the question of why the transcript has not been published. Perhaps now it’s a Jewish conspiricy. And macDonald has only been kept on board because to fire him will be an admission on guilt by WK. as soon as this is settled out of court he will be gone. Fact.

  473. @ It’s all in the SIPPs, the press might run with the taped call they may not, the call was taped and circulated, so I would assume those that wanted to hear the tape have done so.

    If Wilkins Kennedy are settling with Dave Ames this is great, sadly it’s not Wilkins Kennedys call on whether to settle or not,

    This decision lies with Wilkins Kennedys insurers, it is they and their lawyers who are running the case, and I’m sure they too have now obtained a copy of the recording of the conference call along with the recent update from the GV.

    This will go along way to discrediting Mr. Ames, given that you have not listened to the tape, you therefore would not have heard the GV’s reference to the stance a judge will take against anyone seeking to sue the GV or Harlequin.

    You seem to speak on the subject of Wilkins Kennedy case from a position of absolute familiarity, I say this because of your word “FACT” with reference to Mr. MacDonald.

    Well I too am well acquainted with the case, so here are a few more facts. Kennedys are putting a strike off motion before the courts with Respect to Harlequin Hotels and Resorts. Why? Because Wilkins Kennedy never acted for this company, FACT.
    Kennedys have begun the process of an action against Harlequin Property SVG for security for costs. FACT.
    Ames has already approached Kennedys through Richard Specter of ELS to seek settlement on the matter, Kennedys have rejected the approach. FACT.
    Ames will seek mediation in the CASE. FACT.
    Kennedys current stance on Mediation is there is nothing to mediate. FACT.
    Ames through QC Hefin Rees and ELS have offered witnesses a substantial share in the winnings should they win in return for some rather dodgy evidence. FACT.

    I could go on but it’s a pointless exercise with you. FACT.

  474. It's all in the SIPPS FACT

    So if WK did not act for HP why did MacDonald send numerous correspondence to DA saying they would no longer be carrying work for him any more? By not saying you are not carrying out any more work means you were carrying out work on his/ their behalf. And yes it was a slip, I know it’s in the hands of WK insurers now, not WK direct. So why did GF admit that the claim has substantial merit? The security of costs is covered by insurance. Why would DA seek a settlement at this stage when he has still got the opportunity to answer the insurance companies counter argument? Are you sure your FACTS are facts? You could go on? Nah you have run out of ideas FACT.

  475. Oh and by the way if it is WK insurers who are in control of the case, why are WK asking for a strike off motion and security of costs. Make your mind up son who is representing who on this.

  476. Anon, if the tape was circulated and it was so hot, then why are the press so reticent to publicise it. Maria Millar has previously wet her pants in her publication of tittle tattle from GF. Why has she not reproduced this?

  477. PI Insurer

    @It’s all in the SIPPS FACT At the risk of pointing out the blindingly obvious, the strikeout application is against Harlequin Hotels & Resorts. If you read the papers filed by Harlequin you’ll see that the WK resignation papers don’t mention HH&R. The only Harlequin companies that are covered are HMSSE and HP(SVG).

    If Harlequin have persuaded a funder/insurer to give a bond that will provide WK/their insurers with adequate security that’s great. Their lawyers can provide full details to Kennedys and that’s that. If they haven’t, security for costs becomes a rather important point.

  478. @ it’s all in the SIPPs this is getting tiresome but for the avoidance of doubt, please try and digest the following.

    1. Wilkins Kennedy acted for Harlequin Property SVG Ltd but not for Harlequin Hotels and Resorts Ltd. However both companies are plaintiffs in the cases, so therefore an application is being made to strike off Harlequin Hotels and Resorts.

    2. If David Ames has insurance for the case then that will become apparent in the security for costs application. But let’s not forget we only have Dave Ames word for this, he has also many times told us he has finance for all his projects, you yourself would have heard this had you not been unfortunate enough to download a virus, and he himself has since acknowledged through his update that his previous claims ref finance must have been false.

    3. Gareth Fatchett may have stated that there was merit in Mr. Ames case, although to do so he would have had to have sight of both sides documents, I recall he did make reference to the case ahead of the filing of the Wilkins Kennedy Defence, but it is most odd that a solicitor who acts for neither party would be prepared to call the case without seeing at least the defence documents or the skeleton arguments.

    4. I’m glad you picked me up on the wording of my post, when I made reference to WK applying for security for costs I meant to infer that of course it was Kennedys who would make this application on behalf of the insurers, as it is they not Wilkins Kennedy who are running the defence.

    5. I just find it odd that you acknowledged that you slipped up on the issue of who was running the case the insurers as opposed to Wilkins Kennedy, yet you see fit to post a second post highlighting the same slip up on my part.

    6. Dave Ames stated that he had victory in the Wilkins Kennedy case before Wilkins Kennedy filed their defence. And in any matter Dave Ames can approach Wilkins Kennedys insurers at any time seeking settlement, this is not contingent on the filing of any documents.

    I hope this clarifies the position.

  479. Nice inane rant that. And your point is? You keep talking about someone who has not posted for ages but hide behind a silly ID. Why? Even Angela made more sense than you.

  480. So the claim about finance is false? Does that mean that GF statement that he had seen the letter of intent for finance was also false? That was the same finance deal that GF sold the trust to his clients or whatever you want to call them. Of course if this is too tedious for you then you can always not answer.

  481. This might come as a shock, but Gareth Fatchett may just have been referring to his clients who were actively seeking to purchase the Blu Hotel and the H hotel, when making reference to the original letter of intent, nevertheless Mr. Ames in his latest update makes absolutely NO mention of any guaranteed finance, furthermore he goes on to describe how the letter of intent with the Hotel Management Company will ASSIST him in obtaining finance.

    So the issue of a previous letter of intent re the finance is a moot point.

    I have no idea why Laura Millar has not made reference to the recording of the conference call, and frankly it does not matter, the recordings have been passed onto the authorities and Shipleys and it will ultimately be up to the authorities to bring the Ames family and Co. to justice and every little bit helps.

  482. Thank you to the poster who has clearly explained the Wilkins Kennedy case and the issue of the taped conference call, as usual the pro Harlequin brigade come out shouting their mouths off which leads us all to believe the “Anonymous” version of events.

  483. Well investor pity you cannot differentiate the difference between shooting their mouth off and asking awkward questions. Perhaps you should have asked some questions before you invested.

  484. Square

    Today has been a very interesting day. We now know who is to be trusted.

  485. Ask not who can be trusted, ask who can’t. The one person who can’t be trusted is Ames.

  486. The Problem

    @Anonymous
    Sep 3rd at 6.20,7.16,7.35 pm
    I thankyou for the information that you have provided tonight.

  487. The final solution.

    Whatever could that be?

  488. Eva Braun

    He is not all bad.

  489. LIEBENSRAUM

    Is it true Dave has annexed some of the land at BB for himself ?

  490. Star of David

    Buccament Bay belongs to Dave it’s his.

  491. Branch Davidian

    First he must repent !

  492. Deja Vu !

    Its becoming deju vu all over again. Grenada had a new airport (thanks
    to Cuba), it had a recently deposed Marxist dictator, Maurice Bishop,
    and the US -wink-wink-wink- was worried about its citizens attending
    med-school. Oh lordy, lordy Mr. Reagan why not invade. Well where are
    we now? SVG has a new (non functioning) airport, it has a Marxist
    leader and also rumour has it that ISIS just might want to use it as
    a base for “death squads” in the western hemisphere. (Qu’on te
    coupe la tete). As if Obama doesn’t have enough to worry about.

  493. Ames owns all the land at Buccament Bay, well his companies do and he is the sole director of these companies.

    Well sorry when we say all the land, we are talking about 30 acres, because whilst he claims to own more, he will have to complete paying for it, but that’s a story for a different day.

    Of the 30 acres he owes tax on 10.5 of this. So leaves him with little left.

    Ames is praying that Comrade Ralph gets re elected because of the cozy little beach deal Ames has with the comrade, through the Comrades cousin Julian Francis.

    If the Comrade fails to get elected then Ames can retire to his villa I’m Mallorca.

    And he won’t be stuck for a few bob, he intends to retrieve his Golden Fleece from Argo which will ensure he is not deprived of many of the life’s luxuries he has become accustomed to.

    Who is Argo you might well ask,? Argo is the Phoinex which arose out of the Ashes of Harlequin Developments and HD Studios, the companies who’s senior staff included Managing Director David Campion and CEO Mr. Andy Smith.

    But I thought Andy Smith was the owner of PID, the procurement company Ames used,? Yes that is correct, he is one and the same.

    Harlequin Developments and HD Studio were Ames’ construction companies? Yes but they also, it has transpired operated a Laundry division,

    Sorry I’m lost? Ok let us tell you a little story.

    Buccament Bay Resort and Harlequin Property SVG were trading insolvently as far back as 2010………

    Hang on is this not what Wilkins Kennedy are claiming in their defence?

    Yes but they are only claiming this now, the first real report on the insolvency came from a Desmond La Hue in mid 2010……….

    Sorry who is Desmond La Hue??

    Desmond La Hue was Ames’ accountant in St. Vincent who reported to Michael Slade Harlequins CFO……
    Desmond La Hue was however sacked by Ames in mid 2010 after Ames accused him of cooking the books..

    Michael Slade resigned a few months later after he too became concerned about the solvency of Harlequin……..

    Was this all before or after Wilkins Kennedy and what happened to Michael Slade?

    This was after Wilkins Kennedy, and Michael Slade returned to his offices in Rayleigh in Essex, shortly afterwards some official looking guys visited his offices and removed all the documentation he had on Harlequin.

    Wow …………

    Yes the same official looking guys visited the offices of Wilkins Kennedy and removed all documents pertaining to Harelquin.

    Sorry can we get back to Campion and Smith? What’s the story there?

    Smith was the CEO of Harlequin Developments / HD studios. Campion worked for Snith as the Managing Director. Campion however fancied himself and felt that control of HD / HD Studio should be ceded to him, so one evening he approached Ames and explained to Ames that Smith was overcharging for goods and services his company PID were providing HD / HD Studio. Ames was enraged by this and subsuquently sacked Smith.

    Ames then threatened to sue Smith, but this did not progress very far……

    Why not?

    Well see Smith was the custodian of a somewhat secret Harlequin Bank Account in New York from which large and irregular cash withdrawals were made………

    Sorry I thought that was the story about the bank account operated by the Vice President of Harlequin Hotels and Resorts Mr. Mark Sawkins?

    No that is a different issue and we will get back to that momentarily ……….

    Part Two to follow ……………………..

  494. Anonymous

    I haven’t enjoyed reading something as much since tyne mysterious
    Ralph appeared…

  495. Hmmm yes looking forward to part two, I wonder if the folks on the RL forum have picked up on this. Can’t wait to see the reaction from the Pro Harlequin Group to this later….

  496. Anonymous

    I’d like to know more about the Harlequin bank account in New York.
    Also what the status is today between Smith and Ames. We already
    all know that Campion is nothing but a total sycophant.

  497. Ameslamic State (AS)

    We are now officially bored.

    Why get dragged down by Dave ? We are off.

  498. The Problem

    All Dave has to do is get the FINANCE or otherwise it is goodnight.
    If he does he will have to reach a settlement with RL and others.

  499. Anonymous

    Finance that’s a good laugh. They finance people have done the DD true, the letter of intent is just that!

    Intent to buy from the liquidators🙂

  500. Do the math

    Have any of the Crazier bunch actually seen proof that she is not Audrey?
    Thought not….. and you talk of due diligence – now that IS funny.

    I bet she gets really angry when you mention it?

    You do know who funds the case don’t you…. ?

    Have you worked out how much you have spent V’s what you may recover?

  501. Baubles baffles brains

    On a serious note, assuming some of the recent posts are even 50% true how the hell is Ames still going around talking of finance, completions, and building out resorts?

    Why can’t some of these people ‘in the know’ go a pair and do something about finishing Harlequin off?

  502. Baubles baffles brains

    He seems protected in SVG, in the UK the police and SFO have not arrested him.

    He seems to be allowed to do what the hell he likes making all sorts of promises and statements even when he knows they have / are being recorded.

    For a little man he seems to have a bigger pair than all the people who want to ‘damage him and Harlequin’

    It’s a crazy situation when someone can take £400 million and carry on without a care in the world.

  503. The problem is most investors do not want to loose their money, sorry all investors don’t want to loose their money.

    So few if any are prepared to take action that would precipitate the demise of Ames.

  504. One pissed of wench

    Liabilities exceed assets – the money has gone dickwadd

  505. Anonymous

    Quote from letter in i-witness-news (SVG) in re to building a research-
    education park in SVG….”it’s an economic structure that is also more
    inclusive for us locals than luxury hotels, who (sic) deep in the heart
    of their owners don’t have much use for black people…” I believe that
    in the coming months as SVG gets closer and closer to an election
    that Buccament Bay will become more and more an albatross for
    the current government and that Ames will be more and more vilified.

  506. Racist

    What do you expect from someone who employed a security guy who went round calling staff ‘Boy’

    Someone, who refers to locals as colored people.

  507. $ one million in a suitcase?

    Ames has no respect or regard for SVG – he regards it as a third world country; how and why the PM granted him citizenship could be something to do with the ( alleged😉 $1 million bribe.😉

    The is ending and ending soon.

  508. Anonymous

    The NDP’s election slogan should be KER-CHIIING !!!
    Ring de bell is sort of infantile

  509. RL

    We are out of this. Let is fail naturally.

  510. Bear

    @Anonymous Sep 3rd 1.28. By the way, did you happen to notice whether news of the SRAs invasion, appeared earlier on BFP or the GV’s update?

    Great news from Bas Vegas. A trio of semi medics has been jailed for fraud. It’s only a pathetic £1m, but at least they’ve been arrested.

    If you see Warties, please pass on the message, let’s get out the A10s, B52s, B17s, Chippies, Tigers and Lancs. We’ll take the TUs too and drop something nasty on dirty corrupt little Basildon.

  511. Redefining a lot Brighter than Dave

    @ Real Story part 1 12.07 Thanks for the update. Understand bits of it and whooppee for the NY, NY connection, so gooooood they made it twice.

    Someone mentioned the heartwarming news that Madoff’s second son has died of some kind of cancer. He stated to develop it at about the age the Ames sons are now …..

    Well we can dream.

  512. Deluded stupid pitiful Ames.the little runt

    @ RL (if it’s you) Ames will commit commercial suicide when he fails once again to get finance. it does not exist, it’s just part of the stupid little mans delusion.

    Let him fuck it up on his own.

    Having Harlequin on your CV is hardly a career enhancing prospect, lot’s of hangers on will be out of work very soon when one or all happen:

    Shiplys pull the plug,
    Or he gets found guilty of contempt
    Or the SFO nick him
    Or he goes bust
    Stat demands are sanctioned
    Some other legal action
    The press decide to run with it
    The freezing order is actioned
    WK win
    The Irish mans appeal wins

    Ames just can’t carry on

  513. Broadsword

    Broadsword calling Danny Boy. Broadsword calling Danny Boy. Come in Danny Boy.

    Well Danny Boy, it looks like you get your redress claims. At least for now. It’s a bit difficult to run them when you don’t have a practising certificate. The problem with lies is that you have to have a brilliant memory so you can remember what lies you told to who and when. Your memory isn’t that good. Your lies are catching up with you.

    We’ll talk more later.

  514. RL are about to receive a crushing blow, and no one saw this coming.

    RL I suspect will be no more soon, if I was RLs managing partner if would study the SRA rules handbook.

    Maybe it’s time to give the Marathon Man a little gardening leave.

    Oh Davey Boy, we got one hell of a nasty shock for you too, see you shot yourself in the foot by bringing the SRA into RL.
    😉😉😉

  515. Anonymous

    Two birds with one stone – not bad.

  516. Warthogs over Wickford

    This, from TailorMade, really takes the biscuit. They sold shite and now want to “help” clients get redress.

    COMPENSATION CLAIMS

    Dear Client,

    Finally, after many months, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has put TailorMade Independent Ltd (TMI), along with several other IFA firms, into ‘default’ (default means a firm which is unable, or likely to be unable, to pay claims against it) This is a very significant event, as it means that the FSCS will now start to process compensation claims against unsuitable pension advice given to clients by these firms.

    What this means to you, is that if you opened a SIPP (Self Invested Personal Pension) in the last ten years and invested in one or more non-standard investments, such as the alternative investments that were available through TailorMade Alternative Investments Ltd (TMAI), you are entitled to make a compensation claim relating to any losses you may have suffered.

    In previous TMI updates and following a meeting which took place with the FSCS, we were keen to point out to clients that they didn’t need to use the services of a lawyer and/or a claims management company in order to make a FSCS claim, as claims could be made directly to the FSCS free of charge. However, due to the complex nature of the various types of claim and the absolute desire to ‘get it right first time,’ we now believe that in order to enhance your chances of a successful claim, which maximises the amount of compensation to which you would be entitled, you most definitely SHOULD consider using the services of a claims management company.

    With this in mind, we would like to invite you to attend a seminar which will introduce you to Holkham Compensation. Holkham Compensation is a specialist claims management company which includes legal experts specialising in the relevant areas of law. It has a panel of consultants, together with invaluable evidence from other sources, which conventional lawyers and other claims companies do not have. The panel includes those who have held senior positions in two major SIPP operators, specialising in non-standard investments. Similarly it includes people who have advised investment providers and worked closely with financial advisors. This means that Holkham Compensation will not only present cases expertly in legal terms, but can also provide compelling evidence with which to support compensation claims.

    Furthermore, as we have stated in previous updates, TMAI will only support/introduce/promote organisations that put Investors interests ahead of all others, in a fair, honest and completely transparent manner. We believe the people behind Holkham Compensation to be, honest, reliable, professional and experienced in the relevant areas. But just as important for you to know, is that Holkham Compensation is aNOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation, constituted as a company limited by guarantee, which means its Principals can only charge for the actual work they do. This assures you that it is dedicated to maximising the compensation that you actually receive.

    These seminars will take place on Monday the 22nd of September 2014.
    Following attendance at the seminar, you will:

    * Understand what Holkham Compensation is trying to achieve for you and how it intends to achieve it.
    * Learn why obtaining a successful outcome to a claim is complex.
    * Understand why you are entitled to make a claim, who the claim is against and what your claim is for.
    * Be made aware of all the fees/costs involved in making a claim and the choices you have.

    If you are interested in attending the seminar, please click here and we will send you the relevant details.

    In the meantime, if you are interested in receiving a copy of Holkham Compensation’s explanatory Booklet and FAQ’s, please click here and we will e-mail it to you.

    Also, please be aware that if you cannot make this seminar, we intend to put on further seminars, should demand require it and we will also let you know about these.

    Lastly, we take this opportunity to re-iterate that FSCS claims can be submitted by you FREE OF CHARGE……you don’t have to use a claims management company to help you. Furthermore there are several alternative claims companies other than Holkham Compensation that you could use. Therefore, we hope that your attendance at one of these seminars will help you to make an informed decision in relation to who you choose to help you with a claim. But whichever company you choose, please remember, the most important thing is to MAKE A CLAIM!!

    Thank you for taking the time to read this communication.

    TailorMade Alternative Investments
    Copyright © 2014 TailorMade Alternative Investments, All rights reserved.
    You are receiving this update as you invested in a non-standard investment that was promoted by TailorMade Alternative Investments.

  517. The Gareth Groupies are in for a hell of a shock.

  518. hot mama

    Tailormade are holding seminars for hocus pocus 22nd September. Too weird to even think about.

  519. MOJ investigates

    COMPENSATION CLAIMS

    Dear Client,

    Finally, after many months, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has put TailorMade Independent Ltd (TMI), along with several other IFA firms, into ‘default’ (default means a firm which is unable, or likely to be unable, to pay claims against it) This is a very significant event, as it means that the FSCS will now start to process compensation claims against unsuitable pension advice given to clients by these firms.

    What this means to you, is that if you opened a SIPP (Self Invested Personal Pension) in the last ten years and invested in one or more non-standard investments, such as the alternative investments that were available through TailorMade Alternative Investments Ltd (TMAI), you are entitled to make a compensation claim relating to any losses you may have suffered.

    In previous TMI updates and following a meeting which took place with the FSCS, we were keen to point out to clients that they didn’t need to use the services of a lawyer and/or a claims management company in order to make a FSCS claim, as claims could be made directly to the FSCS free of charge. However, due to the complex nature of the various types of claim and the absolute desire to ‘get it right first time,’ we now believe that in order to enhance your chances of a successful claim, which maximises the amount of compensation to which you would be entitled, you most definitely SHOULD consider using the services of a claims management company.

    With this in mind, we would like to invite you to attend a seminar which will introduce you to Holkham Compensation. Holkham Compensation is a specialist claims management company which includes legal experts specialising in the relevant areas of law. It has a panel of consultants, together with invaluable evidence from other sources, which conventional lawyers and other claims companies do not have. The panel includes those who have held senior positions in two major SIPP operators, specialising in non-standard investments. Similarly it includes people who have advised investment providers and worked closely with financial advisors. This means that Holkham Compensation will not only present cases expertly in legal terms, but can also provide compelling evidence with which to support compensation claims.

    Furthermore, as we have stated in previous updates, TMAI will only support/introduce/promote organisations that put Investors interests ahead of all others, in a fair, honest and completely transparent manner. We believe the people behind Holkham Compensation to be, honest, reliable, professional and experienced in the relevant areas. But just as important for you to know, is that Holkham Compensation is a NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation, constituted as a company limited by guarantee, which means its Principals can only charge for the actual work they do. This assures you that it is dedicated to maximising the compensation that you actually receive.

    These seminars will take place on Monday the 22nd of September 2014.
    Following attendance at the seminar, you will:

    Understand what Holkham Compensation is trying to achieve for you and how it intends to achieve it.
    Learn why obtaining a successful outcome to a claim is complex.
    Understand why you are entitled to make a claim, who the claim is against and what your claim is for.
    Be made aware of all the fees/costs involved in making a claim and the choices you have.

    If you are interested in attending the seminar, please click here and we will send you the relevant details.

    In the meantime, if you are interested in receiving a copy of Holkham Compensation’s explanatory Booklet and FAQ’s, please click here and we will e-mail it to you.

    Also, please be aware that if you cannot make this seminar, we intend to put on further seminars, should demand require it and we will also let you know about these.

    Lastly, we take this opportunity to re-iterate that FSCS claims can be submitted by you FREE OF CHARGE……you don’t have to use a claims management company to help you. Furthermore there are several alternative claims companies other than Holkham Compensation that you could use. Therefore, we hope that your attendance at one of these seminars will help you to make an informed decision in relation to who you choose to help you with a claim. But whichever company you choose, please remember, the most important thing is to MAKE A CLAIM!!

    Thank you for taking the time to read this communication.

    TailorMade Alternative Investments
    Copyright © 2014 TailorMade Alternative Investments, All rights reserved.

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  520. Anonymous

    “The real story part 1, a tale of corruption and theft” posted yesterday at
    12:07am. I hope that we don’t have to wait another six hours for part 2.

  521. Bobbikins van der Wiyer and Barabbas

    @ Twats at Tailormade. What’s happening is part of the Harlequin business model. Not the one on the videos, but the one described to a few special people behind closed doors.

    Clergy are admitted to freemasonry, aren’t they?

  522. Mr. Ames could not sue Mr. Smith for fear Mr. Smith would expose the highly irregular US payments.

    We have heard about this before somewhere?

    Yes the cash issue, the suitcases of cash was the subject of the BBC Panorama Probe into Ames and Harlequin.

    Was Gareth Fatchett involved in the BBC Panorama Program?

    Not quite, Gareth Fatchett met with the BBC in St. Vincent and stated to them that he could arrange a meeting between the PM of St. Vincent and the BBC, the PM of St. Vincent subsequently denied that this was the case, furthermore denying he knew who Gareth Fatchett was or even ever having met him.

    We will run a special on Gareth Fatchett’s role in this debacle in a separate reveal all, that will be most interesting to those who believe they are clients of Mr. Fatchett.

    What did happen the BBC Panorama Program ?

    Ames accused an award winning investigative journalist of attempting to bribe an employee of his. The journalist resigned but it must be noted that the UK Police took no action in the matter despite the fact that had the journalist indeed offered a bribe this under UK law would be a criminal offence.

    Andy Smith what happened him?

    Smith went into business with a Guyanese partner, whilst working as CEO for Harlequin Developments, they shared ownership of a barge which brought White Sand from Guyana to Buccament Bay. Smiths partner was subsequently arrested when the barge was boarded and an icing sugar like substance was found on board.

    No charges were filed against Smith over this incident.

    So where is Smith now?

    Smith spends most of his time eating breakfasts in China. He claims to be owed a substantial sum by Ames but this cannot be verified. His relationship with Ames is tenuous to say the least.

    What is Smiths relationship with Jeremy Newman?

    Smith has no relationship with Jeremy Newman, I think you are mistaking Jeremy with Andrew Newman, a manager of Andy Smiths who was employed in St. Vincent.

    Do they still work together?

    No Andy Newman helped corroborate Campions allegations that Smith had ripped of Ames. Andy Newman now claims to be representing Ames in China on Procurement on a consultancy basis. Flying Virgin on his trips.

    Speaking of Virgin I’ve heard rumours ………..????

    Yes the relationship between the senior Virgin Management in Barbados and Ames may be a little too close for comfort, Richard Branson may want to take a closer look at this cosy arrangement before he too becomes embroiled in the scam.

    Can you elaborate?

    We can and will in a later update but recently Argo were awarded the design, supervision, construction and project management of the new Virgin Offices in Barbados. This despite Argo being just over a year old.

    Maybe they are just good ?

    Yes maybe they are, but the owner of Argo David Campion was the Managing Director of Harlequin Developments which apparently also ran a laundry.

    Surely you are not suggesting impropriety on the part of Campion and Harlequin Developments?

    No we are not “suggesting” anything, we are making this a statement of fact based on hard evidence we have obtained.

    Speaking of laundries there were rumours about Mark Sawkins were they not.?

    Yes but not rumours, for a period of months millions of dollars was being passed through Mark Sawkins personal bank account in the Scotia Bank local branch in St. Vincent.

    These huge irregular payments were picked up by Scotia Banks Anti Money Laundering Operation in Canada. Sawkins was warned about this by Scotia Bank which eventually resulted in action being taken by Scotia Bank to stop the abuse.

    Sawkins resigned from Harlequin soon afterwards. One of the theories put forward at the time was that Sawkins was making cash payments to staff and others in order to circumvent tax payments.

    How do you know all this?

    A local staff member of Scotia Bank provided a private investigator with all the information.

    Wow ……………

    To be continued………

  523. Can anyone tell me what a Super Injunction is?

  524. hot mama

    What’s wrong with Tailormade taking commission out of taxpayers money from the ombudsman ?🙂

  525. Due Process

    Anonymous, I don’t understand why you think RL are about to disappear.

    If clients complain then they will be directed to the legal ombudsman, if there is a conduct issue then the SRA will investigate. Sanctions are only generally imposed in the case of financial irregularities or very serious rule breaches and then only after a full investigation and a reference to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (which is effectively a trial). All of that can take months – if there is any substance to it. No one on here has said exactly why they have referred RL to the SRA.

    The only time the SRA intervene is if there is a threat to client money because of fraud or potential firm failure.

    Leads me to think that there is no substance to any of it – just more wishful thinking from Ames and his buddies. It would suit Holcombe, Ames and the agents to have RL out of the picture, but one can easily join the dots. Holcombe has as members Van Der Weyer and Powerscourt. Powerscourt (operated by Van der Weyer) was the prime mover behind SCS Farmland. This is yet another land “investment” opportunity. Not regulated and based in Argentina (for God’s sake!). One of the big sellers of SCS Farmland – Tailormade.

    All the same people with their fingers in the pie. All passing around information like a boiler room so that they can rip off the same unsuspecting saps. I would stay well clear of the lot of them. The next thing you know, if you ever receive any compensation, you will have the Wolf of Wall Street (or more likely the Donkey of Basildon) on the phone trying to sell you the next worthless crap investment.

  526. Again can anyone tell me what a Super Injunction is?

  527. Anonymous

    @TRSP2ATOCAT (Whew-that’s a mouthful)
    You corroborate some suspicions of mine going back several years.
    Sure hope that you can say a bit more about the NY connection. I
    am sure that our paths have crossed.

  528. @ Due Process, this might be a question that should be asked of the SRA appointed supervisors currently ensconced in the RL Offices, or even better a question Fatchett should be able to answer on his forum. All though I suspect that forum will disappear shortly.

  529. RL

    We are out of this. Leave it to you all to turn out the lights.

  530. Anonymous

    RL forum gone.

  531. SRA Whilsteblower

    Who are you whilste blower?!!

    You appear out of the mists of Harlequin’s shit storm, provide some rather apt information, which evidently has RL’s feathers ruffled (they took their forum down), and are continuing to post information.

    I cannot work out who you are “pro”? You are certainly anti Harlequin and RL, so why are you even bothering? Also seems that you had access to the RL forum as well for whatever reason.

    Sure glad I got my claim into Holkham while they’re still around! Oh wait…

  532. RL

    Yes, we are leaving the arena and handing the baton back to others.

    We have done our work and now we move on to redress claims.

    Why waste time energy on cost on a crocked investment and all the pre-history ?

    We have no doubt Harlequin will fail. However, why do we care ?

  533. Anonymous

    Erica – Its time to bring your forum back online. Charge to be a member
    and make some money. Remember you would be the webmaster and
    could kick any one off you wanted….

  534. The Problem

    It is unfortunate that Harlequin did not recognise the support that RL would
    receive from their clients. Good night Harlequin.

  535. Due Process

    @Anonymous,

    not sure the SRA will say what they are doing (the FCA certainly won’t comment on any ongoing investigation for fear of prejudicing any action they might take – same as the SFO: as we all know). RL certainly won’t want to give any information.

    I frankly am suspicious of anyone who is pushing the Ames agenda. Harlequin in my view is a criminal company run by criminals. Just my opinion but one that I think will be proved to be correct in the fullness of time. Tailormade and the rest of the agents have made very good money on the back of a ridiculous “investment proposition” that no reputable adviser would touch with someone else’s bargepole. These types of scams have been going on in lots of jurisdictions and the buyers have always been the credulous and inexperienced.

    5 -7% that is what you can expect property to return. The super returns promised by the agents and HP are now, and always were, pie in the sky. Same as any number of other schemes. Really the people pushing them should have known better.

    But then why (I ask myself) do so many of these scams involve land. Well firstly to an inexperienced investor it feels “safe” – though it is patently not: the last few years have shown that. Second (and probably most important) land is not a regulated investment class under the Financial Services and Markets Act. Arranging deals in regulated investments (if you are not yourself regulated) is a criminal offence – so steer away from shares, loans, insurance etc unless you want your collar felt. Stick to land, that unregulated one way bet and, as a trader, you will be safe! Is anything happening to the agents?

    The authorities could have done something to these scammers on the basis that they were operating and selling unregulated collective investment schemes (which all of these are) but have been supine. Huge regulatory failure.

    Nevertheless people deserve better then Holcombe, which is really Tailormade and their ilk reincarnated in a different form.

  536. It’s time that Ames and Harlequin are shut down for good. RL started off with good intentions but it did not take them long to get sucked into this mess.

    Gareth Fatchett is now in a whole heap of the brown stuff and frankly he not only deserves to be struck off but he should be prosecuted too.

    He alone is probably responsible for inordinate time that it has taken to bring this whole mess to a grinding halt.

    Clients of RL should consider taking action against that firms PI insurance.

    It is however time that the authorities finally dealt with the Toxic Toad.

  537. Well well RL only interested in redress claims. Cash investors can screw themselves? Who would have seen that coming? If its true then RL are a disgrace.

  538. Due Process

    Causing delay? Not a criminal offence as far as I am aware. Not even a striking off offence. If every solicitor who had caused delay was struck off there would be a lot fewer about!

    Delay however is a matter for the legal ombudsman. 8.42% of complaints in 13-14 were about delay (according to the LeO website).

    Surely the clients of RL could only sue them if they have lost money as a result of RL’s actions. This is a major problem as the losses were caused by Harlequin – whose clients have neither their money back nor their property. Some people may be able to go to the compensation scheme or even sue the agents (possible but unlikely) if the agents are sole traders or partners in an unlimited partnership.

    However, neither RL nor whatever deity you pray to can get blood out of a stone. Harlequin is a busted flush, has been for years. It has no money and a stack of liability (in all of its entities). Dave and his merry band have fought a very good rearguard action but all is revealed in time. When all of this comes out into the open – as it will – the villains of the piece are unlikely to be RL. Dave, Harlequin and the agents however are likely to come out of this less well. Some will go to prison, some will be fined and chased out of the FS industry and some will get off scot free. It is all part of the mad cavalcade that is dodgy investment world.

    As long as there is one born every minute (and there is) Dave and his kind will be circling to part them from their hard earned.

  539. Due Process

    @its all in the sipps

    Sorry, not sure what point you are making. Investors who went into this (via whatever route) have given their money to a company which has failed (in my view was always a scam).

    Why should anyone other than the scammer pay you back? Who should pay you? The government, the FCA, the accountants? If RL can get some money back for some investors – well done them. They should count themselves lucky. In most countries in the world the authorities and just about everyone else would shrug their shoulders and say to the victims “that’s bad, but there is nothing to be done”.

    Too many people want to blame anyone but the real culprits.

  540. RL ? could be !

    Why would we waste a further moment on this ?

    We have other disasters to make money from.

    Pink money + redress claims is enough to be going on with. We will do these well and earn a decent profit.

    We have three other commitments :-

    1. We will unleash as much power as we can to prevent Holkham.
    2. We will take direct claims against some (but not all) of the sub agents. We have a list.
    3. We will use some of our 1 Stop claims to bankrupt Hughes and Rees.

    Tick these commitments off as they happen.

  541. One pissed off bloke

    I believe Fatchett operating under the radar is a lot more damaging to “Brand Ames” than a public arena war. Sensible fellow that Fatchett

  542. Craig Kelly

    @OPOB

    I agree. Ames cannot blame RL if they are not visible.

  543. What a silly move... give us a bit of that no profit

    Dear Client,

    Finally, after many months, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has put TailorMade Independent Ltd (TMI), along with several other IFA firms, into ‘default’ (default means a firm which is unable, or likely to be unable, to pay claims against it) This is a very significant event, as it means that the FSCS will now start to process compensation claims against unsuitable pension advice given to clients by these firms.

    What this means to you, is that if you opened a SIPP (Self Invested Personal Pension) in the last ten years and invested in one or more non-standard investments, such as the alternative investments that were available through TailorMade Alternative Investments Ltd (TMAI), you are entitled to make a compensation claim relating to any losses you may have suffered.

    In previous TMI updates and following a meeting which took place with the FSCS, we were keen to point out to clients that they didn’t need to use the services of a lawyer and/or a claims management company in order to make a FSCS claim, as claims could be made directly to the FSCS free of charge. However, due to the complex nature of the various types of claim and the absolute desire to ‘get it right first time,’ we now believe that in order to enhance your chances of a successful claim, which maximises the amount of compensation to which you would be entitled, you most definitely SHOULD consider using the services of a claims management company.

    With this in mind, we would like to invite you to attend a seminar which will introduce you to Holkham Compensation. Holkham Compensation is a specialist claims management company which includes legal experts specialising in the relevant areas of law. It has a panel of consultants, together with invaluable evidence from other sources, which conventional lawyers and other claims companies do not have. The panel includes those who have held senior positions in two major SIPP operators, specialising in non-standard investments. Similarly it includes people who have advised investment providers and worked closely with financial advisors. This means that Holkham Compensation will not only present cases expertly in legal terms, but can also provide compelling evidence with which to support compensation claims.

    Furthermore, as we have stated in previous updates, TMAI will only support/introduce/promote organisations that put Investors interests ahead of all others, in a fair, honest and completely transparent manner. We believe the people behind Holkham Compensation to be, honest, reliable, professional and experienced in the relevant areas. But just as important for you to know, is that Holkham Compensation is a NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation, constituted as a company limited by guarantee, which means its Principals can only charge for the actual work they do. This assures you that it is dedicated to maximising the compensation that you actually receive.

    These seminars will take place on Monday the 22nd of September 2014.
    Following attendance at the seminar, you will:

    Understand what Holkham Compensation is trying to achieve for you and how it intends to achieve it.
    Learn why obtaining a successful outcome to a claim is complex.
    Understand why you are entitled to make a claim, who the claim is against and what your claim is for.
    Be made aware of all the fees/costs involved in making a claim and the choices you have.

    If you are interested in attending the seminar, please click here and we will send you the relevant details.

    In the meantime, if you are interested in receiving a copy of Holkham Compensation’s explanatory Booklet and FAQ’s, please click here and we will e-mail it to you.

    Also, please be aware that if you cannot make this seminar, we intend to put on further seminars, should demand require it and we will also let you know about these.

    Lastly, we take this opportunity to re-iterate that FSCS claims can be submitted by you FREE OF CHARGE……you don’t have to use a claims management company to help you. Furthermore there are several alternative claims companies other than Holkham Compensation that you could use. Therefore, we hope that your attendance at one of these seminars will help you to make an informed decision in relation to who you choose to help you with a claim. But whichever company you choose, please remember, the most important thing is to MAKE A CLAIM!!

    Thank you for taking the time to read this communication.

    TailorMade Alternative Investments
    Copyright © 2014 TailorMade Alternative Investments, All rights reserved.
    You are receiving this update as you invested in a non-standard investment that was promoted by TailorMade Alternative Investments.

    Our mailing address is:
    TailorMade Alternative Investments
    Unit 1 Olympic Park
    Olympic Way
    Warrington, WA2 0YL
    United Kingdom

  544. Good move RL

    Working behind closed doors will drive the ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ Harlequin bunch mad – I like it.

    I expect BFP to spike.

  545. Lol RL gone silent, ahhhh sorry folks, and as much as I despise Ames, Fatchett does not fall far behind Ames.

    RL are gone silent because they have been silenced and for not other reason lol

  546. Anonymous Anonymous

    How do you know that?

  547. Icarus

    Anon – 10.21

    No one does. Remember, Fatchett, Walton, Ames are all freemasons.

  548. shrek

    Maybe Rl are sick of some of the w——- on here attacking their genuine hard working clients personally like a load of moronic school kids?

  549. RL have over stepped the mark.

  550. whatsthefuss

    Harlequin have been wonderful and full of integrity.

  551. Minotaur

    RL will be investigated by Freemason’s so the complaint will be a storm in a tea cup.

  552. shrek

    Since when are solicitors supposed to be your friend? Hopefully Harlequin are genuine? Waiting for the proof🙂

  553. Do you really believe Shreik that no one from TL comes on here attacking people? Get real. The RL attack dog walton could not help himself if he tried. You are very niave.

  554. shrek

    Not sure what Mr. Scapegoat Walton has to do with the missing cash?? Sorry but you can’t even spell.

  555. shrek

    Not sure what Mr. Walton has to do with the missing cash?? I am very naive for parting with so much money. We all were!

  556. Just Wondering

    Anon, how have RL overstepped the mark? What have they actually done that has got everyone so wound up?

  557. Unbelievable..........

    Tailormade have invited me to meet with Holkham to discuss the wonderful Green Oil investment (tits up if you’re wondering). So the unregulated product flogger is now trying to pass me on to an unregulated claims company. No doubt taking a backhander on the way through.

    You could not make this up. Does anyone regulate any of this? Honestly you could not make this up. Needless to say I won’t be going.

  558. More Unbelievable..........

    Thinking about it – why would anyone trust Tailormade with their stellar track record – Cyprus properties (tits up), Green Oil (tits up), Harlequin (tits up).

    Are these people the anti-Midas? Everything they touch seems to turn to sh1t.

  559. Minotaur

    All,

    We enclose an email sent by Lifetime SIPP this afternoon. We have removed the name of our client.

    The email discloses the position of the SIPP with the second highest number of Harlequin investors. We would expect the other major providers to be in the same position. The SIPP timetable appears to be into 2015. The Administration Order for HMSSE expires on the 1st November 2014.

    “From: info@thelifetimesipp.com [mailto:info@thelifetimesipp.com]
    Sent: 05 September 2014 To:
    Subject: IMPORTANT – Harlequin Update

    Dear Mr XX,

    REF: HQ/DA/

    THELIFETIME SIPP RE Mr

    I am writing to you with an update on your Harlequin Investment.

    In August, along with a number of other SIPP providers, I attended a meeting with David Ames and his legal team. At the meeting the SIPP providers clearly laid out to Harlequin what we require from them in order to complete our due diligence of the Harlequin Trust.

    Harlequin’s legal team are awaiting further information from the Pro Harlequin Investment Group (PHIG) and once they have that are aiming to provide us with a full response by the end of October. Once we have that information it will be passed to our legal advisers for a full review. Due to the timescales, and the complexity of the information, I do not expect to be able to give a further update on the Trust until the end of 2014.

    In the mean time I would like to bring your attention to the recent statement from the Financial Service Compensation Scheme (FSCS) regarding Harlequin which can be found at http://www.fscs.org.uk/news/2014/august/fscs-updates-on-investments-in-3ik7yxf1r/index.html

    Once I am in a position to be able to update you further I will write to you again.

    Yours Sincerely

    Declan Ashley
    Compliance Director”

  560. Minotaur

    Looks like lifetimeSIPP don’t want anything to do with Harlequin.

    Harlequin’s legal team are awaiting further information from the Pro Harlequin Investment Group (PHIG) and once they have that are aiming to provide us with a full response by the end of October. Once we have that information it will be passed to our legal advisers for a full review. Due to the timescales, and the complexity of the information, I do not expect to be able to give a further update on the Trust until the end of 2014.

    (by that time Harlequin will be dead in the water)

  561. Ames is a foolish old man

    Ames said at least two SIPP companies signed up to his trust – more lies.

  562. Congratulations to SVG for holding a cricket match involving the West Indies team. This must help raise the profile of SVG to the wider world. When the airport is open and BB is expanded then the future for SVG must be improved.

  563. Long Grass, never to be seen again.

    It does seem odd that Harlequin would need to ask PHIG about Harlequin.

    What on earth do PHIG know that Harlequin do not ?

    A good old British throwing of a problem into the long grass.

  564. Olive branch

    I have been thinking; David Ames need a chance to make things right.

    The finance will be in a couple of weeks, completions are happening, SIPP companies are happy with Harlequin and Shiply’s are working towards a CVA.

    All this has been advised by the Chairman of Harlequin, lets just wait and see if it works.

  565. Olive branch

    PHIG also seem to be playing a very important role, spearheaded by Bob Ladell, David Ames said he is a very intelligent man.

    Maybe, just maybe, we have all misjudged the situation and Harlequin is actually recovering from all this negative press.

    David Ames said Buccament Bay is 100% booked.

  566. You make me sick

    You make me sick!

  567. Dis beach belong to we

    Somewhere in Spain
    September 5, 2014 at 4:18 pm
    Congratulations to SVG for holding a cricket match involving the West Indies team. This must help raise the profile of SVG to the wider world. When the airport is open and BB is expanded then the future for SVG must be improved.

    Bob Storey is posting here under lots of different IDs and continues to promote Harlequin. He professes his investment in Buccament Bay is safe and protected but understands nothing about St Vincent & the Grenadines, its economy or local politics. The employees at BB have not been paid on time yet again. How is this helping the people of SVG?

    Investors: Please have a read about the local politics and avail yourself with the reality. It really isn’t good. Harlequin is keeping significant information from you.

  568. The Problem

    @Olive Branch sept 5th 5-10

    I can wait around 3 weeks.
    However there is no room for lies now.
    If Ames does not pay what he owes,i will drop him off at the SFO FOR FREE.

  569. This beach belong to we. What a pity you have to belittle some good news about SVG by being so petty. Who is this Mr Storey you talk about.

  570. Anonymous

    @So9mewhere in Spain –Are you in self-denial?

  571. Eh no I am in Spain. Where is self denial? Is it in the EU?

  572. Rasta

    denial, no man it somewhere in Egypt mon😉

  573. TailorMade( in liquadation) aka Holkham Compensation( unregulated)

    We have been helping our for no profits mates to find their MOJ authority
    and have been ….

  574. Tailormade in Liquiadation

    Couldn’t get anyone in Tailormade to speak on the phone about Harlequin last year? Now they smell makin a few more squid out of us they’re inviting us for cozy seminar-arses? How kind!

  575. PHIG/ Holkham = Commission split

    The God squad give their profit to…
    PHIG.

    However, they can’t legally carry out this work according to a very nice lady at the MOJ.

    They are being looked at😉

  576. Anonymous

    Too bad that Benny Hill is no longer around to star as DA in the
    made for TV mockumentary…

  577. Long Grass, never to be seen again.

    How do you know Holkham are being looked at ?

  578. Anonymous

    I reported them to the MOJ, along with others .

  579. Arbeit macht frei

    https:// gov.uk/complain-about-claims-company

  580. Happy Days

    Your message has been emailed to the Monitoring & Compliance Unit. We will only respond to your message if you ticked the box to request that we contact you, and left us your contact details.

    https:// claimsregulation.gov.uk/noresults.aspx

  581. SRA Clarity

    Bogus Solicitors:
    http:// sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/fraud-dishonesty/bogus-fake-solicitors.page

    It is a criminal offence for someone to call themselves a solicitor or act as a solicitor if they are not on the roll of solicitors. We call these people “bogus solicitors” and we may prosecute them (see our policy on criminal prosecution). We publish alerts about bogus solicitors.

    All genuine solicitors are on the roll of solicitors, which we administer, and will be able to give you their roll number (sometimes described as their “SRA ID number”) on request. This number should also appear on their letterheads and notepaper.

    You can check if someone is a solicitor by searching Find a solicitor, the Law Society’s online directory of solicitors. This directory contains details of almost all of the solicitors that we regulate. The only genuine solicitors who are not listed in the directory are those who have asked for names to be removed.

    If you would like to check that a solicitor is genuine, or if you think you are dealing with a bogus solicitor, contact us immediately.

    If you have any cause to doubt that letters, emails or other contact that seem to be from a genuine solicitor is really from them, you should take reasonable steps to protect yourself and your property, by contacting the law firm or individual solicitor directly—through reliable and established means. We can tell you whether an individual or firm is regulated and authorised by us. We can also confirm a regulated and authorised individual’s or firm’s genuine contact information and other practising details. In some cases, you may need to check other public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records), too.

    You can also read our guidance for solicitors on bogus law firms and identity theft.

    Fraud:

    http:// sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/fraud-dishonesty/scams.page

    Common types of scam
    A person running a scam may

    – text or email you to tell you that you can claim compensation for “your recent accident” or get rid of your debts quickly;
    – promise you vast sums of money in exchange for an advance fee for helping them transfer money out of a country (they just want your bank details);
    – tell you that a “distant relative” or a foreign government official has died and left a large inheritance that you can claim on, if you’ll just pay some administrative fees (and give them your bank details);
    – try to sell you shares or invest in high-value items that quickly turn out to be worthless—often via an aggressive telephone call (this is commonly known as “boiler-room fraud” because of the amount of pressure they put you under);
    send you an email telling you that you need to log onto your bank’s online banking system (for example) and link you to a login screen so they can steal your login details and your money—genuine banks will never link you to their site (this is known as “phishing”);
    – tell you that you’ve won the lottery when you haven’t even bought a ticket, or been to the country where the lottery is taking place;
    – promise you a fabulous new job working from home in return for a small fee for training materials that you will never receive, or information that is widely available for free; or
    – claim to be psychic and have news from beyond the grave in exchange for a token fee—and your bank details.

  582. The truth comes out.

    http://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/solicitor-check.page

    All, if you check Gareth Fatchett, Regulatory Legal or their company name R Legal Limited a very interesting thing happens.

    The result will shock and astound those from Harlequin, Holkham, PHIG etc

    “No Results”. So the whole SRA thing was a load of nonsense and used entirely to deflect attention from the £400m mess.

  583. One pissed off bloke

    Does shock me at all TTCO , either Fatchett is as clever as eggs and created this to slip below the radar so he can spring his surprise attack or Ames attempted to destroy Fatchett and has created quite a dangerous enemy for himself .

  584. Desperate Dan

    It wasn’t that long ago that Daniel Dalligan and Harlequin got their knuckles wrapped in the High Court for implying that Gareth Fatchett wasn’t a ‘proper’ solicitor.

    https://barbadosfreepress.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/fatchett-v-dalligan-order-04-03-13.pdf

  585. damn phone

    rapped!

  586. RL Twitter

    Risk Warning @Risk_Warning · Sep 4
    27 days to go before we know what Shipleys intend to do with Harlequin (HMSSE) . Liquidation or CVA? #harlequin

    https://twitter.com/Risk_Warning?original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.regulatorylegal.co.uk%2Freglegalwp%2F&profile_id=1259112319&tw_i=507924133158846464&tw_p=embeddedtimeline&tw_w=477036920145334272

  587. The Jailer

    Can’t wait for it to be liquidated – hope the whole house of cards falls down.

    Ames will go to jail with his fraudulent son, the SFO will repossess all of Ames’ assets (including RDC’s), hopefully a HUGE media scandal, and the Ames family will be put forever into the “Ponzi Scheme Hall of Shame”, second only to Madoff himself.

  588. It won’t be liquidated. It will go to a CVA and then DA will buy it back under a new company name. Job done.

  589. Eva Braun

    It’s time for everyone to cool down and take a shower.

  590. Zyklon B

    That deal has been already agreed, lets just say the new owners won’t be English

  591. THE JUWES WILL NOT BE BLAMED

    A little bit of history…………

    http://www.jack-the-ripper-walk.com/jack-the-ripper-clue.htm

    Mitre Square, Apron,

    Was this another Masonic cover up?

  592. Panzerfaust

    Maybe DA would prefer to go “camping” instead?

  593. Anonymous

    what a load of Goebbels

  594. My enemy's enemy is not really my friend

    From next week, we will be operating under the radar.

    All those who are in the know, know about the court matters which are pending.

    Our focus will turn to the cronies trying to rip off investors for one final time.

  595. Ames groupie

    Wonder if hocus pocus will discuss guardian etc still charging full fees for managing the Sipps on 22 nd?

  596. My enemy's enemy is not really my friend

    I would doubt it as their mates are all getting a share.

  597. Buccament Bay flooded again

  598. Would that be before or after the sweltering heat in SVG?

  599. Anonymous

    It doesn’t rain on the plain somewhere in Spain

  600. Anonymous Bosch

    @ More Unbelievable, Sep 5, 2.25pm

    The investments didn’t turn to shit, they were shit from the start.

    The “guaranteed” returns and the “low risk” marketing were clearly aimed at the naive investor who would be hooked by the prospect. A moment’s thought would tell you that institutional investors would queue up for half the projected returns if they were genuinely low risk.

    The companies and individuals that peddle this type of investment know full well that the levels of risk are enormous and, in some cases, they will have known that the investments were nothing more than ways of stripping people of their life savings with no hope of ever seeing the money again.

  601. There is currently terrible flooding across St. Vincent, reports from Buccament Bay say that the water reached about 5ft up the sides of some of the units earlier today.

    Flooding has also badly affected the town of Kingstown,

    Guests have been evacuated from Buccament Bay.

    We are trying to obtain photos

  602. Anonymous

    Two floods in nine months. What company would ever
    offer insurance for BB. I guess that mother nature is now
    on Ames enemies list. Who’s he gonna sue???

  603. Rev R V D Weyer

    Can the floods be verified.

    God’s vengeance.

  604. Anonymous

    Does anyone know of a SVG radio station that gives news.
    All I can get is music…

  605. Amesleweiss

    Time for soothing music

  606. Ames to sue God?

    Is it true Ames is taking legal action about this flooding with him upstairs?

  607. Ames is a foolish old man

    What about the insurance……..Mmmmmm never did see that did we?

  608. You absolute bunch of lemmings. You would believe anything. Ever thought of checking the local news or weather forecast first before you swallow such shit. By the way the earth is flat and elvis has been found on the moon. You idiots!

  609. Direct line

    Don’t be so sure….. Ames will need to prove insurance regarding the finance in the next couple of weeks.

    If he has no finance, then we all know what Shipleys will have to do; especially as higher authorities are monitoring the current situation very closely indeed.

  610. Looks like the anti HP trolls are out in force tonight. Too much to drink during the day perhaps. Flooding in BB, SFO, Shipleys, insurance. We only need the “Kim has left” lie again and we will have a full house. What else can they dream up this evening?

  611. Here in St. Vincent we have had very heavy flooding, landslides and reports of at least one bridge washed away.

    We are working very hard to locate a number of missing persons on the Island as I write this.

    Once again people are suffering but also once again we have people like Somewhere in Spain making light of the difficult situation we are enduring.

    And I’d like to add that once again the people of Buccament Bay have been affected by the floods as they have through out the island.

    So instead of trying to make out that our tropical island is some what immune from weather patterns that affect the tropics, when we have to deal with those difficult moments it would be nice to think that those who know nothing about our current plight refrain from making comments which deflect attention from the serious problems affecting us this very day.

    We need your support and prayers again today, not point scoring at our expense.

    Regards Tony

    Volunteer with St. Vincent and the Grenadines, we would ask that you visit our facebook page where we are bringing you updates on the task facing us today.

  612. Tony, no one is trying to make light of any disaster in SVG. If there have been floods then the sensational headline should not be bb flooded. I don’t believe anything that is posted on here unless it is substantiated by a 3rd party. This blog is full of lies and more lies so don’t be suprised if the reaction is one of suspision.

  613. Cyrille

    Tony,

    The political elite of SVG have propped up Harlequin.

    £400m of money has gone south.

    SVG will come out of this badly and expecting sympathy is asking a lot .

    Many investors see SVG as the problem. It cannot be that the workers do not know the nature of Ames.

  614. @ Somewhere in Spain, you were casting doubt on the veracity of the information with respect to flooding at Buccament Bay, this forum is dedicated to discussions about Harlequin and Buccament Bay, and sadly once again much damage has been wreaked upon the resort and surrounding area.

    Once again our thoughts and prayers rest with those caught up in the floods and with the families of those missing.

  615. Anonymous

    I am able to monitor on my McBook SVG radio stations. Problem
    is that they never give news. Does anyone (Tony maybe) give me
    a station that gives news.

  616. Waffen

    Oh dear, this is not good timing for finance – will we be able to complete?

  617. Pink 'Panther'

    I think this is a conspiracy with RL and God and WK to damage the Harlequin brand.

  618. God

    Keep me out of this

  619. Tiger Tot

    “Somewhere in Spain” is Bob Storey

  620. Crossing the Red Sea

    God told Dave to lead the children of Buccament Bay out of slavery into the land of Dave, which God has promised to them,

    Now God has tricked Dave and will be taken to task for damaging the Harlequin model.

  621. And Tiger Tot knows jack shit

  622. An illiterate thick fuck? That has to be a self description?

  623. Anonymous

    NBC SVG Sound of the Nation Radio’s Facebook page is full of
    photographs of the flooding. So it must be real.

  624. Well “tony” perhaps you could give a link to the Facebook page, or maybe a link to the local publications where this information can be found. Anyone else found it yet?

  625. I witness news are now covering the flooding story, apparently the flooding affected Kingstown and Buccament Bay Primarily .

  626. Sorry who is this prick Somewhere in Spain?

    A lot of damage has occurred in St. Vincent, pics on the SVG Red Cross Face Book page and now on I Witness News.

  627. Sfo etc, you need to embrace religion or some thing because you obviously have anger management issues.
    The Red X Facebook site had on picture of a mud slide. Nowhere was BB mentioned.
    And stop trying to guess who I am you are just making yourself look out of control.

  628. PM of St. Vincent stated in a News Conference that more bad weather is headed for St. Vincent. He stated and I quote ” it’s in the hands of The Lord now “.

    Ames’ lawyers are ringing their hands in glee, as they have “The Lord” bang for rights now.

    On a serious nite, the villas at Buccament Bay were inundated with several feet of muddy water, looking forward to all those photos of guests with mops and buckets helping the GV to clean out all the units again.

    And singing joyfully doing this.

    Buccament Bay is built on a Flood Plain and is uninsured, so who the hell is going to finance this bag of shit.

  629. Bob somewhere in Spain Storey just look at I Witness News SVG they clearly talk about Buccament Bay, don’t worry you will not pick up a virus from the link on Google.

  630. Somewhere in Portugal

    Dave Ames is Bob Storey and Somewhere in Spain
    Think about it!

  631. BBaywatch

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Witness-News/277092882588?fref=ts

    confirmation on the IWNSVG FB page of the extent and damage caused by flooding – with examples in Buccament Bay. It’s typical of the HP apologists that they are so ignorant of any local news or sources and totally reliant on the PR BS issued by HP. I do wonder how many of these investors even knew where SVG was prior to investing – they certainly have done little to educate themselves since.

  632. Sfo etc. yes you are one sick fuck. You spent all that money lol. You might as well use your correct name now your I’d is known. I’m sitting in Spain, 35 deg, have a gin and tonic and you are sitting in a dark place spitting hatred and bile. I just cannot stop laughing.

  633. news report from SVG about the torrential rain at Buccament Bay
  634. Eh and where does it mention the hotel in BB. Scumprick yes the cheap booze is kicking in now.

  635. Due Process

    R Legal still tweeting and on the SRA register. According to posters on this site they were being shut down this week. No one said why (other than some comments about delay).

    Reports of their demise seem to have been greatly exaggerated.

  636. Do clients instruct solicitors or solicitors instruct clients, ??????

  637. Don’t believe anyone said RL would be shut down this week, someone correctly stated the forum would be shut down. The SRA investigation will take time, additional information is being passed over to the SRA, someone did however suggest that GF could be given gardening leave, he is afterall not even the managing partner in RL. I will miss those videos though.

  638. Why does Terry think I am in Spain?

  639. Somewhere in Dudley.

    Was never true. Just more desperate nonsense from HP and their supporters. HP is failing (has failed actually). All that is left is the inevitable insolvency and sale of assets and prosecution of the guilty parties.

    However we can say who has gone already. Harlequin’s UK sales arm, Tailormade and any number of agents. They pop up again in various guises PHIG, Holkham etc.

    only a matter of time before it all fails.

  640. Gardening Leave

    “No football, no drama only gardening and contemplation. How boring.” – Gareth Fatchett https:// twitter com/GarethFatchett

  641. Perhaps he can clean Waltons Bently for him?

  642. We know where all the skeletons in Fatshits closet are buried, so he would need to be a very careful little boy,

    Tut tut, now Mr. Fatshit it’s time you got back into your little box and stayed nice and quiet…..

  643. You sound about 14?

    Didn’t realise this was a site for kids? ffs grow up!

  644. Due process

    @anon

    Still no clearer as to what GF and RL have done which could lead to them being discplined by their regulator. I know RL have told us the trust is rubbish because, as it turns out HP does not have title to its assets and has liabilities way in excess of them too. So their advice was not tosign up to it.

    I note we are still months later waiting to hear from Halequin on the alleged errors in the RL DD. After all this time the assumption must be that the dd was materially correct.

  645. Wow someone attacks Fatchett and a response from Fatchett. Ok Mr. Fatchett is it not time you represented the interests of your clients, all of them, rather then be the duplicitous little bastard that you are?
    😉😉 You know what I mean, so go do the decent thing rather then running around insinuating all sorts of rubbish.

  646. @anon

    As I was writing you reposted your latest. If all you have is abuse then i don’t think the SRA or anyone else will be that bothered about listening. The tragedy of this that people have lost money that they couldn’t afford to and you get you jollies by posting abusive rubbish.

    We all know who the con men are. GF and RL are not on that list. It is reserved for Ames and his cronies.

  647. Fatshit knows what he has done, more importantly what he has NOT done, and he knows who else now knows. A dangerous game he now plays. He be best served getting back into his little box before he digs an even bigger hole for himself, however this is not the forum to discuss the finer points of his “Ethical” behaviour, that’s best left for those who investigate and police such matters.

    Don’t worry Fatshit this is not the forum for such matters.

  648. You sound about 14?

    Not Fatchett, I have tits. No patience for idiots.

  649. @ anon

    Sorry you have the wrong end of the stick entirely.

    I ask again what has GF “not done”. Like Harlequin you say RL have got it wrong but don’t say why. I have to agree with the other posters on here – all very childish.

  650. On the contrary any reports to the authorities on the conduct of Mr. Fatchett will of course be backed up with all the evidence, there will be no need to use any foul language, the evidence if it were to be presented is damning in the extreme,

    And I say if it is to be presented, see Mr. Fatchett dug himself into a corner, but he does have an Olive Branch being still held out to him, so he now has to decide whether to do the honourable thing, or carry on being a stool pigeon and a complete cock,

    His choice.

  651. I'm Not Fatchett

    @anon Sweet mother of God anon, we’re a giddy little chap aren’t we? Wet your pants? I posted the Fatchett quote from Twitter. What’s funnier is that it was posted on May 16. Posted it for shits and giggles

  652. SRA Guru

    @Anon

    Oh nice, here we go. The real reason all this shit about SRA is coming out – the “olive branch”.

    So the dirt has been “dished” on RL? So they took pink money and didn’t do what they said they would? Reminds me of another group of people.

    I don’t want to argue with you, because frankly you’ll crush me, but what I will say is that I looked over my engagement letter from RL, and corresponding TOB letter (the once I scanned before I sent back). They are still getting SIPP investors to pay for the DD, as well as outlining they are acting for them to achieve redress.

    So your notion that many of the RL “clients” are not clients at all cannot be true. It has to be the case that at least the SIPP investors who have signed up to their redress program are outright clients. These people made the choice, based on what was available to them, to join that process. So I don’t believe RL actively damaged Harlequin in that particular scenario.

    I believe relations went South between RL & HP when HP didn’t deliver any information as to rebute the “errors” they had uncovered. As yet, this information is still awaiting, and so when you look at the situation – who are you going to trust? RL with actual information (regardless of its source), or Harlequin, who have stolen £400m, blaming everyone they’ve ever worked with (soon to include God), and now associating with a claims company who isn’t even registered with the ministry of justice?

    As for the cash investors, I have no clue about their situation. The SIPP investors who have committed to letting RL fight their corner, though, seem to be bona fide clients, albeit costing them ~15% of the redress + the £240 for DD. Seems like a fair deal to get the toxic tit out of my life🙂

  653. We have no time for Ames, none, nor do we have time for those who are duplicitous in their dealings on the said subject matter.

    All is not as it appears, and this has nothing to do with the colour of any slips, frankly the redress options are a different matter entirely, though a hint might be in the fact that the redress solutions being offered by RL will have no impact on Harlequin what so ever.

    So one has to ask the question what could have been done with the RL cash clients to leverage a deal out of Harlequin, surely RL had a number of options open to them, indeed they did, yet they refused to consider these options.

    This has to be taken in the context that the redress options will not impact Harlequin in any way, indeed a failure of Harlequin would make the redress option a lot simpler.

  654. muppets

    Anyone done any due diligence on Crozier………..just asking😉

  655. muppets

    Who is financing Corzier ( if that’s her real name)

  656. Anonymous

    Ames liabilities exceed his assets
    After all is said and done
    It will be jail (gaol) where his assets

  657. @anon

    My recollection is that It all fell apart for RL and HP when RL stood up to Ames and recommended not signing up to the trust. It was then that DA encouraged people to ask for their 240 back from RL because RL had not completed tehir contract. The irony of this seems to have been lost on most.

    The contract with RL is really clear. The fee is not dependent on the trust. The contracts with HP are equally clear – money is refundable if the property is not built. It is hp that is indefault.

    Cryptic musings about what could have been done for cash investors are not an explanation of what RL has done that allows their clients to allege breach of the rules that govern solicitors. They have fulfilled thei retainer. No more can be asked.

  658. Anonymous

    @Anon

    Thanks for clarification. I’m still curious as to who you are, why you know so much, and who you refer to as “we”🙂

  659. Walton

    Gareth is currently cutting my grass and trimming my wife’s bush.

  660. Any pictures

    Anyone knows what crazier looks like? Old hag, wig, false tits, bad breath is that the one? 5 ft 2?

  661. Anonymous

    @Ap – Nah, that’s Carol Ames !

  662. Any pictures

    Mrs Ames is a hottie compared to that freak lol

  663. Someone asked who is financing the CLC case, people keep calling it the Crozier case but it’s a client case being run by Carter Lemon Cameron acting on the instructions of their clients ( a lesson could be learned here by other more unscrupulous lawyers about acting on instructions). Ames thinks it’s O’ Halloran that is financing the case, but it just might be their clients too, but that is irrelevant.

    A more interesting question would be who is financing Carol and Dave’s case? Given that all their personal assets are frozen. Of course given that young Dan Ames is not subject to the freezing orders (Yet), even though there just maybe a little surprise in store for him there soon, then one can safely assume that young Danny is bringing bags of cash over to Mummy and Daddy.

    Hmmmmm I wonder is that a breach of the freezing order..

    And let’s get onto Nikki Crozier, or as some on here would like to claim, Audrey Dixon. Well let’s think about this for a moment, this is a case being conducted by CLC on the instructions of their clients, there’s that word again “instruction”, the clients being the claimants, the defendants are Carol and David Ames, Nikki Crozier is a third party consultant in the case, one of a team of specialists conducting a thorough search of any of the Ames’ assets.

    So what’s Ames’ defence going to be, that he suspects a third party consultant is some sort of criminal master mind, on the run and wanted world wide, ok folks, let’s call a spade a spade, given the stunt Ames pulled with Fatchett with respect to the SRA, don’t you think he would have pulled the same stunt with Nikki Crozier a long time ago??,

    but what relevance would that have with the case the Ames’ face any way, to giver her the title Ames would like to ascribe to her, that being Mrs. Ms. or even Mr. Elizabeth, Nikki, Audrey, Dixon Crozier. And the rumours fuelled by the pro Harlequin camp that she is a criminal master mind fraudster on the run, well frankly given that she is neither the solicitor of record or a client who cares, the courts won’t,

    the courts are only interested in the claimants and the defendants,

    and whether Genghis Khan or that other alleged war criminal Tony Blair is connected to any of the parties is of no relevance to the courts and judge. And is only of relevance to those unconnected parties who would like to sensationalise the story.

    Now I wonder how many with a genuine interest in the Harlequin debacle will take the time to attend the contempt hearing in London, it might be worth attending to discover what it is that have caused Carol and Dave to be summonsed to appear on contempt charges.

    I mean let’s face it folks, if the Ames’ have not lied it would be good to see justice swing in their favour. And give confidence to all investors, best PR ever. If they have lied would it not be a small bit gratifying to see them punished for this?

    Role on the contempt hearing, looking forward to attending and reporting back….

    My money is on the Ames pair being sent down, but we will have to wait and see.
    🙂😉🙂😉🙂😉

  664. Show me the finance

    No finance, no Harlequin. Simple.

  665. news report from SVG

    The flooding in St Vincent is serious. Landslides, roads blocked. Mud everywhere and no clean mains water in parts. Buccament Bay is affected. Those poor people have suffered enough.

    https://www.facebook.com/SVGRedCross?fref=photo

  666. SiS

    Yet again that sneering propagandist for Harlequin, Bob Storey, reveals himself and can’t even manage to stay anonymous. He is beneath contemptible for laughing at other people’s distress.

  667. Risk Warning on Twitter

    3400 people pay on average £500 p/a for worthless Harlequin SIPPs. £1.7m fees p/a until people die. £17m over next 10 years. Scandalous

  668. Preying for someone to get cancer. Yes that is acceptable in anti HP troll land. I wonder if anyone who has suffered from cancer would like to comment on that.

  669. Due Process

    I don’t know who Bob Storey is; I couldn’t really care less.

    No amount of ranting on this board can outweigh the fact that typing Harlequin Property into Google produces a page of results which point to the failure of HP. Headed by a link to the SFO’s page about the investigation. The truth of the matter is that HP will fail. Anyone giving money to HP now is likely to lose that money. That is clear.

    Nobody, not Ames, not Storey, not RL, not the liquidators can stop prevent Harlequin failing. The fact that the agents are promoting their unregulated claims management company means they do not think HP will come good and that people need to be compensated in other ways. It’s game over and we all know it.

  670. Show me the finance

    Unless you are deluded, then everything in the garden is rosy !

  671. If you don’t care who I am, why do you comment about me. Bit odd that.

  672. Don’t exaggerate. You have never had me.

  673. @one pissed up bloke. Get back in the cupboard with that SFO twat. You can compare hard luck stories. Perhaps he can lend you some money. He likes to throw it away.

  674. Who's really winning ?

    A few observations, having spoken to RL.

    1. The Dan Dalligan settlement for the defamation against RL, shows plenty of motive by Dave and his cronies to try and set up GF / RL. The SRA are not stupid.

    2. The SRA site shows no disciplinary note or decision at all.

    3. RL tried to work with Dave, it did not work out. Dave wants PHIG’s and Bob’s to “work” with him. Effectively, Patsy’s. RL are not that. They get involved in major scale investment disasters and fraud cases.

    4. RL want to stand back as they sense the end is near. At that point, all hell breaks loose. Dave will blame everyone. RL can see collateral damage as most of the investors are thick and believe Dave.

    RL are already £1m+ up and have over 1500 15% no win / no fee agreements.

    Looks to me like RL are not going to end up losing.

  675. The reports from St. Vincent are totally exaggerated, what you have had is some minor damage to a few badly built buildings, we forget that St. Vincent is third world, so many people live in badly constructed buildings, but they are used to this,

    The Resort sustained no damage and the guests will not be bothered by what goes on outside the confines of the Resort. We keep forgetting it’s an All Inclusive Resort, so business as usual with guests enjoying everything the resort has to offer.

    It’s typical of the Anti Harlequin brigade to attack Buccament Bay. Buccament Bay was designed and built by professionals brought in at huge cost from the USA and UK, so the Resort is built to the highest of standards.

  676. The hills have eyes

    It’s a very tactical move. Ames & Co. will be driven mad by not knowing what’s going on.

    Holkham & the agents are vile low life, they have a vested interest in keeping the SIPP charges going and them not getting sued by promoting Holkham.

    If investors decided to go with an unregulated, inexperienced God squad, who will share their ‘non profits’ with the very same people who got them into the mess – GOOD LUCK!!

  677. Investor #1002

    @Who’s Really Winning

    Thank you for the clarity.
    I am eager to talk to RL to hear their version of events also.

    The whole Holkham scenario seems to have been stirred by RL’s success in attracting investors who just want closure to this situation. I think a definition of who “wins” will likely be weighted in liberties. Even if the SRA are investigating RL (which I have not seen any evidence for, or against), I doubt it will lead to anything near custodial disciplinary. Harlequin, on the other hand, are treading on very thin ice to put it lightly. Further exacerbated by their introduction of Holkham into the fray. I know who’s position I’d rather be (it isn’t Harlequin).

  678. anon

    Holkham have been patiently waiting in the wings for months. Wondering what they were waiting for? The due diligence Rl paid? Or for one of their friends to get a client number so they can complain to sra? Bit odd.

  679. Breaking news......The Irish builder lost appeal.

    The convicted fraudster and leading anti Harlequin troll has lost his Irish court appeal. This is further proof that a small group of people have been trying very hard to damage Harlequin.

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/developer-ordered-to-pay-15m-damages-237978.html

  680. Ice Ice baby...

    IF THE EVIDENCE presented in an Irish court is accurate, a rich Irish developer spent large sums on a lavish lifestyle in Barbados to and elsewhere.

    The trouble was Padraig O’Halloran was allegedly spending other people’s money, according to a high court judge in Dublin.

    That’s why the judge ordered the property developer with a Barbados address to pay 1.5 million euros (BDS$4.0 million) in damages for allegedly misappropriating large sums paid to his companies for a luxury Caribbean hotel project and resort.

    O’Halloran, who rented an expensive mansion in Sandy Lane where he spent holidays in Barbados, vigorously denied any wrongdoing. However, Justice Brian McGovern found that the developer, who had addresses in both Ireland and Barbados, had diverted the equivalent of almost BDS$28 million for his personal benefit in order to finance what the court eventually described as a “lavish lifestyle” in Barbados, Ireland and elsewhere.

    According to evidence presented in court, O’Halloran’s companies received BDS$100 million for the Caribbean property but he reportedly misappropriated millions of those funds to his own personal benefit, stated a published report in the Irish Times.

    The money was originally paid by two Caribbean companies – Harlequin Property SVG Limited and Harlequin Hotels and Resorts Ltd owned by David Ames of Essex England.

    After hearing the evidence, Justice McGovern found “persuasive evidence that O’Halloran had shifted funds paid by Harlequin and spent the money on matters that were not connected to the Caribbean project which was not finished.

    For instance, some of the funds were allegedly spent to buy a private jet; a race track in St Lucia; to rent a lavish mansion in Barbados; and on a $130 000 diamond ring for his girlfriend.

    In addition 150 000 euros went towards the expenses of a wedding in Ireland, which did not take place, the judge found. The equivalent of BDS$5 million was diverted to Ireland, the court stated.

    In his judgment, Justice McGovern said that the evidence showed t the developer had knowingly or “at least recklessly” assured Harlequin that phase one of the five-star resort would have been opened on July 1, 2010 when he knew a year earlier that it would not. O’Halloran has denied all the allegations.

  681. St George's Dragon

    This is the 2013 judgement, not the appeal………and don’t be misled by the 15 million in the hyperlink – it was 1.5 million.

  682. Robert storey

    What’s the bet and some idiot will say I posted that.

  683. Some one is rattled by the Irish builder, the story quoted by Ice Ice Baby is from the Nation News Paper in Barbados dated Tuesday 20 August 2013, and even though this was after the Judgment the journalist was at pains to state the following even highlighting this in the article “IF THE EVIDENCE presented in an Irish court case is accurate………..”

    The Journalist was careful in writing this, we wonder why? Ames could never have fabricated evidence, now could he?????

    And Ames would never blackmail Fatchett??????

    And why quote from an old News Paper Article and claim that the Appeal in the case was lost????

    Ames would have updated us all on this fantastic news had it happened.

    And it was a Civil Case so sorry no convictions there, unlike Matt Ames.

    But if I was a betting Man I now would guess that the Builder has a whole heap of brown smelly stuff on Ames and Fatchett.

    C’mon guys, try a bit harder lol.

  684. Some idiot

    Bob Storey posted that.🙂

  685. But...

    He was found guilty, fraud is fraud. He had his hand in the till. Just as bad as Ames .

  686. Anonymous

    @Breaking News…are you an idiot or was this a purposeful deflection?
    The story is from July 2013, and has nothing to do with the appeal.
    The story does confirm that DA had no knowledge, experience or interest in controlling how investors` money was being spent. No controls, no written contracts…just incredible.
    Besides, where is the rest of money (400 million or so pounds?)

  687. Thought it was Newman who was the leading Anti Harlequin Troll, now it’s the Builder, hmmmmmm I wonder was it the Builder who recorded the Ames conference calls, I also wonder if clients of RL sent the builder any incriminating emails or recordings of phone conversations between the “Only Game in Town” and his clients ?????

    Someone is very upset today.

    And what’s this about Ames blackmailing ” The Only Game in Town” ????

    Recording phone calls is naughty, passing the recordings on to third parties is dangerous, using Veiled Threats to influence someone is just plain stupid, not to mind could land you in a whole heap of trouble with the authorities,

    Of course all the above is pure speculation on my part, and anyway if such recordings existed then surely they would be taken out of context.

    I mean only desperate people resort to desperate measures and neither the “Great Visionary” or ” The Only Game in Town” are desperate now are they?

  688. @ But, not found guilty, it was a Civil Case, there is no such term in a civil case, and if he wins the Appeal well it will be curtains for Ames if he is still around, and curtains for his trustees cause the builder will call in his debt, oh the irony of it all.

  689. Robert storey

    @some idiot haha lol like it.

  690. Jesus this sun is hot.

    Recording a phone conversation, putting your name to a transcript, passing it to a 3rd party (Walton?) to pass to the SFO and post on a blog is pretty dangerous stuff. I’m not not surprised the Echo and IFAonline won’t touch it with a barge pole.

  691. Bored with the crap

    If that frigging judgement is only for 1.5 million it must have cost the best part of that again to pay the frigging lawyers!
    More bullshit , more lies
    Only a fucking tosspot would pay 750k or thereabouts to get 1.5 million now under an appeal

    Ames is wasting the money he has left

  692. Brown starfish

    She recorded the transcript for the Irish builder they are in bed together ( not in a sexual way ) wrong gender for Paddy.

  693. One pissed of bloke

    Jism arse didn’t write that post(@some idiot ). He can’t use big boy words yet .

  694. @ Jesus this Sun is Hot, tell Dave that shortly his calls will receive the coverage they deserve, and why is it dangerous? And if it’s so dangerous why mention Waltons name?

    Surely you are not suggesting that Ames will take the law into his own hands?

    As for recordings I believe there are a number of others being circulated
    😉😉

  695. @ Brown Starfish, who’s SHE?

    And anyway Ames was apparently telling the truth in his conference calls, I mean why else have a conference call with in excess of 100 investors?

    So what’s the problem with making the recording of the conference call public?

    It’s all true isn’t it?

  696. Bored with the crap

    You transcribe a recording not record a transcript…… Really are all the investors on here stupid ? No wonder you got done by Dave

  697. Jesus this sun is hot.

    Hey pissed up bloke. Pubs are open. Time to get smashed again.

  698. Actually as Mr Ames wouldn’t lie to his investors it is he who should make the recoding public . If I recall he said he was struggling to get his message out there ?

    Dave Ames spoke clearly and fielded many questions from concerned investors , I was on a call and was impressed by his answers and the courage he showed in hosting it , those are not the actions of a fraudster .
    I believe in him now and feel stupid that I doubted him certainly there have been problems but this destruction tactic helps no one .

  699. @ Bored with the Crap, ehmmmm Ames paid his lawyers a wee bit more then that to recover £1.5 million

    He paid £ 6 Million but heh it was not his money,

    Have we forgotten what the Toxic Turd stated in the famous recording and other Toxic Turd releases?

    The justification for spending £ 6 million on the Builder was in order to bring Wilkins Kennedy into the fray. So he needs by my calculation to obtain at least £ 4.5 Million $7.74 Million from Wilkins Kennedy to break even.

    Now the other question will Ames plough this $7.74 Million into the business or will he claim this as a personal cost, I’d guess he will claim this as a personal cost.

    Even though it was investors money which funded the original case.

  700. Jesus this sun is hot.

    @Anon, your calcs are way off. The WK QC is on a NWNF, although some twat will come on soon whining about that, of 20%.

  701. Ames was on a no win no fee in the Irish Court Case so Ames lost nothing dipshit. Anti Harlequin Trolls spreading misinformation as per usual.

  702. How do you know that for certain anon ? It is silly to make comments you can’t support factually .
    I understood the case was for a lot of money that had gone missing from the business not just for 1.5 million ( I say just I would love to see 1.5 million )
    Why would anyone risk 6 million to recover 1.5 I think something is wrong here . MR Ames was a wealthy man when he started harlequin and I’m sure he didn’t become wealthy by doing stupid things like that .
    I’m sorry but I think you are trying to cause disruption again .

  703. Anonymous

    Jane, what’s that on your chin?

  704. Amon on September 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    @ Jesus the Sun is Hot…..

    I think you are getting confused here. Ames stated in the Wilkins Kennedy court papers that he spent in excess of £6 Million on the Irish case. He even broke down the expenditure,

    So he needs to recover at least this amount from Wilkins Kennedy to break even, so let’s hope his mediation skills are good because when you add his legal fees should he be successful, say £2 – £3 Million he will need to recover some USD $ 15.5 Million of expended / committed investor funds just to break even on the cases.

    If WK declare bankruptcy or that little trick used by Ames, “Administration” then Ames will have wasted another USD $ 15.5 million of investors funds, and then if he looses the Irish Appeal well it is goodnight.

    Ames is playing Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun if you ask me, but heh don’t believe me, Let’s believe Ames.

  705. Anonymous

    @Idiots
    A win = a fee
    No win = no fee
    Which is it did he win or lose?

  706. shrek

    Hasn’t Mr Ames been declared bankrupt twice Jane?

  707. Jesus the Sun is Hot…..

    I think you are getting confused here. Ames stated in the Wilkins Kennedy court papers that he spent in excess of £6 Million on the Irish case. He even broke down the expenditure,

    So he needs to recover at least this amount from Wilkins Kennedy to break even, so let’s hope his mediation skills are good because when you add his legal fees should he be successful, say £2 to £3 Million he will need to recover some USD $ 15.5 Million of expended / committed investor funds just to break even on the cases.

    If WK declare bankruptcy or that little trick used by Ames, “Administration” then Ames will have wasted another USD $ 15.5 million of investors funds, and then if he looses the Irish Appeal well it is goodnight.

    Ames is playing Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun if you ask me, but heh don’t believe me, Let’s believe Ames.

  708. scum

    I’m just fed up with all of it the builder, harlequin and agents are scum, and Bob Storey

  709. Anonymous

    Jane, if you think Ames was wealthy before Harlequin, you need to check out his history. He sold plastic leisure furniture in the early 90’s, moving onto PVC in the late 90’s / early 2000’s. Both ventures went tits up. Only after venturing into “holiday home” loans did he stumble into Harlequin. He used his connections to buy the first piece of land at maybe 2004 / 2005 / 2006 (not sure which). He recruited “agents” to sell the opportunity, which eventually lead to what we have today.

  710. Jesus. You STILL haven't figured out you are a fraud victim!!!

    @jane
    Your information is wrong. David Ames was not wealthy when he started Harlequin. (To be accurate he had managed to get a bit of working money from his scams in Thailand and Australia before the Caribbean). He spent a lot more of your money with Carter Ruck to shut people up usually “investors”. He certainly is wealthy now by virtue of stealing £millions. Ames intelligence is irrelevant, it is his dishonesty that you need to concentrate on.
    I’m shocked that you still think you were/are an investor.
    We are in the end game for harlequin at last, still got a way to go with Dave though.

  711. Gareth Fatchett, he is scum too albeit he is being black mailed by Ames.

  712. The only game in town is about to loose his licence to practice and could end up being a neighbour of Ames in the Big House, that’s what happens when you sell your soul to the devil.

    And no amount of PR can or will change the outcome…….

  713. One flew over the the cookoo's nest

    Harlequin have driven you all insane!!

  714. Ames has driven Fatchett Insane lol, the Marathon Man has hit his wall, should never have broken your promises to Dave, yes Gareth the ones he recorded, now be a good little boy and do as you are told, remember if Dave goes down he will take you with him.

    You owe Dave a few favours and time is running out to call them in.

  715. anon

    Don’t like solicitors but dislike the Ifa’s who sold this shit even more. Hope Mr Fatchett makes a fortune out of this mess🙂

  716. Ames through his companies is in default with respect to his contractual obligations to his purchasers yet when some of his purchasers seek recourse as a result, Ames uses their money to defend indefensible actions to the point that he drives many who are seeking recourse out of money in which to fund their cases.

    It’s disgusting that as a result you have the bizarre situation where Ames is contractually in default of his obligations but because of the inability of an individual or individuals to continue to fund long drawn out litigation caused in the main by the constant bullshit Ames produces they must drop out and pay a penalty to Ames,

    Has anyone ever asked where Ames is getting the money to fund the litigation where his assets and bank accounts are frozen.

  717. still living the life

    @The law only Protects those with deep pockets

    You forget the agent twats and the commission, the robbing builder, the mortgage brokers, they all had a dip.

    it that’s how freezing orders work give me one ames is having the last laff

  718. Goodbye, So long

    Anon – 5.21

    Have you read the RL retainer ? It is very clear.

    Suing for £240.00. Cost you more to get the train into town, the court fee and the time.

    It’s a great business model. Who is really going to kick off about £240.00 ?

    That’s right, hardly anyone. Most people paid just under 9 months ago. Most have forgot. It was a punt.

    If RL have 1500+ No Win / No Fee agreements, they will earn a huge amount. It seems to me that is pretty much guaranteed as they have winning judgments, experience doing this etc.

    Even if the gestapo from the SRA turned up and shouted at RL, it would be 2016 before anything really happened. RL simply need to deny it.

    By that time, the treasure has been landed and RL are away. They will also be hugely well off to defend themselves. Imagine, £10m earned, £10k fine and a telling off. Seems like good value to me.

    The real mugs are the investors who have given more completion monies. Followed by those who believe. Followed by anyone else paying anything other than nominal monies to sue Ames.

    Why do you think Holkham want the work ? It’s not to be altruistic.

    Ames and all the other nutters are welcome to each other. They can argue on here all day using multiple personalities, to their hearts content.

  719. Well I personally don’t see Mr Fatchett has done anything wrong . Of course there is protection for investors .

    This poor lawyer has tried his best to provide a solution for the majority of investors and all this forum does is vilify him . You people are simply beyond the pale .

  720. The £240 is not the problem, the tapes are.

  721. Gareth the dear boy is worried about the tapes, it’s all in the tapes. Again I say a duplicitous bastard.

  722. It’s time to speak out. Gareth Fatchett got paid to sue Ames/Harlequin, nothing to do with the £240, he was paid to sue Ames/Harlequin and he didn’t.

    Instead he settled but never received a penny for his clients, not one red cent, and indeed refusing to have the settlement enforced.

  723. Did you pay your deposits for your cabanas/apartments to RL or Harlequin?

    HP trolls out tonight. Let’s all forget about the scam by David Ames it is Gareth’s fault you all lost your money.

  724. Disgusting Fatchett bought Ames time for Fatchett’s self gain.

    I have a question, how can there be redress if Harlequin are growing from strength to strength as they claim, how the hell can there be redress unless Harlequin is no more.

  725. Weird

    Is this an anti RL or anti Ames forum ? Seems like RL have rattled some cages good show!!

  726. Due Process

    No one has explained (still) why RL Are in trouble with their regulator.

    What tapes? What was said? If litigation has not been progressed then that is a service matter – not conduct. Also as the companies are all bust what loss has RL caused – there was never any rcovery to be made.

    It seems to me HP just want to spread as much disinformation as possible. The abusive nature of many of the posts on here assist in that aim I think.

    I think there are a few things that only the most ardent HP supporters can deny.

    1. Any money given to HP is gone and unlikely to be recovered.
    2. The projects have been completely mismanaged. To such a degree you have to ask yourself if they were always just a scam. I am no property developer but even I know that stamp duty has to be paid. Likewise if you employ a builder for many millions you should employ someone independent to oversee the work.
    3. Ames and the agents have done very well out of this.

    Blame where it belongs – with the agents and HP. They took the money.

  727. Anonymous

    Harlequin did employ an international firm to monitor the Construction Work, they are one of the biggest in the World, Ames claimed in the Irish Court that the builder threatened RLB and thus the good reports about the builders work could not be relied upon,

    Oddly enough in the Wilkins Kennedy case, Ames makes little or no reference to RLB, stating that Wilkins Kennedy acted as QS.

    Wilkins Kennedy in their defence documents are claiming that Ames was trading insolvently in the Caribbean as far back as late 2009 early 2010 and are putting Ames to prove this was not the case.

  728. Fatchett’s role in this will be, if it’s not all ready, the subject of a criminal probe, the allegations against Fatchett are indeed of a most serious nature.

    We have the tapes.

  729. Ok folks, a reality check.

    Ames sued the builder and won.
    Ames won the defamation case.
    Ames won all the appeals in the Caribbean.
    RL are under an investigation.

    The SFO have not moved on Ames nearly 2 years on, says it all really.

  730. Funny, but 99% of what you have written is your wish list not fact

  731. Anon

    @attacks on ames

    That’s alright then. If he could just either pay everyone back or deliver their properties we can all put this behind us.

    We always knew he was a top notch business man and a top bloke.

  732. I know its make believe because Dave and Carol are such consummate business people, you can’t but be envious of their successes to date.

    Now that’s hilarious lol, you’d want to be on crack to think that they won’t get tried in a criminal case.

    Innocent lol , hilarious lol, Jesus my sides are hurting with laughter.

    Ames and his crack whore wife genuine business people lol, I’m splitting myself….

  733. who stolen the money?

    Why the increased unpleasant comments about people who have done no harm? It’s very nasty.

  734. Anonymous

    wstm – Agreed but brush up on your past participles…

  735. Anonymous

    I wish someone would name ONE appeal that Ames won in
    the Caribbean.

  736. Anonymous

    Well from the look of things in about two weeks maybe the lady
    from Scotland who won her case in SVG can have him extradited
    to Edinburgh. I don’t think the Scots would have much use for him.

  737. Where's My Money Gone

    Q: How can you tell that Dave Ames is not lying?
    A: His lips aren’t moving.

  738. Hand over the baton !

    Stupid really.

    RL tried to get a compromise and be paid to do their work. Doesn’t seem that unreasonable.

    How do you know RL did not seek to enforce their clients cases ?

    Clearly you don’t know that much.

    As for recording people, that kind of behaviour and the evidence is provides is inadmissible and always will be. Brush up on your case law dear boy.

    Anyway, this is the week, that the anti Ames battle is going to be passed over. Apart from spouting on these forums, why don’t you do something about Ames ?

    Anyway, we are going redress hunting from now on. Much more fun and much less stress.

  739. Anonymous

    @ Where’s My Money Gone

    That simply isn’t a reliable guide. As 90% of his communication came out of his arse you would have to check down there to be sure.

  740. Somewhere in England

    If the so called anti Ames lot have so much on him, why is he still trading?
    Makes you think it could be rubbish ?

  741. anon

    Don’t like being labelled ‘part of the anti Ames lot’, just a hardworking mum who lost alot of money. Hoping the Ames family haven’t gíven themselves millions in dividends whilst we got jack shit?

  742. Somewhere in England

    All I was saying, is all these people who claim the end is nigh, that Ames is going to jail – nowt has happened yet has it?

    He could just be incompetent?

    Maybe the really bright ones were the ones who stolen from him like the builder and accountants etc

  743. Anonymous

    Incompetence is not an excuse when so many lies have been told . Lies were told to convince people to invest in the various projects . That is not incompetence .

  744. anon

    To be fair I only bought the apartment because my ifa said I could stay at a harlequin resort for 4 weeks every year when mine was built. Mr Ames said quite clearly at a seminar this didn’t apply to sipp people. My ifa lied to get the sale

  745. The Problem

    Anon
    If you invested via a sipp and are with RL you should be ok

  746. The BIGGER Problem

    If you invested CASH, you have a huge problem unless you go the agent.

  747. The BIGGER Problem

    ooops… go after the agent LOL

  748. Whereas if you are a cash investor, well up yours. Unless you want to give RL £1500 for a consultation. Anyone know how that is going?

  749. Is your agent wanker test

    I suspect that’s why the Holkham solution is being pushed by the more unscrupulousness agents – especially Tailormade & One Stop

    A test:

    Is your agent a wanker = who they recommend for redress.

    Holkham,
    Unregulated, inexperienced, and pay the agents for a referral. Oh yeah they also promise not sue the agent.

    Or they recommend a regulated firm that they don’t receive any kick back from.

    Simple Wanker test😉

  750. Anonymous

    If I can take my agents house off her, £1500 is worth it, especially if the cost are split. That’s what I’m looking at.

  751. pissed off woman

    Really hope Rl make a lot of cash out of us sipp people and find a way of helping the cash people who can’t afford the fees

  752. Anon

    All this talk about RL, well it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee, time will demonstrate that Gareth Fatchett has lied to many, the Redress option will drag on and on.

    Let’s face facts, why should the UK tax payer be burdened by redress, when Ames continues to Sqwak on about his product being so successful,

    How many times have we heard that the redress option will have NO impact on the operation of Harlequin and the Ames family.

    In essence what Ames and Fatchett are suggesting is that 1000’s of investors will get their money back from the UK tax payer, and Ames gets to continue in business without having to pay back a single penny,

    Perfect world?

    I don’t think so.

  753. The Problem

    I am an investor.
    The most important issue to me at the moment,is to nail Harlequin directors and staff. I hope this will happen in the near future.

  754. @pissed off woman, in your dreams. This is all about RL making money, not being generous to others. Cash investors will be cast adrift like Jack in Titanic. “I will never let go Jack. Oops.”

  755. Warthogs over Wickford

    Buccament Bay flooded at the weekend. The locals blame the resort. Unsurprisingly, the local MP doesn’t. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk1lz9gd_JI&feature=youtu.be

  756. Anonymous

    – Warthogs…
    Absolutely disgusting !!!
    Will that poor, poor island ever get a government that cares?

  757. Anon

    Has anyone ever wondered why RL have taken no direct action against Harlequin? We have had the Rhetoric, the threats, the doomsday scenarios, but what happened all those statutory demands? Were there really any?

    RL have spent time and time again telling us that Harlequin are out of time, yet even though Deadline after Deadline has passed RL continue to offer the Olive Branch to Harlequin,

    One has to wonder why?

    We had discussions on the RL forum in May that RL would bring into play their Plan B by June, it’s now September, what PLAN B,

    Now RL say they are going silent, yet tweet merrily away about redress, they shut down their secure forum, so those who believe they are clients only have the tweets,

    Why is it so obvious to some that Gareth Fatchett is pandering to the demands of Ames, he has failed to appease the majority, still waffling on about redress.

    Let’s just look at the facts…

    Has Harlequin failed ????? Some on here will say no, Ames will tell you they have turned a corner and all is well or will be …….

    But can anyone on here demonstrate beyond doubt that Harlequin is trading insolvently, demonstrate it in a court of law.

    Fatchett could if he wanted to. But he has chosen not too, so with out proving in a court of law that Harlequin are insolvent why should or more importantly would the UK government even consider compensating purchasers for investing in an overseas unregulated scheme where it has to be proven beyond doubt that the scheme is insolvent.

    Ames is scum of that there is no doubt but the likes of Fatchett does not come before his clients with clean hands.

    What’s worse Fatchett has acted in a most unethical manner here, and should be made account for his actions.

    Please a Solicitor acting on the instructions of his clients is precluded from passing on due diligence they instructed him to carry out because of an NDA. His so called clients are indeed very gullible indeed.

    Some of his clients are now considering an action against Gareth Fatchett and RL for the recovery of their investments given that Gareth failed to act in a manner required be him under the SRA regulations,

  758. @A10 tank buster. Good bit of video that. Shows that the hotel is looking fine.

  759. Buyer

    It’s all in the SIPPs , OMG the resort looks idyllic, where do I sign up to buy multiple units, the river looks so inviting, love the views from those River side Cabanas.

    , look the resort is so dry, going booking a flight as I speak.

  760. Where is the DD

    What a flood mess BB is in now again … WHERE IS THE INSURANCE AMES ? promised to be highlighted in your DD … Lying little arsehole

  761. Anonymous

    The M.P. for Buccament reminds me of Tony Hayward, ex-CEO of BP,
    saying that he had a life to live and went yachting after the Gulf of Mexico
    disaster. As if the levee and build-up of the resort property was not his,
    the M.P.’s, concern. Water will always find the path of least resistance.

  762. I wonder how the resort cesspools are holding up. Last I heard,
    wealthy white peoples “discharge” stinks as badly as anyone else’s.

  763. Perhaps GF should organise some conferences around the country to meet his mugs, oops sorry clients. He could then answer his critics face to face. DA had the balls to do it so come on then GF meet your fans and face up. Or perhaps you would just rather count those pennies rolling in on the back of the redress claims. Man or a mouse?

  764. All for one and all for me.

    @Anon
    September 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I don’t give a shit if the UK Gov has to pay of RL make a load of cash – I want my money back and frankly don’t give shit how.

  765. Squeak

    Anon – RL have taken action and it is provable. Just that is not in the public domain.

  766. Greed is good.

    I can agree with Ames on one think, SVG is a third world country, my garden shed is better than that shanty town!

  767. Anon

    Ask the Marathon Man to do as he said, go after Harlequin, oh yeah, he can’t Ames has him by the Balls.

  768. Can anyone confirm where the WI and Bangladesh cricket teams have been staying in SVG?

  769. I have hundreds of displaced persons here in Calais trying to get to the UK. They have paid 1000s of £/€/$ to get there but have no chance. I have heard you have a legal mastermind in the UK called Hareth Snatchet who might represent these poor souls. Someone said that for £240 + a (small) sorry large consideration he will get all their money back. Can he send his North Eastern envoy mr Walton to help set this up. Tell him to ask for the representative of ISIS and they will head him in the right direction.