David Ames running from the courts: Percival Stewart v Harlequin Properties

David Ames - Harlequin's Ponzi King

David Ames – Harlequin’s Ponzi King

Both Affidavits can’t be true!

Some interesting reading from a recent court case [March 2015] in St Vincent where Dave Ames is no stranger to litigation.

Percival Stewart v Harlequin Properties (Caribbean) Limited et al

In this case  on Page 4 the judge rules on the audacious delays by Ames in filing statements…

“Mr Commissiong deposes that Mr Ames lives in England and travels a lot globally making it difficult for him to be in Saint Vincent to testify. Implicit in Mr Commissiong’s averments is the notion that for those reasons, it was impossible or extremely difficult to contact Mr Ames, receive instructions from him, or arrange for him to sign a witness statement. I make the observation that the CPR permits a party to file and serve a witness summary if he is not able to provide a witness statement, and that a witness does not need to be in the jurisdiction to sign or attest either document.”

(download court document pdf here)

Now this is totally the opposite of what lawyers and Ames claimed last October 2014 (in the group of 33 investors failed case) when the judge was told that the company was NOT run from Essex. (See Judge rules against Harlequin investors in £1.8m court case)

“The case did not centre on whether or not the investors were owed money, a point which deputy judge Nicolas Strauss QC noted ‘does not appear to be in dispute’. Instead it focussed on whether a UK court could wind up Buccament Bay, given that the company was incorporated in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

While the investments were sold through Essex-based Harlequin Management Services (South East), which filed for administration in April 2013, Strauss ruled that Harlequin’s ventures including Buccament Bay were not run with ‘bird’s eye management from Essex’. He agreed that they were largely managed in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and therefore this was the correct jurisdiction to apply for a winding up petition.”

The fact that Mr Commissiong’s claim that Ames couldn’t possibly find the time to be in St Vincent for the Stewart case makes a complete nonsense of Ames’ submission to the UK court that the Harlequin business was entirely run from the Caribbean and therefore the UK court’s jurisdiction does not apply.

Quite obviously both Affidavits cannot be true and both evade bringing Harlequin and Ames to account.

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1,828 responses to “David Ames running from the courts: Percival Stewart v Harlequin Properties

  1. Anonymous

    Dave Ames and his lawyers are consummate liars.

  2. Jack SIPPer

    Ames-less a liar- never, Is he still under investigation by the SFO?. Why’s he not been arrested?

  3. Ames is a low life

    Stealing savings and Pensions isn’t something to boast about unless you have no brains

  4. Jack SIPPer

    Time will tell how clever he is- third bankruptcy coming, prison?. In fact he’s done the SIPPers a good turn. Actuarial calculations will put many in a better position the if they’d left their money with honest SIPP providers.

  5. Anonymous

    Why on earth be jealous of any member of that particular family? To have wrought so much misery in the lives of others and to not even think twice about it must make a person so empty inside. You can live the life of a millionaire, travel the world first class, eat in the best restaurants and stay in the finest hotels, but to pay for it with your soul is too high a price.

    No envy in that direction from me and that’s a certainty.

  6. Anonymous

    David Ames is a thief and a conman.

    You’ll see much worse than this before he gets to jail. A disgrace to the modern world.

  7. Take Five

    It makes me wonder why the police haven’t arrested Ames yet. Could it be that the case is too large, happened in many jurisdictions and that no one police agency has the resources to handle it?

  8. Anonymous

    I don’t think so. If it was US police, he’d have been pulled up for something already (most likely tax evasion).

    My guess is that it will take a civil case to highlight the fraudulent misrepresentation, which the public organizations can then base their criminal prosecutions on.

    If anything, it needs to be sent as a warning to other wannabes that crime doesn’t pay. An initial £30k “investment” of getting CGI & glossy brochures done, couple of mil from a bank & partners for land, sell everything you can imagine for £400m, pay back nothing and move on into a nice retirement in the sun? Sounds good doesn’t it.

    Except he has that little problem of people he’s duped. The agents might be taking the wrap, but it was Ames who pushed the “model”. It will just take one slip of the lies and he’ll be in a world of hurt.

  9. Anonymous

    @Jack SIPPer

    If the redress doesn’t get taxed, it may well leave the pensioners in a better position. Cash people will have to rally together and wrestle the assets from the diddy man.

    In regards to whether he’ll get away with it, it will depend on money. As soon as money dries up, which it seems to have already, Harlequin will be forced to compromise with their creditors (of which there are many). Creditors don’t go away without coming to an agreement; if he doesn’t have the money to arrange one, he’ll end up having to sell to the highest bidder, and even then it won’t stop.

    It’s illegal to trade whilst insolvent in the UK, and in doing so, directors & shareholders become liable for debts.

  10. Anonymous

    If Ames hasn’t been arrested or even interviewed over the last 3 years I can’t see anything happening in the future

  11. More suckers please.

    Liquidation is just round the corner.

  12. Cash, I need cash, your cash!

    Dear All, (I want your money just before I pull the plug)

    It is with great pleasure that we confirm Harlequin has received the Condominium Declaration in St Vincent & the Grenadines, which opens the door for dozens of completions at Buccament Bay Resort’s Elaenia Suites, which was formerly named Block 2.

    The Legal department has toiled for over a year and at last their concerted efforts have borne fruit. To give an indication of the scale of the achievement, there are no other Condominium Declarations in effect in SVG. In fact, the document is listed as number one!

    Now this substantial and unique accomplishment for St Vincent & the Grenadines and Harlequin alike will allow 50 investors to receive title for their apartments at our flagship hotel.

    There has never been a better time to join the completion process

    2015 at Buccament Bay Resort has seen 90-100% occupancy for January through March and the summer period – typically a slower time for most Caribbean hotels – is showing great promise with online bookings in particular performing very well.

    So far this year we have already had rugby great Lee Mears delighting guests and he will be followed by England netball star Sasha Corbin, England football legend John Barnes, England rugby legend Lewis Moody, British Olympic legend Sally Gunnell, and many more!

    87% of the Resort’s 730+ reviews on TripAdvisor are rated “very good” or “excellent”. Also, we are reliably informed by a number of people close to the Argyle International Airport development that it will open by the end of this year, thus clearing the way for many more guests to fly directly into St Vincent and enjoy a restful stay at our multi-award-winning hotel, in accommodations owned by Harlequin investors.

    If you are an existing Harlequin client with funds available to complete on an investment at Buccament Bay Resort, now is the time. Investors can also join the completion process at blu, St Lucia from just £20,000.

    Please call or email Dan Dalligan or Vinny Stenning now so that together we can work towards the realisation of your investment. Their details are:

  13. What's it worth now ?

    I hope dave has purchased a new calculator, since informing investors, on video, external finance would not necessarily be required.

    This highlights his level of competency & integrity.

    This one statement alone would stop me giving this man another penny.

  14. Anonymous

    @Anonymous 6:34pm
    Can I get my refund now please?

  15. Anonymous

    Is that the same liquidation which was going to happen last week, and the week before that. In other words never.

  16. I swear by Almighty God I will never tell the truth

    I see there is no comment from the Bunker regarding the Affidavits one of which contains a pack of lies.

  17. Anonymous

    and to think this man actually wanted investors to think he was able to raise money to continue construction. All they have now is a claim for professional negligence and lots of horse shit.

  18. Anonymous

    Yep, absolutely incredible news. “Harlequin” have finally managed to get one of the legal documents in place which is necessary for them to sell off the finished units in the block to victims. This is a standard requirement for the sale of holiday units within a block just about anywhere in the world as any established developer would know.

    “Harlequin” report this standard procedure with such elation since this

    And yet again, the point os made about how hard the have worked to get this one. And so they SHOULD!!! That is what they have contracted to do with their victims. Absolute incompetence shining through as always.

  19. Anonymous

    Does anyone have any news about the Matthew Ames creditors meeting?

  20. A real success story

    Matt Ames, what apart from him being a bankrupt, fraudster, of no fixed address!

    he is an irrelevance.

  21. Matt Ames Disqualified Director and Banged Up Fraudster

    Does anyone have any news about the Matthew Ames creditors meeting?

    If you are a creditor or have an interest in the case there is nothing to stop you contacting:
    Paul Stewart, Official Receiver, London A, 2nd Floor, 4 Abbey Orchard Street, London SW1P 2HT, 020 7637 1110, LondonA.OR@insolvency.gsi.gov.uk

  22. Timescales

    So what do you think the chances are that H Hotel etc will ever be built?

  23. Anonymous

    Word is in Barbados that no construction company will touch the H hotel project because of the owner’s poor reputation and history of not paying bills and also his propensity to sue . So Timescales, the answer is close to Zero.

  24. In the world on crazy old stump

    He want’s cash from completions, then liquidate, as a result stuffing the investors

  25. In the world of the crazy old deluded stump

    Why anyone would give stumpy any money is beyond me. if they do and lose it ,frankly they deserve to.

  26. Redefining Ponzi Schemes

    How many people’s lives have been damaged by the Ames family, to the nearest thousand ?

  27. Anonymous

    This is interesting… The wife of Dr Gonsalves( the PM) of St Vincent, owns and operates the restaurant at Blue Lagoon Hotel, which is now the #1 ranked hotel in St Vincent. Also , this hotel is offering Customs and Immigration clearance for visiting yachts at their Marina, something that David Ames stated ( still on you tube) that Buccament Bay would offer with their marina, which was never built.

  28. The dreaded Google test

    The new owners are worried about the ‘Google test’ when they make public they will not honour the contracts.

  29. Boring, Boring.

    It’s just a slow car crash, liquidation will happen – just when.

  30. Once A Fraud, Always a Fraud

    Agreed.

    Look at what I found: http: echo-news co uk/news/10984825.print/

    On Matt Ames:

    “The businessman said he made £750,000 in commission over two years selling investments in Harlequin Property in Honywood Road, Basildon.”

    The firm is run by his parents, Dave and Carol Ames, both in their sixties, from Brock Hill, Wickford. He remains a 10 per cent shareholder in some of the business.

    With his parents in the public gallery, Ames said he was still owed £250,000 by Harlequin Property when he left to set up his own ventures.

  31. Anonymous

    Hi been away, can somebody update me on the Liquidation that was happening a week last Friday please?

  32. Congo

    No sorry,no idea. We have just arrived in France for a break because we have not had any holidays recently.

  33. The news it out now

    Harlequin boss censured by court in elderly man’s damages claim
    Professional Adviser | 20 Apr 2015 | 11:44
    Author: Laura Miller

    The chairman of struggling overseas property investment scheme Harlequin is under fire again, this time for failing to give evidence to a court within the judge’s deadline.
    In a case brought by an “elderly” man injured in the construction of Harlequin properties in St Vincent, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court dismissed claims David Ames was too busy to file his witness statement.
    The court denied his request for a retrospective extension, on the grounds it had taken him and his legal team almost three years to ask for it, which the court branded “excessive and inexcusable”.
    Giving evidence from the bar table – an unacceptable and wholly inappropriate practice
    The decision is likely to mean that even though Ames eventually provided his witness statement seven months after the original deadline, the court bans it from being used as evidence.
    Without Ames’ testimony, his defence relies on the evidence of St Vincent resident Samuel Everson Commissiong. Until January, Commissiong was also the lawyer defending the Harlequin Property boss, creating a situation described in case law cited by the court as amounting to “giving evidence from the bar table – an unacceptable and wholly inappropriate practice”.

    Pass the buck
    The five year long Caribbean case centres on a claim for work-related damages of £37,500 by Percival Stewart, a St Vincent man described by the court documents as “elderly”.
    St Vincent and the Grenadines is the location of Harlequin’s main hotel Buccament Bay, one of just two complexes it has completed with some of the £400m British pensioners invested in the unregulated scheme, capital they can no longer access and is in most cases generating no return.
    Stewart has alleged he was employed by Harlequin and one of its agents, Ridgeview Construction, as a painter on their construction site when in March 2008 he lost his footing and fell, suffering injury, as a result of a discarded cement bag left on the ground which covered a piece of steel.
    Harlequin has argued Stewart’s fall isn’t its responsibility because he was employed by Ridgeview, which according to Harlequin was an independent contractor in sole charge of the construction site.
    Ridgeview has said that if it is held liable for Stewart’s damages, which it denies, it will pursue Harlequin for the money.
    Ames’s lawyer in St Vincent, Commissiong, told the court Ames was unable to provide a witness statement in time because he lives in England and “travels a lot globally”, which had made it “difficult” for him to testify in St Vincent.
    The court dismissed the claim, saying Ames could have filed a witness summary document electronically, or appeared by video link.
    However the statement appears to contradict testimony given by Harlequin to the High Court in London last year.
    Investors had attempted to get back some of their money by forcing Ames to sell-off Harlequin’s flagship resort, Buccament Bay, given the company is based in St Vincent.
    The judge agreed with Ames that while the investments were sold through Essex-based Harlequin Management Services (South East), Harlequin’s ventures were not run with ‘bird’s eye management from Essex’.
    As a result, investors must apply to have Buccament Bay wound up in St Vincent.
    Harlequin said in a statement: “This is a long-running claim by a non-investor who was an employee of another company. Harlequin continues to defend the claim. As is to be expected, Harlequin does not discuss ongoing litigation.”

    Ames, claims and villas without drains
    The overseas property company has been dogged by legal battles in the UK and the Caribbean. In March 2013 there were 15 live cases against it in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
    Ames has always maintained he is wrongly accused, and that Harlequin is a viable investment that will make investors money, if or when rebuilding starts on the mainly half-finished or yet-to-be-started villas.
    But investors fear much of their pensions have been spent on 15% commissions Harlequin paid to advisers selling the unregulated scheme, and alleged mismanagement.
    In March, Harlequin was forced to put its UK headquarters up for sale, after the sales arm entered liquidation, following warnings about the scheme from the regulator and an ongoing Serious Fraud Office investigation.
    Around 6,000 mainly pension savers invested in off-plan Harlequin villas and hotel rooms, in the hope they would receive an income from renting them out to tourists.

  34. Anonymous

    @Anon 11:59am
    Any news on H Hotel construction?

  35. Anonymous

    Ha ha Paddy got a mention then regarding the drains

  36. It would be revealing to find out if the “contract” Ames had with
    Ridgeview stated that Harlequin would be responsible for all
    insurance and workers’ compensation.

  37. Anonymous

    Surely, as the developer, Harlequin appointed a CDM Coordinator to manage all the site issues including H&S? It would be unthinkable that a developer would not discharge this very fundamental duty.

  38. Two Affidavits but which is the truthful one?

    Let us have a little looksy at the definition of PERJURY
    Perjury, also known as forswearing, is the intentional act of swearing a false oath or of falsifying an affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to an official proceeding.

    Which one is it to be Goblin?

  39. St George's Dragon

    CDM Coordinator? That would be a role required by law in the UK. Doesn’t exist in the Caribbean.
    Interestingly, if Harlequin had a normal construction contract with Ridgeview, it would have had clauses in it whereby Ridgeview insured against the consequences of accidents like this and indemnified Harlequin against any losses.
    I wonder if Harlequin had a contract with Ridgeview? If they didn’t that would have been a bit of a mistake.

  40. Anonymous

    If Mr. Stewart was an employee of Ridgeview, being paid by them to carry out a part of their “contract” (non-existent, I imagine, since grubby little Ames is involved) works, then he would be claiming against them. Unless “Harlequin” acted negligently, although it would have been Ridgeview’s site.

    Seems to me Mr. Stewart was employed directly by “Harlequin” which is why his claim is against them. Ames wouldn’t have strung out a case brought by an injured old man if Ridgeview were the main contractor on site responsible for H&S. I imagine Ames had sacked Ridgeview at the time of the accident and Ridgeview have told Ames he can go swing.

    So many of Ames’ staff must really really count themselves lucky to have anything to do with him.

  41. Anonymous

    While it might not be a legal requirement in the Caribbean to have a CDM Coordinator it would be the mark of a competent developer. I don’t know how they imagined that they would keep a handle on H&S without one.

  42. Anonymous

    CDM co-ordinaries has nothing to do with site safety, it’s the principle contractors role.

    You clearly don’t understand what a CDM co-ordinaries does and the role can be fulfilled by a person appointed by the Employer or Contractor and can be dependent on who is undertaking design.

  43. Cadburys Dairy Milk?

    Can one of you tell me what a CDM coordinator has to do with the H&S of undertaking day to day site duties please

  44. If you can piss you can paint

    The dopey moron should have been more careful where he was standing.

  45. Yawn.

    Are we really surprised Ames has tried to stuff some old bloke? He has done it to 6000 investors, even Bob Story who is an old codger.

  46. we have so many offers of finance

    Cadburys Dairy Milk?

    Ames is more of a Caburys fruit and nut cake

  47. The end is night

    Ames has, in all probability, already begun the process of liquidation. He is at liberty to do so, after all, he is the sole owner of all the assets.

    All the outstanding contracts? If he plays his cards right, they’ll be worthless.

    Have no doubt about it – Harlequin has been one of the largest scams in living memory. Take in money for beautiful CGI images, spend c. £250m on commissions out of £440m gross, use £140m to build a fraction of one of the promised resorts, stay with the circus for several years, then sell up.

    As it stands, it’s David Edward Ames who owns 100% of Buccament Bay, Blu and the land. He doesn’t owe a bean to anyone unless they challenge him in an SVG court. Even then, he’ll lie to wriggle out of it.

    He’s been tagging everyone along for the past 2 years whilst he finds a buyer. If indeed he does have one, it will be game over for the direct investors.

    The process will include making everyone in Essex redundant (they were employed by HMSSE “the main agent” anyway). Buccament Bay and Blu will be put into liquidation and auctioned off for the “right price” with the land. The process of insolvency will make it so that the outstanding liabilities can be wiped, allowing the new owner a free hand with, presumably, their own money.

    Ames will then only have to contend with the SFO. He no doubt will demonstrate that indeed it was the unscrupulous agents who mis-represented, allowing him to show how much work he’s done to keep his “baby” afloat through all of the vicious attacks. He’ll blame Paddy and WK for preventing him from being able to complete the rest of the build and will likely retire, fending off a few personal cases here and there.

    The SIPPs have a way out. Cash people won’t get a bean. Sorry guys.

  48. The View from Brierley Hill

    All,

    Deal or No Deal?

    It is our understanding that offers are on the table. The offers are in the hands of David Ames as the sole shareholder and director of the Caribbean companies which are “Harlequin”.

    Any purchaser will have done their due diligence and will know that the key to any smooth transition is by keeping investors “onside”. Technically, any purchaser will not want the overhang of some £400m of contracts where no property has been delivered.

    Insolvency Procedure

    Our view is that any buyer will need to use some form of insolvency procedure to “cleanse” the companies. No sensible buyer will want to acquire the historical issues.

    The main land holding companies will be the “targets” in any transaction. Frankly, nothing else has any real value. The majority creditors in any liquidation will be investors. Even the most pro-Harlequin diehards may question their support if they get a letter from an administrator / liquidator confirming that they are now unsecured creditors. Imagine if you had handed over completion monies and not received title. Your money would be lost.

    Any transaction with David Ames acquiring or being given an interest in any new operation will be highly contentious.

    What can be said is that unless and until a formal announcement is made everyone is in limbo. Limbo is a place where no one wins.

    Solvency Declaration

    If a transaction goes ahead then everyone should give the purchasers the benefit of the doubt. If no transaction goes ahead, then the focus goes back to the solvency of Harlequin. Our view is that David Ames has side stepped signing the solvency declaration because he cannot do so.

    Legal, Insolvency & Accountancy contacts

    We already have the legal, insolvency and accountancy contacts throughout the Caribbean and in the UK. We have on our databases and websites around 80% of all investors. If we need to act to protect our clients, we can do so.

    Watching Brief – focus on redress clients

    For now we are adopting a watching brief. Our redress work is bearing fruit and those clients who have instructed us in that regard are our focus. We see no point in expending time and cost on what may or may not happen. Let’s wait until something happens and then we can provide guidance accordingly.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  49. Anonymous

    Give it up RL with your vicious agenda. There will be no liquidation. Just rumour spreading to disrupt. Pathetic.

  50. Anonymous

    Whoever you are, Anonymous, I pray you made your money when the times were good.

  51. The burning issue

    There are much more pressing issues than Harlequin,some people have to decide what car to have.

    I’m still thinking about the AMG C63 estate, to be sensible.

  52. Little Dan Daligan with the small willy

    @Anonymous
    April 21, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    They are helping people get their money back. Unlike the GG (Great Gobshite) who just wants to rip off more victims.

  53. IFA

    The Birning Issue, hardly a super car is it?

    Can’t you afford something better?

    My commissions would have paid for that in a month peasant!

  54. I have read and re-read the RL posting above. I can easily interpret
    it as RL giving Ames free legal advice. This entire disaster has more
    twists and turns than a whirligig.

  55. Cash back?

    How much of a bung will the GV get form the sale?

  56. Dave's Dirty Deal

    About £5 million, in an offshore bank account, away from that perky CLC.

  57. Can someone explain again how the great RL liquidation plan helps anyone get their money back

  58. Anonymous

    Certainly – it’s not RL’s plan

    Ames referred in his last update to the “Harlequin group” having a buyer willing to purchase the companies & build out the resorts. In other words, Ames is willing to liquidate the companies and let another party take the reigns.*

    RL act on behalf of a large number of clients. They therefore have a duty to provide objective information on the situation, and thus explained what would happen if David Ames sold the companies.

    *Of course, selling the companies is not liquidation in itself. The problem arises when you have £400m worth of contracts outstanding, all with a nice little refund clause that any solicitor worth his salt will gladly fight for.

    The “liquidation” idea came from the fact that all the current “investors” are nothing more than unsecured creditors. Therefore, Ames has no obligation to keep them partial to any updates on the progress of the sale, meaning he can put it to liquidation procedures, remove the contractual obligations, and have a new buyer start with a fresh slate.

  59. The GV's real plan.

    Can someone explain again how the great GV liquidation plan helps anyone get their money back? Well it don’t!!

    It helps the GV get a few million and shaft the cash investors, but that’s about it.

    The cash investors are stuffed, when will people accept that?

  60. What car?

    Imagine, if you send the stump some completion monies and never completed.

  61. AutoTrader

    Or when the letter arrives stating you’re an unsecured creditor.

  62. Top Gear, Top Tip.

    Get your SIPP claim in now, money in time for Christmas😉

  63. Piston Heads

    Has Dave signed the solvency declaration yet?

  64. Anonymous

    The trolling of repetitive posts is at tecord levels.

    Can’t you make up something new at least for entertainment?

  65. Spelling Police

    What’s a tecord, Richrd?

  66. 3:36
    Now that was funny

  67. WK have won.

    WK have asked for security of cash, Stump can’t pay = case over.

  68. Unsecured Creditors

    It’s only a matter of time before the Goblin liquidates. He simply cannot go on with all the liabilities. Even the “inevitable success” of the WK claim is going to but dent the £440m of potential refunds they will have to tender.

    I would not be surprised if all of his “investors” will receive letters from a liquidator soon enough. Sadly, one of the aspects of being a double bankrupt is that you can determine the difference between and “investor” and “creditor”, allowing you to know who to shaft.

    The only question which remains is will the “Ames family” be brought to justice?

  69. Stenning Slugs

    The Stenning family will be in fora shock, the whole dysfunctional family will never work again.

  70. St George's Dragon

    I charge 30% up-front with the balance payable in two tranches, half-way through and on completion. I guarantee a successful outcome.
    Half the initial payment goes to the pimps who organise things. Some money goes to an Irish associate who helps with erections.
    A “mile-high” experience is available on my private airline for selected clients.

  71. 6 ft is all it needs.

    Wonder if he’ll be pushed?

  72. In Ames case less than 6 ft should do the trick

  73. HMP Harlequin...opening soon...redefining the "all inclusive destination"

    The investors should be trying to raise a campaign to get peeps to boycott the likes of Virgin if they continue to do business with Harlequin….that would bring things to a quick conclusion

  74. The Thames

    It would be very unwise for investors not to have their positions resolved.

    A little bit like bent politicians all over the place.

    There is no future for them.

  75. Message for chief harlequin troll

    I see the comments about the dirty little deal have upset the chief Harlequin troll.

    Lets try and ask some questions to up the anti.

    1. How much is Ames getting from the buyer?
    2. What about the cash investors?
    3. Is Harlequin solvent?
    4. What about the investors that have paid for their unit but not actually received clean title?
    5. Double selling of units.

  76. Top Gear, Top Tip.

    The DD strewn with errors, has that ever been corrected?
    It must be true.

  77. Ferrari F430

    I think we that letter from the IP’s is actually sent to the daft buggers who sent Aimless money to complete, but onlt to find out they are unsecured creditors the fun will really begin.

    Oh Dave, what did you do with that money?

  78. The Bentley Boys

    Double selling Dave.

  79. The Lodge of insolvency.

    The Diddyman’s companies are certainly insolvent,otherwise why won’t he sign it?

  80. The Lodge of PHAG

    Where is PHIG?

    Did they ever file their accounts?

  81. HMP Harlequin...opening soon...redefining the "all inclusive destination"

    The lodge…. etc
    nothing wrong with Polish peeps being dancers

  82. The Thames

    The name can be supplied on here.

  83. Harlequin fails to deny wages were unpaid at BB

    I see the wages weren’t paid again at BB and MuppetBob is making spunky efforts to deny it over on TA.

    Restaurants closed some nights and still the punters are being asked to sign exorbitant bill for meals. One hundred US for breakfast? What scam are you pulling Dave?

  84. Why tell the truth when a lie will do

    @Harlequin fails to deny etc etc
    Well you really are an idiot aren’t you. Perhaps if you had done a bit of reading rather than just swallow the rhetoric from Bequia P then you would have read this on TA from the BB management.
    “BuccamentBayResort, Manager at Buccament Bay Resort, responded to this review, 1 week ago
    Dear Madam,

    Firstly, thank you very much for your kind comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you will return soon.

    Regarding the rumours you heard, all employees have been paid up to date and the Resort has enjoyed extremely successful 90-100% occupancy rates throughout the first quarter of 2015.

    We are disappointed to hear that misinformation is being spread and would be happy to investigate further if you would be kind enough to provide details to: enquiries@buccamentbay.com

    Thank you again for your compliments and your custom.

    Regards,

    Buccament Bay Resort”
    Notice the bit about ALL EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN PAID UP TO DATE.

  85. The Thames

    The leader should know that the game is up.

  86. Bring the court cases against the Ames family.

    Although the directors of a Limited company are not normally held liable for the debts of the company, frequently the courts on behalf of the creditors can deem one or more of the directors liable for the company’s debts during a formal insolvency procedure. Once a company has become insolvent because its debts and creditors are greater than its assets the directors of the company have a statutory duty in their capacity as directors to act in the best interests of the company’s creditors as a whole. The directors must be able to demonstate that they have done everything possible under their control to ensure the repayments of all creditors using the company’s resources.

    The directors cannot deliberately take any actions that would cause the company’s debts to increase or go unpaid. The directors should not show any favourtism towards particular suppliers or creditors. If a director fails to meet his or her fundamental duties of acting in the interest of all the company’s creditors whilst trading insolvently, they are likely to face severe personal liabilities and disqualification from acting as a director of a limited company in the future.

  87. Harlequin fails to deny wages were unpaid at BB

    The wages were paid late as they were in January too.

    Any comment on the ludicrous signing for 100 dollar breakfasts?

  88. Anonymous

    I think nothing will happen, and David Ames will just walk away from the whole mess with several million pounds in his pocket. There will be no arrest, no trial, nothing…it has happened before, albeit not at such a grand scale, and it will happen again. He is a protected Citizen of St Vincent and will probably retire there in comfort and Luxury. Sorry “Investors” you have been royally screwed.

  89. Suckers, from an ex (unpaid) member of staff

    The sale is all but done, just how to break the news is a mute point, it’s ugly.

  90. Anonymous

    Anonymous 2:07am, latterly the courts have become quite full of people who’ve taken investor monies and not delivered the goods. The entire Ames family has a case to answer against fraud. There have latterly been an increasing number of people pulled up for schemes like this, his son being a prime example.

  91. What a mess the world is. I have just read on another BFP thread
    that Robert Story is defending Dave Ames because a white woman
    has been raped by Black workers. Somehow this justifies DA
    “pulling out” of Barbados. No sympathy for the woman only a
    comment that it negatively impacts his “investment”. What a
    crass individual.

  92. Anonymous

    Carol and Dan Ames were interviewed by UK Police last week and have been released pending further enquiries. The Ames family categorically deny that this happened.

    David Ames is about to sell the Caribbean assets of Harlequin in a deal which has just been sanctioned by the PM of SVG.

    The deal is structured in order to safe guard the jobs at Buccama Bay.

    The deal involves the management company at Buccama Bay, which claim they are owed in excess of £ 10 million UK pounds. ( Is this the reason why guests sign for $ 100 – $ 150 USD breakfasts. )

    David Ames denied locally that he has lost any UK court actions, stating that an ongoing case in the UK by 23 claimants is ill founded and furthermore Ames claims that the case bought by the 23 claimants will be thrown out on the grounds that the 23 claimants have broken previous agreements agreed between both sides lawyers.

    David Ames stated that he intends to counter sue the 23 claimants for fiduciary breaches of previous agreements made with him and his wife.

    Rumours that staff have not been paid at the Buccama Bay Resort have been denied by David Ames who has stated that staff are now on an incentive scheme with some staff not understanding that pay is linked to productivity. Overall staff moral is high at the Buccama Bay resort.

    David Ames denies that Buccama Bay apartments are too high for the local fire service appliances to deal with a fire should one break out. David Ames has stated that planning was approved by the local fire officer. The fire service at SVG does not have an appliance that can reach the top floor of the Buccama Bay Apartments and locals say that should a fire break out the resort at Buccama Bay has no dedicated fire water distribution system. A spokesman for Harlequin said that the CWSA water supply is adequate in the highly unlikely event that a fire should break out.

  93. whatsthefuss

    Paddy is at it again.

  94. Anonymous

    I never understood how you could operate an “incentive” scheme in a hotel, all inclusive at that. I mean, what are you going to measure the productivity of the staff against? How many times they clean the pool, serve drinks or clean rooms? To me, it wreaks of not having the money to cover overheads, so inventing some bullshit scheme to pay them less.

    From what I’ve seen, the staff are the only thing holding the place together, so I hope whatever happens they are able to continue in their positions.

  95. Staff treated like shit at BB

    Perhaps the BB staff are going to get a percentage of profits (or not as the case is most likely to be). No wonder they loathe the Ames family.

  96. FSCS Levy 2015/16

    From FTAdvisor (28/04/2015):

    Advisers complaints over the regulatory fees burden on their businesses are set to ramp up further after the Financial Services Compensation Scheme announced a rise in the final levy for the coming financial year, including a 300 per cent rise for pension intermediaries.

    Life and pension advisers are to be hit with a levy of £100m in 2015/2016, up by 75 per cent from the compensation scheme’s January prediction of £57m and three times the £33m levy on the sector at the time of the annual levy last year.

    FSCS said this was largely due to a continuing surge in self-invested pension claims. It included a number of case studies in its outlook citing claims against a range of esoteric and unregulated investments which have been wrapped into Sipps.

    The soaring bill for this year comes on top of, and just a month after, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme confirmed a £20m interim levy for life and pensions intermediaries relating to “bad advice” given on self-invested personal pensions.

    Overall FSCS has announced a final levy for the industry for 2015 to 2016 of £319m, a £32m increase from its January prediction of £287m.

    There was, though, good news for firms in other sectors. Investment intermediation firms, for example, will see a decrease in their levy bill, coughing up £116m, down £9m from the January forecast but still higher than the £112m levied last year.

    This is because of a reduction in the costs relating to defaults, and an expected increase in recovery forecasts.

    The general insurance intermediation sector will also not be receiving a levy bill in 2015 to 2016 for payment protection insurance claims, which have continued to decline.

    In its outlook for the coming year, the scheme states: “In 2014, FSCS began to see claims from retail consumers whose pension savings had been moved to Sipps from traditional pension plans… and who had very limited investment experience.

    “Attracted by the prospect of very high and sometimes unrealistic investment returns, consumers were encouraged by introducers to make selections from a range of alternative investment propositions to invest their Sipp funds.

    “These included overseas timeshare property developments, forestry plantations (either in the Far East or Australia) from which fuel oil was to be derived using unproven technology, carbon credits, gold and South American farmland.

    “[In January] 2013, the FSA first published concerns that firms were advising on pension transfers or switches to Sipps without assessing the advantages and disadvantages of the underlying investments to be held in them.”

    Mark Neale, chief executive of the FSCS, said: “FSCS protects consumers when financial firms fail. We’re there for people who have nowhere else to turn. The annual levy allows us to compensate consumers, and as a result, make a valuable contribution to consumer confidence.”

  97. Anonymous

    FSCS just announced a higher levy on pensions according to FTAdvisor:

    “Life and pension advisers are to be hit with a levy of £100m in 2015/2016, up by 75 per cent from the compensation scheme’s January prediction of £57m and three times the £33m levy on the sector at the time of the annual levy last year.

    Life and pension advisers are to be hit with a levy of £100m in 2015/2016, up by 75 per cent from the compensation scheme’s January prediction of £57m and three times the £33m levy on the sector at the time of the annual levy last year.

    FSCS said this was largely due to a continuing surge in self-invested pension claims. It included a number of case studies in its outlook citing claims against a range of esoteric and unregulated investments which have been wrapped into Sipps.

    The soaring bill for this year comes on top of, and just a month after, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme confirmed a £20m interim levy for life and pensions intermediaries relating to “bad advice” given on self-invested personal pensions.

    Overall FSCS has announced a final levy for the industry for 2015 to 2016 of £319m, a £32m increase from its January prediction of £287m.”

  98. Cancer just like cancer

    Good the scum deserve to pay more. Another victim of the cancer of the Ames family.

  99. Make it up as you go along.

    How would anyone know the Ames family have been nicked by the police? I hope they have, but it seems a little fanciful.

  100. Anonymous

    I’m so eager to see how this plays out. You just can’t take £440m, deliver nothing and expect everyone else to clean up the mess.

  101. One who like to change her name

    I bet the 23 muppets are rueing the day they appointed someone who has a criminal record in Spain. Someone, who has placed them into a possible bankrupt situation if all this goes wrong.

  102. Anonymous

    I agree Ames will be bankrupt a 3rd time, but will bring many others down with him, Tailor-made and it’s directors for example, IFA’s, all scum.

  103. Such a big house

    Where did Nikki C get the cash to buy that house, it’s an interesting answer😉

  104. Anonymous

    Oh gracious, considerate one, @Anonymous 3:26pm, I wonder why you feel it necessary to call them muppets? I don’t see any progress on Harlequin’s projects which, as we all remember, were going to be recommenced the month just passed. I commend the 23 for instructing someone to get their money back.

    For all the posturing of Harlequin, the fact remains that all we have from the funds is a B&B and hotel. Both seem to be operated to a certain standard, although it’s obvious they’re not 5 star. No sign of profits or revenues, so what happens now? Trust? Finance? Construction?

  105. More dogs

    More sniffer dogs required in Napal. It is not too late.

  106. Ill Gotten Gains

    @ Such a big house
    Where did the Ames family get the cash to purchase their flashy houses?
    I can’t wait until they are subject to a proceeds of crime order.

    Oh wait crooked Matt Ames (detained at her Majesty’s pleasure) has already lost his chavvy gaff. http://www.basildonrecorder.co.uk/news/11101423.Vince_Cable_and_victims_of_fraudster_eyeing_his_luxury___700_000_home/

  107. Such a big house

    Touchy that Audrey women ;(

  108. Not such a mystery really.

    But what did you really do before CPS, that’s the real question and we all know the answer….. and why you ran away from the case.

  109. Ill Gotten Gains

    1) Is the business run from Basildon?
    2) Is the business run from SVG?
    3) Did Dave Ames commit PERJURY?

  110. Not such a mystery really.

    How much did CLC recover?
    How much did they pay out?
    How much are they exposed if they lose?

  111. Ill Gotten Gains

    Answer the question idiot and stop repeating yourself.
    There should have been no need to sue Ames and his companies for recovery of debts owed to investors. Let’s not forget how much is missing and the two Harlequin companies in liquidation.

  112. Not such a mystery really.

    What if the 23 lose = bankrupt, but yet it was sold as a slam dunk😉

  113. Ill Gotten Gains

    You’re not making sense.

  114. Not such a mystery really.

    And, what was the point of this?

  115. Not such a mystery really.

    I certainly do remember this name from the past, thought she had gone away, she’s a chameleon and should appear on ‘Rogue Traders’, her partner is Nikki Crozier and there’s lots about them scamming in Barbados etc. A lot of the rogue agents moved further afield when things got difficult in Spain 😡

  116. Ill Gotten Gains

    @Not such a mystery really.

    You just copied that off another property forum. Can’t you even write anything original?

  117. Not such a mystery really.

    Apart from the fact NC actually is Dixon

  118. Not such a mystery really.

    Oh yes, and works with the Irish builder, guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation. She ran a mile when her past caught up with her, try finding anything prior to the name change.

  119. Anonymous

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Ms Crozier has tried to use the legal process to return funds to clients that should have been returned to them under the terms of the contract signed with Harlequin.

    Firstly, it shouldn’t have been necessary to use the law to get back what was rightfully theirs.

    Secondly, if Ms Crozier fails in her attempt it will be because Harlequin has refused to pay its dues under the terms of the contract that they wrote and signed.

    Someone on here obviously thinks that in that case it would be only just to make these same investors bankrupt for having the cheek to apply pressure to see their money returned to them.

    And Harlequin is a company that anyone would want to do business with because…?

  120. What's good for the goose...

    Yes, but we need to know who she really is……

  121. What's good for the goose...

    Or more importantly who she WAS.

  122. Anonymous

    Why do you need to know who she is? How is it relevant to the merits of the case brought against Harlequin?

  123. OBFUSCATION is an eleven letter word. It has no relevancy !!!

  124. Anonymous

    It’s great when you use grown-up words because the pro-loons don’t know whether the comment is in their favour or against.

  125. -Anon 7:50
    So true, so very very true.

  126. Anonymous

    And when they look the word up in the dictionary they don’t understand the definition so are none the wiser.

  127. Security for costs?

    It looks like “Harlequin’s” argument that the UK has no jurisdiction to deal with HP(SVG)’s liquidation has caused them serious problems in being able to grant adequate security for costs to Wilkins Kennedy. Aw, sad.

    http://lexisweb.co.uk/cases/2015/april/harlequin-property-svg-ltd-and-another-v-wilkins-kennedy-a-firm

  128. Anonymous

    Thank you for the link.

    Telling that the court deemed “Harlequin”‘s ATE inappropriate for potential costs.

    Does this not also confirm a liquidation of “Harlequin” in SVG?

  129. Anonymous

    Will this trigger another round of pleading for people to “complete” on their investment units just to scramble together the security for costs money?

  130. Anonymous

    The little cretin kept that case quiet, and whilst all this was going on, he was telling us that a deal with WK was around the corner.

  131. Anonymous

    Is this death by a thousand cuts or what?

  132. The end

    Not long before the SFO arrest the whole family

  133. It's simply over.

    And to think the stump promised this sure win to many, many people.

  134. Body and Mind

    Egypt is my holiday destination.

  135. It's simply over.for the insolvent stump

    Well, now we know why the stump didn’t sign the solvency declaration 😉

  136. Liquidation.

    Only Gormless Ames thinks he won’t get nicked lol

  137. Anonymous

    The GGG

    Great Gormless Goblin

  138. Anonymous

    It’s funny, we have been hearing from Ames that the Wilkins Kennedy case is all but a foregone conclusion, his lawyers have been telling others about a deal about to be struck with Wilkins Kennedy, a settlement. Yet the same lawyers knew about the security for costs case, so why did ELS lie???? Why did Richard Spector lie ????

    Deal you say???? WHAT DEAL ????

    Spector is nothing but a low life bottom feeding bent lawyer.

    And for anyone remotely interested Ames’ ATE insurance is something that is probably being paid in installments,

    £ 6 million quid spent on the WK case to date with a further £ 2.75 million to go (minimum).

    Our MONEY.

  139. In stats into second

    The temperature in Egypt is more than 30.

  140. Walk Like An Egyptian

    Can someone explain the cryptic Egypt comments please?

  141. The View from Brierley Hill

    All,

    The Wilkins Kennedy case reports we received were not the full judgment in the matter. The full judgment sets out in details events. Harlequin are clearly very sensitive in relation to the suggestion that other security would need to be put in place for this case to continue.

    The Lexis link we have does not set out what is to happen next. The full judgment does. We enclose the full judgment provided to us by Richard Spector of ELS Legal (Harlequin’s solicitors). Harlequin were unhappy that we reported the case reports. We are quite happy for the full judgment and the ramifications of it to be considered. http://api.ning.com/files/vlKUFPodnGXmu7RUVJr-0gYRT2-zqLXefFku7i6lMWJAjVCWEVHccO1HfOD6K2b*y0UZkvcJOrtFMIQg69GhI9cxuobEkmSo/HarlequinvWilkinsKennedyFinal.doc

    The paragraphs which are most relevant are 35 – 37.

    “For all those reasons, I consider that the defendant’s second ground of objection to the ATE policy, as it currently stands, is made out. ”

    In simple terms the current ATE policy is not adequate security. The judge has invited Harlequin to seek amendments to the ATE policy with its insurers DAS. There are two scenarios.

    The Policy Is Amended

    Subject to the amendments being approved by the court, the ATE policy will stand as adequate security.

    The Policy is not Amended

    If the policy is not amended, then the Defendant (Wilkins Kennedy) will apply to court for security for costs. They will get security ordered by the court if this happens. How this security would manifest itself is important to Buccament Bay investors. Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited is the land owner at Buccament Bay. It also holds a significant number of Finance Agreements with investors and a whole raft of development contracts across a number of resorts.

    If security is ordered, then £2.75m (paragraph 1 of the judgment) would need to be found. Harlequin does not dispute that security has to be provided.
    The problem is simple. Many of our clients have not received their mortgage repayment interest, payment under their settlement agreements etc. If £2.75m were found for Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited, then it would probably lead to fresh litigation by investors to recover what they believe is owed to them. Even if that litigation takes them to SVG.

    It is for that reason that this highly technical point is so important to investors.

    Is their any dispute as to whether security is to be provided ?

    The first paragraph of the judgment makes it clear that there is no dispute between the parties in relation to whether security should be provided. £2.75m is the agreed figure.

    Why is this so important ?

    This is important because without security in place the claim against Wilkins Kennedy will struggle to proceed.

    When will we know whether the policy has been amended ?

    The application for security for costs in December 2014 was made without Harlequin informing any of its investors. This matter does not appear in any update from Harlequin we can find from December 2014 – April 2015. The only reason it is a live issue today is because the law reporting agencies covered it.

    We will continue to seek clarification from the parties and report the same to you.

    Investing Further Monies

    We strongly advise that until the ATE issue has been resolved, that any investor considering investing further monies holds fire. We stand by this advice as the circumstances in the Wilkins Kennedy case are currently uncertain. Working towards a solution is not the same as there being a solution.

    Conclusion

    We are happy to publish the full judgment as “what is to happen next” was not in the law reports we receive. For completeness, this is the best way to proceed.

    We will keep you updated on this important issue.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  142. anon today

    Vinny is on holiday in Egypt.

  143. Anonymous

    Thanks for posting.

    It must be noted that this does not mean the case has been thrown out, it means that Harlequin have to cover the Security of Costs (£2.75m) either with their own money, or an amended ATE policy.

    Ramifications of this, according to RL, are that if Harlequin can find £2.75m of their own money, they should be in a position to pay out refunds, and interest payments again, meaning a route to direct redress will be opened.

    It’s most telling that “Harlequin” neglected to inform its “investors” of this development.

  144. Last Gasps

    Wonder when the charade will be brought to a close?

  145. The Lodge of ATE underwriters.

    It will be very costly to amend the ATE policy, if indeed, the Brotherhood agrees to it.
    S&F

  146. Easter eggs

    Maybe one more but where??

  147. Anonymous

    The sun will be good for Vinny’s skin complaint, unless he melts

  148. Gormless Goblin

    Well done Fatchett got the Gormless Goblin upset, £2.75 mil wow that’s some completion monies.

  149. Sid

    It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. Is there any news on the new buyer?

  150. Hey you!

    Rumour that St. Vincent has started some legal action against Dave Ames. Can’t find anything solid. Anybody have more? This is just breaking.

  151. Case Management Conferences in St Vincent High Court for May 2015

    Cases coming up in May 2015

    Case Management Conference on 05/04/2015, at 9:00 am
    7 -SVGHCV2013/0033 Nature of Matter: Oral Examination
    Bally And Bally Investments Ltd vs Harlequin Development (Svg) Ltd
    Addit. Parties:Claimant Atty: Dr. Linton Lewis
    Claimant: Bally and Bally Investments Ltd
    Defendant Atty: S.E. Commissiong & Co.
    Defendant: Harlequin Development (Svg) Ltd

    Case Management Conference on 05/05/2015, at 9:00 am
    9 -SVGHCV2013/0089 Nature of Matter:Adjourned for Consent
    Austin Bullock Vs Harlequin Development Svg Ltd, defendant, et al
    Addit. Parties:
    Claimant Atty: Fredericks, Attorneys-At Law
    Claimant: Austin Bullock
    Defendant Atty: S.E. Commissiong & Co.
    Defendant: Harlequin Development Svg Ltd, David E Ames, Harlequin Property
    (FYI Austin Bullock operates a heavy equipment company in SVG)

    Case Management Conference on 05/05/2015, at 9:00 am
    10 -SVGHCV2013/0090 Nature of Matter:Adjourned for Consent
    Austin Bullock Vs Harlequin Development Svg Ltd, defendant, et al
    Addit. Parties:
    Claimant Atty: Fredericks, Attorneys-At Law
    Claimant: Austin Bullock Defendant Atty: S.E. Commissiong & Co. Defendant: Harlequin Development Svg Ltd, David E Ames

    Case Management Conference on 05/07/2015, at 9:00am
    2 -SVGHCV2011/0395 Nature of Matter:Status Hearing
    Coreas Hazells Inc vs Harlequin Property (Svg) Ltd. and ICE Group (SVG) Ltd
    Addit. Parties:Claimant Atty: Stanley K. John, Esq
    Claimant: Coreas Hazells Inc
    Defendant Atty: S.E. Commissiong & Co.
    Defendant: Harlequin Property (Svg) Ltd.,I.C.E. Group (Svg) Ltd.
    (FYI Coreas Hazells Inc is a supplier of food, car parts, household goods and building supplies)

  152. Anonymous

    Expect these to be joined by groups of investors very soon.

  153. Easter eggs

    Best chance where Rain?

  154. Case Management Conferences in St Vincent High Court for May 2015

    Expect these to be joined by groups of investors very soon.

    There are quite a few investors already mentioned in the court documents in SVG. Once again Ames and his lawyers run rings around them and show only contempt for their victims and the law.

  155. Gormless Goblin

    How does the stump keep funding all this?

  156. The Lodge liquidation

    An interesting question, or three.

    What will happen if the ATE insurance is not amended?
    How much will that premium be?
    How will he pay?

  157. The Lodge conflicting stories

    Have Ames got £2.75 million floating about?
    If so, how?

  158. Anonymous

    Don’t know what all the fuss is about. Dave Ames is close to settling the case with Wilkins Kennedy, he and Richard Spector said so. Now they would not lie.

  159. Return of the posh one

    How come Effin is back? Must have been paid by the simple stump?

  160. WK have won.

    Looks like WK are far from settling a good move me thinks…

  161. Anonymous

    Looks like Hefin Rees was called to the bar in Ireland and elsewhere ????? Real barristers don’t lie.

  162. I'm Ralph. So's my wife

    The mendacious midget’s main protector got stuffed in Barbados. Diddums. http://www.iwnsvg.com/2015/05/01/gonsalves-may-receive-apology-for-treatment-at-barbados-airport/

    I wonder what tripped security? Drugs? Bribes?

  163. Anonymous

    Probably a brown paper bag stuffed with “baksheesh”.

  164. Crooks

    If you tell lies it will catch up with you especially when other lawyers and investors are involved.

  165. What goes around.....

    What will happen if the Gormless Goblin can’t get ATE insurance? Would that mean WK have effectively ran him out of money, just like he does to anyone taking action against him!

  166. Does this WK situation not simply confirm that the short arsed stump is progressing with liquidation?

    If he wasn’t then he would say so and the ATE would not be such an issue?

  167. No Doubt

    Individual libs push M H and believe the result.

  168. How much of a ‘thank you’ do we think the GG will get from this false of a liquidation?

    £3 million? £4 million?

  169. *farce
    Oops will have the spelling police on me now!

  170. Sale, halted.

    The new investor has pulled out. Reason, bad PR regarding the cash investors being stuffed.

  171. James Baker

    This has upset the GV greatly, no bung for him now. He has no funds for the WK case, all unraveling nicely😉

  172. Anonymous

    Well could he not find the security of costs by selling some of the overseas properties that were registered in the names of the family but bought using company money? He probably considers those to be his personal properties and he has become accustomed to fighting his legal battles with other people’s money rather than his own.

  173. More trolling from the chief troll.

  174. Anonymous

    Doesn’t trolling have to be untrue to be classified as such?

  175. Freezer

    Crazier has got his house, can’t sell that.

  176. Freezer

    Between a rock and a cell lol.

  177. The luck of the Irish

    I love it when things go wrong for Ames, and the next couple of weeks will be very telling, indeed😉

  178. Ames Family Fortunes

    Dan’s house is worth a pretty packet. And Carol’s got a couple of rentals. Why can’t they mortage those? Daughter Nicola has had a lot out of the company why can’t they look to her?

  179. The luck of the Irish

    They will, that’s for sure. The proceeds of crime act will see the Ames family crumble. They are subject to a freezing order, muppet; can’t be mortgaged.

  180. They won’t give up, they have Ames on the ropes now.

  181. Where is the money coming from?

    If the policy is not amended, then the Defendant (Wilkins Kennedy) will apply to court for security for costs. They will get security ordered by the court if this happens. How this security would manifest itself is important to Buccament Bay investors. Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited is the land owner at Buccament Bay. It also holds a significant number of Finance Agreements with investors and a whole raft of development contracts across a number of resorts.

  182. £2.75 million that's a lot of completions

    Could there be a link between the frenzy from Sonia trying to swell the Harlequin coffers with her vile phone calls?

    Take about desperate!!! Mind you she is in love with the stump…. more on that later😉

  183. BBaywatch

    Investors who are soon to vote in the UK elections might pause to reflect that it is the current Tory government that has cut funding to the SFO by 30%. Has that delayed the investigation into this scam and its resolution? We know that the SFO is currently still actively investigating but with limited resources this may well mean that it will take quite some time before they can act.

    If you are wondering how this might affect your investment just search for The Caicos Beach Resort and Marina in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). This ‘development’ has been ongoing for 25 years and was recently auctioned off for a fraction of the money that investors put in. The combination of frankly gullible investors, a corrupt regime, a law firm in charge with some peculiar practices and questions about where any investigation can legitimately be carried out have mired any result for years – ring any bells?

  184. Anonymous

    If I have read the judgement (link above) correctly then there are two key things that WK are (rightly) concerned with.

    1. If Harlequin lose the case but the SVG companies have been put into liquidation then any payment due under the terms of the ATE insurance will be payable to the Insolvency Practitioner. There being no contractual agreement between the ATE insurance company and WK, then they have no duty to pay WK directly. Under this circumstance WK join the queue of unsecured creditors.

    2. The ATE insurance will not pay any fees or costs arising from a fraudulent, exaggerated or dishonest claim.

    So I presume this second point means that if, during the case, it comes to light that the claim is based on any of these three (fraudulent, exaggerated or dishonest) then the insurance is invalid and leaves WK exposed to pay their own fees.

  185. £2.75 million that's a lot of completions

    Where is the money coming from? Ames has none.

  186. WK have won. Next step the Irish appeal?

    What if he can’t get an amended ATE, then WK have won😉

  187. Cancer just like cancer

    In many ways I would like the Irish builder to win because that would drive the Gormless Gobin over the edge; then hopefully he will kill himself.

  188. HMP Harlequin...opening soon...redefining the "all inclusive destination"

    Looks like HMP Harlequin is coming along nicely and will soon be welcoming inmates
    Ames going down party gonna be a very well attended event by yht elooks of things oh happy days :-0)

  189. Anonymous

    Heh Richard Soector, looks like you ain’t the only low life liar in the Ames team, looks like Hefin Rees Ames pet poodle of a QC can’t help himself either, now I wonder what Ames has on him. Any thoughts Richard ( We are close to a settlement with WK ) Spector.

    Richard Get your client Ames to pay what he owes, and please stop lying about potential settlements with WK.

  190. wk have won. Next step the Irish appeal?

    No underwriter will change the ATE- Simples.

  191. Completion money (cough, cough) used for?

    Where is all the money coming from? Surly the completion monies have not been used for legal costs?

  192. Anonymous

    Should that not be FAT poodle?

  193. Anonymous

    More guesswork and speculation

  194. Well that didn't work did it

    Well BFP ( free not being so free as you make out) Today’s question is who exactly decides who is and who is not banned from your site? Who is paying you a few shekels and decides who is banned or for what reasons. Is this a site now just for RL propaganda? Perhaps just for Paddy and Dave Mann. “Awaiting moderation” does not work as it is a prelude to taking the post down, and blocking the IP address is a non runner as well. Perhaps you should engage with your posters rather than taking draconian measures There again who pays the piper, as the expression goes.

  195. Sudoku

    Just certain words are banned, so get creative. This just stops the whole thing becoming a lady garden fest!

  196. dems de rules

    @Well that didn’t work did it
    You have most likely included links to another news site in your post or obscenities however, I suspect you are a pro-Harlequin loon. I think the diatribe at BFP was totally unnecessary. If you don’t like it don’t post. Bye!

  197. Another one, another promise.

    Still old duffer Bob, go back to TA.
    What’s up with you anyway? DA promised you a cut of the WK winning, you’re not alone with that!!

  198. Anonymous

    No obscenities, no links to other sites. Obviously the BFP paymasters want this site all to themselves.

  199. Anonymous

    @ Anonymous 9.19 am, You appear to be able to post so why not tell us what is on your mind. However I would like to point out that Dave Ames has it within his abilities to write to BFP or anyone else for that matter to set the record straight, yet despite numerous updates from him, all of which contained false statements, Ames has refused to put the record straight in anyway resembling fact.

    Maybe the fat poodle and that other window licking lying little shit of a lawyer Spector should consider upholding the ethics of their professions as opposed to pandering to the demands of the not so great Goblin.

  200. Perjury Your Honour?

    Who was the lawyer who presented the Affidavit to the English court claiming that Harlequin was run from the Caribbean ?

  201. Anonymous

    A complete waste of time writing/e mailing BFP. They choose to ignor all correspondence unless it has been passed by their paymasters, RL, Paddy and Dave Mann. And BFP complains about free speech in Barbados. What a laugh.

  202. Anonymous

    @ Perjury your honour. It was Andy Regan. @ Anonymous what is your problem??? Get the gobshite Goblin to write to BFP.

    I doubt BFP are in anyone’s pockets, never mind RL, The Builder or Dave Man. Note Man is spelt with one N. Not two.

  203. Anonymous

    Why should I get anyone to write to BFP? They would just ignor it anyway. You doubt BFP are in anyone’s pockets? How naive you are. Who do you think pays for the anti HP threads started on here? Grow up.

  204. DEATH RATTLE

    Is Harlequin solvent?

    Has Ames and his legal teal LIED?

    Has Ames got £2.75 million for costs?

    Will the little scrote end up in jain with his SCUM FAMILY?

  205. Anonymous

    @ Anonymous 1.56 pm, has the thought not crossed your mind that Ames might be reviled in the Caribbean, given his contempt not only for his investors but for local suppliers and contractors too.

    BFP have no agenda other then to highlight issues which directly affect Barbados and the region.

    Why does Dave Ames not write to BFP to set the record straight? They have always stated that they will be more than happy to put his side of the story to their readers.

    You are naieve to think that all the negativity surrounding Ames and his companies is being generated by two or three individuals. At last count there were in excess of 70 actions against Ames, his wife and their companies, in the High Court in SVG.

  206. Anonymous

    @Anonymous 1:56pm I am an ardent anti-HP “troll” and don’t receive payment from anyone for the pleasure. In fact, you could argue I paid for the privilege. If you don’t like it, maybe you could get the Goblin to pay me my refund, or get resorts built as per the contracts.

  207. Anonymous

    And good for you. The name of this web site is Barbados FREE press, which would indicate that any comments on here are acceptable so long as they don’t cross certain boundaries. Although what those boundaries are is very unclear. There are certain blog rules but they went out of the window ages ago. No one is suggesting you are receiving payment, but don’t you think it is rather strange that a poster suddenly gets blocked/bared for no apparent reason and BFP refuse to even have the common courtesy to answer e mails requesting an explanation? The suggestion is that BFP are getting payment from certain individuals to blog any poster they don’t like. Of course BFP could answer this but they choose not to. I, now like many posters, am masking my IP address so as to get my voice heard on Barbados FREE Press. Lol

  208. Anonymous

    *block any poster.

  209. Anonymous

    Dave Ames can’t write to BFP as he is illiterate.

    That’s why he doesn’t realise that hiring a semi-literate gimp to post on BFP does the “Harlequin” image no good at all.

    Mind you, Ames must have been deliberately trying to destroy the CGI / b***sh*t image that was “Harlequin” – I mean, nobody could have cocked up a business so extraordinarily and thoroughly by accident, could they? And made that many enemies amongst business associates and investors?

    It’s been one hell of a catastrophe of errors. He must feel like an almighty pillock.

  210. Anonymous

    Just don’t use the same proxy as me because you’ll get that banned too.

  211. Double selling

    Lets talk about why all the units were really renumbered. Especially now we have proof.

  212. Pick a number, any number.

    Imagine explaining that to the SFO!!

  213. Fraud

    I did, they were very interested. I’m a victim of crime.

  214. Ralph

    I “won” £10 on the lottery on Saturday.

  215. dems de rules

    Anonymous
    May 4, 2015 at 2:43 pm
    You are being an idiot. If you can post at 2:43 then you are not blocked. As I suggested earlier your post is being moderated because it contains a link or hyperlinks.

  216. Anonymous

    Can someone outline the proof that double selling of units took place?

  217. Double selling

    The authorities have the facts and proof, that’s all you need to know. The Great Gob shite knows too.

    Ask him.

  218. Double selling

    Unit 138

  219. Just what the stump didn’t want.

    We are making another call for Merrick’s investors who might be interested in starting a class or group action against Harlequin. The main reason for going this route is to reduce the costs for the individuals involved, by getting as many investors as possible on board. The claimants should have the same potential claim however: in this case a refund of their money by Harlequin. The refund will be achieved by whatever legal means the class action lawyers recommend.

  220. Have you really got the balls?

    Taking action against the deluded one and his companies should not be considered lightly. If you lose Ames will go after costs – they could run into £100,000 s.

    Just steam in with stat demands and bring the company down, nothing fancy, just a big bunch of demands.

    Will RL do it is another question. CLC won’t touch Harlequin anymore – I called them.

  221. Anonymous

    Dems de rules, no links, no hyperlinks. I don’t think you understand how being blocked works.

  222. dems de rules

    Actually I do.
    If you are still posting you are not blocked. There is something in your post that BFP does not like. Simple as that. It is not censorship.

  223. Anonymous

    It’s not simple. BFP have refused to answer numerous e mails. Of course I am blocked. I have had to use a proxy server to mask my true IP address because that is blocked. Do you not understand that.

  224. Anonymous

    Perhaps its because you can not spell….its ignore, not ignore, you ignoramus.

  225. Anonymous

    So am I getting this right? They actually sold the same unit more than once to different people?!!

  226. The spelling police who cannot spell

    “It’s ignore, not ignore” Now that really makes sense. Do you mean cannot? And you call me ignoramus.

  227. Anonymous

    You spelt ignore as ignor …my spellcheck corrected my entry, as it should have done yours.

  228. What number

    So am I getting this right? They actually sold the same unit more than once to different people?!!

    That allegation was made about a year ago when units at BB were renumbered to add to the confusion. I seem to recall BS Bob claimed his pile of breeze blocks was exempt.

  229. The spelling police who cannot spell

    So what did can not start as? Cannot is cannot. Now that’s being an ignoramus.

  230. Anonymous

    Bobby Bob, You can not spell, you can not invest, you can not write, you can not think, you can not understand that you have been fooled. Lastly, you can not show title to your cabana.

    Oxford Dictionary: “Both cannot and can not are acceptable spellings, but the first is much more usual.”

  231. Bob's promise

    Poor old Bobit, he’s on a proper rant now he needs to earn his crumbs from DA, now Bobit about the money he promised you from the WK case – yes we know about that !

    Toodle pip, old chap😉

  232. The straw that broke the camels back.

    Yes, it’s a very sensitive point the DOUBLE SELLING OF UNITS, it’s one thing that can’t be undone. Easy to PROOVE TOO.

    Those pesky investors, they were never supposed to fine out!!!

  233. Anonymous

    “Fine” out. Lol

  234. Bob a job

    In many ways I feel sorry for Bob Story, he is a pensioner and gave his life saving to Ames. Sadly, he believes whatever he is told by the toxic turd, he has lost all of his ‘investment’ like 99% of them.

    Poor old fool.

  235. And the winner is....

    The ATE is causing some real trouble for the stump, can’t get it amended🙂

  236. Anonymous

    A bit like how we were told how to spell ignore. Project orange was done to death years ago by Ralph/Dave Man ( is Man spelt correctly for you). When there is nothing new to post regurgitate the old unproven tripe.

  237. One cunning little bankrupt

    Meeting of Creditors
    In the High Court of Justice
    No 3949 of 2014

    Matthew David Ames

    In Bankruptcy

    Residential address: Marimba, Goldfinch Lane, Thundersley, Essex SS7 3LT. Date of Birth: 11 May 1975. Occupation: Unknown.

    Notice is hereby given that a general meeting of the creditors of the bankrupt will be held at Britannia Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EH on 28 May 2015 at 10.30 am. The meeting has been summoned by the Joint Trustee for the purposes of establishing a creditors’ committee and if no committee is formed, fixing the basis of the Trustee’s remuneration and calculation of allocated disbursements. In order to be entitled to vote at the meeting creditors must ensure that any proxies and hitherto unlodged proofs are lodged at Britannia Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EH by 12.00 noon on the business day before the day of the meeting.

    Edward Thomas (IP No 9711) and Ann Nilsson (IP No 9558) of Mazars LLP, Britannia Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EH were appointed Joint Trustees of the Bankrupt on 16 April 2015. Further information about this case is available from Sarah Cooper at the offices of Mazars LLP on 01452 874637.

    Edward Thomas and Ann Nilsson, Joint Trustees

  238. Ames family successful at what?

    Great future mapped out that lad😉

  239. Shipley's

    From the last Shipley’s report in Oct 2014:

    “With regards to the Director Loan Accounts, the Directors’, Mrs Carol Ames and Mr Daniel Ames, have informed my office that they are unable to settle their overdrawn Directors Loan Account, of £108,575.27 and £49,997.01 respectively, at present.

    The appointed Joint Liquidators will continue to chase these debts and may take the necessary steps in order to recover these funds.”

    I hope that Shipley’s will continue to chase these debts. These numbers would push many people into certain bankruptcy, and I hope that it does for these two Carol and Daniel. Sell the houses and throw them in jail.

  240. Harlequin is in it’s strongest position for years and years. The resort is booked 150% until 2050. All of them.

    All the issues like the SFO, HMRC, Shipleys, City Of London police, my son getting done for FRAUD, the finance, banking errors, the missing marina, the odd flood, no insurance, so many legal cases lost count, freezing orders, no accounts, the FSCS zero valuation and the dirty deal falling apart well you get the picture, things are just fantastic.

    Never better.

    All building work is being started, today and will be all complete by summer.

    Finance, well, I’m just selecting the best deal for investors. So many to look at.

    All units are worth at least a million quid. Even the ones not built.

    Don’t believe what RL say, they are just using my business model as a marketing tool. Ambulance chasers just Ignore them.

    We have won the WK case, anyone who says different is just a dirty LIAR.

  241. GIVE IT UP

    How long can Harlequin keep limping along for it’s just embarrassing. It’s INSOLVENT AND HAS NO FINANCE.

  242. Liquidation.

    No finance, no buyer, no ATE.

  243. The pesky Google test

    Oh no, it’s time to start blaming Google.

  244. When in doubt say nowt.

    Any words from Harlequins chief Troll? Anymore lies?

  245. Anonymous

    When in doubt, your struggling to keep this forum going aren’t you?

    Run out of steam!!

  246. When in doubt say nowt.

    No, but I know Ames has run out of cash!

    I don’t care because i’m a SIPP investors and Ames has actually done me a favour😉

  247. The luck of the Irish

    Come on chief shill, what about the RL due diligence ‘strewn with errors’ is that the reason Tom Thumb Ames can’t find a buyer?

    I was told the buyer is waiting for liquidation because then the price will be better, and of course, no dirty little deal for stumpy.

  248. Anonymous

    When in doubt, you like investments that return -15% legal costs? Nice favour!

    Thicko!

    My favour was better as an IFA who has made hundreds of thousands in commission.

    3 posts by people who know nothing, why do you post when you are not privy to any facts?

  249. Anonymous

    When in doubt, I’m a SIPP investor too but money returned less legals isn’t a good return to me

  250. Anonymous

    It’s better than nothing, and is better than an annuity. Granted you’d be better off without this mess, but at least you’re getting something back. An expensive lesson.

  251. Anonymous

    Head troll out again I see. And where would a tosser like you get a 10% return? Jealousy is not a pretty thing to see.

  252. Anonymous

    Wonder what the hard working and honest IFAs think about their premiums going up just so Snatchett can get his 15%

  253. Anonymous

    “Your one money”? Is that one money as opposed to no money?

  254. Anonymous

    Yes let’s see the transcript which was done by the poor mutt at CPC. You could really trust her now. I wonder if Crozier has to stand up in court she would confirm if she is a solicitor, or a concrete block salesperson.

  255. Anonymous

    It was not a transcript, It was a recording.

    Secondly, it’s CLC who are the SOLICITORS of record in the ONGOING Davies group action, not CPC and Mrs. Crozier, I have not seen anywhere where Mrs. Crozier calls herself a solicitor, however on that particular point, I note from Hefin Rees’ gbio, that he appears to FALSELY claim to have been called to the bar in Eire, yet no mention of him appears on the Irish bar members listings.

    Thirdly, so what if Mrs. Crozier is selling concrete blocks, more power to her, she must reckon there is good money in it. I know one thing for sure, Neither Ames nor any of his merry band of crooks is buying concrete blocks off Mrs. Crozier or anyone else for that matter, maybe that is something Ames should consider, because if he were to purchase some concrete blocks then maybe just maybe he might restart the H Hotel Barbados in the FIRST QUARTER of 2015 as he promised, restart construction of H Hotel Barbados by the END of MARCH 2015, what date is it now ??????

  256. Anonymous

    What do you call a paper copy of a telephone recording? Now let me see. Perhaps this will help, from Wiktionary ” transcript, a written version of what was said orally” Now the written transcript was posted on here, except the name of the transcriptor ( ok I don’t know if that is a real word) left her name on the bottom of the transcript. And guess what, she is an employee of CPC. Please try and keep up.

  257. Anonymous

    Who cares about Mrs. Crozier, we are only interested in Ames and his family, they are the ones who took in excess of £ 400 million from us, and it is they who are facing prosecution and hopefully prison,

  258. Anonymous

    Richard Spector told me there was a settlement in the Davies case. For c £ 1.55 million. Told me that Ames had 4 months left to pay. That is what he told me.

  259. Anonymous

    Well lots of people care about Mrs Crozier. Especially when she is involved in posting the transcripts, good word that, of telephone calls, on BFP. And of course Richard Spector would tell you that. Who are you, his wife?

  260. Anonymous

    The transcripts were not of the calls, they were of the recordings. The call was recorded as a matter of security for an investor who was hard of hearing. Who knows who leaked the recording, but there’s nothing wrong with transcribing something that was handed to you via a third party. If that transcript were to find itself somewhere like BFP is co-incidental.

  261. I did not commit perjury with that man

    I really cannot understand why the pro-loons keep trolling on and on about Mrs Crozier. Perhaps they would care to take a look at Harlequin’s own legal representatives to see that some of them don’t pass the ‘Google Test’.

    Here’s a good one for starters:
    http://www.eccourts.org/wp-content/files_mf/09.10.01carll.josephattorneygeneralofsaintvincentandthegrenadinesvsamuele.commissiong.pdf

  262. Anonymous

    That, anonymous 5.30, has got to be the biggest load of bulls**t that has ever been posted on here. Firstly what was the recordings of? That would be the calls you muppet. Secondly you quote recordings, as plural, to say it was recorded for an investor who was hard of hearing is just laughable. As soon as the conference calls were over there were postings on here about the content. The fact it was transcribed by one of Croziers employees is just coincidental I suppose. Don’t treat people like idiots, it’s demeaning of you, whoever you are.

  263. Anonymous

    Not an issue.

  264. Anonymous

    If you had read the two letters sent from HP to RL, which included the option of reporting them to the SRA, then you would realise that the ATE is not an issue. What a pity RL did not publish those letters, or get Laura Miller to do if. Also you are obviously not aware of what is going on in the background.

  265. Anonymous

    lol seems the lone HP troll is angry. What’s up? Sad your boat is about to sink?

  266. Anonymous

    It’s not trolling when the truth is being spoken. But you wouldn’t realise that.

  267. Anonymous

    If you want the truth, look at the investor forum by RL. That’s impartial and people are pissed. Why would they be pissed? Oh lets see. Harlequin property was marketed as a no-risk revolutionary business model which was going to pay guaranteed returns just for a 30% deposit. A decade later victims have absolutely nothing.

  268. Anonymous

    I’m the anonymous 5:30:

    “Don’t treat people like idiots, it’s demeaning of you, whoever you are.”

    The transcripts were taken of a recording. How could someone possibly transcribe a live call? So if the transcripts were of a recording, the question then becomes “where did the recordings come from?”.

    The answer, as I was told, was that several investors took the recordings because one was hard of hearing, and that the legal counsel of one said they needed a hard copy of what was said. So if you take the recordings because you are hard of hearing & your legal counsel tell you to, and your own legal bods translate what was said – for the file – what happens if that finds its way online?

    I don’t see any problems. Unless of course, you didn’t want people to hear what was said in the recordings.

  269. Anonymous

    From my side of the pond – who won the election? Maybe Mr Miliban
    would do something that Cameron doesn’t give two bits about,
    re: Harlequin

  270. Anonymous

    The investor forum on RL is impartial? Don’t make me laugh. A pack of baying dogs after raw meat. They have no concept of a balanced argument.

  271. Anonymous

    Certainly like to read the BALANCED reasoning from the HD side.

  272. Anonymous

    @Anonymous 10:50pm

    You can laugh all you want. The RL forum are people who gave Harlequin substantial sums of money, now left without the prospect of getting any of it back.

    I don’t know if you’ve ever felt what it’s like to have no income? To be looking around for cash to pay the bills? When your kids need new school uniforms and you can’t afford them? Your health is becoming fragile and you’re constantly worried about overspending on supermarket bargain goods? That’s how all the “investors” in Harlequin feel. The IFA’s, Ames family & employees didn’t put their savings into the scheme. The everyman did.

    Whoever you are, please take a long hard look at things. If you want to see a balanced argument, why not refer to the updates from the “Chairman” of Harlequin. I’m sure we can all attest to the wonderful success of H Hotel’s construction or the WK case “inevitable” success.

  273. My BB cabana is a worth a quid

    Yawn, change the record Bob

  274. Anonymous

    @my BB cabana etc etc you mug

  275. Anonymous

    @Anonymous 7.31 Ah bless. poor investors, gone from a house in the Caribbean to food banks. First rule of investment, done gamble with what you cannot afford to lose. The RL forums included Paddy/Dave Man and others, all allowed to peddle their trash because it suited RL. Snatchett did nothing to stop the anti HP rhetoric because it suited his agenda. Food bank or give Snatchett £240 for a DD. Must have been a tough call.

  276. Anonymous

    @8:47am

    It wasn’t a house people bought, it was investment. And as yet, hardly any of the people who put money in received anything back. Now Harlequin is on the brink of liquidation, they want what is rightfully theirs.

    “First rule of investment, done gamble with what you cannot afford to lose.”
    1) This wasn’t gambling for the SIPP people. They were told it was a rock solid investment, with $200,000,000 of assets safely in the Caribbean. Of course, that was fabricated.

    2) Maybe you’d like to explain that to Ames? He took the money after promising finance which is none existent.

    “The RL forums included Paddy/Dave Man and others, all allowed to peddle their trash because it suited RL”

    If Paddy could sign up to the RL forum, Ames, Harlequin’s team and other representatives had as much chance to do so. Hiding behind an Anonymous ID with vitriolic pseudo insults does nothing. RL’s forum is open for people to determine how to get their money back. Ames could have posted his revised DD on there, the signed solvency declaration, or maybe a revised business plan. Nothing.

    Sums it up really.

  277. Anonymous

    No Anonymous 9.27 you could not sign up as “anonymous” on the RL forum. You had to sign up in your own name. Only Ralph, Malcome White and API (what sort of name is that!) were allowed to use false IDs. You need to check your history on this. The RL forum is not “open” it is and has been heavily censored for the lemmings only.

  278. Keep on conning along

    @All moans no action

    Ames and his scum IFAs deliberately targeted unsophisticated pensioners
    who were inexperienced in financial investment. He then sold them a pack of lies backed up by glitzy marketing and paid-for endorsements from sports personalities. Most of his victims were sucked dry and many now find themselves in straitened circumstances and cannot afford to do anything about pursuing Ames and co.

  279. google test

    This should help the goole test, just a few random words.
    Dave Ames, fraud, Dave Ames no finance Dave Ames SFO Dave Ames LIAR, Dave Ames no ATE Dave Ames bankrupt Dave Ames unable to raise finance Matt Ames fraud Dave Ames failure Dave Ames google test Dave Ames conman Dave Ames ruins pensioner lives

  280. google test

    Dave Ames ponzi Dave Ames scam Dave Ames idiot

  281. Try it it's great, the google test

    This is a good game, lets try
    Dave Ames asked what the hell have you done with £400 million pound you incompetent little stump.

  282. Out of his hands now

    Looks like the famous credit scoring Google test will cause any potential investor problems.

    Why would this secret investor not wait until Harlequin goes bust and pick the whole thing up for next to nothing?

    Ames is not totally irrelevant.

  283. The ATE problem

    The stump can’t pay the additional premiums WK have won. Now when this news trickles down all the people promised cash may be a little angry.

  284. Bankrupt

    The bigger problem is there is no buyer, Ames has no money Harlequin IS INSOLVENT GET REAL

  285. Anonymous

    Cash investors are going to be forced to accept what Harlequin tells them or face legal action for not coming up with the balance.

  286. Anonymous

    hahahahaha who is Harlequin? HMSSE is bankrupt and the other shitty companies in the Caribbean have no jurisdiction in the UK. Ames has no money and any “claims” he puts forth in an English court will be robustly defended.

  287. Anonymous

    there is no ATE problem

  288. Anonymous

    Is it not strange that the Harlequin Resort Blog on Buccament Bay has not published anything since Sept 24th 2014.That is 8 months ago…either nothing is worth reporting, or there are no staff left to update the blog…seemed like it was a nice effort to keep investors confidence up at the time. Same thing with Newsletters from Harlequin….complete silence.since 2012!….
    https://harlequinhotelsandresorts.wordpress.com

  289. The View from Brierley Hill

    Merricks

    Please make yourself known on the website. Decisions are being made and we need to see that investor sentiment has moved away from sitting back to being more assertive.

    ATE Policy

    We sought confirmation from the solicitors who act for Harlequin as to the position of the ATE policy with DAS. No response received as yet.

    Wilkins Kennedy

    We will during next week be writing to the solicitors who act for Wilkins Kennedy to inform them of our investor clients interest in the litigation. We will make it very clear that there are investors holding settlement agreements, repayments agreements who have indicated to us that they will seek to enforce, if Harlequin cannot amend the ATE policy and instead give £2.75m security through other means.

    Our investors view is that they should be repaid in priority to the litigation. Not an unfair view in our opinion.

    Southern Appointments

    If you are an investor in London or the South East, we have a colleague who will meet with you to discuss your situation.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  290. Anonymous

    Not sure what RL expect to achieve by writing to Wilkins Kennedy’s lawyers.

    Wilkins Kennedy are being sued by Ames, so they will expect to recoup their costs if they win, simple.

    Whether that be through ATE insurance or security for costs, it does not matter, surely RL are not suggesting that the lawyers for Wilkins Kennedy should drop a security for costs action because RL feel that there is some sort of a moral obligation to look after investors first?

    I suspect RL will be ignored or politely told to F Off.

    I’m no fan of Ames but do have to question the competence of RL at times.

    Wilkins Kennedy

    We will during next week be writing to the solicitors who act for Wilkins Kennedy to inform them of our investor clients interest in the litigation. We will make it very clear that there are investors holding settlement agreements, repayments agreements who have indicated to us that they will seek to enforce, if Harlequin cannot amend the ATE policy and instead give £2.75m security through other means.

    Our investors view is that they should be repaid in priority to the litigation. Not an unfair view in our opinion.

    Southern Appointments

  291. Tell you what RL if your investors want a share of wk settlement get them to stump up any short fall on the ATE insurance.

  292. Anonymous

    @11:13am

    “Whether that be through ATE insurance or security for costs, it does not matter, surely RL are not suggesting that the lawyers for Wilkins Kennedy should drop a security for costs action because RL feel that there is some sort of a moral obligation to look after investors first?”

    It seems they’re suggesting that WK focus on the ATE insurance rather than any other security offered. After all, WK are in a position to demand certain criteria being met, and thus RL suggesting that if the lawyers of WK are given security by Ames in form of something other than ATE, that money will be targeted by RL. I don’t get why they’d send such a letter, but it’s up to them.

  293. Anonymous

    @12:03pm

    They don’t want a share of the settlement, they want their money back. If Ames has £2.75m to put to his case, it means he’ll be able to reinstate the interest payments & refunds, all of which he is contractually obliged to do.

  294. Why doesn’t RL ask paddy for a bit of his money back. Or perhaps paddy could pay the interest payments.

  295. Anonymous

    Or Harlecon could build the units they promised?

  296. Anonymous

    Or ISIS will go away.

  297. Anonymous

    Or Gonsalves will enter a monastery

  298. Anonymous

    Or the Sultan of Brunei will be revealed as the secret investor

  299. Anonymous

    Or Elvis will check in to Buccament Bay

  300. Ice Cream

    Terrorist groups may have a problem?

  301. Anonymous

    – Ice Cream
    You lost me there

  302. Anonymous

    A “C-ash I-nvestor” may want to use that for his name but if he
    happens to be dyslexic that become I-C so I suppose Ice Cream
    fits the bill for jabberwocky.

  303. Pollsters

    What a result

  304. Anonymous

    Or Paddy will go straight.

  305. Dave's Greatest Strength.

    Dave Ames greatest strength is his choice of business partners. ( People like Paddy )

    Compared to other areas of his business : delivering projects on time & within budget, reputation, transparency, keeping accounts up to date, finance, managing client expectations, ethical marketing, choosing and managing the right staff , providing realistic financial forecasts, understanding investment & property development, ,etc

    it probably is his greatest strength.

  306. Anonymous

    Yes no doubt about it, without Paddy he would not have been able to achieve all those things. There again if paddy had not been about then he would have achieved them even better.

  307. Dave's Greatest Strength.

    So you employ a builder to build a house, who assures you he works with only reputable tradespeople.
    That builder then subcontracts out the work, like plumbing, plastering, fails to manage the project, put in place even the most basic contract, and you end up with nothing but broken promises, no house, just a plot of land with nothing on it.

    Would you not hold the builder responsible ? Is it not down to the project manager to ensure HIS contractors do the work they were paid to do, with your money,

    I was assured by Dave Ames he could deliver me a hotel room by 2008. something he has failed miserably to do. Dave Ames chose to work with paddy, Dave Ames failed to put in place even a basic contract, Dave Ames failed to monitor progress of the development. Dave Ames failed on every level.

  308. Dave's Greatest Strength.

    tell me
    Anonymous
    May 10, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    without revealing your name or details, how are you connected with this investment ?

    as an investor, part of Dave’s team, an agent , some anonymous person with too much time on their hands ?

    I believe Dave Ames is guilty of professional / criminal negligence.

    how do you feel about that statement. or do you feel that Dave did not have a legal responsibility to the 6000 investors who believed his promises.

    I am investor that purchased a hotel room at Buccament Bay, which , according to Dave, Should have been completed in 2008, in 2010, Dave told me on video that outside finance was not even needed …. if you fink about it wight……

  309. Anonymous

    Paddy was recommended to DA by a “trusted” friend.

  310. Anonymous

    Okay but what does that have to do with anything? I see Ames has blamed everyone but himself. He promised to do everything, signed the contracts & woefully under delivered.

  311. Anonymous

    I would also like to know what connection Anonymous 2:24pm has to the mess. I a victim whose unit is 5 years late.

  312. Anonymous

    And you signed a contract. Who are you going to blame for that?

  313. Keep on conning along

    And you signed a contract. Who are you going to blame for that?

    Dave Ames.
    He DIDN’T DELIVER

  314. Anonymous

    Why are you using multiple IDs? Something to hide?

  315. Dave's Greatest Strength.

    And you signed a contract. Who are you going to blame for that?

    yes , I signed a contract, like I signed a contract when I purchased a house, a car, a mobile phone, and guess what, I actually received the goods I paid for,

    this is probably an alien concept to Dave Ames, consumers receiving the goods and services they paid for.

    I

  316. Dave's Greatest Strength.

    Why are you using multiple IDs? Something to hide?

    says the person posting under ‘anonymous’.

  317. Anonymous

    “And you signed a contract. Who are you going to blame for that?”

    Statements like that from the Harlequin representative demonstrate exactly why the SFO are trying to prove that Harlequin is one enormous fraud, and that Dave and Carole Ames are criminals.

  318. Anonymous

    Yes but constantly anonymous.

  319. Anonymous

    “And nobody put a gun to your head when you invested.”

    Another line used by the wonderful harlequin team.

  320. Anonymous

    Where did anyone say “and nobody put a gun to your head when you invested”
    Another made up line from a anti HP troll.

  321. Anonymous

    I love trolling Harlequin. It’s the biggest pension scam since Robert Maxwell, and what’s better is that ames has scammed some people so well that they actually defend him on here. Jog on Harlequin troll. Maybe you’ll get your money from Paddy or WK hahahahahahahahaha.

  322. Dave's Greatest Strength.

    Where did anyone say “and nobody put a gun to your head when you invested”

    I had a number of conversations with the harlequin pond life, dan dalligan, sunny stenning, matt ames, , and one of them did remind me that I had chosen the investment of my own free will, and did not have a gun pointed at my head.

    I believe their intention was to convince me, that it was not harlequins fault for my pension being destroyed, but my fault, for choosing that investment.

    Do you feel that I made this up, beyond the realms of reality.

  323. Anonymous

    Ah now we are talking about pond life. The usual way any discussion develops into silly insults. And anonymous 8.20, you are not trolling anyone, just making your comments an irrelevance.

  324. Dave's Greatest Strength.

    yes, it funny how investors, cheated out of their life savings and pensions, lied to, mis- sold, misled, can be less than complimentary about the people that did this,

    so what part do you play in this pantomime ?, investor, agent, harlequin ?, I am guessing you are not one of the 6000 investors to have lost money.

  325. Anonymous

    DGS, it will be someone on the gravy train. If they’re happy staying with idiot Ames that’s their call. They’re here to cause problems and are just winding people up. In 5 years, we’ll see whose got a job and who’s in council housing.

  326. Jail Bird

    Seeing as it’s Matt’s birthday today, I wonder if Mummy Dearest is going to visit her eldest son in gaol. I bet she’s not allowed to take her grandkids to see him (on Mandy’s orders).

  327. The View from Brierley Hill

    All,

    Seat at the Negotiation Table

    We have received a strong message that investors want to be sitting at the negotiation table with Harlequin.

    Currently, investors have no part in the behind the scenes negotiations over finance, Harlequin being sold etc.

    The recent Wilkins Kennedy judgment tells us that unless Harlequin can amend their After the Event insurance policy with DAS, then they will have to find assets / cash based security of £2.75m.

    A group of our clients undertook a court case in July 2014 to determine the country that insolvency proceedings could be brought. We argued in the English courts and Harlequin argued only in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. Harlequin won that technical argument and since then very little has happened.

    Many clients find the idea of issuing overseas litigation as daunting. However, many would do this as part of a larger group. We have been asked to look at the viability of such litigation and will be preparing a factsheet (procedure, timescale, costings etc) to be issued in the week commencing the 18th May 2015.

    We have all the information about the Harlequin companies, all the relevant insolvency practitioner and lawyer contacts to proceed, if that is the will of investors. The objective is always to seek a better solution for investors, many of which have no redress options.

    Categories of Applicable Investors

    Direct investors holding contracts with Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited

    Re-Mortgage investors holding contracts with Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited

    Direct Merricks investors

    Direct Merricks re-mortgage investors

    Investors holding Interest Payment agreements with Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited

    Investors holding Settlement Agreements with Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited

    Investors holding Repayment Agreements with Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited

    This will not be applicable for SIPP based investors with Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited contracts.

    Why now ?

    We continue to hear rumours that Harlequin will be sold. We have enough experience to know that any sale would not oblige a buyer to honour investor contracts. Therefore, there would need to be an insolvency procedure.

    We expect any new operation to be asked to remunerate / issue shares / equity to those currently in control at Harlequin. For many investors this is a bridge too far when they stand to lose their entire investment.

    Does this approach “damage” Harlequin ?

    That will be the suggestion from Harlequin. Of course, the alternative is to do nothing at all. We reject this suggestion as direct investors / re-mortgage investors are by doing nothing accepting that they have no influence in proceedings.

    Process

    We want investors to be part of any restructure negotiations / sale. We cannot see this being offered voluntarily. It will need to be forced. This will involve threatening and then carrying through with litigation. If there is a desire to do this, we will do it. If not, we will stop and concentrate solely on our redress claims work.

    Receive the Factsheet

    Please email martyn.anderson@regulatorylegal.co.uk .

    Please provide :-

    (a) the date you invested.

    (b) the amount you invested.

    (c) confirmation that you are a direct investor / re-mortgage investor.

    (d) confirmation that you hold a contract with Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited.

    Conclusion

    You have asked us to act and seek to protect Direct Investors, who were (we accept) feeling left out from the main redress projects.

    We have done this. We will not and cannot keep returning to this. Now is the time.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  328. Anonymous

    Oh for gods sake RL bog off now. Are you that desperate for money. Here’s a little question for you. We are continually being told on this forum that “Harlequin” does not exist. So what is the “Harlequin” that is being sold off? Or is this another rumour your are perpetuating to drum up more 15% for Snatchett?

  329. Anonymous

    And just as an after thought you are asking investors
    The date you invested
    The amount you invested
    So don’t you believe in the Ralph/project a Orange/here is a list of all the investors names etc spread sheet.
    What happened to the DD information that the lemmings gave you £240 for.
    🚑🚑🚑

  330. Anonymous

    “So what is the “Harlequin” that is being sold off?”

    It’s the same “Harlequin” the chairman of “Harlequin” claimed was in agreement to be bought in a recent email. Surely you remember?

    “So don’t you believe in the Ralph/project a Orange/here is a list of all the investors names etc spread sheet.”

    Unlike the midget, RL are regulated. Therefore, they cannot rely on unsubstantiated information to form cases. It has to be audited.

  331. Anonymous

    If it was unsubstantiated why did RL allow it all of its forum and did not remove it as “not audited” and therefor could have been a pack of made up lies?
    But many people believe that “Harlequin” does not exist as an entity. Does mean that RL recognise a company by the name of “Harlequin”?
    And of course RL are regulated. Has the SRA been in touch recently?

  332. Anonymous

    The trouble is RL you are just like the SNP. Because you represent a minority you think it entitles you to a seat at the negotiating table. Well let’s look at the facts, bombed out of the SVG court in July 2014 and nearly a year later looking to issue a fact sheet to, eh what exactly. I bet it will include those poor lemmings coughing up some more dosh.

  333. Anonymous

    “If it was unsubstantiated why did RL allow it all of its forum and did not remove it as “not audited” and therefor could have been a pack of made up lies?”

    Posting on a forum / email is not the same as using the data to form a case.

    “ut many people believe that “Harlequin” does not exist as an entity. Does mean that RL recognise a company by the name of “Harlequin”?”

    RL seem to be referring to the non-connected legal entities in the Caribbean & Cayman Islands owned by D Ames. No company has ever existed called Harlequin. HMSSE, HHR had Harlequin in the name, but apart from similar directors & debt, shared no legal connection. Therefore, legally there is no “Harlequin”.

    “The trouble is RL you are just like the SNP. Because you represent a minority you think it entitles you to a seat at the negotiating table”

    I don’t think there is a negotiating table. What does Ames have left to negotiate with? Everything is either charged, frozen or promised to others. Bankruptcy awaits.

    “bombed out of the SVG court in July 2014”

    Wasn’t aware they took the case from the UK to SVG?

  334. Anonymous

    “I bet it will include those poor lemmings coughing up some more dosh.”

    Like all of Harlequin’s “completion” emails?

  335. Anonymous

    If the spread sheet was not audited then why did RL allow it onto their “investors” forum? It was obvious that Ralph, API, Malcom White was not an investor. RL allowed this this to continue because it helped stoke up the anti HP rhetoric. This of course was all helpful for the end game, the 15% grab. The reference to a “negotiating table” is from RL, their words not mine.

  336. Anonymous

    The reference to a “negotiating table” is from RL, their words not mine.
    Certainly.

    “stoke up the anti HP rhetoric”
    Probably.
    The anti sentiment wasn’t helped by Ames not putting forward any rebuttal to the DD. None of whom he calls “investors” have seen any financial statements for a company he calls Harlequin. For all people know, it could go bust tomorrow. The inter company debts certainly suggest so.

  337. shilly ol' troll

    Bob’s not a happy bunny then

  338. Anonymous

    I hope Putins bad back improves.
    I am really looking forward to that beach holiday.
    I will be able to upgrade my mental skills.

  339. Somewhere in the North East

    Don’t think the Gormless Goblin will win this next battle with RL. Time to finish him off. Enough fanny.

  340. Anonymous

    Why should he not win the next battle with RL? He hasn’t lost one yet. Yes September should be a good month.

  341. Dead man walking

    Oh but he has.

    Imagine that long list of people and companies all swapping bits of information to bring him down. Especially now the GB Government has taken an active interest in him – this instruction has come right from the top.

  342. Pill popping fatter old cow

    This is all getting a little too much for the GG wife, even her new teef don’t make her happy anymore.

  343. Anonymous

    @8:18am

    “Why should he not win the next battle with RL? He hasn’t lost one yet”

    What about giving RL all the details of the victims, only to have them turn against him?

    What about the “trust” which we don’t hear about now?

    What about SevenCapital?

    What about lying in his court cases – where is Harlequin operated from again? Basildon or SVG?

    What about taking money off 6000 victims and not delivering any goods?

    Are the Harlequin RDC’s solvent? I’ve not seen the diddy man’s signature on that declaration yet?

    The DD? I thought that was “strewn with errors”? Maybe you could take some time to correct it.

    Paul Walton pictures of BB?

    Constant barrage of bad publicity from Laura Miller?

  344. Anonymous

    Not lost a case against RL though. Snatchett is a pussycat just interested in his 15%

  345. Funding

    15% does give RL plenty of funding though.

  346. Anonymous

    @10:04am
    I think you’re right.

  347. Anonymous

    It doesn’t give a place at the negotiating table he thinks he can demand.just like the SNP, if I don’t get my way I will stamp my feet.

  348. Anonymous

    Something has to happen, you just can’t take all that money off people and not deliver any results. There hasn’t even been an explanation of what’s going on with H Hotel’s construction, which was meant to recommence 2 months ago. If that wasn’t an outright lie, surely a misunderstanding. If the latter, why no explanation of no build?

  349. Anonymous

    There is no local construction company willing to work on that derelict building in Barbados. That`s what happens when you get a bad reputation for non payment of bills and monies due Govt etc.

  350. Anonymous

    there’s always a bent Irishman somewhere willing to work for cash, or a hire car etc.

  351. Name the price.

    Just like there are bent solicitors, who will turn a blind eye (as long as they’re overpaid)

    Even bent barristers no doubt 😉

    However, if you het struck off was it worth it?

  352. Name the price.

    Pesky phone – * get struck off.

    The spelling police will be all over that typo.

    I did hear a whisper about some SRA complaints for the Hardlyquims team.

  353. The View from Brierley Hill

    All,

    Direct Investors

    There is enough support for a group of investors to pursue the non-completion of their contracts. There is no doubt that procedurally statutory demands etc can be issued. However, as part of this process investors need to have a broad base of agreement as to what they want from Harlequin.

    Unless the sole objective is to seek to liquidate Harlequin, then there has to be a demand to which Harlequin can respond.

    We have an international firm of accountants (and their insolvency practitioners), a firm of lawyers in both SVG and Barbados ready to issue the relevant proceedings. The proceedings will be overseas.

    If you are a direct investor (eg non-SIPP) then please email

    Please provide the resort you invested into, the date you invested and the amount you invested.

    We will issue the factsheet as to the practical steps needed next week.

    SIPP Investors

    No action is necessary at this point. Concentrate on your redress options.

    If you are based in the South, please email
    If you are based in the Midlands, please call our Head Office
    If you are based in the North, please call our Manchester Office

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  354. One bankrupt, unlucky, twice bankrupt very unlucky, but three time your just dim.

    Liquidate, thats my intention.

  355. We live in hope.

    I hope that being made bankrupt 3 times will push him over the edge and with a bit of luck, he may hang himself 🙂

  356. Google credit test

    I called Eleven Capital, they said they categorically are not working with little legs.

    So guys, no finance.

  357. Anonymous

    Ok so here’s a little conundrum for RL. The post of 1.48 does not include any contact numbers or e mails. Now what has happened to Phil Haslam, he of the RL vedeo. Has he left, jumped or perhaps he has gone to Cyprus. Yes RL how are the Cyprus claims going? How much did your lemmings, ops sorry investors pay you to get their money back? £6k perhaps. And how much have they received back after, 4 years is it? Bit of a pattern emerging here then.

  358. Anonymous

    The actual email has some numbers and emails, not Phil Haslam’s.

  359. The man from Pru

    I see a pattern of a little old man conning people and agents earning huge commissions, much more than they are worth in the real job market.
    Most if not all are thick as pig sh1t. Ex door knockers like the Tailormade tossers.

  360. Poor old men

    I want Harlequin to be liquidated, it’s not solvent anyway; this just gets all the pain over with.

    Eventually, even the lapdogs will understand they have been lied to by the cancerous little stump.

    Robert & Richard will be like a pair of silly old men.

  361. Rich happy men

    Lol

  362. 3rd time round

    WK have won. This ATE was the final nail in the coffin. I hope RL stiff him in SVG, I really do.

  363. Anonymous

    WK have not won, the ATE has been sorted. RL messed up but they won’t admit it.

  364. The Bentley Boys

    Maybe, Little Legs would be so kind to prove it, then sign the solvency declaration?

  365. Why should he. Just to suit you.

  366. Wavey Aerofoil

    Life would be so much easier if David Ames signed the solvency declaration and producing the ATE policy.

  367. Gallardo golf buggy

    Oh Dave, is too busy getting Matt’s golf buggy prepared for his home coming.

    It’s painted yellow and has Lamborghini decals, and an extra 6volt battery.

  368. Anonymous

    “WK have not won, the ATE has been sorted. RL messed up but they won’t admit it.”

    This being the same “sorted” as H Hotels recommencement of construction? I’m sorry but “Harlequin”‘s track record of the facts leads me to question this statement profusely.

    “Why should he. Just to suit you.”

    Ah the typical response from Harlequin. To “suit” one of their “investors” is so much effort nowadays isn’t it? Don’t you realize the people asking for this information are the ones who are down by £50,000+? Imagine having your life savings wiped by a conman who won’t even have the decency to share how the company is progressing financially.

  369. Higgity, haggity, hoggety, high

    Anonymous
    May 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm ‘WK have not won, the ATE has been sorted.’

    Dave’s reputation goes before him. No underwriter would take on the ATE because they all know about Dave’s track record for duplicity and deception.

    You see, Anonymous7:30 pm, people in commerce talk to each other and see Harlequin as a laughing stock (they don’t rely on ‘The Google Test’ like Dave does). And btw, no one has ‘won’ because it hasn’t been to court yet (not that it ever will).

  370. anon

    @Gallardo golf buggy LOL.

  371. Financial Ombudsman Service upholds four new Harlequin complaints

    FOS upholds four new Harlequin complaints
    By Katherine Denham for International Adviser
    Added 10th April 2015

    The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has upheld complaints from four individuals who claimed they had been given “unsuitable advice” to transfer their pension savings into troubled overseas investment scheme, Harlequin.

    Three financial advisory firms – CIB Life & Pensions, Regency Financial Resources, and Kingswood Financial Advisors – have been ordered by the FOS to compensate customers after they were advised to move money from their personal pensions into the unregulated scheme.
    Harlequin invested in hotels and resorts being built in the Caribbean, but only 300 properties were built out of a planned 6,000. Investors had to transfer their pensions into a self-invested personal pension (SIPP) in order to facilitate the investment into the scheme.

    “Scapegoats”
    In 2009, a client had been advised by Regency to transfer his three pension policies – which had a combined value of nearly £57,000 – into the SIPP. The Ombudsman said the firm had not considered the risks of the underlying investment, and said the SIPP charges were higher than the scheme and therefore “likely to leave Mr A worse off in retirement”.
    However, Regency did not agree with the findings and said IFAs were being used as scapegoats.
    “Harlequin have been brought to their knees, by fraud, malicious actions by third parties, leaked ‘mis-information’ and a campaign of terror by a firm of solicitors,” it said.

    “Insufficient information”
    In the CIB case, the FOS said the firm had failed to present Harlequin Property “in an impartial manner but rather an attractive investment, thereby potentially misleading Ms E”. It also said “Ms E” had been given insufficient information about the potential risks of the transaction, which meant she was unable to make an informed decision.
    CIB disagreed and said it was not responsible for its client’s investment choice and said she was “correctly documented, assessed and – due to her membership at an investment club – was treated as a professional”. The FOS disputed this, saying Ms E should have been categorised as a retail client which meant she warranted more protection.

    “Difficult to understand”
    The FOS ruled that Kingswood had also failed to consider whether the proposed investment was suitable for two of its clients, who then went on to lose their entire pension pot through the scheme.
    “It is difficult to understand how investing all of Mr W’s and Ms G’s pension funds in one unregulated overseas property development could be suitable for either of them,” said the Ombudsman.
    These four decisions are the latest to be made on a string of cases involving Harlequin.
    Clients were awarded between £300 and £500 in compensation for the distress caused through the loss of their pension funds; this is on top of their overall compensation, which is calculated individually based on the value of their investment.
    The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) announced in February that clients who were advised to move pension funds into SIPPs can now claim compensation for the total amount of their investment.

  372. king Con

    @Higgity, haggity, hoggety, high

    Assuming the deluded little stump has the money to pay for the amendment and of course if they accept it.

    Where is all this money coming from???

  373. Anonymous

    @FOS

    Interesting:

    “Harlequin have been brought to their knees, by fraud, malicious actions by third parties, leaked ‘mis-information’ and a campaign of terror by a firm of solicitors,” it said.”

    This is the same rhetoric that Harlequin & its acolytes have been putting out for years. No where have they examined the underlying model for the investment, its performance, or its likelihood of generating a return. As a firm of advisors, it’s deplorable this type of cavalier attitude could be used to defend their recommendations. To also blame a “campaign of terror” is amateur. No wonder they have to pay the money back.

  374. Higgity, haggity, hoggety, high

    @king Con,
    Let’s not assume that the addendum to the ATE will automatically be granted if Ames can come up with the premium. It doesn’t work like that.

  375. Anonymous

    Your one comment at the end of your post 7.08 was spot on.WK have not won and the case will not go to court. The e mail chain will screw WK.

  376. Sportingman

    Well all those people who were expecting a cut will be very disappointed, ay?

  377. Campaign of terror

    Come on Diddy Dave🙂

    We must be due an update?

    It was the dreaded Google test last time, surly it must be RL’s turn again, really, it’s an outrage a firm of solicitors working for clients, against you and making money too.

    Out – bloody- ragous.

  378. Trust me I'm a corporate lawyer

    From the RL forum.

    Tim Nice but Dim. He’s a corporate lawyer but still invested😉 Now giving advice.

    I see what you are saying Paul (Walton), but there comes a time when we need to move forward with a cup half full instead of empty. I’m not advocating wasting money, but I am interested in an environment that is open to ideas and them being presented with costs. That can only happen if investors express an initial interest in joining a group action.

    In an ideal world there will be a process that rewards those that support an action emotionally and financially. Investors cannot not be allowed a free ride on the wallets of others. Personally I like the idea of secured creditors because it rewards those that get involved and those that choose not to are welcome to choose not to. They take the chance in the unsecured class.

    I am however open to any other option that is deemed appropriate by RL, but will not be part of a small group that stumps up a large sum that ultimately supports others that don’t. I want everybody to get a positive outcome, but every person that benefits should have faced the same risks and costs.

  379. I'm considerably wealthier than you!

    So in a nutshell Tim, put your money where your mouth is.

    Same old, same old, the ones that can least afford too, get a good stuffing from the Goblin because they just can’t afford to risk anymore cash in taking action.

    SIPPS are OK
    Cash investors with a bit or cash and can afford to lose a bit more, MAY get a secured creditor status.
    Cash investors with no cash are really knackered, because Ames can’t / won’t pay so it ends up in liquidation.

    That’s about the gist of it.

  380. Anonymous

    Walton still agitating on the RL forum then.I suppose his cut comes from the money saved by Phil Haslams demise. Perhaps Phil has gone to Cyprus? How is the Cyprus action going RL? Any update? Perhaps you could tell Laura Miller. she has been short of something to report recently.

  381. The View from Brierley Hill

    All,

    Support

    There is support for direct investors (eg non SIPP investors) to commence the process of seeking to wind up Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited. Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited owns the land at Buccament Bay, the land at Merricks and is the lead claimant in the Wilkins Kennedy litigation. It is the correct target for any litigation.

    The July 2014 High Court Hearing went for Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited and any proceedings would have to be started in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. There is a query over whether a petition could be presented in Barbados (due to the company being registered there). However, this is detail and this technical point can be answered by the overseas lawyers we intend to use.

    All the claimants in the matter will hold contracts with Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited which have not been fulfilled. Deadlines for properties to be build, for repayments to be made will have long since gone. No investor asking to be dealt with in accordance with their contract should feel they are acting in a destructive way. There is no doubt that if this action proceeds, we as a firm will be attacked. Be under no illusion that unless we have a professional reason not to, we will follow this through.

    Investor Demands

    From the feedback we have received, investors want either repayment (in full or in part) or security.

    Anything less than that equates to nothing. In that case, a liquidation is preferable. It at least allows investors to understand where their £400m has gone.

    Investor Group

    In order to make this representative of (what we expect) will be a decent sized group, we will ask a number of investors to act as a client group. To oversee strategy, negotiations, payments etc. In that way, we as a firm are not seen to be driving this. This will be an investor project with us facilitating.

    Documents

    In order to prepare the Statutory Demands for service, we will need :-

    (a) a copy of your contract

    (b) the amount you invested

    (c) the date you invested

    We are preparing a factsheet to send to investors in the week commencing 18th May 2015. However, if you have the above information, please get it sent to us.

    martyn dot Anderson at regulatorylegal dot co dot uk

    Conclusion

    It is almost a year to the day since we issued our due diligence. Since that day, nothing has been provided by Harlequin to show any material element was wrong.

    Since that day Harlequin have unilaterally launched a trust which does not have the support to make it viable. Those investors who joined it have no more security now than they did a year ago.

    No finance has arrived. No new investor has been brought it. Despite being invited on numerous occasions David Ames will not sign a declaration that his companies are solvent.

    Investor sentiment is to seek a resolution, one way or another.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  382. Gallardo golf buggy

    Count me in on the investor group, however I do have one demand:

    The exclusive use of Matt Ames favourite golf buggy and the big filofax he wanders round with.

  383. Gallardo golf buggy

    And I get to sit at DA’s big executive table.

  384. Anonymous

    That would be the negotiating table that RL want to negotiate around. The only time GallardonGolf Buggy gets to see it will be face down when he is getting his arse whipped.

  385. Last troll left in the bunker failing miserably

    Bit of a non sequitur there Anonymous May 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm

  386. Has Phil Haslam left the Brierley Hill fox hole?

    Follows on brilliantly thank you.

  387. Fox Hole News

    You may recall Phil Haslam had a serious heart attack in 2013.

    Health issues, nothing more exciting.

  388. Has Harlequin lost the case against WK?

    This ATE is a real problem for Harlequin.

  389. It's all in the e mails

    No it’s not

  390. Has Harlequin got any staff left to leave?

    Apart from the family of inbred Stennings.

  391. It's all in the e mails

    The e mails, great reading just love them, amazing what you find in a taxi😉

  392. It's all in aerodynamics

    All the answers you seek are in the wayward spoiler.

  393. It's all in the e mails

    Wrong e mails WK are still looking for these.

  394. It's all the train

    The emails were found on a train😉

  395. The dreaded Google test

    Maybe the finance and the buyer can be found on the train….

  396. It's all in the e mails

    The e mails have not been found yet. WK are still looking for them lol

  397. WK have won. Next step the Irish appeal?

    No, we have found them, all of them.

  398. You are talking absolute gibberish. You don’t have a clue what’s going on that’s obvious.

  399. Insolvency

    Well let’s take a step back.

    Is Harlequin going to give the returns promised?
    Why has the deluded dwarf not updated his investors ?

    Why, because it’s over you muppets!

  400. RL are going to force liquidation, they have 250 people wanting £10 million back – so it’s happening…..

  401. Anonymous

    And how are 250 people going to get anything back through liquidation. How much are RL charging these people for the sat demand. Ask RL how much the investors in Cyprus they represent have got back and how much has it cost them? Come on RL let’s not be shy about this. Was it £6k each for no result so far?

  402. Anonymous

    @Insolvency

    You are so right. Harlequin’s lack of updates is resounding. They just don’t have anything anymore. All the bullshit about WK is just a smokescreen. Get what you can before it collapses.

  403. Anonymous

    @5:57pm

    250 people are going to at least claim over assets bought with THEIR money. RL need to prove they are more than ambulance chasers. This is it.

  404. RL are getting people their money back. Says it all for me.
    Ames lost it.

  405. As for the buyer.....

    If you wanted to buy Harlequin, would it not be better to hang on for a month or two and buy from Grant Thornton?

  406. Anonymous

    How much are RL going to charge you for raising a Stat demand to cause liquidation when the chances are you will get nothing back! Don’t get sucked into funding RLs obsessive effort to drive HP into liquidation.

  407. Anonymous

    Quite frankly, I doubt many people care. They’ve been given the run around for 3 years now. There’s only so much crap you can take before you want out. If you have a dream to build hotels in the Caribbean, do it with your own money, not mine.

  408. Anonymous

    Well don’t let RL follow their agenda with your money. Ask how much the Cyprus investors have got back for their subscription to RL?

  409. Anonymous,

    How much have the Cyprus investers got back?

  410. Anon

    Anon 7.18

    RL have returned millions so far to investors in Harlequin. They have the funding to carry out the statutory demands.

    Cyprus is different (as you well know) because the bank is pursuing investors. There is no redress option in that matter.

    It is not unreasonable for any investor to ask for their money back some 4/5 years after the proposed completion.

    Ames can make it go away by securing an asset. If not, the winding up will occur.

    RL will have no costs exposure, so frankly, they have nothing to lose.

    They also feel they owe it to direct investors. SIPP investors do not care as they are being paid back.

  411. Chemotherapy and it's side effects

    The Ames cancer needs killing. like all treatments it has side effects.

  412. About 'effing time.

    One side effect is the inevitable liquidation of Harlequin.

  413. Well, if anyone thinks Ames can pull through after blowing over £400 million on some flood plain on a grotty, dirty little island, you frankly deserve to lose the lot, yes we know who I’m talking about😉

    It’s the end of Deluded Daves Dream.

    Trying to sell for a back hander is just not going to happen.

  414. Anonymous

    Sorry, I can’t help myself ——the word is spelled plane.

  415. Anonymous

    @Anon 7.50
    “RL have returned millions so far to investors in Harlequin. They have the funding to carry out the statutory demands.”
    If that is the case then why does your claim form include the RL bank details for your clients subscriptions for these claims?
    “RL will have no costs exposure, so frankly, they have nothing to lose.”
    Yet again RL just being a chancer with other peoples money?

  416. Has Snatchett just taken one up the arse?

    Dear All,

    Feedback tells us that investors are sick and tired of R Legal’s meddling and threats; however, with Gareth Fatchett intent on exploiting paranoia and preying on investor insecurities, it’s natural that some would still like to be reassured by the facts. Therefore please find below some clarifications.

    Harlequin is not being sold

    To be very clear, neither Harlequin nor its Caribbean land assets or real estate are being sold, with the obvious exception of individual properties that are transferred to investors upon completion of their investment, which is currently thriving.

    As we have stated many times, Harlequin is seeking funding to build and open its Caribbean projects and Harlequin will only proceed with the right deal for investors and the business that ticks the right boxes. Mr Fatchett knows nothing about the offer received, nor will he. If any deal appears likely to progress, we will inform investors directly.

    Harlequin publically stated some weeks ago that we refuse to engage with Mr Fatchett’s negative tactics. Mr Fatchett abused the trust developed in our prior relationship and our position will not change barring a change in approach.

    Wilkins Kennedy: minor ATE insurance issue solved; the claim continues

    Having not even read or understood the Judgment (as demonstrated in our recent update), Mr Fatchett chose to make a mountain out of a molehill regarding Harlequin’s ATE insurance policy for security for costs (i.e. ensuring that either party can pay for the other side’s costs if they lose) in the upcoming Wilkins Kennedy claim for circa US$70,000,000. In reality, it is a routine technicality. Here are the facts.

    Wilkins Kennedy challenged a number of points in their security for costs application in an attempt to stop Harlequin from bringing its claim on the basis that we would not be able to pay their costs if we lose. This is a typical tactic used by powerful corporations when trying to avoid claims. Only one point met the Judge’s approval and we have worked with our A-rated insurer to address that sole provision, which the parties are now in agreement on. This removes any perceived threat of any Harlequin land asset being placed at risk in this case. The case goes to trial in June next year.

    In spite of continued attempts to stifle this claim, Harlequin has proven it has the case, team, and security in place to continue to trial – and achieve an inevitable victory. The judge yesterday remarked that he is looking forward to what he believes will be a lively trial!

    What happened to leaving Harlequin alone?

    In January, Mr Fatchett stated Harlequin would miss him as he was removing himself from the situation and leaving us to our own devices. Sadly we didn’t have the chance to miss him because he was back attacking Harlequin within weeks and even trying to undermine Harlequin’s claim against Wilkins Kennedy.

    In a recent update, Mr Fatchett stated that he will be writing to Wilkins Kennedy’s solicitors in an attempt to create further difficulty for Harlequin in reference to the ATE policy issue that is now resolved. The question is why?

    We know Mr Fatchett has been in touch with Jeremy Newman and his known associates. In 2013, Mr Fatchett tried and failed to shut down Harlequin whilst we were in Ireland taking Paudie O’Halloran to court for fraudulent misappropriation. Now he is interfering in our claim against Wilkins Kennedy and threatening winding up petitions – that will of course be vigorously defended – when he knows the fast-approaching claim will benefit Harlequin and our investors.

    Mr Fatchett has disrupted Harlequin’s progress for over two years now. Despite this, he has only publicised a handful of successful SIPP compensation claims that members of the public can apply for directly anyway; meanwhile, throughout all the attempts to bring us down and hammer us with negative press from his favoured journalist, Harlequin has grown in strength, completed on investments, sold more holidays than ever before, received a firm offer for finance, and more. It is this success against the odds that grinds at Mr Fatchett as he looks on as a peripheral figure. Imagine what we could have achieved if R Legal had simply stuck to compensation claims.

    Gareth Fatchett’s attitude towards investors and their money

    As Mr Fatchett noted in his recent update, he lost a hearing against Harlequin in 2014. What Mr Fatchett failed to mention is that as the ‘loser’ his clients are liable to pay Harlequin’s costs pursuant to an order from the court. Harlequin’s costs amounted to over £90,000 in what was a series of lost hearings for Mr Fatchett. Before the hearing took place, Mr Fatchett admitted that he knew he would lose but, in a bizarre move, went through with it anyway in what seemed like a vanity project at his clients’ expense. He even represented clients himself at one hearing against a leading barrister.

    We have also been informed by a reliable source that Mr Fatchett lost another hearing in April this year against another investment provider and, we believe, was ordered to pay a similar amount in costs.

    Mr Fatchett’s mass emails have been known to be labelled as “legally privileged” despite being sent to many people who are not within R Legal’s narrow client base. This gives the impression that signing up to R Legal’s email list is all it takes to become a client of the firm; however, investors should be aware that they are only a client of a law firm if they sign an Engagement Letter. Like in our Wilkins Kennedy case, signing an Engagement Letter provides protection in the form of a professional indemnity insurance policy, giving clients the ability to sue if negligent advice is provided.

    Mr Fatchett doesn’t care about Harlequin’s investors or their financial security; he strikes fear into the heart of clients in his drive to generate fees by taking advantage of situations, backed by clients that have the ability to pay.

    Harlequin does care and will continue to fight on behalf of all Harlequin investors in the hope of a brighter investment future.

    Turks and Caicos

    Mr Fatchett continuously promotes liquidation as the best alternative. Please let us draw your attention to a recent failed project in Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean that faced difficulties and was ultimately taken out of the hands of investors, which is exactly what Mr Fatchett is advocating. Unfortunately, this is one of many examples where investors lost everything.

    Although Harlequin is robust and does not believe it would suffer a similar fate, there is a real precedent here as to what could happen if Harlequin is not supported by its investor partners. The reality is that in all of these transactions it is always the professionals that are paid in full and the investors that lose out.

    Trust-based solution

    We have been taking advice and liaising with investors and their advisors and are pleased to announce that we are currently exploring the possibility of amending the Trust. Harlequin would like to further incentivise investors to join the Trust by creating a mechanism whereby once a threshold is reached investors have the opportunity to collectively enforce a security. The feedback has been extremely positive and we will invite PHIG to work with Harlequin to ensure the mechanism works. The only way to participate is to join the Trust process. A further update will be released soon with full details.

    We hope this has made the current situation clearer and urge you to continue to support Harlequin rather than join a losing team in an attempt to hinder inevitable progress.

    Regards,

    Harlequin

  417. St George's Dragon

    Is that a real Harlequin update or a spoof from someone?
    It’s all about litigation. Hardly a word about future development etc.

  418. Anonymous

    This must be a spoof by an anti-HP poster.

    “Harlequin does care and will continue to fight on behalf of all Harlequin investors in the hope of a brighter investment future.”

    The simplest and quickest way to demonstrate the above is true is for the family members who had properties bought in their names using Company money to sell these and repay the investor funds extracted. Instead they seem to be relying on the IPs reluctance to spend money in litigation across multiple jurisdictions to get the money back.

  419. Anonymous

    St George’s Dragon, I am sorry to say it is a real email. I have one in my inbox right now.

  420. Anonymous

    “What Mr Fatchett failed to mention is that as the ‘loser’ his clients are liable to pay Harlequin’s costs pursuant to an order from the court. Harlequin’s costs amounted to over £90,000”.

    Harlequin spent £90,000 vigorously fighting investors who were trying to get their refunds. And now they are liable to pay that back before taking Harlequin to court in the Caribbean to try to get their refunds. Absolutely disgraceful.

    You fail to mention, Ames, that the judge commented that there was no question as to whether the investors were entitled their money back – they were – it was simply the wrong jurisdiction. And that was what you spent £90K on. Avoiding refunding your sorry investors. You filthy w@@ker.

    “Harlequin does care and will continue to fight on behalf of all Harlequin investors in the hope of a brighter investment future”. Let’s re-write that and state what you actually mean:

    “Harlequin will continue to fight investors in the hope of a brighter future for Dave and Carol Ames”.

    “As we have stated many times, Harlequin is seeking funding to build and open its Caribbean projects and Harlequin will only proceed with the right deal for investors and the business that ticks the right boxes”. Ames is so desperate for finance (for litigation mainly) that he would take absolutely anything offered. But obviously, not even a bargepole wielding idiot would touch Ames and his scabbly wife.There is no finance. Never will be.

    I could copy and paste the individual lies in that statement, but 75% of it is lies. The Ames way of doing business.

  421. Lies and more lies

    Proof of the ATE would be nice. Proof of the offer would be nice.
    This is from someone who said the FSCS supported his Trust.

    Summary:

    We will blame RL when this all goes wrong.

  422. Anon

    @Anonymous 10:45pm
    “Yet again RL just being a chancer with other peoples money?”

    lol. For real? Harlequin took £400m and have been spending it on everything but what they were meant to.

    “If that is the case then why does your claim form include the RL bank details for your clients subscriptions for these claims?”

    Maybe because RL actually give their clients the net return of the litigation, as per their contract? Their fee covers their work. They’re not in the business of taking people’s money and blowing it on launch parties, planes etc.

  423. Lies and more lies

    Correction, it’s gone wrong and we are getting our duck in line for liquidation.

    Ames is just very unhappy he can’t get rid of RL.

  424. Smash him with stat demands

    Well done RL the stat demands really rattled the stumps cage.

  425. A sick joke?

    What is this meant to mean:

    Latest update:
    “Harlequin is not being sold”

    Previous update:
    “We have had a firm offer of finance from a party that is interested in purchasing the Harlequin group and building out Harlequin’s developments”

    In my world, someone purchasing the “Harlequin Group”, which of course means the string of RDC’s in the Caribbean, means the thing is being sold.

    So what is it?.

  426. Redefining mental illness

    So, lets examine the goods news from Harlequin.

    Finance – won’t tell you.
    ATE – don’t worry
    DD strewn with errors – won’t tell you
    Accounts – won’t tell you
    The Trust – the FSCS support it
    The Trust – Taken out of context

    There is no good news unless of course you are suffering from some mental illness.

  427. Yeah yeah yeah heard it all B4

    Sounds like the ramblings of Adolf in his last days in the Führerbunker.

  428. Anonymous

    @Anon 7.50. Last night
    So Cyprus is different. So a couple of questions for you
    1)how many claimants gave RL money to pursue their litigation
    2)how much did each claimant give RL? Was it £6k each?
    3)how much has each claimant received back?
    @Anon 7.02 “RL actually get a litigants a net return on their litigation” Really? How many who paid £240 for the DD have seen a return.

  429. Anonymous

    Significantly more than those who paid £400m to Harlequin and have received jack shit🙂

  430. Anonymous

    But Ames won’t give people their refunds.

    RL’s income from Harlequin is ALL thanks to Ames. Ames is making Gareth a very rich man.

    Why won’t Ames give people their money back? Is it just spite? Because he’s a w@@ker?

    If he is so obsessed with RL making money out of investors having to use litigation, why doesn’t he just give them the money he is withholding from them illegally?

    Of course Ames can afford to refund them, after all:

    “Harlequin has grown in strength, completed on investments, sold more holidays than ever before, received a firm offer for finance, and more.”

    Oh yeah, Ames is a liar, Harlequin is insolvent, and whatever investor money Ames has left he is using to litigate against investors seeking refunds.

  431. Anonymous

    Or perhaps he is having to use investors money to fend off constant attacks from RL? Why was Snatchett trying to get into bed with Newman? Why does Snatchett keep advocating liquidation?

  432. Paul Walton

    Liquidation has always been our plan. First TM, next Harlequin. I have a third phase sending people to jail – this WILL include the TM directors and Ames.

    Just makes the claim easy and of course my cut.

  433. Anonymous

    Snattchet in bed with Newman, that’s just not true it’s Paddy

  434. Anonymous

    “Harlequin” only has itself to blame for any litigation. Take a look at the deadlines on the contracts. RL (there are more than just Gareth Fatchett) are not advocating liquidation. Ames suggested the company was going to be sold in his email. They had to respond by giving victims information pertaining to what may happen.

    If Harlequin were solvent, they’d be able to pay the refunds every contract is entitled to. As this is not happening, and since people are sick of worrying about their overdue “investment”, RL have been asked to provide statutory demands to at least make them secured creditors. Take a look at their forum, someone asked them to create redress avenue for direct victims.

    If Harlequin had the money to pay refunds, that is fine, but if it doesn’t (IE it is insolvent), then it will have to liquidate its assets to pay the bill.

  435. Guardian sues Harlequin investors over SIPP fees

    Whatever happened to this little shower of shit aka Guardian SIPP?

    Guardian SIPP is suing investors with pension money tied up in troubled property investment Harlequin for non-payment of the fees related to their self-invested personal pension (SIPP).
    SIPP providers holding Harlequin investments are set to earn £17m from investors in fees over the next ten years, according to a law firm, while the underlying investment could be virtually worthless.
    Harlequin investors – who put £400m of their pension money into the unregulated overseas property scheme expecting a monthly income from rents on tourist villas – have been left without the promised income or even access to their capital, after work stopped on the Harlequin resorts and its sales arm entered liquidation.
    Harlequin investors don’t really need this on their plates as well
    As a result, they lack the funds in their SIPP cash accounts to pay the fees Guardian is demanding, solicitors for the investors said.
    Guardian hired law firm Forbes to write to investors in December, notifying them that if they did not pay outstanding fees of around £1,000 each within seven days, court proceedings would be lodged.

    more here…
    http://www.professionaladviser.com/professional-adviser/news/2390444/guardian-sues-harlequin-investors-over-sipp-fees

  436. Anonymous

    This was published 15th Jan. Do try and keep up

  437. Guardian sues Harlequin investors over SIPP fees

    Read the post dumbo. I was asking for an update.
    Whatever happened to this little shower of shit aka Guardian SIPP?

  438. The View from Brierley Hill

    All,

    Those who instruct us (which we accept is not everyone) want their money back. They are not interested in 2020, financiers or the huge win predicted on the Wilkins Kennedy case.

    Their contracts (clause 12 if you look) allow them to ask for their money back plus 10%. Nothing unclear about that. Yes, there may be some legitimate deductions, but fundamentally there is a right to be repaid. There is no dispute, no lack of clarity.

    We have been contracted by hundreds of people who want to exercise this right. All of them know that this could end up with Harlequin being wound up. Frankly, they are not bothered as their main objective is to receive repayment or a secured settlement. Anything less than that, the result might as well be liquidation.

    Those who instruct us may change their mind and decide to wait until 2020. However, this is not the current position.

    Harlequin only have themselves to blame. They made it quite clear that they were in discussions with financiers / purchasers. Once again, nothing has happened.

    Our analysis on the structure needed for a purchaser (eg a managed liquidation / pre-pack) has not been challenged. Our request for a solvency declaration has been ignored. In these circumstances, what have investors to lose by forcing the issue ?

    Direct investors (eg non-SIPP) have a decision to make. If you hold a Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited contract and you share the desire to bring this matter to a resolution, please email martyn dot Anderson at regulatorylegal dot co dot uk

    We can assure you that our door remains open to negotiation.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  439. Doing time

    Harlequin is going to be liquidated, Ames and his cohorts including TM will go to jail.

    The SFO have enough information on both to make a move.

  440. Do us a favour Dave

    I love the fact that Ames will kill Harlequin, by his own hand. Hopefully, that will send him over the edge and he’ll top himself.

  441. Who are we?

    Ames, we were always going to get you, just needed a few more bits of the jigsaw to fall into place. 😉

  442. Anonymous

    Get a freakin’ move on then; take the f@@ker down.

  443. Who are we?

    it’s happening, worry not.

  444. Anonymous

    I am looking forward to the explanation Ames will be putting forward when his top notch ATE insurers decide to pull the plug.

  445. Anonymous

    @ Anonymous 15 May 11.31pm

    The story will be spun along these lines:

    “Owing to the scurrilous and mischief-making rumours spread on the Internet, our ATE insurers have called to say that they have to withdraw their policy. They added that they really regret having to take this action is they regard it a certainty that we will win the WK case. This provides further evidence of the relentless campaign of destruction being waged by RL and their allies who have sought to bring this finely run company down for years.”

  446. All that glistens is no gold.....

    Now come on, no mention of the Irish builder….. that’s unfair.

    What’s upsetting the vertically challenged one is that his backhander has been stopped. Nothing more nothing less.

  447. The merchant of Venice

    The problem we have is the GV can’t even offer a pound of flesh.

  448. Anonymous

    Deam on you bunch of muppets. There is no problem with the ATE insurance. What you should be asking is “have WK found the e mails yet”

  449. anon

    Bob
    Which one of Ames’ lackeys in the Führerbunker told you to post that?

  450. Anonymous

    @ anonymous 7.55am

    I think you would agree that a degree of doubt is fair regarding the claim that the ATE insurance is fixed. This is coming from the same source that told us that the interest payments stopped because of a banking error.

    Give us proof if you have it or allow the very reasonable skepticism to continue if you don’t.

  451. Poor old lapdog bob

    Lloyds underwriters support the GV’s ATE😉

  452. The double selling that won't go away.

    The SFO have been given some really, really damming stuff on the double selling.

  453. lol

    @anonymous 8:37am

    Let’s not forget the recommencement of construction of H Hotel in March and the buyer who wants to “purchase” the “Harlequin group”.

  454. Anonymous

    The emails???

    So Ames is now looking for some email or other so that he can win his already “inevitable” victory in the WK case. So what is in those emails which will give Ames his “inevitable” win and what lengths is Ames willing to go to get them.

  455. Anonymous

    No no it’s not DA that is looking for e mails. Instead of just repeating the claims by Snatchett regarding the ATE which have been seen to be unfounded you need to dig a bit deeper to what is going on in the background. Perhaps Snatchett should ask his old mate Newman about e mails lol.

  456. Anonymous

    Right so back to the matter in hand. Where are the units everyone paid for?

  457. Anonymous

    You mean the emails from Mr. Newman that Fatchett gave Ames. And the point there being what exactly ? If those emails were of any use to Ames he would have used them along time ago, but he didn’t.

    There is nothing really going on in the background that will not be in the public domain shortly anyway.

    Ames does a lot of “Premature” crowing, all will be revealed soon.
    😉

  458. No not those e mails. The e mails that WK don’t want to hand over.

  459. The trouble with emails

    Those email that Ames didn’t get are the best, the SFO has them.

  460. You obviously have no idea what e mails are being referred to. I don’t think these would be volunteered to anybody, not least the SFO.

  461. Anonymous

    Whatever the emails say, there is no longer any pretence about the true state of things regarding the way Harlequin are treating their investors.

    It simply comes down to a cat and mouse game in which Harlequin will jump through any legal loophole in order to avoid honouring the contracts and avoid paying back those investors who have a legal and moral entitlement to a return of their money.

    The amazing thing is that the pro brigade seem to think this is a wonderful thing that’s worth bragging about! It just shows how long ago they all lost their moral compasses.

  462. Anonymous

    Who is bragging about anything? Don’t confuse loss of a moral compass ( the last person to continually use this expression was Gordon Brown lol) and the truth. Some of the facts don’t fit in with the anti HP agenda which they don’t like. ATE insurance is sorted but same old same old rubbish about it on here.

  463. The trouble with the SFO, won't go away

    Well all is well, finance in place, a buyer, the FSCS supporting the Trust and no SFO investigation – oh yeah and massive returns.

    You’re off to jain with the TM bunch.

  464. The trouble with the SFO, won't go away

    Jail, off to jail – the TM sissy boys will love it …..

    Has Alistair sold or rented his house yet lol

  465. Scum, all of them.

    Nobody, repeat nobody that has been involved with Harlequin has a moral compass, all scum.

  466. Warthogs over Wickford

    @ Scum, all of them.

    Following your logic, the FCA, SFO, lawyers trying to get money back for purchasers, the purchasers themselves, even whistleblowers are scum?

  467. Anonymous

    Even ambulance chasers? Has Snatchett got a moral compas?

  468. Scum, all of them.

    No, without Fatchett Ames would still be continuing this sham. I take it you were having a laugh?

    GF is in it for the money, nothing wrong with that, it’s his job.

  469. Anonymous

    The SFO investigation into The Harlequin Group continues. We have had several reports from worried investors who have recently received information from other sources to suggest that our investigation is now closed. This is not the case. Due to the complex nature of our investigations and the fact that several overseas jurisdictions are included within the scope of those investigations, it is inevitable that delays in the process of gathering information and evidence will be and have been encountered. It is not possible to issue any more detailed information at this time. Once we are able to issue a further update we will do so.

  470. Anonymous

    Dave Ames keeps telling us that victory in the WK case is inevitable, yet behind the scenes, Ames and his lawyers continue their fishing expedition for evidence that may or may not help them in their claim against Wilkins Kennedy, it is these fishing trips that demonstrate that Ames does NOT have an easy victory within his sights.

    The levels to which Ames and his cohorts will stoop in order to carry on with their fishing trips will soon be a matter of public record and I suspect even Ames’ much talked about ATE insurers may very well cancel his companies cover as a result.

    Ames needs his investors to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel as a result of his claim against Wilkins Kennedy, most in the know or with knowledge of similar cases will tell you that even if Ames were succesful in his claim, the level of damages to be awarded will be only a fraction of those currently being claimed.

    Ames has nothing else to offer investors aside from the carrot of victory in the Wilkins Kennedy case. Aside from this carrot Ames has nothing else tangible to offer investors and to those investors out there where Ames has agreed to make repayments to, (and there are investors out there waiting for Ames to honor his agreements to repay them some if not all what he owes them. )

    Ames’ comments that the Judge in the case is looking forward to a lively case, demonstrates that Ames is living in some parallel universe, these utterly mad statements seem to run in the family, we had Matt Ames tell the court in his criminal trial how he met a guy in a forest in Sri Lanka who then ran off with his investors money.

    Ames has always wanted to believe that all his problems are everyone else’s fault. In the case of Wilkins Kennedy he paid them less the £ 1 million for their services yet spent in excess of 5 times this much on personal property for him and his family in Dubai and Thailand ( the actual figure spent on overseas properties may never be known given Ames’ use of third parties to register the properties in their names, but giving the beneficial interest to Ames and or his family ).

    Ames however sees nothing wrong in allowing his wife and son extract in excess of £ 200 million of investor funds through their company.

    And this brings me to an important point on the Wilkins Kennedy case, Ames claims Buccament Bay is worth $ 250 million dollars, £ 160 million, he claims his other land assets are worth in excess of £ 40 million pounds. So where is the loss? Imagine how healthy the finances of Ames’ companies would have been had Ames’ wife and son not taken the £ 200 million,???

    And how come their company HMSSE is not suing Wilkins Kennedy, given that Wilkins Kennedy acted as auditors for that company and given Ames’ statements that victory in the case is inevitable surely the liquidators would have felt it prudent to join the action.

    When Ames says victory in the WK case is inevitable, he is not lying, there of course will be a winner as there will be a loser, but I am not sure that Ames will be the winner.

    Dave Ames is leading investors down the garden path, if a financier was on board, then Ames would have announced who they are at this stage.

    Dave Ames kept the issue of the security for costs challenge under wraps, the fact that there was a case indicates that Wilkins Kennedy are in this fight for the long haul, why did Ames keep that news from his investors, was he trying to keep the name of his insurers from his investors. Was he afraid that information could be passed to his insurers that could have an adverse affect on his policy, only time will tell with respect to this particular issue, but my guess is that now the name of the ATE insurers is out there, someone somewhere will provide them with information that could negate his policy.

    I expect the usual diatribe from those who support Ames so my post is not directed at them, allthough it brings a smile to my face knowing Ames will read this and choke on his duck egg in the morning.

  471. another anon

    @Anonymous May 16, 2015 at 9:30 pm
    What is the name of the ATE insurers please?

  472. Anonymous

    I read it was “DAS” – das co uk

  473. Anonymous

    Another observation on the running of the companies…

    The protocol for companies that are run in a normal, sensible and measured way, when engaged in litigation, is to allow the legal process to proceed and not to offer any public comment until a judgement has been reached. They then issue a press statement and get on with running their business.

    They don’t embroil themselves in sabre rattling, chest-beating routines and dribble hearsay out into the public domain. It’s a little bit amateur isn’t it? Is that a Tarzan jungle cry I can hear coming from Basildon?

  474. Anonymous

    For anyone left in any doubt, “Harlequin” is headed to liquidation. Any accountant worth his salt will tell you the same. Insolvency (the precursor to liquidation) is the inability to pay debts as they fall due. Every contract Ames has is a potential debt (known as a liability). Liabilities are balanced against the company’s assets & income to determine solvency.

    Harlequin’s own accountant Jim Baker alluded to the fact that the liabilities (potential debts) outweighed the assets at every RDC. Harlequin is insolvent.

    Even winning the purported £30m from the “inevitable victory” will do nothing to move the company forward. RL are already looking at stat demands for direct victims. These, and all the other charges & outstanding bills, will have to be honoured before any building can recommence.

    Ames has failed once more, what you’re seeing now are the death throes. Any direct victim who thinks they can see a return needs to request financial data from Harlequin. You need to look at what isn’t said, nothing about resort construction, revenue in existing assets, financiers. It’s all a ruse to buy time. The man is a fraud.

  475. Anonymous

    @Anonymous 7:45am

    I think the entire Harlequin endeavour has been “a little bit amateur”. It’s a shame because it might have actually worked if it had been done correctly. Instead, most of the money taken in went out in commissions, then thrown at a dodgy builder without a contract.

    You are correct. All the sabre rattling is a way for Harlequin to tag people along for some more time. Even if they “win”, they’ll find another distraction to keep them from honouring their obligations, namely to provide returns for victims.

  476. Sneaky deal

    Now the backhander has fell through, he want’s the WK even more. Just imagine ‘investors’ how would you feel if Ames were to profit out of selling BB.

    So, you lose he gets a golden thank you!

  477. Anonymous

    @Anonymous 12.25, yes DA is conducting a fishing exercise with WK. This is to show the WK lawyers that they are not aware of everything that went on. A judge has given a deadline to produce this information. This information will bring WK to the negotiating table, if they are not there already. It is dynamite waiting to surface.

  478. emails, those emails

    Dynamite both side would be a fair comment.

  479. The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plane.

    Imagine if the 23 muppets were represented by someone with something to really hide. Imagine, if that ‘person’ ran for the hills in a ‘sneaky’ deal to keep things hushed up……

  480. Anonymous

    It is a fishing exercise, problem with a fishing exercise is no one knows what they will find, throw in a bent or lying lawyer and Heh presto there goes your ATE insurance. Ames has kind of shot himself in the foot with this particular fishing trip. One can only laugh at the irony of what is unfolding, it could not have happened to a nicer bloke.

  481. £1.3 million by September or its bye bye

    Cmon Dave not long to go now lol. Richard told me all about the deal.

  482. Anonymous

    sounds like Anonymous 9.43 that the ATE insurance is sorted then.Glad thats accepted.

  483. The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plane.

    I agree.

    Goodbye to the 23, “Hello to costs” Hope they have it😉

    Now remind me, how much so far have those muppets paid you? People call RL for the £240, but wow your fees are expensive, for what exactly ?

    The fees could have helped set up the concrete block business, ran by the very person found guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation.

    That’s odd don’t you think?

  484. in trouble now.

    Yes that’s correct the ATE has not been amended.

  485. Anonymous

    Nope I did not say that the issue of the ATE insurance had been sorted between WK and Ames.

    I also find it odd that Ames is basing his “Inevitable” victory in the WK case on information he does not have but on information he believes others might have, now what if Ames is wrong? What if there is nothing out there that will help him ? He apparently does not know what’s out there because whatever it is thats out there he appears not to have it, for if he had it, he would have used it.

    If there is nothing out there well that’s Ames rather snookered, and the manner in which Ames is attempting to obtain possibly nothing, could very easily cause him and others irreparable damage.

    It could be that Ames is being lead on a merry little dance. Who knows, but what is for certain is that this will all come out in the wash soon.

  486. Anonymous

    “there goes your ATE insurance” DA must have it for it to “go”. And its not between WK and DA, its WK insurance company. WK have no cost with this case.Just their reputation.
    DA is not basing his inevitable victory on information he does not have. This is additional information which will prove the duplicity of Newman. Again. He knows what the information is, it is up to WK to cough it up it written form.

  487. Little mite.

    My money is on WK, Ames is just a bug that will be squashed.

  488. 3 time lucky

    A bankrupt bug😉

  489. Anonymous

    So what you are saying is that Dave Ames believes that Mr. Newman has done something he ought not to have done. Why then is Mr. Newman not a defendant in the action?

    You also state that Dave Ames knows something about Mr. Newman and wants Wilkins Kennedy to prove it in writing, but what if WK can’t prove it in writing, that has been my point. What if no written evidence exists ?

    What does Dave Ames do then ? It’s all well enough for Ames to say he knows something, no one will dispute the fact that Ames makes up stuff as he goes along, ” The Banking Glitch” “HMSSE will exit administration” ” H Hotel will restart in the first quarter of 2015″ ” I have finance” ” I have an interested party wanting to purchase” ” I’m not selling, never said I would” ” The SFO are not investigating me” ” The FCA say you have to join the trust “etc etc etc.

    And now, “I know WK have written proof of the duplicity of Mr. Newman, I just need to get it”.

    Dave Ames is starting to look rather foolish as are those who support him.

  490. Ames is a liar

    Ames IS foolish, you missed the SFO is not investigating Harlequin, BB is insured and was it Dan Dalligan saying Fatchit was not a solicitor.

    Ames is a liar, probably something medically wrong with him.

  491. Anonymous

    Don’t forget the Mawina.

  492. Anonymous

    Ames shouldn’t be allowed to run a company with all the lies he’s been telling. Why haven’t trading standards done anything about this?

  493. Pop goes the weasel

    It’s not the remit of Trading Standards. Disqualification of company directors is up to the Insolvency Service. It’s a case of wait until there are definite grounds for conviction.

    However, Ames Senior will likely follow son Matt and be disqualified from being a company director (Mattie Boy got 13 years). Let’s hope Daddy-D gets the full 15 years.

    http://www.professionaladviser.com/ifaonline/news/2289665/son-of-harlequin-boss-disqualified-from-being-company-director-for-13-years

  494. Anonymous

    I’m sure he was disqualified after going broke in the 90’s? Anyone know more about this?

  495. Anonymous

    It doesn’t stop them being Company Chairman so long as they can find a big enough mug to carry the can if they mess it up again

  496. Anonymous

    @ anonymous 3.49pm

    Well think about why his wife and son are Directors while he is Chairman.

    It is a no-no for a Chairman to act as a “shadow director” though.

  497. Pop goes the weasel

    Anyone can report a company director’s conduct as being ‘unfit’.
    ‘Unfit conduct’ includes:
    allowing a company to continue trading when it can’t pay its debts
    not keeping proper company accounting records
    not sending accounts and returns to Companies House
    not paying tax owed by the company
    using company money or assets for personal benefit
    You can complain to The Insolvency Service, Companies House or the Serious Fraud Office if you suspect a limited company or its directors of fraud or serious misconduct.

    https://www.gov.uk/complain-about-a-limited-company

  498. Simon says put your hand is the till.

    Just imagine if people close to the little one decided to spill the beans? Simon says too much😉

  499. Anonymous

    But what did Simon do to stop it or report it at the time? Or did he just go on receiving a salary and keep quiet?

  500. Anonymous

    Pro Harlequin “Anonymous”, where do you think the “business” will be in 5 years?

  501. Pop goes the weasel

    Pro Harlequin trolls are not so gobby now are they?

    “where do you think the “business” will be in 5 years?”
    In five years time? In prison the lot of ’em.

  502. Anonymous

    Dam gobby idiot had to spoil the silence. Got nobody to talk to.

  503. Simon says put your hand is the till.

    Super Ames must have sorted everything out in one ‘foul’ swoop😉

    He is a very talkative person, Simon, the things some people will do, to save their own skin when they have left a company.

    Whatever happened to loyalty?

    All those emails.

  504. Simon says, cut me a deal

    Imagine if someone, so very close to the GV turned the tables on him, maybe someone who, just like the movies tells all to ‘cut a deal’

    Now, wouldn’t that be something!!!

  505. Gareth says, my hands in your back pocket.

    Still got no one to talk to? No ones interested, go away or find a mate.

  506. Simon says, cut me a deal

    It’s not just emails, all those recordings. All those meetings, all that money.

  507. Andy Pandy

    Don’t leave me out, I’ve got lots to say too. All those recordings, I can do that.

  508. SFO

    £400 million gone – we are still interested.

  509. Please reset my dashboard

    All those warning lights on my dashboard, oh dear.

    Any proof regarding the ATE, Solvency, declaration, or finance?

    Maybe, Harlequin can get all these warning lights reset?

  510. Billy no mates.

    Won’t anyone speak to me?

  511. Richard needs to earn his crust....

    Richard, you are correct you have no mates, why not call Bob?

  512. Billy no mates.

    Oh dear I am so lonely I now imagine who is posting on here. Gareth, please help me. Post some long winded announcement about your third and final offer, or how DA car insurance is about to run out. Anything to help me.

  513. simon says, cut me a deal

    Imagine all those emails about Operation Orange….

  514. Billy no mates.

    Don’t you realise that apart from me, who is mocking you, you are the only poor soul still posting on here. No one cares about project orange, been there done that to death. Have a rest, go and sit in a dark room for about 6 weeks. You having nothing new to say so best say nothing.

  515. The View from Brierley Hill

    All,

    Repayment Agreement

    If you have a Repayment Agreement or a Settlement Agreement with Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited can you please email martyn dot Anderson at regulatorylegal dot co uk . We are particularly interested in these agreements and would like to hear from you if you have such an agreement. These are our “priority” agreements

    Instructions

    We have received advice from an overseas law firm in relation to the technical process of seeking to wind up the Harlequin companies. We have had a significant number of investors indicate that they would be interested in pursuing this option. The overriding objective and preferred outcome being that a secured settlement is offered by Harlequin. If this cannot be achieved, then the winding up of the companies is the only alternative.

    In the next 14 days, we will see whether this approach will actually be supported. Investors may stall at the last minute, in the knowledge that their actions may force Harlequin into liquidation.

    What do you need to do ?

    We have a document setting out how such an action would be structured. It has to be investor led with costs being shared amongst members. We also need to lock down once we have a defined membership. We cannot have a situation where our privileged advice (and that from our overseas lawyers) goes straight to Harlequin.

    This document will be circulated to those who have show interest. If you have emailed Martyn Anderson, you will receive the document. You will need to get your contracts ready. All direct investors will have one core property purchase document. If you re-mortgaged your property then you will have a second agreement in relation to interest payments. In order to create any formal demand document, you will need to produce your contract to us. We cannot draft a demand which is generic. It has to be specific to your contract.

    Negotiations

    During the period we are assembling the group, we cannot properly engage with Harlequin. However, in general terms, we have indicated to them that we feel that a secured settlement (against land) would be the most appropriate way to settle claims.

    To make this a reality, we have to be able to provide Harlequin a list of investors and their repayment demand amounts. We also have the professional issue of only being able to act for our clients. In simple terms, if we engage in this process, we will only be doing so for our clients. Not for everyone. Logically, if any settlement is reached, it will be only for our clients.

    Timescale

    We will ask clients to make up their mind on this matter by the end of May 2015.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  516. The view from Crewe

    I have made my mind up, I want Harlequin liquidated enough of the little one playing business dwarf.

  517. Business Bumkin

    Ames told so many lies, he is killed Harlequin by incompetence, bust twice before, he’s hardly competent is he!!

  518. Paddy the wonder boy

    New man, what a guy, ends up working for a person who was found GUILTY of fraudulent misrepresentation, same goes for Crazier.

    Now that’s just odd, they are working for someone who nicked investors cash?

    What do the 23 (due to pay all the court costs) think about that?

  519. The view from WK

    We are winning.

  520. Did he tell lies or did he tell lies?

    What do the 23 (due to pay all the court costs) think about that?

    That someone committed perjury perhaps?

  521. On of the few

    Lets just say, September is payday.

  522. Why are we waiting?

    Yes, let’s wait and see what happens before September.

  523. The end.

    Lets see what happens when RL smash them with £10 million stat demands

  524. Cancer just like cancer

    @Did he tell lies or did he tell lies?

    Did he ever tell the truth😉

  525. Repayment

    £10m is an under estimate. 500 people. So, £20m plus.

    The killer is the Repayment Agreements. No quibble.

  526. Anonymous

    Yes a great deal. Pay RL about £6k each as per Cyprus, put HP into liquidation and get nowt back. Of course RL will cream off their cut. Where do you think DA is going to get £10m never mind £200m? Just think of a figure then multiply it by 0 and that’s what you will get back for your outlay. Good business for the lemmings. In the meantime the RL coffers grow even bigger. Muppets.

  527. anon

    It’s all well and good sitting on the sideline sneering at Ames’ victims and calling them “muppets” but the question is not ‘Where do you think DA is going to get £10m never mind £200m?’ Maybe it’s better to ask: what did Ames do with the £400m he took off the investors and where is it now?

  528. Anonymous

    @Anonymous 10:10pm

    According to DA, the “WK case” is going to be an “inevitable victory”, so he’ll have the £10m from that. As for the £200m, he should have absolutely no problem paying this out of the resort revenues. We all saw the video, the one where he said he doesn’t even need external financing.

    Everyone should have received title on their completed room by now, with no debt as “virtual mortgages” were promised. If this had been forthcoming, the £200m would not be required at all.

  529. Anonymous,

    what did Ames do with the £400m he took off the investors and where is it now?

  530. Cancer just like cancer

    Well, there is what? 10 properties in the land of sand, property for the dysfunctional family.

    Look at the RL due diligence to see what the muppet dwarf has squandered it all on.

    Sorry, that’s strewn with errors ( that have never been corrected) funny that.

  531. Anonymous

    No one is sneering at anyone. It’s the rhetoric that RL are whipping up by giving investors false hope. RL is a business, this is money for them with no hope of anything back but another outlay for their followers. The term muppets applies to people who believe in RL. This is Cyprus all over again. 750 people coughed up £6k each and have received nothing back. Of course RL could refute these details and set the record straight. Over to you RL.

  532. Anonymous

    When Ames and his family are homeless I will be happy, stuff my investment.

  533. Commission whores

    Well, well, something has upset someone. Could that someone be from TM?
    They sold Harlequin, Cyprus and even Farmland in Argentina.

    They all failed. A bit like their business.

  534. Another failure

    Anyone fancy renting this:

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-to-rent/property-47155216.html#

    That’s what happens when you can’t afford to pay your mortgage.

  535. Anonymous

    @Anonymous 8:19am

    RL have not been giving false hope. If you were a victim, you’d be able to see from the RL forum that a few direct clients wanted action. They persisted, adding more people to their list, to which RL responded by giving them the ability to form a group action. If Harlequin’s business model was legitimate, they wouldn’t have any contention about the work of a reputable firm of solicitors.

  536. Cancer just like cancer

    The is no hope for cash investors, this is revenge and the great thing is it’s not going too cost much.

    Once cash investors understand the money has gone, move on, revenge that’s what this is about, simple.

    That deluded little stump will be stopped.

    Revenge.

  537. Head on a plate

    Revenge is fine by me😉

  538. Anonymous

    RL have facilitated this. Are they doing it for nothing? How much for the stat demands? DA does not have the money to pay anyone out so the pretext of forcing DA to the negotiating table is false. It can only result in liquidation which will result in nothing. Let’s see how much RL are going to charge for their work on this. It’s just another money spinner for them.

  539. Head on a plate

    I don’t care, this needs to be stopped. I want revenge. Ames should walk away and hand it to someone COMPETENT.

    THE MAN HAS A HISTORY OF BUSINESS FAILURE.

  540. Anonymous

    “DA does not have the money to pay anyone out”
    So he’s insolvent then. It’s illegal to trade whilst insolvent, so the companies should be liquidated.

    “It can only result in liquidation which will result in nothing”
    Maybe Ames would like to set the record straight. He’s been bankrupt twice before, so he knows the drill. Why doesn’t he send an email to his “investors” explaining the ramifications of what may happen.

    “Let’s see how much RL are going to charge for their work on this. It’s just another money spinner for them.”
    I think most victims are out for blood now. You can’t waste people’s time without them wanting revenge. It’s my opinion that those who’d pay for RL’s services want ames on the street or dead.

  541. Anonymous

    Ames could sell his assets he bought with investors money. What about that for an idea ‘Anonymous’ what about postman Dans house?

    Your’re just living in cookoo land.

  542. The merchant of Venice

    A pound of flesh. Nothing more nothing less.

  543. The merchant of Venice

    The educated amongst you will understand what I mean.

  544. Anonymous

    Anonymous 8.50 you obviously do not know the meaning of insolvent do you. I could not put my hands on £10m. Does that make me insolvent? I still have bills to pay from my income.

  545. Anonymous

    Thuggish slur aside, let’s look at what you mean.

    “I could not put my hands on £10m. Does that make me insolvent?”
    If you had creditors who’d given you £400m and a group of them wanted £10m of it back through breach of contract, you would be given the choice of finding the money you owe, or you would be classed as insolvent, your assets sold to pay the debt.

    “I still have bills to pay from my income”
    If you didn’t have any outstanding debts, you would not need to worry about paying anything back. If you’d taken money from people on a promise of building resorts which are yet to materialize, you’d be expected to honour the refund clause in the contracts.

    If the court upholds the breach of contract, which the judge did in the case RL “lost” in July 2014, then Ames would definitely have to find the money.

    Inability to honour this would suggest insolvency. Your assertion of “Where do you think DA is going to get £10m never mind £200m?” suggests that if he were given £10m of statutory demands, he would not be able to honour them. This would then mean he’d have to liquidate the “$200,000,000 of assets” in the Caribbean to settle the debt.

  546. Anonymous

    Thuggish slur! You poor sensitive soul. Didums. Try not to mix up your quotations from different posters. Oops hope that is not too offensive to you. Must keep the PC brigade happy!

  547. anon

    Anonymous May 20, 2015 at 11:24 am

    You’re not making any sense at all.

  548. The View from Brierley Hill

    All,

    Direct Investors

    The factsheet for direct investors is being issued today. We have received over 600 enquiries for this, which is a large response.

    We have received confirmation from our Canadian lawyers and their SVG counterpart that they are prepared to act. We have also received confirmation from Grant Thornton that they are prepared to act as our nominated insolvency practitioners (if this becomes necessary).

    Remember, our primary objective is for a secured settlement for our clients. If we cannot achieve this, we will then ask our clients instructions with a view to winding up the various land holding companies. We have no doubt there will be a battle, but other than simply sitting back, what choice do direct investors have ? There is no finance, any potential purchaser will want clean assets (which almost guaranteed some form of insolvency procedure), there are no mortgages for completions and 2020 is so far away as to be a mirage in the distance.

    The investors who have contacted us all have one thing in common. They have handed over money and got nothing in return. They cannot be criticised for wanting their money back, nor can we be criticised for seeking to enforce investors contractual rights.

    Direct investors have very limited redress options. Some have none at all. Therefore, taking this step is the only real direct way in which they can possibly secure their position. The factsheet is available from today. The deadline for joining is the 5th June 2015. Remember, in order to assist us, you need to provide us with a copy of your contract(s).

    If we have no viability, we will take no further steps vis a vis Harlequin Property itself. Our project in that regard will be closed and we will solely focus on redress for our SIPP clients.

    If you have not done so, please email martyn dot Anderson at regulatorylegal dot co dot uk. If you have emailed, please bear with us while we get the packs issued.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  549. @anon 11.57 I find your comments very thuggish. Please refrain from such comments!

  550. Two questions for RL.
    How much are they going to charge?
    If HP went into liquidation they would nominate their own administrator just like the sales arm and Shipleys. That’s going well for the creditors isn’t it.

  551. anon

    You are assuming that the Ames will pull the same stunt as they did with HMSSE and ASOL. If ‘HP went into liquidation’ as you put it, they would still be the subject of an investigation by the SFO and Essex Police.

  552. The Lodge of insolvency

    Good old Bro. Ian Richardson. from Grant Thornton. He will look after the brethren interests.

    S&F

  553. Anonymous

    @2:37pm

    According to the RL forum, it seems the cost will be £300 each, with possible contingency for extra funds if it turns nasty.

  554. The View from Mount Pleasant

    From a recent TA review – “Ask for a room away from the timeshare multi storey building.” ??? Time Share?, makes you wonder what new line of BS is being fed to guests and this isn’t the only odd reference to this newly opened block.

  555. How much for a fake review

    Fake review.

  556. Anonymous

    Perhaps Ames is trying to (double) sell timeshares in the block to holidaymakers to fund litigation and refunds.

  557. Slum landlord

    Walton brought along Fatshit and that guy from Grant Thornton, to the very first investor meeting with that fat smelly washer woman.

    Walton is behind this all this, all he ever wanted was the liquidation of Harlequin.

    He is to blame for losing your investment.

  558. Anonymous

    Nope. Ames is to blame for losing £400m via utter incompetence and outright deception / fraud.

    Are you one of the scumbag pigs that worked for him? How’s the old squeaky bum doing?

    I’m none of the people you mention and I want Ames banged-up or dead. Hopefully both in succession.

  559. Warthogs over Wickford

    Grant Thornton is an “interesting” choice. Keen readers will recall that Grant Thornton acted for Harlequin when they sued Paddy in Ireland. So no conflict of interest there at all. I wonder how GT will deal with that or will they have to step aside?

  560. Anonymous

    Anyone who runs a liquidation will be named by DA who will choose a “friendly company” The liquidator will then sell the company to the highest bidder. Hey presto DA gets the company back with no debt hanging over him. Snatchett has played straight into his hands and got his lemmings to pay for it. Job done.

  561. Desperation in the Führerbunker

    “Anyone who runs a liquidation will be named by DA who will choose a “friendly company” The liquidator will then sell the company to the highest bidder. Hey presto DA gets the company back with no debt hanging over him. Snatchett has played straight into his hands and got his lemmings to pay for it. Job done.”

    The above post is utter rubbish.

  562. Anonymous

    No it’s not and your reply is thuggish. Who appointed Shipleys thug?

  563. anon

    I think it might be a good idea if you looked up the word ‘thug’ in a dictionary. Then please stop boring us with your specious posts.

  564. Torque

    Dave has a buyer, but they want to buy via liquidation.

    RL were at an insolvency training course and one of the proposed IP’s blabbed it. Hence there sudden pick up of pace.

    It will all be denied, but the R3 group of insolvency practitioners are an indiscrete lot.

    Massive fees in killing Harlequin and selling off the assets. Millions.

    Hence the desire to be there at the end. This is about to pick up pace and will get interesting.

    RL already have the funding “squared” away. So there will be a court challenge. Dave may hold it up, but this time he will be backed into a corner.

    It is all funny when you actually know what Dave is up to.

  565. Anonymous

    “Specious thug” I believe aptly defines Ames and it is not an oxymoron.

  566. Anonymous

    Anon, your comments must be towards Anonymous 11.24. How do you feel about him boring you with specious posts?

  567. Anonymous

    The stat demand has really worked over the past 2 years for Crazier. Had to resort to selling concrete blocks for Paddy. And where has it got her clients? Any hint of administration and DA will put his own company in as administrator. This will drag on for a couple of years, as per Shipleys, and the administrator will sell to highest bidder, DA.

  568. Oversight

    Anon 8.24

    This time you are wrong. The two previous companies, HMSSE and ASOL were irrelevant as they owned nothing. They could be dropped easily.

    The land owners are very much more difficult to drop. The majority creditors are the investors this time. No argument.

    Dave’s mates the SIPP operators own most of the Dom Rep. They will not be players in the next phase.

    It will be down to the direct investors to appoint their own liquidator. They can vote to remove any Dave stooge. This time we are better organised.

    This is not about money, it is not about revenge. It is about what’s fair for all the investors who have had their finances ruined.

  569. Anonymous

    Let’s not forget that HMSSE was forced into administration due to a solitary statutory demand.

    It will be telling what the goblin does if these proceedings commence. If he opts to avoid responsibility for his crimes, it will be the crowning achievement over a decade of lies & false promises. My popcorn is ready & it looks like it’s going to be a “lively” show🙂

  570. Criminal Fraud

    Wonder why there’s been no update from the deluded dwarf? Surely he wants to tell everyone what a wonderful season its been, how they’ve achieved another 100% occupancy growth and are now running at 350% capacity!

  571. Anonymous

    @Oversite. “It is about what is fair for all the investors who have had their finances ruined” How many cash investors are there? 2500? How many have RL got signed up ? 600? What an arrogant statement to make. And no you are wrong. DA can appoint his own liquidator. He can apply to liquidate when and where he wants to. But of course this will not happen.

  572. Dashboard rattle

    Grant Thorton worked with Harlequin only to obtain insider information. This is a long game always has been. RL done the same, Ames was hoodwinked.

    Bro. Richardson will look after things and keep things on the level.

  573. Warning lights

    The question is, can Ames find £10 million plus to stop the liquidation?

  574. Leather cleaner

    The Irish builder, or so I’m told has had meetings with GT.

  575. Anonymous

    “How many cash investors are there? 2500? How many have RL got signed up ? 600? What an arrogant statement to make.”

    Remember the goal here isn’t liquidation. If the “Harlequin model” is indeed so revolutionary & successful, Ames will have absolutely no problem honouring the contracts he is legally obliged to (build or refund).

    RL are going to issue demands on behalf of their clients for “Harlequin” to pay up. It’s Harlequin’s responsibility to pay for their breach of contract. They can contest it of course (with “investor” funds), but the case of the victim is definitely there.

    Claiming they have “no money” isn’t valid. I’m sure they’ll have absolutely no problem raising mortgages on their asset base to rid themselves of their “investor” debt, if indeed they have the assets they claim (no accounts have been put forward, and Jim Baker’s mentioned the RDC’s are worth £1, IE he did not mention any assets).

    Oh how the chickens are coming home to roost.

  576. Anonymous

    Ho doesn’t have to stop the liquidation. He can liquidate it then buy it back from the receiver debt free. Jobs a good un. Well done Snatchett.

  577. Accountancy

    That could be so, however he has no money! Sure the SFO would love that, not to mention cash investors.

  578. Ames is a it stumped.

    Stump needs to pay up or go bust simple.

  579. Ames is a bit stumped.

    Sorry spelling police😉
    Where is an update from the deluded dwarf? The last one I honestly thought was a spoof.

  580. Anonymous

    DA is a SVG citizen. BB is strategic to the success of the tourist industry in SVG. The PM will find the money to keep BB out of Snatchett/Paddys hands.

  581. Criminal Fraud

    Wow. You’re suggesting that DA will wash his hands of the whole scheme by achieving a “bailout” from the PM of SVG?

  582. SVG Hustings

    The Comrade has to survive an election this year. Staff at BB are treated badly and wages are often late and local suppliers have lost thousands of dollars through not being paid. Ames does not have a good reputation in the Caribbean and HP hasn’t paid tax or submitted accounts for the whole time they have been on island. There’s nothing to stop TC nationalising the resort. It could be a very popular move to get himself re-elected.

  583. The Options

    How naive that people actually believe that RL care whether Dave and his mates pre-pack through a liquidation.

    Simply not true. RL do not care. If Dave tries a swerve then that plays into RL’s hands. It makes Dave look shifty.

    If he does not do it, he will try to delay and throw down procedural hurdles. Once again it makes Dave look like he is trying to avoid paying his creditors.

    If RL win (which is not taken for granted) then Dave is finished anyway.

    Either which way, Dave doesn’t look too good. If he plays the “victim” card he will get laughed at.

    Dave sowed the seeds of this with RL, by engineering complaints. Good short term game as it slowed RL down. It also upset them.

    RL are going to make lots from the redress. What’s a £60k investment from these monies to pressure Dave ?

    Hardly as if RL are struggling financially.

    Anyway, the decision now sits with investors. It does not sit with RL or Dave. Will investors proceed ? That’s the question.

    Dave may need to magic up a special update (without sounding bitter) to buy himself more time. After all, that’s all Dave has …. time.

  584. Gavel

    Ames upset some important people, he’s going to have to let go soon.

  585. W12

    Ames & Bob Ladel engineered SRA complains, this is payback.

  586. Anonymous

    Just keep believing the RL hype. There are going to be some very disappointed people out there who are going to have lighter wallets.

  587. Anonymous

    Why is that? Are they going to give Ames some more money😉

    When will the PHIG nutters actually fact up to the fact that Ames has led them a merry dance.

  588. Brothers in arms.

    I did hear a whisper that RL have someone prepared to underwrite the costs of this work.

    Now, imagine that.

  589. Looney tunes update?

    Come on Harlequin let’s have one of those cringe worthy toes curling updates, I could do with a good laugh.

  590. Brothers in alms

    I did hear a whisper that RL have been bounced into this because of the way they abandoned the cash investors.
    The key questions are:
    1)how much is the RL action going to cost?
    2)will RL keep coming back for more money from the lemmings when this drags on and on?
    How much have Craziers clients paid her?

  591. Gooney tunes update

    You won’t be laughing about the latest update when the truth about Snatchett is revealed

  592. So RL state in a question by Tim Nightingale ” yes the balance of the fund would be returned pro rata”
    Just a question RL, how much money was returned from the pink form and DD con, sorry subscription? How much wax taken, £1.8m was it?

  593. Poor old bugger

    You won’t be laughing when it’s in liquidation and you’ve lost all you cash you daft old duffer.

  594. Oliver

    The truth about the GV and the double selling…. now that really is naughty.

  595. Try the Samaritans

    Something has upset Bobit, RL and Crazier in one post, get your box of wine out, fish and chips on Friday…..

  596. Try the Matians

    Funny Walton likes to refer to DA as the GV on the RL forums. Is he still stalking this forum?

  597. Try the Martians

    That will be the ones

  598. The weird world of PHIG

    I think investors have more to worry about that Walton calling Ames names don’t you?

  599. Anonymous

    Depends what the motivation is. Revenge can twist a mans mind.

  600. The weird world of PHIG

    That’s exactly what I’m after revenge, I won’t be happy until it fails. I don’t care about the money it’s simple gone – written it off.

    So, lets worry about Walton calling Ames names. He at least had the balls to stand up to the little runt. Not many have done that.

  601. Anonymous

    Glad to see you are still posting mr Walton!

  602. Anonymous

    Ames has much more to worry about than stat demands.

    Walton is calling him names.

    Silly me.

  603. Anonymous

    So, the RL plan has sneaked out, laura Millar😉

    This was their plan all along. Damage Harlequin.

    it will come to nothing Dave is very well connected and they won’t let some two bit Canadian lawyers ruin the airport and BB. The main employer on the island.

    BB is booked solid, don’t let RL damage your investment

  604. Anonymous

    Don’t let RL damage your investment? Are you trying to be funny?!?!

    Is your suggestion that people write off their deposits (deposits for which 99.9% of people are not receiving a return or interest payments as Ames has decided it’s his money, and he owes no-one anything for the money they gave him) and their contracts and stop picking on Ames?

    Forget it. Ames owes approximately £400m to people he took money from, and a portion of those are going to use the only remaining option to try to get that money back.

    Those that chose not to take this action must feel resigned to just giving up. Most contracts have expired, and you can bet your backside those that do nothing won’t get their money back. The choice is either get nothing back or have a go at trying to get something back.

  605. Tubal Cain

    The cash investors must stand toe, to toe, heel to heel.

  606. Bert Boaz

    I believe it’s time to shut down the Harlequin sham, then Ames won’t have his soap box to stand on ( and he needs one😉 )

  607. Misogyny Bob

    Poor ol’ Bob has such a sexist problem with women and Laura Miller in particular that he can’t even spell her name correctly.

  608. Scam

    @Anonymous 6:09am

    Even more evidence of a scam. Relying on how well “connected” someone is to prove an “investment”‘s worth. What a joke.

    You, Ames nor any of the Harlecon team know nothing of how to run a successful business, let alone handle other people’s money. Apart from contracts which aren’t worth the paper they’re written on, victims are now being given the line that Ames will get them out of trouble because he’s bought some favours.

    Nothing about forecasts, budgets, marketing spend, AGM, balance sheets (which would indicate solvency / insolvency), room rates, operational profits. A fraud and a big one at that.

  609. Sad old Bob

    @ Scam.
    Well said. You didn’t mention being an absolute LIAR TOO.

  610. Sad old Bob

    I can’t wait for the latest update attacking RL for doing their job. The last one was a hoot.

  611. Anonymous

    Wallpaper business must be slow today!

  612. Sad old Bob

    What are you on about? Lost me know?

  613. Are you starting to dribble?

    “Lost me know?” Lol

  614. The view from the leaky sieve.

    RL are going to set up a secure web site for the lemmings. Let’s see how this works then.

  615. Where's my money?

    I wonder if the wages at BB will get paid this month?

  616. Don't over tax your brain

    Do you still wonder if the earth is flat?

  617. The view from Goodwood Close

    The problem with living on an estate is people looking into your house.

  618. It's a GOLD MINE! Interest payments and resort construction to start imminently!

    From a recent Trip Advisor review (and before Bob starts up again, this was a 4 star review Bob!)
    “Lots of Travelzoo visitors on a deal which made it very busy”

    Don’t panic everyone! BB is full of travellers who booked bargain basement holidays through Travelzoo so everything will be alright! Having large numbers of guests wearing out the facilities whilst paying the least amount they possibly can is a sound business plan.

    Five star travellers are just too damn picky. They expect hot water in the shower, a plunge pool that isn’t green and full of mosquitoes, air conditioning that works, drinks in the mini bar, glasses made of glass, airport transfers, their credit card to be charged correctly, clean linen and towels, umbrellas at the pool, coffee for the coffee machines, problems to be attended to, menu items to be in stock, toilets that flush, off resort activities to be available (and no having to pay cash in advance form them), a choice of wine for dinner etc, etc. They’re just a bunch of complainers who wouldn’t be happy even if you managed to get the wrong evening meal to their table within 4 hours of them ordering it.

    Whilst your average Travelzoo customer couldn’t care less that they’re staying in a low rent, half built estate in the middle of a slum as long as the price is low and the all-you-can-drink lager keeps flowing!

    Dave is an effing genius!

  619. Anonymous

    Walton been busy again?

  620. What do you expect when Ames is the creator and great visionary?

    But to chavs from Essex BB is great, pink wine out of a plastic glass is considered posh!

    To the fizzy cheap plonk is Champagne😉

  621. The View from Brierley Hill

    All,

    We have received the following confirmation from Richard Spector at ELS Legal LLP (Harlequin’s lawyers)

    ” I am pleased to confirm that the minor amendment to the insurance policy was made. The ATE insurance policy is now deemed to be satisfactory security for costs. ”

    Although the Wilkins Kennedy claim will not be heard until 2016, this is one procedural hurdle which has been removed. Any settlement or winning judgment could be applied to repaying investors (who are seeking repayment). Add to this the land assets owned by Harlequin, then there is scope to deal with investors who want to be repaid. Negotiation is far better than litigation and it is our preferred option.

    Harlequin have quite rightly asked us (via their lawyers) who we act for in this regard. We have confirmed to them that until we declare Project Demand viable (on the 5th June 2015), we are unable to supply a final list.

    Between now and the 5th June 2015, we will be assembling the group of direct investors who wish to be repaid pursuant to the terms of their contract(s).

    If you are such a direct investor, please make sure you carefully read our Project Demand document. It sets out what you need to do.

    Any queries, please contact Martyn Anderson – martyn dot anderson at regulatorylegal dot co dot uk .

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  622. Anonymous

    It’s election year in St Vincent, and Dave is just about bent enough to be a viable contender.

    How much did those fire trucks for the new airport cost the country again? Was it three for the price of five?

  623. DA for PM

    It’s election year in St Vincent and Dave is just about bent enough to be a viable contender.

    How much did the fire trucks for the new airport cost the country again? Was it three for the price of five?

    Maybe DA and the current PM will run together. Isn’t there a saying? something like- Birds of a feather use someone else’s money to feather their nests?

  624. The real 36.

    Posted before I though of an ID. Gotta keep changing those ID’s because it pisses Bob off.

  625. Lonely Laura

    So that fragrant gob shite Laura Miller is complaining about no one from HP PR company will talk to her. Well @citizenlaura here is your chance to publish a grovelling piece from RL (you know them) about all the crap they wrote about the ATE insurance. You know how their interpretation of the court ruling whipped up the “WK have won” rhetoric. Go on Laura you know you want to chuck.

  626. 2016 a long time coming.

    Harlequin have never lied have they? Proof of the ATE insurance would be nice. Or, maybe, they have rather cleverly boxed in Mr Spector?

  627. Chuck me muck

    @ Lonely Bob
    What do you say about project demand? Or finance or the interest payments?

  628. Nuff said?

    Laura Miller @citizenlaura · May 21
    #HarlequinProperty’s PR complains I don’t take its side of the story into account enough. Refuses to send me info on its side of the story.

  629. Laura's little deal.

    Ah bless loney Laura. Wonder why no one will talk to you. Perhaps anything from a HP PR company would have to be run past your mates at RL first. Snatchett would have to give it the once over first.

  630. Odious Failed Businessman And His Little Followers

    The original ATE insurance issue was raised through court documentation. I would have expected the resolution to have been dealt with similarly.

  631. The view from Crewe

    Amazing how things start to move when the PM of England takes a special interest in Harlequin.

  632. Anonymous

    No doubt he brought up Harlequin with the other European leaders today. Yeah right. Muppet.

  633. That kettle is Black.

    So Laura Miller just writes what RL tell her? Does it annoy you when someone just writes what someone else tells them to Robert? Does it frustrate you when someone just blindly writes what they’re told to?

    It’s a funny old world we live in Robert. It really is.

  634. The view from Crewe

    Yes, the PM is just a little bit more important than Ames and he is very upset indeed.

  635. The kettle has a hole in it.

    @that kettle is Black. Who are you talking about? How very odd you are.

  636. Anonymous

    The kettle is black, do you mean you thought that up by yourself? No chance.

  637. Anonymous

    Is “Robert” an imaginary friend you have, someone you have conversations with. Is he your best friend that you have adventures with? You must have a very lonely life. Does your mother have to set a place for him at the table, does he have his own bed?

  638. How sad.....

    Well, well, looks like some people actually believe the GV, poor old Richard.

  639. Anonymous

    Waltons back then.

  640. Anonymous

    Think I’ll check back in a month or so… This blog is boring, repetitive, and totally unproductive .

  641. BB. Top location and beach?

    More from Trip Advisor, from a reviewer with 133 reviews.

    “Key strengths include the location and the beach………..”

    Where does this guy live if he thinks the location and beach are key strengths?

    Every island in the Caribbean, every single one, has better beaches than the 100m of contractors sand at BB. Bequia, Canuoun, Mustique, Union Island, Mayreau, and Palm Island, are all in the same country as St Vincent, and their worst beaches, the ones no one visits, are all better than what’s on offer at BB.

    As for location? this guy must live in central Detroit in an abandoned burned out building full of crack addicts and low price whores to think the location is a key strength.

    He may have smoked too much of St Vincent’s biggest export and lost touch with reality, much like the GV has.

  642. Anonymous,

    If you cannot change the past then maybe you can change the future.

  643. The rambling of a delusional mind.

    “Thank you for not making an enquiry”

    A number of confused investors have contacted us regarding a so-called “private and confidential” document they have received via email from R Legal. The document thanks them for an enquiry they didn’t make regarding cash investors issuing statutory demands against Harlequin in the Caribbean. This kind of bizarre and unprofessional behaviour – misleading documents that are neither private nor confidential and indiscriminately treating anyone on their email database as a client – is what everyone has come to expect from R Legal. Many investors inform us they will be submitting official complaints with the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (“SRA”) as a result.

    To add to the sloppiness, Gareth Fatchett can’t even get the names of the Harlequin companies right in the document (two out of four are incorrect). This is after two and a half years of meddling in Harlequin’s affairs and being paid to carry out due diligence (which, as we stated before, is strewn with errors).

    A short drive for money before a very long and winding journey

    Mr Fatchett repeats in his note that costs will be less if this attempt is not contested, which is nothing more than a weak attempt to lure investors into a process that he knows will be, justifiably, challenged. Make no mistake, Harlequin will vigorously contest any action taken by Mr Fatchett, just as we did very successfully in London last year, costing his clients many thousands of pounds.

    Our Caribbean solicitors advise us that the action Mr Fatchett proposes could take years to conclude, which would mean years of solicitors’ fees, international transport costs, and so on. Mr Fatchett states that once he submits his petition “much depends on the listing/hearing process of the SVG courts”, thus leaving the timing and future costs of the process wide open. Not only does he need to feed himself but also a Canadian law firm and St Vincent barrister at a minimum. Please do not be fooled here as the figure of US$100,000 is, in our opinion, a drop in the ocean. There is a stark warning of this from Mr Fatchett’s track record with Cyprus investments, which we address below.

    A small number of cash investors going against the masses

    Mr Fatchett’s latest action is an attempt to divide and conquer by pitting a tiny number of cash investors against the rest of the Harlequin investor base. Not only does he not have an understanding of the correct company names, but he has targeted companies that are mostly contracted with SIPP clients.

    2020: hope vs fear; progress vs inertia

    Mr Fatchett likes asking if investors want to wait until 2020 for Harlequin to open its hotels, but he wants investors to wait until 2020 to maybe close down some of Harlequin’s companies. Harlequin wants to build; Mr Fatchett and his firm R Legal want to tear things down and be paid for the pleasure.

    Harlequin has demonstrated it is making clear progress with two hotels receiving record levels of bookings, an offer of finance under consideration, investors completing on their investments, and the professional negligence case well underway after defeating Wilkins Kennedy’s attempt to stifle Harlequin’s claim on security for costs (it would seem Mr Fatchett has suffered a setback as he was desperately hoping for Harlequin to fail in its defence of the security argument in order for him to garner support from investors).

    What progress has R Legal made in two and a half years? A botched due diligence report, the Pink Form debacle, a handful of FSCS compensation payments that members of the public can attain themselves without giving away a percentage, and a £90,000 loss in court.

    Cyprus: a stark warning

    A number of Harlequin investors have informed us that they have previously instructed Mr Fatchett to pursue compensation for a failed investment in Cyprus. We understand the initial fee was relatively small but significant, as in this case, and clients were promised a result within months. Four years later they still have nothing and R Legal’s charges have, we are told, exploded into many thousands of pounds per client because as new phases in the process appear, more payments are demanded, which investors are bound to pay or face losing everything they have paid to his firm so far.

    Essentially, in taking this overseas statutory demand route, Mr Fatchett is charging £300 per contract to lead a small number of investors on a very long and very profitable journey for his firm and others. By our calculation, the mysterious Canadian lawyers (has Mr Fatchett worked with them before? What are his motives for using them? Is there a beneficial fee agreement?) have asked for US$100,000. Mr Fatchett has said he will not proceed without 300 clients, which would equate to a commitment of US$140,000 (using Mr Fatchett’s exchange rate), meaning that, in simple terms, he would make a minimum of US$40,000 from the first phase payment alone.

    Fatchett’s friends at Grant Thornton

    Please don’t let Mr Fatchett’s use of a big name create fear as intended. If any large insolvency was offered to any major corporation, of course they would accept the instruction. The problem is that there is no insolvency situation here. All this means is that, if instructed, they, along with the numerous lawyers involved, would: a) be first in the queue for any monies from liquidation; b) be tempted to agree what would be a pitiful penny in the pound rate for any investors involved – assuming anything is left at all.

    Broken trust

    It is apparent to Harlequin that the return of Mr Fatchett from obscurity (having stated he was out of the picture) is simply about milking Harlequin investors for as much money as possible, just as he did with the Trust fees. Furthermore, just like the Trust fees, Mr Fatchett is promising a refund if it doesn’t go ahead, but thousands of investors still haven’t received refunds despite his assurance to return their fees. He still denies that the fee was refundable, but then why did he personally approve the following text from a Harlequin update dated 18th December, 2013?

    “Please note that R Legal has taken financial responsibility for the establishment of the Trust and has already incurred significant expenses in its support of this process as all entrance fees are refundable if the Trust doesn’t go ahead.”

    As always with R Legal, there is an “urgent” deadline imposed by Mr Fatchett to create pressure and force investors to act first, think later. We would urge investors not to be drawn into his games or give him the satisfaction of leading this charge. Harlequin has been fighting to survive and succeed for a few years now and will not allow what would be less than 5% of investors (assuming Mr Fatchett can even reach 300 clients) force a liquidation when our finances do not warrant that course of action. If Mr Fatchett is committed to taking on Harlequin in St Vincent, it will be at his peril and, unfortunately, a significant cost to the investors involved, who will not only be liable for the potentially millions of dollars incurred by Fatchett & Co, but will also once again be responsible for Harlequin’s fees when it’s discovered there is no realistic prospect of forcing a liquidation.

    Also, consider this: what if Fatchett settles for 100 clients, thereby increasing the costs three-fold for all investors who join the process? If he chooses to proceed and accept the fees on offer, you are bound to a potentially very expensive losing battle for years to come.

    Harlequin will continue to succeed

    Lesser businesses would have long since crumbled or cut their losses under the pressures of the last few years and yet Harlequin remains and continues to regain its strength. Harlequin has not and will not give up on your investment. Stick with us and we will prevail together.

    As we have said all along, it is in neither Harlequin’s nor our investors’ interests for the business to have unhappy clients, so we will also provide cancellations when the conditions are right to do so, but not before the recovery is complete. The Wilkins Kennedy claim is fast approaching and the SFO investigation, initiated by a dossier from former defamatory website owner Jeremy Newman and others, will eventually conclude. We are in no doubt that Harlequin and its directors will be respectively successful and vindicated in these matters.

    You have seen what we can achieve whilst under constant attack. Imagine what we can achieve once the meddlers and vested interests are rendered irrelevant and impotent by our strong case against Wilkins Kennedy.

    Regards,

    Harlequin

  644. The rambling of a delusional mind.

    Correct me if i’m wrong, but investors are only enforcing a contract that Harlequin gave them, that’s now breached.

    What an odd situation.

  645. Anonymous

    Surprising little comment from the anti HP trolls about DA latest e mail. Perhaps there is a realisation that the stat demands are a waste of time and money. Just think Cyprus.

  646. Scam

    If I had doubts before that this was an amateur outfit, it’s almost certain now. Why can’t Ames use the time he wasted on this “expose” to give victims assurance of the true state of his companies.

    Perhaps this is the most telling sentence of all:
    “The problem is that there is no insolvency situation here”

    This basically sums up the stump’s position for any doubters out there. Translation? You don’t matter. You’re unsecured creditors who sent us money for fictitious rooms which don’t exist. If you try and get it back, we’ll contest you with your own money.

    The man is a fraud who preys on the naive.

  647. Anonymous

    Bizarre.

    Harlequin is again threatening its investors about the costs they may incur to try to recover their money. It’s an absolute disgrace that this criminality is allowed to continue. The Harlequin contracts are totally worthless, as Ames just does what he wants powered by unscrupulous lawyers paid with investor money.

    Despite Harlequin’s typical devious lies and outright deceit in the text when referring to the unsuccessful UK case, may I remind all that the only reason they were not successful is because of the jurisdiction. The judge said there was no doubt refunds were due.

    All this is Ames continuing his fight to his death to not pay back investors their money and to protect his only, saggy, common arse. What an absolute ***t that man is. Self preservation at the expense of everyone who has ever had the misfortune to have fallen for his lies.

    The only person this repugnant Harlequin campaign is attempting to protect is David Edward Ames (former peasant, now wealthy criminal).

  648. Scam

    @anonymous 8:00am

    Ah one of the acolytes I see.
    So where’s your “investment”? Still receiving your guaranteed return?

    Did you go to Cyprus? Did you work with the case? Have you seen the specifics of what went on? No? Of course not. You’re a stooge who doesn’t understand finance or business. A speculative gambler who’s on the gravy train.

    I hope you didn’t have to take out any debt to complete on your luxury room. How much room revenue are you receiving? I was told $600/night would be achieved to start with, so you’re getting $300/night of that if you’re on the 50/50 plan?

    Ponzi.

  649. Ames gets a taste of his own medicine

    Lets not forget the companies are structured in such a way 99% of ‘investors’ won’t take action.

    So, that’s why he is so upset with RL, they are taking action and he doesn’t like it. He likes to be the one suing every poor bugger.

  650. The view from number 10

    The PM is now demanding updates regarding Harlequin.

  651. Anon

    “Thank you for not making an enquiry”

    A number of confused investors have contacted us regarding a so-called “private and confidential” document they have received via email from R Legal. The document thanks them for an enquiry they didn’t make regarding cash investors issuing statutory demands against Harlequin in the Caribbean. This kind of bizarre and unprofessional behaviour – misleading documents that are neither private nor confidential and indiscriminately treating anyone on their email database as a client – is what everyone has come to expect from R Legal. Many investors inform us they will be submitting official complaints with the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (“SRA”) as a result.

    SO MAYBE THIS COMPLAINT WILL HAVE THE SAME IMPACT AS THE “ICAEW” COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST NEWMAN. RL SENT A DOCUMENT TO THEIR EMAIL LIST, I’D LIKE TO SEE THE SRA’S SPECIFICS ON THIS MATTER.

    To add to the sloppiness, Gareth Fatchett can’t even get the names of the Harlequin companies right in the document (two out of four are incorrect). This is after two and a half years of meddling in Harlequin’s affairs and being paid to carry out due diligence (which, as we stated before, is strewn with errors).

    GARETH FATCHETT DIDN’T PUT HIS NAME TO THE DOCUMENT. IT WAS FROM REGULATORY LEGAL SOLICITORS.

    AS FOR THE FAMED “STREWN WITH ERRORS” LINE. PUT OUT YOUR OWN DD AMES. YOU WON’T BECAUSE IT WILL SHOW HOW HOPELESSLY INCOMPETENT YOU ARE.

    A short drive for money before a very long and winding journey

    Mr Fatchett repeats in his note that costs will be less if this attempt is not contested, which is nothing more than a weak attempt to lure investors into a process that he knows will be, justifiably, challenged. Make no mistake, Harlequin will vigorously contest any action taken by Mr Fatchett, just as we did very successfully in London last year, costing his clients many thousands of pounds.

    “JUSTIFIABLY”?

    THE REASON RL HAVE TAKEN UP THIS PROCESS IS DUE TO CREDITOR DEMAND. DIRECT CREDITORS WANT THEIR MONEY BACK, AS PER THEIR CONTRACTS. HOW CAN YOU CONTEST THIS “JUSTIFIABLY”? THE ONLY WAY WILL BE TO OFFER REFUNDS TO THOSE PEOPLE YOU DUPED.

    Our Caribbean solicitors advise us that the action Mr Fatchett proposes could take years to conclude, which would mean years of solicitors’ fees, international transport costs, and so on. Mr Fatchett states that once he submits his petition “much depends on the listing/hearing process of the SVG courts”, thus leaving the timing and future costs of the process wide open. Not only does he need to feed himself but also a Canadian law firm and St Vincent barrister at a minimum. Please do not be fooled here as the figure of US$100,000 is, in our opinion, a drop in the ocean. There is a stark warning of this from Mr Fatchett’s track record with Cyprus investments, which we address below.

    YOUR BENT LAWYER WILL USE DELAY TACTICS. WE’VE SEEN IT BEFORE.

    A small number of cash investors going against the masses

    Mr Fatchett’s latest action is an attempt to divide and conquer by pitting a tiny number of cash investors against the rest of the Harlequin investor base. Not only does he not have an understanding of the correct company names, but he has targeted companies that are mostly contracted with SIPP clients.

    IT SEEMS MOST OF THE PEOPLE ON THE RL FORUM WANTED TO GET THEIR MONEY BACK FOR THE MERRICKS SCAM. IT APPEARS THE COMPANY THEY’VE SPECIFIED OWNS THAT LAND, AS WELL AS BUCCAMENT BAY. OOPS.

    2020: hope vs fear; progress vs inertia

    Mr Fatchett likes asking if investors want to wait until 2020 for Harlequin to open its hotels, but he wants investors to wait until 2020 to maybe close down some of Harlequin’s companies. Harlequin wants to build; Mr Fatchett and his firm R Legal want to tear things down and be paid for the pleasure.

    WHY DON’T YOU BUILD THEN? YOU’VE HAD THE MONEY.

    Harlequin has demonstrated it is making clear progress with two hotels receiving record levels of bookings, an offer of finance under consideration, investors completing on their investments, and the professional negligence case well underway after defeating Wilkins Kennedy’s attempt to stifle Harlequin’s claim on security for costs (it would seem Mr Fatchett has suffered a setback as he was desperately hoping for Harlequin to fail in its defence of the security argument in order for him to garner support from investors).

    NO IT HAS NOT DEMONSTRATED ANYTHING. LITTLE EMAIL SNIPPETS SAYING YOU’VE ACHIEVED “100% OCCUPANCY” AND Z LIST FREEBIE HUNTERS DOES NOTHING TO HELP CREDITORS MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS. IF YOU WANT TO DEMONSTRATE “CLEAR” PROGRESS, YOU NEED TO POST REVENUE BREAKDOWNS, ACCOMPANYING P/L ACCOUNTS. THIS IS WHAT MAKES THE INVESTMENT WORTHWHILE.

    What progress has R Legal made in two and a half years? A botched due diligence report, the Pink Form debacle, a handful of FSCS compensation payments that members of the public can attain themselves without giving away a percentage, and a £90,000 loss in court.

    AND HARLEQUIN’S TRACK RECORD? £400M WRITTEN OFF IN HMSSE LIQUIDATION, CONSTANT LIES, ABSOLUTELY NO PROGRESS IN BUILDING, SPENDING MILLIONS TO FIGHT “INVESTORS”. RL ARE MAKING GOOD EFFORTS TO BRING THE DELUDED DIPSHIT TO JUSTICE.

    Cyprus: a stark warning

    A number of Harlequin investors have informed us that they have previously instructed Mr Fatchett to pursue compensation for a failed investment in Cyprus. We understand the initial fee was relatively small but significant, as in this case, and clients were promised a result within months. Four years later they still have nothing and R Legal’s charges have, we are told, exploded into many thousands of pounds per client because as new phases in the process appear, more payments are demanded, which investors are bound to pay or face losing everything they have paid to his firm so far.

    OKAY SO YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT THE LEGAL PROCESS OF FIXING THIS MESS? WE THINK NOT.

    Essentially, in taking this overseas statutory demand route, Mr Fatchett is charging £300 per contract to lead a small number of investors on a very long and very profitable journey for his firm and others. By our calculation, the mysterious Canadian lawyers (has Mr Fatchett worked with them before? What are his motives for using them? Is there a beneficial fee agreement?) have asked for US$100,000. Mr Fatchett has said he will not proceed without 300 clients, which would equate to a commitment of US$140,000 (using Mr Fatchett’s exchange rate), meaning that, in simple terms, he would make a minimum of US$40,000 from the first phase payment alone.

    A BENEFICIAL FEE AGREEMENT MIGHT ALSO BE KNOWN AS “SUBCONTRACTING”. THE SAME SUBCONTRACTING AMES USED WITH THE ILL-FATED IRISH BUILDER HE EMPLOYED TO CUT COSTS.

    WHAT’S UP AMES? ANNOYED SOMEONE’S MAKING MONEY FIXING YOUR SCAM?

    Fatchett’s friends at Grant Thornton

    Please don’t let Mr Fatchett’s use of a big name create fear as intended. If any large insolvency was offered to any major corporation, of course they would accept the instruction. The problem is that there is no insolvency situation here. All this means is that, if instructed, they, along with the numerous lawyers involved, would: a) be first in the queue for any monies from liquidation; b) be tempted to agree what would be a pitiful penny in the pound rate for any investors involved – assuming anything is left at all.

    IF YOU CAN PROVIDE SETTLEMENT MONEY FOR ALL THE CLAIMAINTS, YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THIS WILL YOU?

    Broken trust

    It is apparent to Harlequin that the return of Mr Fatchett from obscurity (having stated he was out of the picture) is simply about milking Harlequin investors for as much money as possible, just as he did with the Trust fees. Furthermore, just like the Trust fees, Mr Fatchett is promising a refund if it doesn’t go ahead, but thousands of investors still haven’t received refunds despite his assurance to return their fees. He still denies that the fee was refundable, but then why did he personally approve the following text from a Harlequin update dated 18th December, 2013?

    “Please note that R Legal has taken financial responsibility for the establishment of the Trust and has already incurred significant expenses in its support of this process as all entrance fees are refundable if the Trust doesn’t go ahead.”

    YOU STILL HAVE TO PAY FOR THE TRUST IF YOU GET SIPP REDRESS. LAWYERS KNOW HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR TIME, AND IF THEY GET RESULTS LET THEM HAVE IT.

    As always with R Legal, there is an “urgent” deadline imposed by Mr Fatchett to create pressure and force investors to act first, think later. We would urge investors not to be drawn into his games or give him the satisfaction of leading this charge. Harlequin has been fighting to survive and succeed for a few years now and will not allow what would be less than 5% of investors (assuming Mr Fatchett can even reach 300 clients) force a liquidation when our finances do not warrant that course of action. If Mr Fatchett is committed to taking on Harlequin in St Vincent, it will be at his peril and, unfortunately, a significant cost to the investors involved, who will not only be liable for the potentially millions of dollars incurred by Fatchett & Co, but will also once again be responsible for Harlequin’s fees when it’s discovered there is no realistic prospect of forcing a liquidation.

    IF YOUR FINANCES DON’T WARRANT THAT SITUATION, MAYBE YOU’D LIKE TO PUBLISH A BALANCE SHEET? THIS WILL PUT THE “INSOLVENCY” QUESTION TO BED ONCE AND FOR ALL.

    Also, consider this: what if Fatchett settles for 100 clients, thereby increasing the costs three-fold for all investors who join the process? If he chooses to proceed and accept the fees on offer, you are bound to a potentially very expensive losing battle for years to come.

    WHERE DOES FATCHETT COME INTO THIS? MARTYN ANDERSON SEEMS TO BE THE ONE RUNNING THIS PROJECT.

    Harlequin will continue to succeed

    LOL

    Lesser businesses would have long since crumbled or cut their losses under the pressures of the last few years and yet Harlequin remains and continues to regain its strength. Harlequin has not and will not give up on your investment. Stick with us and we will prevail together.

    NOT MANY PEOPLE HAVE A CHOICE DO THEY?

    As we have said all along, it is in neither Harlequin’s nor our investors’ interests for the business to have unhappy clients, so we will also provide cancellations when the conditions are right to do so, but not before the recovery is complete. The Wilkins Kennedy claim is fast approaching and the SFO investigation, initiated by a dossier from former defamatory website owner Jeremy Newman and others, will eventually conclude. We are in no doubt that Harlequin and its directors will be respectively successful and vindicated in these matters.

    YES THE SFO CASE WILL EVENTUALLY CONCLUDE. HOPEFULLY WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN COURT FOR CRIMINAL FRAUD. MORTGAGES, DAVE? DOUBLE SELLING, DAVE?

    You have seen what we can achieve whilst under constant attack. Imagine what we can achieve once the meddlers and vested interests are rendered irrelevant and impotent by our strong case against Wilkins Kennedy.

    JUST POST YOUR NUMBERS AMES. THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE.

  652. Ames you liar

    Numbers don’t lie but Ames does, all the time.

  653. Ames gets a taste of his own medicine

    Ames seems really upset at RL, poor little man. They must be doing something right.

  654. Anonymous

    @Scam, perhaps you would like to confirm how many people are pursuing a “Cyprus” claim through RL, how much they have contributed each and how much RL have received back? That should be interesting. The rest of your post is an incoherent ramble.

  655. Anonymous

    @Anon, make your mind up. First it’s RL, not Snatchett then you refer to Martin Anderson then you refer to RL. Martin Anderson is the monkey, Snatchett is the organ grinder.

  656. Scam

    No substantiation then Anonymous?

    Ames wrote an email based on hearsay and speculation? I’m sure before accusing Gareth Fatchett of taking money from people without delivering, he’d have PROOF of this alleged fraud? Beggar’s belief he didn’t DEFAME Fatchett?

    Let’s see what he comes up with next, maybe he’ll have a financier LOL.

    Let me translate my “incoherent ramble” for you:

    “I hope you didn’t take out any debt to complete on your luxury room.”
    You did make an “investment” through “Harlequin”? If not, it would explain the insensitive bullshit you keep posting.

    “How much room revenue are you receiving?”
    Considering your familiarity with the financial hardships most victims are going through, as you invested your own money, I am interested to the rate of return you’re receiving. You know…. “investor” to “investor”.

    “I was told $600/night would be achieved to start with, so you’re getting $300/night of that if you’re on the 50/50 plan?”
    The sales spiel told me $600/night was the rate to be received. Great importance was placed on the fact that because the hotel would be “5 star luxury”, the room rates would be extremely high & profitable. If you invested, and are receiving a return, I’m guessing you’re getting $300/night, considering you’re on the accountant-friendly 50/50 rental share scheme?

    I mean……. why else would you be so smug, unless you didn’t put any of your own money into the scam, and are just following orders from the stump?

  657. I lie too far

    The danger Ames has now is angry investors. Over on the RL forum it’s not name calling it’s anger, people want Ames to fail and don’t care if it’s liquidated

  658. Harlequin odd bods

    The stump has a few people to disrupt this forum, you can spot them a mile off, sad really. One can’t spell, one just rambles on, and on.

    They have been taken in by little legs.

  659. Anonymous

    That’s been the tone on the RL forum for the last year and a half. It’s the a Walton angry brigade.

  660. Anonymous

    @Scam = thug!

  661. won't someone think of the laundry!

    Ames sounds like a scared man, a cornered dog even.

    He knows if BB is taken out of his hands, someone will go through the numbers carefully. The numbers that are currently a secret as he doesn’t file the accounts he is legally required to do so.

    Will someone discover the laundry is the most profitable part of the business? Will the laundry’s business partners be happy if the laundry ceases to operate as before? Will his political protection remain without an operational laundry?

  662. Winding Up Order & SFO

    Ames is riled. That diatribe of his posted first thing this morning had us chortling over our cornflakes. It looks like the bully boy and his nasty little gang are finally going to get their comeuppance.

    Bring it on.

  663. The view from number 10

    HMRC are very interested too.

  664. Anonymous

    Al Capone was taken out by the tax man. Not that I’m comparing DA to Al Capone, after all Dave has a merweena, Capone could only dream of reaching such heady hights.

  665. Anonymous

    I only see one Ames stooge on here and that’s Bullshit Bob, who is the other?

  666. The Jackel

    Dave Ames.

    You really are a top businessman apart from not wishing to repay my deposit.
    Now that I am back from my holidays,it is my intention to attack you and E.S.M next week.
    You are both thick bastards and worse.
    Just in case you have forgotten,Dave,your mate has just lost the election.

  667. Anonymous

    There is nobody else!

    All Ames buddies have deserted him!

  668. Anonymous

    Who is ESM?

  669. Anonymous

    Jackle – Is Dave Ames mates with Ed Milliband?

  670. The Jackel

    Yes

  671. Anonymous

    Jackle – Bollocks

  672. Anonymous

    Jackass that has to be the best bit of trolling yet. Lol

  673. Another anon

    Wow the stump must have told his lapdog to attack Fartchett and Walton.

  674. Any Pilots free?

    He is just like one of those yapping dogs that needs to be drowned in a bucket.

  675. Yet another Anon

    Billy no mates is back. Wonder who “Fartchett” is? Lol

  676. Anonymous

    The following extract from Ames’ latest diatribe is absolutely ridiculous and borders on being hilarious were the issues not so serious.

    “and the professional negligence case well underway after defeating Wilkins Kennedy’s attempt to stifle Harlequin’s claim on security for costs (it would seem Mr Fatchett has suffered a setback as he was desperately hoping for Harlequin to fail in its defence of the security argument in order for him to garner support from investors).”

    Mr. Fatchett had very serious concerns as to the ATE insurance. Wilkins Kennedy did NOT attempt to stifle Harlequins claim on security for costs. Wilkins Kennedy’s insurers took an action that will now ensure that should they win the action that they will be paid upto £ 2.75 million in costs.

    WK’s insurers had some serious concerns over the ATE cover being provided and had to have the issue dealt with in court, according to Ames and his pet poodle Spector it has now been dealt with.

    But the question has to be why Wilkins Kennedy bothered to challenge the ATE insurance if as Ames and his pet poodle would want us to believe, that a settlement offer is close to being agreed. Wilkins Kennedy’s insurers through the action they took are demonstrating that they are vigourously defending the claim by two of Ames’ companies. This puts pay to the bullshit that any settlement is on the horizon.

    The other positive outcome from the action taken by Wilkins Kennedy’s insurers is that we all know who the ATE insurers are, now that will become very handy.

  677. No doubt

    I don’t believe the day I having,I have just got off the train at the wrong stop.
    However we are confident that Newcastle will win tomorrow and stay up.

  678. Anonymous

    I think it’s interesting to note how the latest Harlequin update (if indeed that is its provenance) is attempting to blame a minority of investors for taking action against the majority of investors who are prepared to sit things out. I beg your pardon?

    No, a minority of investors are taking action against Harlequin companies and most certainly not other investors. All they are seeking to do is enforce the terms of the contract drafted by Harlequin themselves and it is a pretty strong indication that the companies do not have the resources to honour the refunds that are contractually due because of the lengths they are going to in order to avoid paying. This says more than enough on the issue of solvency and the general financial state of the companies.

    If some investors are willing to sit back, not use the terms of their contract to seek their dues then let them do so. I think they are the lemmings or maybe ostriches with heads in the sand. But please don’t criticise those that are simply using contracts which Harlequin drafted to seek their refund.

    The Harlequin model does not require third party finance. We have that on the authority of the Chairman. Similarly we have his word that the occupancy of the resorts gets better and better and so too their profitability and their ability to secure the future build programs. This is all good news. Everyone who wants a refund can have one without having to fight tooth and nail in the courts across the world AND investors can have the return on the room rentals AND the building can start. Everyone happy. So make it happen and stop this ridiculous legal charade Harlequin.

    If all the above isn’t possible then please explain why the business model is broken and what has happened to the £400m that has been taken in.

  679. Further Charges

    @5:43pm I agree entirely.

    Unfortunately, articulation is lost on these idiots. They think they took £400m in “sales”, and consequently their “operations” are just a normal course of business. The only reason little legs is keeping up the charade is the huge carrot of the “completion” monies. Any extra resorts they get built contractually obliges the buyers to pay up for their unit. In Ames’ little mind, this means he’s owed twice what was taken in “deposits” when the rooms are completed.

    The defending of the litigation will be an attempt by little legs to keep the contracts “enforceable” if he ever does get units built. Any “investor” not challenging the deluded dwarf needs to think long and hard about where they’re going to get a mortgage from if indeed the stump doesn’t have an “accident” by the time the units are built. Be warned. You’re dealing with hoodlums

  680. Anonymous

    I don’t think many investors need to worry about raising their completion moneys.

    Ames has blown close to £400m; what little is left he is using to fight investors in court vigorously, as well as Wilkins Kennedy (laughable isn’t it?). So he doesn’t have the money to build. I know, I know, but surprising as it may be, that’s the truth. The financier has been hesitating for what seems like, maybe, 5 years now? I think he might be a tyre kicker, if not a complete figment of Ames’ lying, tiny little mind.

    Even if Ames manage to build a few more units, investors can rely on what is Ames’ cunn(t)ing master plan to avoid handing over completion monies … contracts being 6 years past completion date and being worth absolutely nothing. Yes people, even less than they’re worth now.

    He’s running rings round Regulatory Legal who thought they were quite clever, dicking around negotiating with Ames for over a year, whilst pi$$ing investors’ chances even more into the wind.

    Ames is an uneducated, uncouth, ill-mannered criminal, but he’s playing investors, Reg Legal and the SFO like fools.

  681. Anonymous

    So anonymous 4.57 so don’t think that WK insurance was given a little nudge by Fartchett (lol) that HP might go into liquidation (lol again) and the ATE insurance might need looking at in case of this eventuality. You really thought that WK insurers thought of this themselves. There will be no liquidation, DA has satisfied the ATE insurance so the frenzy whipped up by Fartchett (lol) was all for nothing.

  682. Anonymous

    Seems odd that Snatchett keeps his anti HP rhetoric going. One would have thought that it would have been in investors interest for an investor to come into BB but Snatchett just wants to destroy HP for his own greedy ends. Don’t forget everyone that Snatchett has seen proof of an investor wanting to come into HP. Why is he so anti this happening. 💰💰 of course, no case no money lol

  683. Anonymous

    @6:56pm

    “HP might go into liquidation (lol again)”
    I will also be laughing when this rabid dog finally gets put down. Liquidation occurs when the company cannot pay its debts.

    “Seems odd that Snatchett keeps his anti HP rhetoric going.”
    Why not? It’s not damaging anyone’s “investment”. You know, the one worth £1… liquidation would at least give people back a couple of grand or something. The days of Nabarro and Carter Ruck are over for little legs. Fatchett can spill the beans. The financier was SevenCapital until they saw the “DD strewn with errors”, which scared them off. Of course, Dave didn’t issue his own DD because that would have been too much of an ask.

  684. How do you know the financier was Severn Capital? Snatchet was shown a letter confirming finance in confidence. Did he break that confidence? If he did why? Is it any wonder DA does not trust him? Will he do anything for his grubby 15%?

  685. Anonymous

    Fatchett brought them in with a letter of intent. That’s how he got Ames to the meetings. Perfect storm really – promise CVA with trust to “save the investment”, give Ames a carrot with the capital and Fatchett gets the SIPP list. Next thing was the DD was issued and RL recommended against working with Harlecon, the rest is history.

  686. Not true. Fatchett stated at the meetings he had seen an offer of finance to DA. Fatchett did not bring any potential investment company in. Rubbish.

  687. Anonymous

    Up to you. I know what I saw.

    I really do wonder how much you’re getting paid to defend him so much. Suppose it’s better than being a warehouse assistant at Argos.

  688. And you would know about working in an Argos warehouse? That would explain your puerile comment. Go and work at asda son they pay better.

  689. Anonymous

    Oi I work at Asda. We are particular who we employ.

  690. Anonymous

    I’ll try ASDA thanks for the advice. Maybe Ames has some jobs going?Oh…

  691. Anonymous

    It’s not RL that Worries Ames, indeed it never was, watch this space,

  692. Anonymous

    You are right Ames worries about somebody finding his stash of cash more than anything else

  693. Anonymous

    when I spoke with Ames yesterday nothing seemed to be worrying him!

  694. The view from number 10

    He has lots to worry about, we know of the deal he was trying to pull off.

  695. The view from number 10

    Who has the £400 million, no argument there.

  696. Anonymous

    What deal would that be? Come mr know all, spill the beans. This should be interesting! Lol

  697. Anonymous

    View from No.10, shut up daft lad, any deal Ames wants to do he will do.

    He outsmarts RL and everyone else every time.

    As for the spiv at number 10, he’s been about as much use so far as the clowns at the SFO!

  698. The view from no 11

    I run this country. Nothing happens at no 10 unless I say so. I have no problems with Harlequin.

  699. Anonymous

    How odd some people still believe the crap Ames tells them. Now, run along, do as you’re told there’s a good boy.

  700. The view from number 10

    What Dave never told you? It involved him getting a kick back and stiffing all the cash investors.

  701. Severn Capital put deals together, they don’t have the money themselves.

    The problem is Little Legs, the potential investors found him to be deluded and mentally subnormal.

    Hence the deal fell through. No cash thank you to Little Legs, no finance, no shafting investors – yet.

  702. The view from no 11

    Is that the Severn Capital that Fartchett introduced to DA? Now why should Fartchett claim to have seen a letter to DA about a potential investor if he introduced them himself?
    So what was the deal then? Just more inuendo, no facts as usual.

  703. There is NO deal. Little Legs managed to offend the potential investors, he’s not what you call ‘politically correct’ when dealing with other cultures is he?

  704. Dear me did I forget the £10 million thank you?

  705. The view from no 11

    But you said you had details of a deal which has not taken place. What was the deal that was put together then? “We know of the deal he was trying to pull off” Which was what exactly?

  706. Ask Ames dear boy, he always tells the truth.

  707. The view from no 11

    So basically you have no details of any claimed plan. More bullshit from an anti HP troll, the multiple ID troll.

  708. Well, you just carry on believing your paymaster and all will be well. Just ask him about his ”fee” for selling BB.

  709. The view from Crewe

    Or what would happen to cash investors in his nasty little plan.

  710. The view from no 11

    No I’m asking you. You said you had some details, which you obviously do not. Has your puppet master not made the details up yet? Either put up or shut up and stop trolling rubbish.

  711. The view from Crewe

    You have been told you twonk, liquidate BB, Little Legs gets £10 million as a ”thank you”, the Iranian investors, say sorry cash investors you’re nowt to do with me F**** Off.

    They get BB for a song.

    So simple.

    Apart from Little Legs insulting them.

  712. The view from no 11

    Iranian investors? Well twonk head, who has mentioned Iranian investors before? Let’s make something else up shall we? Who are these “Iranian investors”?

  713. Perjury Dave?

    Is the company run from Essex? That’s what I want to know!

  714. The view from no 11

    Ha ha usual tactic. I cannot answer a question so I will change the subject. What a useless troll you are.

  715. Dave The Diplomat

    Check this classic. Let me transcribe:

    “…and one of those areas we’ve been working on, we’ve actually going to sign a charter with the United Nations. We’ll be working with them in the coming months and years…”

    So there we have it folks. Not only is David Ames working tirelessly to deprive you of your life savings, but he’s also attempting to create world peace. Not bad for a wide boy.

  716. Perjury Dave?

    I asked a question. I repeat; is the company run from Essex? It was also asked in the London court and Ames and his lawyers under oath denied that it was.

  717. Watch the Magician Dave?

    With a huge flourish Dave signs the bit of paper [supposedly a charter with the United Nations] but watch carefully as it went straight in his back pocket.

  718. Watch the birdies

    Is that fat blonde with the pout and bingo wings Katharine Wooler Manderfield? Late of Harlequin, who took smoothed [smooched even] the way for Harlequin salespeople to persuade investors to part with their hard earned cash and pensions.

  719. ElevenCapital

    Someone mentioned “Seven Capital”, one of Fatchett’s clients.

    There is another company whom Harlequin were dealing with. This might explain where Dave got his 12 offers of finance from.

    http://www.investmentsense.co.uk/harlequin-property-update-harlequin-part-company-with-eleven-capital/

    “made initial enquiries of a number of lenders worldwide and there are over 10 interested in taking matters further.”

    So this explains the numbers of offers Dave is contemplating. I’ve seen him refer to 12 offers being put forward in his emails, no doubt from this exercise.

    Here’s where it gets interesting:

    “The letter went on to warn: ‘The current view is that if the overseas companies are placed in any form of insolvency procedure, the investors may receive as little as 10p in the pound.'”

    Oh dear. So even back then people were warning of the collapse of the house of cards.

    It gets better:

    “Harlequin is now in discussions with a firm of solicitors, which has also put forward a proposal for consideration with a view to establishing the means of continuing to develop the resorts in the Caribbean, as well as giving the Investors greater comfort and transparency”

    The firm of solicitors being Regulatory Legal. They pulled a fast one on Ames after dangling the carrot of finance for him. We presume Seven Capital’s offer of finance for H Hotel to be part of that.

  720. The view from no 11

    More ducking and diving from the chief anti HP troll. So where did the Iranians come from. Never mind your childish video clips. Bet you are hoping this will go away now. So are you saying that Fartchett is involved with Iranians now?

  721. The view from Crewe

    David Cameron IS taking a serious interest in Harelquin, why? Simply politics. Ames has some pretty high powered investors.

    The old it’s not what you know, but who you know.

  722. Anonymous

    The view from Crewe, your posts are plain embarrassing now!

  723. Seven eleven

    The only reason why James Cannon and Co. would not work with Ames because of his demands for cash.

    Let’s not forget in the world of the stump BB is his. He wanted a wad of cash under the table.

    We declined.

  724. Seven eleven

    Recently, the stump has become more unstable asking for £10 million as an incentive. However, the investors will simple wait for Harlequin to go bust.

    No need for any incentive then😉

  725. SRA

    Is it true that Harlequins legal team are being investigated by the SRA?

  726. The view from no 11

    Seven (or should that be Severn) eleven. So now you are saying a chain of US convenience stores are involved. This just gets more embarrassing for you.

  727. Anonymous

    No it isn’t. Go away with your silly posts.

  728. Seven eleven

    That’s why I said it you twonk.

    Remind me who had the £400 million…. wasn’t the Irish builder, or WK was it.

  729. Did Ames or his legal team commit perjury?

    I repeat; is the company run from Essex? The question was also asked in the London court and Ames and his lawyers under oath denied that it was.

    Ames boasted about legal fees of £90k being awarded to Harlequin. Let’s wait and see what happens in SVG shall we?

  730. Anonymous

    You will be waiting a long time lol

  731. Did Ames or his legal team commit perjury?

    I don’t think so Bob because I know something about SVG that you don’t.

  732. Anonymous

    You might know something about SVG but you don’t have a clue who you are talking to.

  733. Seven eleven

    £10 million to get BB for a discount in liquidation.

  734. Seven eleven

    Same the deal got stopped Dave….

  735. Anonymous

    Seven Eleven, same deal as what?

  736. Seven eleven

    Ask Ames. He’s playing you for a fool.

  737. No you are being played for a fool. It is done to all unbelievers.

  738. No doubt

    Those 3 yesterday.He is in a bin?

  739. Anonymous

    Is Seven Eleven where you work?

    You will be doing laundry if you sink any lower.

  740. The fee of buying BB for a special price.

    £10 million and a friendly IP. Ask Little Legs.

  741. Anonymous

    “Hello Dave, some person with multiple IDs keeps saying you tried to sell BB and pocket £10m. Is it true”
    Dave’s reply, “no not true at all”
    There you go job done now either drop it or provide some evidence.

  742. Seven eleven

    Dave was planning to leave all cash investors high and dry, whilst pocketing many millions. However, he managed to offend them so much, they walked away.

  743. You are getting tedious now.

  744. Seven eleven

    Well that’s what your mate was planning, tedious or not. But then, you just keep believing him.

  745. Anonymous

    Paddy is really going off on one now, what’s up someone took your dumper truck😉 or plane?

  746. And you continue to not back anything up with proof. Now go and mix some concrete.

  747. No doubt

    Near bodybuilding

  748. Anonymous

    RL having to deny now on their forum that they are deleting posts now. Who would have thought they would do that eh.

  749. it's not Daves fault, it's a conspiracy to bring him down!

    Good to see lap dog Bob is going to defend this scam right to the bitter end.

    Is Dave still flicking you a few crumbs from the table, Bob? Or are you doing this for personal reasons now?

  750. Anonymous

    Another beaut from the RL forum “we are not involved in the WK matter” Oh no and who started the liquidation crap which started the ATE court case? And of course RL have never spoken to Newman or Paddy at all. Such rubbish.

  751. Not sure

    Church ??

  752. Anonymous

    @1:59pm

    I think RL are bent too. However, does that explain the inexorable failure of the Harlequin scheme? At a push, I’d say the SFO was just a catalyst.

    Harlequin’s main claim is that they’re still owed £30/£50m from sales before the FCA had to stop SIPPs releasing funds (because of the SFO dispute). They claim that Paddy and Newman conspired to bring the entire business down because they stole money.

    Paddy stole £1m and Newman’s financial involvement are yet to be determined. However, even with those meagre takings, we’re now left to believe that if the sales had continued, we’d still have interest payments, most of the resorts completed & returns being seen.

    I am sceptical of this. Firstly, Ames never had anyone to give out mortgages, so getting completions would be no easier than it has been now. Secondly, the completion process has been fraught with legal hurdles, which is nothing to do with finances. Thirdly, the rates at BB are questionable.

    They may have built H Hotel if it were not for Newman, but all the others?

  753. Anonymous

    RL will shortly be exposed for what they really are. I can see another SRA complaint in the offing, and once again RL can thank Dave Ames, who once again is grinning from ear to ear. Fatchops will rue the day he ever crossed swords with Mr. Ames.

  754. Anonymous

    Does any single living entity on this planet not rue the day they became involved with that man? His ability to bring misery to all he touches is almost without parallel.

    It’s the inverse Midas touch. Everything touched turns to sh1t.

  755. Life is good under DA. More misinformation on the RL site on the number of completions and returns.

  756. Anonymous

    For whom is life good under DA? Can you name anyone other than immediate family and those he threw above market salaries at to maintain their confidence who have benefited by his existence? Set against that small group, the thousands facing a miserable future because of delusional business plans.

  757. Yes I could but why should I. Ask DA

  758. Anonymous

    @6:07pm just ignore the blue anonymous and his mate. If they still believe, let them.

  759. HMP Harlequin...opening soon...redefining the "all inclusive destination"

    A simple question…how can you take in £400million…deliver virtually nothing in the case of BB and absolutely nothing in all the other resorts and it not be a fraud

    surely the SFO are as much of a bad joke as Harlquin
    This can not be anything more than a massive fraud and a crime

  760. Anonymous

    HMP – Harlequin, what an original post.

    Must have been said 100 times, trolling getting tough now?

  761. 10% Returns

    Life is wonderful getting my 10% return.

    Why aren’t you getting yours?

    Maybe you invested in a property you couldn’t afford to complete on.

    Greedy is what you were and now you are paying the price!

  762. Pink panther

    The only advice I could give you is book a holiday.

    I do it all the time.

  763. Why should I complete when I can go onto the RL forum and spend all my time moaning to my mates about what a nasty world it is.

  764. Anonymous

    @ 10% Returns, 25 May

    Has it occurred to you that your 10% returns might be your completion monies being drip fed back to you and that these could go up in smoke as soon as a third party buys up the resort without the pesky and demanding investors expecting to get an RoI?

    The alternative is that the 10% is coming from profits but there is scant evidence of any of those. What do they call the type of investment when returns are not drawn from profit but instead from income invested?

  765. Anonymous

    Anon 3:18am, it’s called keeping the deal I was promised.

  766. The gate keeper

    It could be a very busy day?

  767. Anonymous

    @ 10% Returns

    How can you call the investors who can’t afford to complete “greedy”? The whole business model was aimed at Joe Public who didn’t have the funds to buy into a traditional scheme. The famous “business model” video explains it all and includes an analysis of why third party finance is not required in order to honour the completion mortgages. Bear in mind this video was made after the financial crisis had hit and so this can’t be blamed for the failure of the model. The amount that was allowed to fall into the hands of contractors is also way too small in comparison to the total funds collected for this to have derailed anything. I’m at a loss to know why the model failed so perhaps someone with inside knowledge could explain.

    I did have the funds to buy a unit and complete without any borrowing but the sales hype made very extravagant and wildly optimistic forecasts without any substantial justification. I bought London property outright instead and have enjoyed 18% annual capital growth and 6% net revenue return since. I’m very happy with my investment thank you very much without any assistance coming from the Essex bunch.

  768. The View from Brierley Hill

    All,

    Harlequin Update

    We have set a deadline for those direct investors who wish to demand return of their deposit(s) from Harlequin. The deadline date is the 5th June 2015.

    Harlequin have taken £400m from investors. Investors have contracts which have provision for repayment (if the target completion date is missed). Nearly all completion dates have been missed. Many expired years ago.

    Harlequin in their update are effectively saying that they will use investor money to fight off investor demands for the return of their deposit(s). Harlequin know (as do we) that by quelling any form of demand, they can ignore investor contracts.

    Without any threat of enforcement of an investor contract, Harlequin have nothing to fear. They would have succeeded in parking investors in limbo. Harlequin have told investors that 2020 is their own target date for recommencement of development.

    We have our market sources and we see no sign of any finance being offered. Finance has been coming since early 2013 when Eleven Capital and Jim Baker attended investor meetings. We have no doubt that Harlequin have spoken to financiers since that date. Those discussions have not brought forward actual finance. Without finance, Harlequin will just limp on.

    We have enough market intelligence to understand how any re-finance / sale of Harlequin would be structured. We are not speculating when we say that the only viable way to re-finance or sell Harlequin is by using some form of “pre-pack” liquidation procedure. If this happens, then investor contracts are worthless and the assets of the companies gone into a liquidation process.

    It is for this reason that now is the time for the final demands to be made. We know from July 2014 that jurisdiction for any case has to be in SVG. We know from our experience of dealing with David Ames that he will fight very hard using any and all tactics at his disposal. We also know from the July 2014 jurisdiction case that many of the debts claimed in that action were not disputed.

    The bottom line is that David Ames won the jurisdiction case. He is entitled to his costs, which are currently challenged and subject to a court review. Our clients are not happy about paying costs to David Ames. However, they were both aware of the risk and accepting of it.

    This new process will not have a jurisdiction challenge from Harlequin. Any action will be issued in SVG. What will be very telling is how David Ames seeks to create a dispute on each debt to seek to avoid any winding up petition. We suspect that the average investor will feel extremely aggrieved when the demand for repayment of their deposit is challenged. Be under no illusion, David Ames will challenge as much as he can. He will also make scary noises about Harlequin’s costs and how you will pay significant amounts to him. The bottom line being that not only will he retain your deposit, he will then seek his costs for your temerity of asking for your deposit back.

    It is exactly for this reason that we will assemble a group of people. A £300.00 contribution to our overseas lawyers work (which will include any necessary statutory demands) is immaterial in the general scheme of things.

    We have already made it clear that the strategic decisions will be made by the investors, not by us. We will provide the legal input (alongside the overseas lawyers). The funds will be held on our client account in one pot. All spending decisions will be controlled by the investor representatives.

    Between now and 5th June 2015, direct investors have a big decision to make. If we do not have enough support, we will concede defeat and focus on our redress projects. If this happens, then for all intents and purposes Harlequin have won, because they will know that they will not be challenged by investors in the future.

    We can do little more now.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  769. Anonymous

    But RL you said you had seen an offer of finance. Was this a lie by you?

  770. Endless Calls

    PH – wind your neck in. Stop calling everyone, no one cares.

  771. Anonymous

    To the person who claims getting a 10% return because he closed on his purchase, do you have legal title to your unit? Thought not. Must be a computer glitch.

  772. Pigmy

    Well is some investors are happy to give me a big chunk of cash and I’ll drip feel them 10% more fool them.

  773. BS

    The offer of finance, came with T&C they were never met, offer withdrawn.

  774. Harlequin dirty tricks department

    So, Harlequin are simply saying, we have spent all your money, and want to keep any revenue from BB and the hotels; if you dare have the audacity to ask for your money back we will use every trick in the book to stop you.

    Including, but not limited to, legal costs, company structures overseas, and preying on the fact some investors will be scared.

  775. Harlequin dirty tricks department

    Was Harlequin set up in such a way it would be so difficult to enforce your contract?

  776. Anonymous

    The offer was from SevenCapital, one of Fatchett’s clients. Dave thought they would come in and buy / build out H Hotel. It was just a ruse to get the client list. RL were successful with this.

  777. Anonymous

    The Harlequin structure was set up so that people would not be able to get at one person’s assets. Being an SVG citizen and all, he can sit and wait whilst investors are bled of their funds. Nice little scam.

  778. DO YOU KNOW A HOLIDAY SCAM ?

    ITV’s flagship breakfast show is launching an investigation into holiday scams and is canvassing viewers for their stories. This is an excellent opportunity for investors to put their experiences in front of a wide audience in the very near future as the deadline is close.

    Contact Lee Hannon Senior Producer Good Morning Britain
    lee hannon at hotmail dot com

  779. Harlequin dirty tricks department

    How much money do the Ames family take from the revenues generated?

  780. Most investors just moan and do nothing, just out for damaging Harlequin whipped up into a frenzy by Fatchops.

  781. Anonymous

    What are they meant to do Anonymous?

  782. Anonymous

    @11:47am

    You might be best looking into “Harlequin Travel LTD”. This was purchased in 2009 from its previous owners to act as a travel agent (presumably to skin off commissions for travelling to BB).

    This little business seems to be doing quite well. No doubt they’ll receive salaries from it. The question is whether investor funds paid for it from HMSSE.

  783. Sue him and take Harlequin down. Grow a pair – wimp.

  784. Anonymous

    @12:05pm

    As a SIPP person I’ve been told to stay put.

    For direct people, they need to sue in SVG, that became apparent with the RL case which they “lost”. The new action will give people the chance to do that.

  785. Anonymous

    @Anonymous 11.11 Was the offer from SevenCapital related to the Iranians? Is this the same Seven Capital who are selling off plan waterfront apartments in Merry Hill? Has Fartchett got involved in property investment now?

  786. National Insurance Board vs Buccament Bay Resort Ltd

    Yet another court case coming up in St Vincent in early June. This one looks it like the management at Buccament have neglected to pay their employees’ NIC contributions.

    3 -SVGHCV2015/0005 Nature of Matter:Notice of Hearing
    Nature of Matter: Notice of Hearing Case Management Conference on 06/01/2015, at 9:00am
    National Insurance Board vs Buccament Bay Resort Ltd

    Addit. Parties:Claimant Atty: Duane Daniel
    Claimant: National Insurance Board Defendant

    Atty: S. E. Commissiong & Co
    Defendant: Buccament Bay Resort Ltd

  787. Endless Calls

    Leave our client alone. They are respectable people.

  788. Another anon

    Fattchips is involved with Iranians

  789. Time for talk is over

    RL Forum is gone, wonder why?

  790. Anonymous

    Oh no not the “it’s a secure site” lol

  791. The view from the hill

    I suspect some infidels had infiltrated the site.

  792. Plain Jane

    The best way to deal with it is to let people think.

    Talk defeats action.

  793. Anonymous

    Perhaps this is RL being “transparent”? Or they have something to hide?

  794. Seven or eleven

    It’s James Cannon from 11 Capital that has links with the Iranians. Seven Capital gave up with the stump years ago.

  795. A blast from the past

  796. Why does everyone want to sue Dave in SVG?

    The list of legal actions in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in St Vincent against Dave & Carol Ames and their Caribbean companies keeps growing. It all costs money which Dave has to find from somewhere. I wonder where?

    Early June is looking dicey for Dave

  797. Anonymous

    Seven Eleven, not sure about Iranians but you are talking from Uranus

  798. Anonymous

    WDEWTSDIS; yes, so I see but how successful have the cases been so far?

  799. Anonymous

    WDEWTSDIS, yes, very successful so far all these cases aren’t they?

  800. Anonymous

    What’s happened to RL website? Have they run off with everybody’s £300?

  801. Why does everyone want to sue Dave in SVG?

    I never mentioned that they have been successful. We all know Ames’ propensity for defending legal actions.

  802. Does the £300 include vat? If not why not? Does £300 = £360?

  803. Anonymous

    Anonymous 7.55pm, £400m pocketed by Ames and his crew, £70k case lost.

    I know who has won don’t you?

  804. Anonymous

    BHM, who knows its a client account not an invoice, you will only get an invoice when the cash is spent

  805. Anonymous

    Which case was £70k? I thought the RL one was £90k?

    Well if you think Ames has won (I don’t, but it’s what you’re inferring), it makes me sad. To think of all the people he’s conned money from, and for what. Just so he can stand on a stage and tell people about all the resorts he would have built if everyone wasn’t conspiring against him. He misrepresented the scheme, mis-sold the investments, and people want what’s rightfully theirs.

    On the bright side, it always catches up with you.

  806. Anonymous

    Anyone who deals with RL needs to have the stipulations in writing before embarking. They’re making as much a mess of this round of money-making as they did the last one. Don’t give them money blindly, as they’ll lump further costs onto you. By all means put your name forward, but for heaven’s sake you need to get details on how much you’re going to expect to spend, even if you lose (which I hope would not happen).

  807. Will investors let Ames win?

    Will investors lets Ames get away with £400 million?

    If RL don’t get the numbers, only themselves to blame.

    300 willing to have a go?

  808. Delauney Dave

    Just so we are clear, we do not have to activate anything.

    However, direct investors wanted to take action. Now they can.

    There are enough to take the action. There has been a £30,000 contribution from a 3rd party.

    212 as at tonight.

    Just to validate the statement for our mates. Ask Dave whether he still enjoys a breakfast at the Delauney.

    If so, he’ll know we are serious.

  809. No Fanny

    Dave is Delauney😉

  810. £30000 from a 3rd party? Well the escrow account details should tell us who that is. RL will be publishing the accounts at some point of course?

  811. The view from number 10

    No need. It’s out of RL hands, the are doing what they have been told.

  812. Progress?

    I’m struggling to see how Harlequin is anything but a huge scam. Building would be nice. Any news on this?

  813. Pesky bank

    Has the banking error been fixed yet?

  814. Returns

    Wonder when the train will finally crash?

  815. Anonymous

    Here is an interesting story for those who defend Harlequin.

    Keydata collapsed in 2009 with massive losses. The FCA just yesterday slapped a fine of £75m on its founder, who rebutted with a claim of £600m against the regulator and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (where have we heard this before).

    The interesting part is here:

    “Through a complex web of companies and trusts in the British Virgin Islands, Ford earned £72.4m in fees out of the £373m invested in Keydata’s ‘Lifemark’ funds. Along with an additional £22.7m paid to Keydata itself, the scale of the fees seriously undermined the chances of investors seeing the returns promised, according to the FCA. Small investors are estimated to have lost up to £475m.”

    It’s my opinion the same thing has happened with Harlequin. People put money in unbeknownst to them that most of it would be siphoned off in commissions.

    Now you have the “founder” in a claim against former accountants whilst the organization goes nowhere.

    Here is something you may hear Ames say “The FSA and PwC collaborated and conspired to carry out a regulatory ‘hatchet job’ on Keydata and on me”

  816. The view from number 10

    RL were involved in both, look into that how you want.

  817. Anonymous

    they’re both scams?

  818. The view from number 10

    RL get appointed when things go wrong. to do ‘wet work’

  819. Anonymous

    lol yes. they wouldn’t be appointed if things didn’t go wrong. Both this keydata and harlequin have gone wrong, now RL have to pick up the pieces. How successful they’ll be, we’ll have to see. Shame really because the brochures made Harlequin stuff look good. Why they needed to take so much in commissions is beyond me.

  820. Anonymous

    Greed & ego of a little failed Businessman

  821. Anonymous

    RL site still in lockdown. Redefining transparency in Brierely Hill.

  822. Will investors let Ames win?

    If you do nothing now, don’t start belly aching when Ames fails, yet again, to deliver what he promissed.

  823. I give up, he's won

    Has he not already won?

    He has the big house, 10 or so properties in Dubai.

    He has not paid the freezing order clients.

    He has had over £400 million and done whatever he want’s

    The SFO, HMRC and the police have done nothing.

    If RL can’t get a poxy 300 people to finish this off who else will?

  824. Anonymous

    1. Who said he has property in Dubai? Shipleys only have 4 properties on HMSSE books from what I remember, all of which could not be classed as assets (he sold 1, 2 need to have final payment & I forgot about last).

    2. Big house under freezing order. This order prohibits him from selling, does not mean he has to pay. The house is in his name, which means that if found guilty, it’ll go with everything else.

    3. He didn’t do what he wanted with the money. He sent most of it in commissions, meaning he didn’t get it. He spend £130m on BB and the rest on other building etc. He may have creamed some off, but it’s nothing near £400m.

    4. SFO are investigating. Granted it’s taken time, but they have not said they cannot proceed.

    5. RL are questionable. A number of investors have taken action in SVG and won charges over the land. None of the hotels are making substantial money, so the best way to stop them is to cut their finances. We all know the “Google Test” is their Achilles Heel. You could request a refund also, but they’ll no doubt direct you to the Caribbean company. This is where SVG proceedings come into play.

    Don’t write it off just yet. The SFO have already brought a number of similar cases to bear, and won. It’s a long road but there is light.

  825. Anonymous

    Once a crack appears, the whole lot will come tumbling down.

  826. Piggy Bank aka investor funds.

    Well Paddy helped himself to over a million, so even if ‘the family’ creamed off the same each, it’s a bloody disgrace. He paid dividends out, way beyond what’s acceptable -it’s just been a family piggy bank..

  827. SFO get your finger out

    He will do his normal thing and scare the people with the freezing order about costs if they lose. It could send some of them bankrupt, or insane with worry – possibly both.

    He is doing the same with the RL potential stat demand case. The little tw@t does not seem to understand the concept these people are going nothing wrong.

    And, where is the money coming for to fund all these legal cases? it’s disgraceful the authorities are so impotent.

  828. Anonymous

    Britannia waves the rules…

  829. Backbone?

    I wonder how many cash investors will actually do something instead of just moaning? You only have yourself to blame. Don’t be like Storey and Imgham grow a pair and go after Ames.

    He has had your money, get it back.

  830. Bonehead

    “He has had your money” not your money then troll.

  831. Anonymous

    Will SIPPs get a payout?

  832. Does Dave need a Pay Day loan?

    National Insurance Board vs Buccament Bay Resort Ltd coming up in the SVG court next week.

    Dave you didn’t pay the BB workers’ NIC. You ain’t above the law like you think you are.

    Pay Day is coming up real soon Dave. How are you gonna make it this month?

  833. Anonymous

    Dave has had his pay day, skimmed of millions.

    Could buy and sell you with his loose change.

  834. Does Dave need a Pay Day loan?

    A riled troll there

  835. Anonymous

    Imgman upset😉 needs his crumbs.

  836. Bonehead

    You have absolutely no idea. Just showing your infantile trolling.

  837. Anonymous

    Doubt Imgham gets any crumbs, him and Ames fell out some time ago – he’s submitting a Stat Demand through RL.

    Some people just aren’t up to date.

  838. Bonehead

    Yes that’s right, he has just donated £30,000 towards the cause.

  839. He with fat wife

    Imgham has not got the bottle.

  840. Anonymous

    Yes because you know Imgham don’t you?

    Well only in your imagination

  841. Fake investor

    He is not an investor, don’t waste time on him. He works for the goblin.

  842. Dreamer

    Fake Investor, yes I’m sure you would be privy to know this, can you demonstrate and prove your statement?

    What’s the odd on getting a reply?

  843. Fake investor

    Where would someone living in a £200k house get £200k to invest cash lol.
    Someone who claims to have a company and rents his cars, utter rubbish.

  844. Anonymous

    Think you have just proven that you know nothing, stop making a fool of yourself.

    Don’t some of the biggest companies in the world rent cars for VAT purposes? If you had a company that turned over enough to claim VAT back then you may comprehend.

    Maybe you will get one fact right one day?

  845. Dreamer

    Fake Investor, how would you obtain the information on a fellow investor as to where he lives, where he works or how he pays for his transport.

    You seem an oddball.

    Doesn’t take too many guesses to work out who you are.

  846. Dreamer

    Add to the list, how would you know how much somebody invested.

    Sounds like the actions of somebody with mental issues that possibly comfort eats.

  847. Supertramp

    Well said Dreamer. Why use facts when trolling will do.

  848. Mind dreamer

    Holiday makers from euro countries maybe returning home?

  849. Mind dreamer

    Shortly?

  850. Redefining transparency at Brierly Hill.

    RL site still in lockdown. Although you can still access the template for the RL solvency letter. How odd.

  851. Water mind

    The word that I forgot was flood.

  852. SFO ramping it up

    Come on Dave, where is this finance, is that Google test still causing you problems?

    Or could that be the SFO ?

  853. Anonymous

    Was the diddy one involved with FIFA😉

  854. Double selling

    This is a problem to little legs, we have proof, so do the SFO.

  855. Numbers do lie just like little legs
  856. Anonymous

    Looks like the chief anti HP troll has got his internet connection back up.

  857. Anonymous

    Ames has blood on his hands. People have committed suicide because of him. Hopefully, he will do the same when it all fails.

  858. Anonymous

    Who are these people?

  859. Anonymous

    Come on troll, which people have committed suicide because of DA? That’s people, plural, so more than one.