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Timeshare mis-selling and Abbott v RCI Europe

Following a recent victory for timeshare providers, David Partington suggests claimants attempting to challenge these arrangements have been fighting on the wrong battleground

7 March 2017

When I first started to undertake work in respect of timeshares I found that the opinions I had to write were extremely long and challenging. If nothing else, the recent long-awaited decision in Abbott v RCI Europe [2016] EWHC 2602 confirmed that I had not been guilty of narcissistic prolixity.

The reasons for the inordinate length of the written work are the Byzantine complexity of the products being sold under the various timeshare arrangements, and the multiplicity of potential individual causes of action or defences. Timeshare disputes involve an unusual intersection between traditional black letter commercial chancery issues (such as rescission for misrepresentation, agency or entire agreement clauses, and so on) on the one hand, and what may broadly be called modern consumer law on the other.

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