Club la Costa

Hi

My dad was a paid up member of club la Costa for years, but back in 2017 he decided he needed to leave, a process ClC made very difficult indeed. He stopped paying them and had at stone point received a letter from them to say that they aren't going to chase him for any money unless he wants to take his account out of suspension.
However, ClC have gone bump and an American firm have bought their assets and debts and he's really worried that they can and will come after him for 6 years of actual fees + interest, money he doesn't have.
I get a little unsure about the order of events here, but I know he has been worried in the past about still be liable for the ClC money and has spoken to (and paid in advance) a couple of solicitor firms who told him they could get him out of his contract and even get him back some of the money he had paid into the scheme in the past, unfortunately they all seem to have been scam artists and have vanished.

Has anyone had any experience of getting out of a scheme such as ClC?
Does anyone know of a genuine, honest law firm who can deal with such things and aren't going to rip my dad off again but who hopefully aren't going to charge the earth?
My dad isn't bothered about getting the money back he paid in, he just wants to be sure that no one is going to come knocking at his door.

Thanks

Matt

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  • la531983
    la531983 Posts: 1,672
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    edited 26 October 2023 at 6:28AM
    The obvious thing to say here is don't pay a single penny on legal help if no money is being asked for currently, what would be the point in being proactive here? If anything it could poke the bear so to speak.

    As for anyone knocking at his door, unless they are a High Court bailiff instructed as a result of an unpaid CCJ (which he would know about) they have as much right of entry as the milkman does. 
  • TELLIT01
    TELLIT01 Posts: 16,260
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    In the event that he is contacted by the company which bought out CLC, and only at that point, he should contact a local solicitor.  He should not sign up with any of the 'ambulance chasers' of the kind who have already conned him out of money.  In all probability they were linked to CLC in some way, if only by obtaining a list of their members.
  • Thanks for the information people's, I'll pass the info onto my dad.
  • Ganga
    Ganga Posts: 4,049
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    Would the debt not be statute barred after 6 years?
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
  • eskbanker
    eskbanker Posts: 29,940
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    Ganga said:
    Would the debt not be statute barred after 6 years?
    Possibly, but very little of it would be six years old if it's been building up since 2017?
    My dad was a paid up member of club la Costa for years, but back in 2017 he decided he needed to leave

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    he's really worried that they can and will come after him for 6 years of actual fees + interest
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