Club Mac in Alcudia, the target for numerous fraudulent sickness claims.

12-07-2014Andrew Ede

The false claims made by UK holidaymakers for holiday sickness have become an issue for the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which brings together bar associations in EU countries and others, such as Switzerland.

The CCBE has been urging the UK to tackle false claims for food poisoning and gastric complaints, and it has had some success. The Solicitors Regulation Authority in England and Wales requested information about the claims and has since issued warnings to various law firms.

The dean of the Balearic college of lawyers (the professional institute), Martín Aleñar, says that this European-level intervention came about because of requests from Spain and particularly from the Balearics. It is another means of addressing the serious problem of claims that have been costing hotels millions of euros. The "claims farmers", the companies which entice tourists to make claims, subcontract the demands made of hotels or tour operators to law firms.

Guardia Civil arrests of two women in Alcudia who were approaching holidaymakers and persuading them to make false claims were an indication of how administrations are fighting back against the practice. Tour operators, notably Thomas Cook and Tui, have had success in bringing actions and dissuading claims, while one hotel complex that has been blighted by claims - Club Mac in Alcudia - has made clear that it will start legal proceedings against tourists making false claims.

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Geoff Dominy / Hace over 4 years

Sometimes you think you have seen everything this world has to offer and then......you realise the more you peel the onion, the worse it gets. There's a sickness alright but it is not caused by the food served in these hotels, it's the people who think they can profit from these types of scams. Once again, you have to send a strong message by issuing lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines so that people who think a million times before they pull a stunt like this!

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Lawrie / Hace over 4 years

Its embarrassing how the the british low life give as all a bad name.

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Steve Kane / Hace over 4 years

The "claims farmers", should be named and shamed by the Spanish because the English lawyers are to scared to do so ,by naming and shaming ALL that carry out this despicable fraud it will help to stop it

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