Fields Group Companies

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Dear Bridgend County Borough Council,

I wish to know the exact number of complaints, trading standard site visits, investigation and trading standards interventions recorded against Fields Group Ltd and its many trading names and subsidiaries accross Europe - most operated by Fields Associates Ltd. In particular:

Fields Data Recovery Ltd
Rapid Data Recovery Ltd
Action Direct UK Ltd
Debt Survival UK Ltd
Quickie Divorce Ltd
UK Digital Solutions Ltd
Smart B2B Services Ltd
First Claims Direct Ltd
Fields Associates Ltd
Endevour Law Ltd

Please note that the following websites are used as trading names for the above and should therefore be included in your search:

Fields-associates.co.uk
hard-drive-data-recovery.co.uk
datarecoveryspecialists.co.uk
rapid-data.net
fields-data-recovery.com
fields-data-recovery.co.uk
pronto-dati.com
dataphoenix.co.uk
salvataggio-dati.com
datenphoenix.de
clinique-de-donnees.fr
computerforensicsspecialists.co.uk
www.clean-break.co.uk
www.managed-divorce.co.uk
www.solicitor-divorce.com
http://uk-divorce-uk.com
www.cohabitation-agreement.co.uk
www.divorce-solicitor.net
www.pre-nuptial-agreement.co.uk
www.separation-agreement.co.uk
www.injunction-direct.com
www.injunction-online.com
www.tribunal-action.com
www.tribunal-online.com
www.visaaction.co.uk
www.custody-action.com
http://driving-theorytest.co.uk
www.ukds.net
www.ukdigitalsolutions.com
www.online-conveyancing.net
www.which-mortgage.net
http://lushdates.com
www.lushdates.com
http://ukds-recruitment.com
www.smartcompanyformations.co.uk
www.smartsitesolutions.net
www.smart-payroll.co.uk
www.smart-businessplans.co.uk
http://smart-b2b.com

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Butler

foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST X01-5959

 

We acknowledge your request for information received on 13 February 2017. 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Y Swyddfa Rhyddid Gwybodaeth | Freedom of Information Office

Gwasanaethau Gweithredol a Phartneriaethol  |  Operational and Partnership
Services

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Pen-Y-Bont ar Ogwr | Bridgend County Borough
Council

Ffon / Phone: (01656) 643473

Ffacs / Fax: (01656) 657899

 

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foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

Dear Mr Butler

The department assisting with the response to your request have asked that you provide a period of time for your request. For example, are you interested in complaints received within the last financial year?

I would be grateful if you could clarify this for us please and look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Y Swyddfa Rhyddid Gwybodaeth | Freedom of Information Office
Gwasanaethau Gweithredol a Phartneriaethol | Operational and Partnership Services
Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Pen-Y-Bont ar Ogwr | Bridgend County Borough Council
Ffon / Phone: (01656) 643473
Ffacs / Fax: (01656) 657899

E-bost / E-Mail [Bridgend County Borough Council request email]
Gwefan / Website: www.bridgend.gov.uk

Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg. Rhowch wybod i ni os mai Cymraeg yw eich dewis iaith.
We welcome correspondence in Welsh. Please let us know if your language choice is Welsh.

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Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw atodiadau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn cynrychioli
safbwyntiau'r unigolyn a'i anfonodd (unigolion a'u hanfonodd) ac ni ddylid eu
hystyried fel safbwynt swyddogol Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr.
Mae'r cynnwys yn gyfrinachol ac wedi'i fwriadu ar gyfer y sawl y'i cyfeiriwyd ato
yn unig. Os ydych wedi ei dderbyn mewn camgymeriad, rhowch wybod i weinyddwr y
system ar (+44) 01656 642111.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw atodiadau wedi cael eu sganio gyda 'Mcafee' -
http://www.mcafee.com/
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Dear foi,

Many thanks for your attention.

For the Periods January 1st 2008 to February 17th 2017

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Butler

foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

Dear Mr Butler,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST X01- 5959

 

We refer to your email dated 13 February 2017 which contained a request
for information as set out in italics below.  Following consideration of
your request, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I
respond to each point as follows:

 

I wish to know the exact number of complaints, trading standard site
visits, investigation and trading standards interventions recorded against
Fields Group Ltd and its many trading names and subsidiaries accross
Europe - most operated by Fields Associates Ltd. In particular:

 

Fields Data Recovery Ltd

Rapid Data Recovery Ltd

Action Direct UK Ltd

Debt Survival UK Ltd

Quickie Divorce Ltd

UK Digital Solutions Ltd

Smart B2B Services Ltd

First Claims Direct Ltd

Fields Associates Ltd

Endevour Law Ltd

 

Please note that the following websites are used as trading names for the
above and should therefore be included in your search:

 

Fields-associates.co.uk

hard-drive-data-recovery.co.uk

datarecoveryspecialists.co.uk

rapid-data.net

fields-data-recovery.com

fields-data-recovery.co.uk

pronto-dati.com

dataphoenix.co.uk

salvataggio-dati.com

datenphoenix.de

clinique-de-donnees.fr

computerforensicsspecialists.co.uk

[1]www.clean-break.co.uk

[2]www.managed-divorce.co.uk

[3]www.solicitor-divorce.com

[4]http://uk-divorce-uk.com

[5]www.cohabitation-agreement.co.uk

[6]www.divorce-solicitor.net

[7]www.pre-nuptial-agreement.co.uk

[8]www.separation-agreement.co.uk

[9]www.injunction-direct.com

[10]www.injunction-online.com

[11]www.tribunal-action.com

[12]www.tribunal-online.com

[13]www.visaaction.co.uk

[14]www.custody-action.com

[15]http://driving-theorytest.co.uk

[16]www.ukds.net

[17]www.ukdigitalsolutions.com

[18]www.online-conveyancing.net

[19]www.which-mortgage.net

[20]http://lushdates.com

[21]www.lushdates.com

[22]http://ukds-recruitment.com

[23]www.smartcompanyformations.co.uk

[24]www.smartsitesolutions.net

[25]www.smart-payroll.co.uk

[26]www.smart-businessplans.co.uk

[27]http://smart-b2b.com

 

 

For the time period indicated (periods 1 January 2008 to 17 February 2017)
this section has received:

 

829 -Complaints

64  -Service Requests

20 - Enforcement visits

 

In relation to the trading entities identified.  

 

The Authority does not hold information in relation to subsidiary across
Europe.

 

I hope this response satisfies your request. If you are dissatisfied with
the handling of the request, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you
have the right to request a review of the Council’s response to your
request for information.  If you wish to request a review, please write
to:

 

Mr P A Jolley

Corporate Director, Operational and

Partnership Services and Monitoring Officer

Bridgend County Borough Council

Civic Offices,

Angel Street

Bridgend, CF31 4WB

 

within 28 days of the date of this letter.  If you remain dissatisfied
with the outcome of that review, you may seek further recourse by lodging
an appeal with the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office – Wales

2^nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

Tel:  02920 678400

Fax:  02920 678399

E:mail : [28][email address]

Website:  [29]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

--

Freedom of Information Office

Bridgend County Borough Council

Level 2, Civic Offices

Angel Street

Bridgend

CF31 4WB

Tel: 01656 643565

Email: [Bridgend County Borough Council request email]

 

 

 

 

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Dear foi,

Thank you for your prompt attention. This gives a little insight into what is the tip of the iceberg.

Most taken by Fields are businesses and outside the UK.

The effect they are having on the market place for their competitors is not to be underestimated.

Fields Overcharge for simple data recovery jobs,

They under quote for actual work

They submit fake reviews and create fake reviewer profiles.

Who at Trading Standards can investigate the real level of scams that Fields have operated. Its worldwide and most have no recourse against a pseudo law firm / litigation consultancy that has been carrying out deception on an unprcedented scale.

They operate through numerous outlets and even solicitors and the law are being undermined by such an operation.

I am a competitor but was served an HCI as an individual that I nearly lost my life over because Fields staff, directors and associates colluded in bringing about small claims (which the judge subsequently "mulcted" Fields for ) and an exparte HCI
that was secured by their Chairman bribing his operations manager with £2500 to lie in an affidavit in order to support the HCI . And posting in my name and my companies name in order to ensure I was also served the HCI . Using a drunken ex police officer to serve the HCI was a bonus for them, he read the document and assumed it was true.

My "accident" that the one and only witness descibed I should not have survived left me with a prolapsed disc, fractured vertibrae and subsequently partial stroke.

Not even a letter of apology or letter to say the HCI was discontinued.

They paid out damages to me for the wrongful small claims and damages to Rowland Ferraro ferraro and his solicitors to prevent them having to go to court.

Trading Standards should investigate.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Butler

foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

Dear Mr Butler

I write in response to your email of 8 March.

I would advise you that any complaints should be made to the Trading Standards Department which is part of the Shared Regulatory Services.

I attach a hyperlink to assist you.

http://www.srs.wales/en/Contact-Us.aspx

I can also advise you that the telephone number for the Shared Regulatory Services is 0300 123 6696 or you can e-mail [email address].

Please note that the Trading Standards Department will not be able correspond with you via the Whatdotheyknow website therefore I would ask that you provide them with your private e-mail address. I confirm that I have today forwarded your email to the Trading Standards Section for information purposes.

Yours sincerely

Y Swyddfa Rhyddid Gwybodaeth | Freedom of Information Office
Gwasanaethau Gweithredol a Phartneriaethol | Operational and Partnership Services
Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Pen-Y-Bont ar Ogwr | Bridgend County Borough Council
Ffon / Phone: (01656) 643473
Ffacs / Fax: (01656) 657899

E-bost / E-Mail [Bridgend County Borough Council request email]
Gwefan / Website: www.bridgend.gov.uk

Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg. Rhowch wybod i ni os mai Cymraeg yw eich dewis iaith.
We welcome correspondence in Welsh. Please let us know if your language choice is Welsh.

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