Therma Seal UK Ltd, also known as Therma Seal (Therma Coatings) and its directors have been found guilty of fraud and have each been sentenced to 5 years in prison.
Aggressive sale techniques
Directors, Alan Wilson and Christopher Wilkes, conducted aggressive sales techniques to persuade potential customers, many who were elderly, to part with thousands of pounds for a roof coating product.
An investigation was conducted by Dudley Council, who found that there were more than 2,700 victims nationwide between 2010–2012. One complaint that was received was by a 91 year old woman, who was told by Therma Seal she would have to pay £30,000 to re-roof her home, then quoted her over £17,000 for the roof coating product and then lowered it to £13,000 to make it look like she was getting a good deal. In reality, the actual cost of the work needed to the woman’s roof should have been no more than £1050.
Therma Seal cold-called elderly people and produced them with glossy brochures and leaflets containing false promises about the roof coating product. They stated that the product would reduce heat loss by 25% and make an energy saving of between 15%- 40%. However, the University of Salford conducted a study which showed the coating would only increase thermal resistance by 5.3% and would do very little to protect people’s roofs.
Therma Seal directors, Alan Wilson and Christopher Wilkes were sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court. Judge Martin Walsh, sentenced the men to 5 years each in prison and disqualified them from being company directors for 8 years. He stated that the paid duped their retired customers into a “frenzy of commission lead fraud” and it was revealed that Thermal Seal UK Ltd and Therma Seal (Therma Coatings) had a turnover of £8.5million.
As well as the directors, saleswoman, Julie Barrett, was found guilty of fraud. The trio were charged with 15 offences in relation to their activities with Therma Seal UK Ltd and Therma Seal (Therma Coatings).
Henderson Lawyers, Claim Specialists
If you have suffered at the hands of these criminals, then perhaps we could help you present a claim to try and win the repair costs, which would put you back in the position you were in before they damaged your roof.
All of our roof coating claims are made on a no win no fee basis meaning if we do not win then we will not charge you anything.
So if you have been a victim of Thermal Seal UK Ltd and Therma Seal (Therma Coatings) or any other roof coating company, call Henderson Lawyers on 0161 359 7140 for a no obligation chat about a No Win No Fee claim.