Andrew Burgess, a former student of property trainer Samuel Leeds who says he wants to highlight the guru’s activities after attending several of his courses, has been served with a letter from a law firm asking him to delete all the social media sites that he controls.
The letter warns that his ‘campaign’ against Leeds is both defamatory and constitutes harassment and that Burgess has made false allegations against Leeds, and incited others to do so. It also accuses him of ‘malicious communication’ after Burgess contacted several former Leeds students.
The legal spat is the latest in a long-running campaign by Leeds to tackle Burgess and other critics of his property investment strategies, methods which are promoted tirelessly on the internet and social media by the guru via his property academy, Property Investors.
Mishcon de Reya
In February this year Burgess was served with a similar ‘cease and desist’ letter from another legal firm, Mishcon de Reya, which informed Burgess that he had been reported to the police, although Burgess claims no further legal action or police investigation has subsequently materialised.
As LandlordZONE, several national newspapers, the BBC and other media outlets have reported in the past, the key criticisms of Leeds and his many copycats is that their courses attempt to teach inexperienced members of the public how to make a ‘passive income’ with ‘no money down’.
These include Rent to Rent and Lease Option agreements, joint ventures, serviced accommodation packaging and deal sourcing – even though these require amazing sales skills, local contacts and property sector experience and knowledge, attributes many of his student do not possess. His courses start at £995 but can cost up to £12,000.
Burgess has told LandlordZONE that he is not phased by the letters that Leeds’ legal representatives continue to send him, and he intends to ignore them as he has done in the past.
“I have asked my solicitor to look at them and have been assured there is no legal basis for their claims or demands,” he says. “They are just an attempt to cower me into silence.”