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Saturday 31 December 2016

Barry Gamble (The London Vines Ltd) made indefinitely bankrupt

 Barry Michael Gamble – bankruptcy report

As 2016 draws to a close I am sure that Barry Gamble's many friends and fervent admirers, who may include Emma and Katie, will appreciate an update, especially as the liquidator's latest report to 30.10.16 is available here.

Although Gamble was made bankrupt at Croydon County Court on 8th December 2015, his bankruptcy wasn't confirmed until 2nd June 2016 as Gamble appealed to the court claiming that the bankruptcy order should not have been made. Fortunately Gamble's delaying tactics failed – the order arose from the misfeasance action brought by solicitors acting for the liquidator of The London Vines Ltd. In the latter half of 2015 Gamble was fined by default £741,647.45

The UK bankruptcy register shows that Gamble's bankruptcy, which would normally have ended on 8th December 2016, has been extended indefinitely'Order suspending bankrupt’s discharge under Section 279(3) of the Insolvency Act 1986 until the fulfillment of conditions as specified in the Order made by the Court and effective from 29 November 2016'. I will report on these conditions if and when I have the details.

Given the successful misfeasance claim – taking money out of The London Vines Ltd without proper justification – Gamble should have been banned as a UK director. That this wasn't pursued may well be down to Government cuts in The Insolvency Service. Anyway Gamble's continued bankruptcy precludes him from being a UK director.  

There is potential further bad news for the Gamble household. Amanda Gamble, Barry's wife, may well also be made bankrupt early in 2017 as reported in the Liquidator's report from 31st October 2015 to 30th October 2016. 'A Statutory Demand was personally served on Mrs Gamble on 22nd October 2016 and accordingly, Mrs Gamble has until 09 November 2016 to apply to the Court to have the Demand set aside and we will be able to present a Bankruptcy Petition from 14 November 2016.' It seems that Amanda Gamble is yet to be made bankrupt as her name does not yet appear on the bankruptcy register.  

According to the liquidator's latest report: 'Barry Gamble claimed that all of the net sale proceeds from the property at 6 Rowan Close (Banstead) were paid to his wife Amanda Gamble'.   

Sadly I suspect that few will be surprised to learn that it is very unlikely that any of the clients and investors with The London Vines Ltd will get any of the £1.63 million claimed to be owing. 
Gamble made an appearance here in the Mirror back in February 2016. 

Barry Gamble's libel case
In December 2014 Barry Gamble decided to sue me in the High Court for libel and slander. Essentially, despite the misfeasance judgment, Gamble claimed to be an honest businessman. 

Gamble based much of his case and claim on a company called ESW Exports (UK) Ltd, which supposedly had experience and expertise in exporting English sparkling wine. Central to Gamble's legal claim was that he had personally lost a contract with a Toronto based Canadian wine importer worth £80,000.

This contract, of course, was pure fantasy and the whole case an abuse of legal process. There never was a contract with the Canadian importer. It took Gamble some nine months to come up with the name of the importer who, when I contacted him in November 2015,
told me:  

'I took the time to go through my records to determine whether I had any contact with Mr. Gamble as his name and company did not ring a bell.  I deal with dozens of suppliers every year and many of our contacts do not result in any business. I did find some e-mail correspondence with him in 2013 where I informed him of some upcoming opportunities for sparkling wines with our monopoly, the LCBO. He sent me information about one Italian sparkling wine which was priced outrageously with no hope of ever being purchased. I reached out to him again a few months later regarding another opportunity and he did not respond so I closed my file. I have never heard from him since.'

Gamble was not a director or shareholder of ESW Exports (UK) Ltd – he never explained why he would have personally benefitted from the fantasy £80,000 contract. ESW Exports (UK) Ltd was established on 16th August 2012. It was struck off on 21st October 2014 for non-compliance – no annual returns of accounts were filed.  

In 2012 Gamble did make contact with a number of English sparkling wine producers. One of them – Sam Lindo of the excellent Camel Valley  – was not impressed:

'I have only come across these guys from them enquiring about exporting our wine.  They sound like a bunch of nutters. I told them their website made them look like a con, it showed a total lack of knowledge of our industry, in particular how small it is. The chap missed the joke I made about only using Western Union money transfers.
Some of these people can be genuine, we make everyone pay up front for the first 2 orders and this stops any chancers.' 
Good to go: 
On 9th August 2012 Gamble emailed a number of English sparkling wine producers claiming to have 'importers/agents in the major citys (sic) in China and India' and that 'Myself and my newly formed export company ESW Exports Ltd are taking English sparkling wine to the other side of the planet'.

'Hi Guys,
As your more than likely aware, English sparkling wine has a reputation rarely surpassed.  In fact so popular is the wine of our fair land that overseas they cant get enough actually they cant get any, Myself and my newly formed export company ESW Exports LTD are taking English sparkling wine to the other side of the planet..
With a handful of importers/agents in the major citys in China and India good to go all we need is the wine..
So I write this email in hope that we can spread the word with gusto, we would look to purchase at least 100 cases of sparkling wine in various forms from as many vineyards as possible, of course if the wines are award winning in some way then all the better..
All monies for your wines will of course be paid up front and we would look to build from there..
Feel free to get in contact with myself on the number below or reply to this email at your earliest convenience..
Many Thanks
Barry Gamble'

Gamble's claim of 'importers/agents' in China and India is also likely to have been a complete fantasy. Interestingly no mention here of a Canadian importer....

Shortly before Gamble was made bankrupt at Croydon Court, he made an offer of settlement, which included a demand for £3000 to cover his legal costs. Gamble never received a penny. Once a liquidator was appointed in respect of Gamble's personal bankruptcy, they discontinued the legal action since bankrupt Gamble was not in a position to pursue this case.   




  1. Can there at some point be a case made that the monies from the sale of the house were proceeds of crime? As he dishonestly took monies from the business to pay for such things in the first place?

  2. Jim As I am sure you are aware Mrs Amanda Gamble used to be Miss Amanda Kennedy sister to a then Miss Julie Kennedy who is now Mrs Julie Kennedy-Hewitt wife of James Kennedy-Hewitt who used to be James Hewitt of James Hewitt Associates Ltd Fame Andy'Russian Brides'Dunne's right hand man.
    I wonder what James Kennedy-Hewitt is up to these days must be around 37 years old now he must of done alright for himself. But does that mean he has gone straight if so why does he not contact you Jim with proof(you are the sort of man who would not publish details if he has indeed gone straight)and his name will never be mentioned again. But no he will only contact you when you mention his new wine company not using his name obviously.
    Jim is it me or are all the wine scams connected and why can't they be named before they go bust?

    1. Anon. For years it has been clear that many of the investment scams are indeed interconnected. Where possible I name dubious investment companies before they go bust and have been doing so since 1996.

    2. Why can't you talk about this chaps new company if he has form for scams then Jim

  3. Jim I understand you have to play the legal game when naming companies and connections but surely in your twenty years you have met and will know the right people to put information in front of I'm sure these people would be interested in James Kennedy-Hewitt,Ian Van der Hook,Malcolm Hills,Chris Demetriou and Andy'Russian Brides'Dunne and their involvement in a currently trading wine company that used millions in stock siphoned off from a well known liquidation of another firm with a shortfall of millions. All they would have to do is to look back at the records of the bonded warehouse further than the required length of time by the friendly liquidator.This is a massive conspiracy by anyone's standards. What can be done to stop them?

  4. Someone knew Barry Gamble's address in the kingswood/banstead area someone local must know where this James Kennedy-Hewitt lives I bet clients of James Hewitt Associates,Bordeaux uk,Paramount Land,Consolidated Land and Countrywide Land would like to know where to find Andy'Russian Brides'Dunne Right Hand Man

  5. It still amazes me Jim that people try to argue the toss with you when they are out and out fraudsters. Barry Gamble trying to take you to court and if I remember correctley Ian Van der Hook(and friends) trying to justify Bordeaux uk going into liquidation before the massive shortfall of £13 Million came to light 'Wolves at the door again this morning' or something to that effect, do you remember Jim?
    I wonder if they will ever get real wolves at their door

  6. Ken Gundlach also lives in kingswood, so is this the new trend start in Bromley Rip people off for millions then if you get away scott free go and live in Kingswood. Jim might be worth you visiting the Costa Del Kingswoood, on the map there is one pub called the Kinswood Arms I am sure the locals in their could point you in the right direction.

  7. Ken Gundlach address is Glade Shaw, The Glade, Kingswood, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 6LL

  8. A good tip is to look for planning permissions at the local authority but can't find any under James Kennedy-Hewitt