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FCA paid out £4.7m over IFA fraudulent Brazilian forestry scheme

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The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has paid out £4.7m in respect of Total Wealth Solutions, a collapsed IFA that advised clients to invest their pensions in a fraudulent Brazilian forestry scheme. In 2017 the Bedfordshire- based firm...

Financial Conduct Authority changed complaints process

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The FCA has been accused of unlawfully changing its complaints scheme “via the backdoor” to avoid paying compensation. Last year the Financial Conduct Authority published guidelines that said consumers would only be entitled to compensation when...

Uncertain times for North East High Street Group investors

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Reports have been published highlighting the reasons for auditors resigning from the High Street Group after compiling the company’s accounts. Accountants PwC stood down as auditors of High Street Group - the developer behind Hadrian’s Tower in...

Client to be compensated for negligent advice given by TenetConnect

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Ombudsman backs client after TenetConnect failed to give her suitable advice. The individual who is known as Mrs L to protect her identity raised the claim with FOS after unsuitable advice caused her to pay tax that she felt could have been avoided. Mrs...

Warning signs when decarbonising your home

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The UK government have set out a long-awaited Heat and Building strategy to set out a road map on how we can decarbonise our homes. Part of the strategy includes grants to help people replace their boilers with air-source heat pumps. The current cost for...

FCA extended investigation into British Steel enforcement

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It is believed that the number of advice firms being investigated as part of the British Steel Pensions Scheme (BSPS) probe has increased in the last month. Around 40 firms are now under FCA enforcement investigation over advice given to steelworkers in...

SIPP provider Forthplus Pensions into administration

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Self-invested personal pension (SIPP) provider ForthPlus Pensions has entered administration after failing to secure continued professional indemnity insurance (PII). Forthplus had around 2,500 customers which were predominantly in the UK. The company...

Footballers demand compensation

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850 footballers are demanding compensation from 17 firms after players performance information was published without their consent. Data like the players, height, average goals per game, which the players do not receive any payment for. Under article 4 of...

Court backed repayment scheme for Provident Financial customers to claim compensation for mis-sold loans

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Provident Financial has set aside £50m to repay customers who were sold unaffordable loans. Customers will not get all their money back as the court has agreed on a compensation scheme with the firm to ensure that it does not go into liquidation. Why...

The Double Whammy of Rising Energy Bills and Secret Commissions

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Once again, the hapless consumer is paying the price for the greed of others, but consumers have been paying more for their energy than they should have for many years. Secret Commissions If you or your business swapped energy suppliers, especially by...

Energy Crisis

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A global surge in wholesale power and gas prices has shocked the world, this could see major energy companies go bust. Many households may be looking to switch to a new energy supplier on a cheaper tariff, however, please be aware of the hidden commissions...

Cold calling leads to unsuitable investment

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Our client was wrongly advised by St Pauls Marketing Limited (an Appointed Representative of Alexander David Securities Limited) to transfer her pension to a self-invested personal pension (SIPP) and invest in an unsuitable investment. Our client was cold...

Negligent advice provided by IFA to transfer investments into Dolphin/SIPP

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David Smith, Legal Executive at Smooth Commercial Law has been dealing with a case for over a year for a client who was wrongly advised on their pension investments. Negligent advice was provided by an IFA to our client to instruct them to transfer their...

Victories for BI claims this month

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We’ve been celebrating some victories for clients this month with an end to some quite protracted negotiations with insurers and their agents on our client’s BI claims. Louise Burns-Lunt our in-house chartered accountant has been handling the...

FSCS appeal upheld for Dolphin Trust investors

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Our clients invested into Dolphin Trust, later known as German Property Group, in 2017. They did so by purchasing a loan note for £20,000.00 following advice from Active Wealth (UK) Limited.  The Dolphin Trust, now known as The German...

Landlords Beware: Tenancy Deposit Schemes, Retaliatory Evictions and changes to Section 21 Notices

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The Deregulation Act 2015 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent on the 26 March 2015 and amended provisions in both the Housing Act 1988 (“HA 1988”) and the Housing Act 2004 (“HA 2004”).   The Act introduced a number of...

New Forms for Requesting a Warrant following a Suspended Possession Order

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The recent Court of Appeal decision in the case of Cardiff County Council v Lee held that the Court's permission is required to issue a warrant for possession on a Suspended Possession Order ('SPO'). Previous process to request a warrant ...

How to maximise your return on unpaid invoices

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According to Zurich's latest SME Risk Index, over half of Britain's SMEs have problems with late payment, with £225bn in unpaid invoices . These figures highlight the common problem of late payment. Unpaid invoices can have severe...