Savers pay hundreds for bank account mis-selling claims rejected by ombudsman – Daily Telegraph

‘Financial Ombudsman Service says claims made through third-party companies much less likely to be upheld.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th February 2016

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City watchdogs investigate financial age discrimination – Daily Telegraph

‘The FCA may for the first time create special rules to protect the interests of the elderly.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th February 2016

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MPs to debate whether Financial Conduct Authority is up to job of regulating City – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2016 in banking, financial regulation, financial services ombudsman, news, parliament by tracey

‘The Financial Conduct Authority is expected to face criticism on Monday when MPs debate a motion on whether it is up to the job of regulating behaviour in the City.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2016

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Are firms discriminating against you because of age? Here’s how to check – Daily Telegraph

‘We look at how the ombudsman deals with complaints about age discrimination.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2015

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Teenager killed himself hours after Wonga cleared out his account – The Guardian

‘A disabled teenager killed himself on the same day that the payday loans company Wonga cleared out his bank account, it has been revealed.’
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The Guardian, 25th September 2015

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FCA to consult on issue of unsolicited marketing in consumer credit market this summer – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to consult on the issue of unsolicited marketing by consumer credit firms this summer, according to an answer given in the UK parliament.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st July 2015

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Banks face bigger PPI mis-selling bill as regulator considers compensation rules – The Guardian

‘Banks could face a bigger bill for mis-selling payment protection insurance after the City regulator said it was considering new rules on how customers should be compensated.’

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The Guardian, 27th May 2015

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City fraudster who scammed £5.5m out of 100 investors is jailed for seven years – The Guardian

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in banking, financial services ombudsman, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A fraudster who scammed more than 100 investors out of £5.5m and spent nearly half to fund his lavish lifestyle has been jailed.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2015

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Fare-dodging banker banned from City – BBC News

‘A London banker who regularly avoided buying a train ticket on his commute to the City has been banned from working in the financial services industry.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2014

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Regina (Bluefin Insurance Services Ltd) v Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd – WLR Daily

Regina (Bluefin Insurance Services Ltd) v Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd [2014] EWHC 3413 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 438

‘The question as to whether a complainant was a consumer for the purposes of the Financial Conduct Authority’s compulsory jurisdiction dispute resolution rules was a matter of precedent fact to be decided by the courts; it was not a question for Financial Ombudsman Service to determine that was reviewable only on conventional (“Wednesbury”) grounds.’

WLR Daily, 20th October 2014

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FOS respondents still at risk of further action despite Clark v In Focus ruling – Commercial Disputes Blog

Posted September 1st, 2014 in appeals, arbitration, compensation, complaints, financial services ombudsman, news by sally

‘When Lady Justice Arden handed down her judgment in the Court of Appeal case of Clark v In Focus, she held that a complainant cannot accept an Ombudsman’s award at the statutory maximum (currently £150,000) and sue in court for the balance of their redress if it exceeds that limit. We hoped in vain that that would be the final word on the issue.’

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Commercial Disputes Blog, 28th August 2014

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Power of attorney: how flawed system cost one family £30,000 – Daily Telegraph

‘Rules granting other people control over your money when you are elderly or infirm are open to abuse. We highlight one sobering case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th July 2014

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Clark and another v In Focus Asset Management & Tax Solutions Ltd (Financial Ombudsman Service intervening) – WLR Daily

Clark and another v In Focus Asset Management & Tax Solutions Ltd (Financial Ombudsman Service intervening) [2014] EWCA Civ 118; [2014] WLR (D) 76

‘The doctrine of res judicata precluded a complainant who had accepted an award made by the Financial Ombudsman Service from starting legal proceedings to pursue complaints which had already been submitted to the ombudsman service and which the ombudsman had decided. Further, section 228(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 did not exclude the operation of res judicata.’

WLR Daily, 14th February 2014

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UCAS and the extent of FOIA: Tribunal favours wide approach – Panopticon

‘Transparency advocates often express frustration at the number of bodies which are not within the scope of FOIA, because they are not listed or designated as ‘public authorities’ for FOIA purposes. The Coalition government responded by announcing, in January 2011, that FOIA would be extended to a number of additional bodies. This was done with effect from 1 November 2011, through the Freedom of Information (Designation as Public Authorities) Order 2011. This brought the Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland (ACPO); the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) within the scope of FOIA.’

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Panopticon, 16th January 2014

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‘Vishing’ and courier scam complaints increase – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2013 in banking, complaints, financial services ombudsman, fraud, news, statistics by sally

‘Banks are failing to refund some victims of a phone scam that involves people being duped into transferring money from their own bank account to one that is accessible to a fraudster.’

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BBC News, 14th December 2013

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FCA consults on “fairer and more transparent” rules on use of client commissions by investment managers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 27th, 2013 in consultations, financial regulation, financial services ombudsman, news by tracey

‘Stricter rules on what costs of trade-related services can be passed on to clients of investment managers in the form of commission payments have been proposed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th November 2013

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Regulator to review banks’ complaint handling processes as ombudsman complaints reach record levels – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 5th, 2013 in banking, complaints, financial regulation, financial services ombudsman, news by sally

“The financial industry regulator is to conduct a review of the way in which customer complaints to banks and building societies are handled, one of its directors has confirmed.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th September 2013

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OFT forces payday lenders out of market – The Guardian

“Almost a third of the payday lenders ordered to clean up their practices have opted to withdraw from the industry, the Office of Fair Trading has revealed, as the deadline for firms to respond passed.”

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The Guardian, 30th July 2013

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FCA fines rogue property trader nearly £1m – The Guardian

Posted June 19th, 2013 in costs, financial services ombudsman, fines, housing, mortgages, news, valuation by sally

“The operator of a property scheme who misled vulnerable customers to make money from the sale of their homes has been fined almost £1m by the City regulator and banned from working in the financial services industry.”

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The Guardian, 19th June 2013

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FSA win highlights role of judicial review as remedy of last resort, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 19th, 2013 in banking, financial services ombudsman, fines, judicial review, news by sally

“The former finance director of Bradford & Bingley has failed in his attempt to have the courts overturn a £100,000 fine issued by the financial services regulator.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th June 2013

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