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&#39Some firms better off without PI cover&#39

Unprecedented professional indemnity insurance premium increases and confusing messages from the FSA have led IFAs to claim they are better off being denied PI cover.

Several IFAs say they have been told by the FSA that it is acceptable to carry on trading without cover. They say they are better off without PI that bears excesses so high that they would rarely be able to claim.

But other IFAs say the FSA is giving contradictory advice, saying they have been told they have a grace period of one month, after which they must close down within a week.

Financial Management Group partner Chris Mellor says: “We were uninsured for six weeks in July and August. When I first rang the FSA to tell them we were no longer covered, they said that as long as we kept making eff-orts to get cover we could trade on a day-to-day basis as long as we kept them inf-ormed, which we did.

“It seems a strange statement to say IFAs would be better off without cover but I can understand the logic behind it. The excesses are so high that you cannot ever see them paying out but there is still the situation where you may get an £80,000 claim so we still have to have it.”


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