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Berkshire IFA is fined £120k over continued pension review failings

A series of pension review failings has led the FSA to impose a £120,000 fine on IFA Ward Consultancy of Hill House, Milley Lane, Hare Hatch, Berkshire.

It is the firm&#39s second fine in five years. In December 1997, it was fined £20,000 with £5,000 costs for a similar offence.

The FSA says the latest penalty was set so high because, despite assurances that the firm would clean up its act following the first fine, it failed to do so and as a result has still not completed phase one of the pension review more than three years after the deadline.

The failings this time included not adequately planning or monitoring its progress in the review, failing to meet deadlines set by the regulator, not correctly demonstrating why cases have been excluded, not issuing no-loss letters to clients and failing to conduct compliance assessments as demanded by the review.

The FSA says Ward Consultancy is not an isolated instance as there are still some 7,000 cases remaining to be completed, the majority from smaller IFAs.

FSA spokeswoman Jackie Blyth says: “There are still other outstanding phase one cases but we are making sure firms are aware of their responsibilities to get things right for consumers.”


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