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Boyd quits Just Retirement

Just Retirement head of external communications Jim Boyd is leaving financial services for a job with transport company Go Ahead. The former Britannic Retirement Solutions PR is well known for his lobbying in the industry on issues such as telling annuitants clearly about their right to exercise the open market option and the full regulation of equity release.

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A tough Act to follow

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ScotProv pays out after probe on critical cover claim

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Directors, limited liability partners and auto-enrolment

By Jim Grant, Senior Product Insight & Technical Support Analyst 6 April 2016 brought in changes to employer duties for directors and partners in limited liability partnerships. Here we explain exactly what’s changed. Before 6 April 2016… Directors of limited liability companies where there were no other directors or employees were exempt from the employer […]

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