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Case for the defence

It should be made clear that at no stage have I accused Adam Samuel of showing any sympathy for the Pickerings and their legal battles against the Financial Ombudsman Service.

My comments related solely to his assessment that the FOS would be unable to secure a quick hearing in the Court of Appeal after its earlier defeat in Trowbridge County Court. As we now know, this took place two months later.

Samuel is right in saying that I did not follow the various legal cases as closely as he did. I plead guilty to that, my only mitigation being that the waterfront I cover as a journalist is somewhat wider than his as a compliance consultant.

Nic Cicutti

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