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Castle Trust appoints James Neave as head of lending

Castle Trust has appointed James Neave as its new head of lending.

Neave joins from CoreLogic Solutions, where he was managing director. At CoreLogic, Neave was involved in the development of mortgage fraud software which supports underwriting and credit decisions. Prior to this he was head of valuation services for

He will be responsible for the fraud detection systems that are put in place to support the firm’s partnership mortgages.

Chief executive Sean Oldfield says: “We are dedicated to responsible lending both in terms of fraud prevention and ensuring only responsible homebuyers take out a partnership mortgage, so James’ experience in this field will be invaluable.”



Govt rejects call for Arch cru debate

The Government has rejected calls for a parliamentary debate into the Arch cru debacle. The £400m Arch cru fund range was suspended in 2009 in a move which has left thousands of investors with unknown losses. The FSA and administrators for the fund have since announced a £54m package which, alongside assets already distributed and […]

Big firms face rising costs over dearth of bundled DC

Big companies are facing soaring automatic enrolment pension costs as a bundled defined-contribution capacity crunch leaves a dearth of quality products. Bundled DC schemes offer services such as pension scheme management, admin, investment and member communications within a single product. Pensions consultant Hymans Robertson believes the bundled DC provider market will become more selective as […]


PFS selects Chartered Champions

The Personal Finance Society has named its latest regional Chartered Champions as part of its initiative to boost the profile of chartered status. The twelve financial planners selected by the PFS will act as local advocates in promoting chartered status in their region. The selected financial planners are: Martin Vaughan, Paragon Paraplanning, for the East […]


Advertising Standards Agency may probe “free advice” advert

The Advertising Standards Authority will decide in the next week whether to investigate the Money Advice Service’s controversial TV ad following a flurry of complaints from advisers. The ad, which began airing last month, features a voiceover claiming: “Our advice is independent and unbiased. Oh, and it is free. How is that for a breath […]


Out from the long grass? An IT and NI merger

Those with a long memory will recall that at the start of the last parliamentary term George Osborne announced his intention to merge income tax (IT) and national insurance (NI).  Headline grabbing as the initiative was, the reality of the complexities, challenges and costs of such a move resulted in this idea being kicked into the political long grass.


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