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Caught in network

I read with interest a recent letter concerning the way that some networks treat their members.

Having become an IFA a little over two years ago following 28 years&#39 insurance company experience, I was amazed to find the high-handed manner with which I was treated by a leading network.

As Ivor Harper intimated in his letter on December 18, choosing a network is something of a lottery. For my first six months, I was made to feel as though

I were a very junior recruit of a direct-sales organisation.

I was fortunate in that I had joined a group of like-minded IFAs who were also experiencing frustrations. We decided as a group to join The Kestrel Network and, for the past 18 months, we have each seen a substantial improvement in our business and mental well-being.

I would warn any adviser to exercise extreme caution when selecting a network. Choosing the wrong one can seriously dent your enthusiasm, harm your well-being and diminish your turnover.

Gary Halewood

Principal, G M Halewood IFA,

Rottingdean, East Sussex

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