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Chasing the chaser to no avail

I dislike the parasitic nature of the ambulance-chasers who purport to handle more effectively the complaints and claims of clients against financial organisations such as ours but I also respect their right to exist and operate in a free-market economy.

What I do resent, however, is the appalling inefficiency of the ones I have so far come across. Talk about them treating their customers fairly.

As an example, I wrote to one of these firms some five months ago asking for the written authority of the policyholder to deal with them (plus a copy to the client despite their entreaties not to contact them, re TCF, etc).

Having had no response, some two weeks ago, I gave them a further 10 working days to respond (even a basic acknowledgement would have been nice) but, guess what, that’s right – still nothing.

I have therefore now closed this particular file as there is nothing more I can do, apart from writing to the client suggesting that they complain to us directly, of course.

John Payton
Compliance manager
Montpelier Group (Europe)
West Midlands


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