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FSCS reviews Rockingham claims rejection as ‘new evidence’ emerges

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The Financial Services Compensation Scheme is reviewing its decision to reject claims from clients of Rockingham Independent who invested in a Luxenbourg-based life settlement vehicle.

In March, the FSCS issued a statement saying Rockingham clients who invested in ARM Asset Backed Securities would receive no compensation for their losses.

However, the FSCS says it is now reviewing its position after being presented with “new evidence” by investors.

An FSCS spokesman says: “FSCS has received a number of responses from claimants since writing to them earlier this year, and some new evidence has been presented to us. 

“FSCS is now reviewing the evidence against the original view on Rockingham’s liability and hopes to update these claimants shortly.”

Informed Choice managing director Martin Bamford says: “This is clearly a complex case but it feels inevitable that a large bill will once again fall on regulated advisers who had nothing to do with these investments.”

Rockingham was placed into liquidation on 30 March last year. As ARM is not authorised by the FSA, investors are not covered by the FSCS but they can still bring claims against the adviser who recommended the bonds.

Of the 2,000 UK investors that invested a total of £75m into ARM, at least 200 sales were advised by Rockingham.

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