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Merricks wants to take part in PI forum

Chief Ombudsman Walter Merricks says he wants to take part in Aifa&#39s PI forum.

Merricks spoke out against PI insurers for souring his relationship with IFAs at the rec-ent Aifa conference. He claims they encourage IFAs to “admit nothing”.

He says he wants more involvement with PI insurers to allow open dialogue and he believes it can happen through the Aifa PI forum.

The forum was set up earlier this year by Aifa, the ABI, the Pass review, the PI sector and the FSA to tackle mistrust and high PI charges.

Aifa director of technical services and policy Fay Goddard says: “We would be delighted to have him on board. Anything that helps bring down barriers is in everyone&#39s interests.”

Financial Ombudsman Service spokesman David Cresswell says: “This may well be an area where we could develop closer relations.”

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