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Regulator taped IFA during visit

While I was a partner of Berkeley Wodehouse Associates, the FSA chose to visit in a thoroughly high- handed manner relating to an ongoing pension enquiry when such matters were at their height.

The FSA demanded a private room, had their own recorder and refused us the same privilege. They did not even permit us to have any legal representation, while asking questions in a manner that is best described as formidably confrontational.

The FSA must start to act in accordance with its principle 11.

I have just drafted a letter to the FSA and searched its website for an address. Amazing. There is no address for communication, just a telephone number.

I have had the satisfaction of being able to tell them so without cowering under their grossly overweight influence.

PS: BWA (now part of Lighthouse Group) was never fined.

Michael GazeCowden, Kent


BPF warning on Sipp perils

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