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Split-cap pioneer fights FSA

Former Brewin Dolphin head of split caps David Thomas is appealing an FSA decision blocking his attempt to come out of retirement by refusing to authorise him. Thomas, said to have developed the modern split-cap structure, is appearing before the Financial Services & Markets Tribunal between June 22 and 25.

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