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“No, it has been around a long time, I have been using Scottish Life for 20 years or more. It would be a shame if it were to disappear and become Royal London.”

Rodney Henry Van der Molan,Executive & Employer Benefits Services & Co

“Whether they do or not I am not fussed.”

Nicholas Feldman,N M Feldman Financial Services

“Yes, if they need to. The way things are changing in the industry it will not cause too much problem as clients are getting used to name changes and consolidation.”

John Carleton,McGuire Financial Planning

“Yes. It is not a brand that has any value as far as I am concerned.”

Andrew McIlraith, Andrew McIlraith Life & Pensions

“No. I think the Scottish Life brand has a good reputation in the market – better than Royal London – and should stay.”

Edward Trapella, Complete Financial Services

“I would be fairly neutral. I do not think the Scottish Life brand has a particularly strong image. It might give them a boost to have a new name.”

Peter Edwards, P Edwards & Co

“No. It depends on what the replacement name would be. But if it is not broken why fix it?”

Howard Cook,Talbot Insurance Services

“No. In the IFA community it is still a strong brand, although Royal London is not. I do not see why it should go.”

John Stewart, PMI Independent Financial Adviser

yes 25%

no 50%

not sure 25%


Civil Service picks pension panel

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GMAC loses two partners

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PMI firms say they will survive gene test era

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