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Ticket to ride

Congratulations to Selestia head of corporate communications Pippa Russell and Billy Ferara. Or rather, the very recently wed Mr & Mrs Billy and Pippa Ferara.

In a stunning ceremony, the bride and groom stopped traffic – literally – outside the Institute of Civil Engineers as they ferried their guests to the venue in a team of red London buses.

Pippa might soon become the slightly more exotic sounding Philippa Ferara, though. She explains: “I think it is time that I rebranded.”


Paragon says MEX and C&G losing buy-to-let focus

Paragon Mortgages managing director John Heron claims that Mortgage Express and Cheltenham & Gloucester are failing to live up to their potential in the buy-to-let market.Speaking at the Mortgage Intelligence 10th anniversary conference in Wales last week, Heron said he believes MEX has lost its way in recent years while C&G lacks focus.He said: “C&G […]

Balls says bars don’t cut off complaints

Treasury Economic Secretary Ed Balls has weighed into the debate on time bars, saying endowment providers have a duty to consider complaints regardless of the time-barring rules.In a letter to Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell, Balls said the time-barring rules only apply to the ability of the Financial Ombudsman Service to examine the complaint and FSA […]

No contest

Claims Helen Pow asks whether the lack of consumer confidence in protection products might be addressed by a non-contestability clause where insurers must pay out on all claims after an initial period plus is there a danger that pension term assurance will become the default option for life cover and should advisers be putting more emphasis on recommending income protection rather than critical-illness cover?

Anand given Pride of India award

Anand Associates managing director Bhupinder Anand has been awarded the Pride of India Gold Award by the NRI Institute of India, which promotes the success of non-resident Indians and people of Indian origin.


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