I note that Which? claims to have visited 57 adviser firms. If these firms charged, say, just £200 each for the advice, this would have cost Which? £11,400. If Which? believes fee-based advice is best, it should put its money where its mouth is and pay these firms or shut up.Just think how expensive mystery-shopping would be if all firms went fee-based. Why did Which? not compare fee-based advice with commission-based? Is it because it would have cost it too much? It is strange that the legal profession is under pressure to go no win, no fee while we are under pressure by some factors to go fee-based. Clients do not want us to charge fees but what has it got to do with them? Which? knows best. Michael D Brayne Brayne & Co, Hove, East Sussex
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