Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs) operator, Corporate & Professional Pensions Limited has gone into administration following a series of Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) decisions which left the company unable to repay complaining investors.
There have been a number of similar FOS decisions recently, all centred around due diligence. Normally, anyone concerned about their investment would make a complaint to the Ombudsman, who would then consider all the evidence and decide whether or not any compensation was due.
Given that Corporate & Professional Pensions is now in administration, investors will instead need to approach the Government-backed Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) to see if they may be owed compensation. The FSCS helps victims of failed financial firms and can award up to £85,000 in compensation.
Investors who have claims already with FOS will hear from the Ombudsman directly regarding the next steps. In relation to existing investments, the FCA’s website confirms:
“Although Corporate & Professional is in administration, it remains an FCA-authorised firm and is still subject to our rules. It can continue to operate existing pensions whilst the administrators look for a new operator.”
Head of Professional Negligence at TLW Solicitors, Sarah Spruce said:
“News that the FSCS is now investigating Corporate & Professional claims is good for their customers who may have lost out as they can hopefully get some compensation. Given the strict FCA rules, none of them should have been advised to invest in high-risk schemes like overseas forestry and it is reassuring to see that FOS are taking seriously the importance of due diligence at every stage of an investor’s journey. If you have any ongoing complaints or had investments with Corporate & Professional, please feel free to contact TLW Solicitors’ Professional Negligence Team for a no-obligation discussion to see if we can help.”
Working on a ‘no win – no fee’ basis, TLW’s experienced team can help you through the FSCS compensation process. Our clients are reassured by our knowledge and experience of FSCS procedures and, indeed, we have had FSCS claims successfully upheld for clients whose claims had previously been refused on purely technical grounds. Find out more about FSCS claims here.
If you are concerned about your, a friend, or a loved one’s investment in Corporate & Professional Pensions, please get in touch with TLW Solicitors today by calling 0800 169 5925, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our call back form.
Time limits can apply and so anyone wishing to bring a claim should do so without delay.
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