Have you been mis-sold a SIPP pension investment?
Our team are specialists at claiming compensation for those who are left out of pocket when SIPP investments have been mis-sold. We’ve helped many people to recover compensation after they’ve received unsuitable advice causing them to enter into risky investments through SIPPS.
If you have concerns about your SIPP pension, get in touch with TLW Solicitors today to see if you can claim compensation. We provide assistance on a no-win, no-fee basis.
What is a SIPP pension?
A self-invested personal pension (or a SIPP, as they are widely known) is a ‘do-it-yourself’ pension option, which allows you to draw together more varied investments than most standard pensions. For some people, SIPP pensions are helpful, as they allow increased flexibility in terms of the quantity and types of investments you can enter into. However, in some cases, financial advisers have encouraged investors to transfer money into high risk investments via SIPPS without proper explanations of the potential risks, sometimes resulting in significant financial loss.
What sort of mis-selling has taken place?
SIPP investment funds are usually selected by the financial adviser, who has a duty to choose investments which are aligned with the customer’s needs and objectives, as well as their attitude towards risk. Despite this, some financial advisers have been placing customers’ funds into risky investments without the customer being properly informed of the dangers involved. As a result, some customers are facing depleted pension funds, and potential financial difficulties during their retirement years.
You may have a claim for compensation if:
- Your financial adviser encouraged you to change your investments without properly explaining the reasons why;
- Your SIPP pension has fallen in value despite assurances from your financial adviser that it would increase;
- Your financial adviser failed to properly inform you of factors which could reduce the value of your investment;
Which organisations have been involved with SIPP investment losses?
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has reported ‘serious and ongoing failings’ by a number of financial advisers with regards to SIPP investments. The main failings generally revolve around advisers not ensuring SIPP investments are safe and suitable for investors’ needs.
One of the advisers which has faced disciplinary action from the FCA is Tailormade Independent. Tailormade was involved with encouraging customers to transfer existing pensions into a variety of unregulated investments via SIPPS, including investments in:
- Green oil
- Overseas property, including investments with property firm Harlequin, which has since been liquidated.
Tailormade Independent itself has now gone into liquidation, with three of its directors now being banned from holding any further senior roles within the financial industry.
According to the FCA, the directors of Tailormade failed to ensure that the SIPP pension products they recommended were suitable for customers’ needs, as well as failing to uphold transparency around activities which posed a conflict of interest. For more information about Tailormade’s mismanagement of SIPP investments, visit our recent blog post.
We would particularly urge you to get in touch if your SIPP investments covered products such as:
- Off plan properties
- Store Pods
- Global Forestry Investments
- Australian farmland
Our experienced team may be able to help you to recover your losses even if your financial adviser or the firms you invested in are no longer trading.
If you’re concerned about your SIPP investments, fill in our enquiry form, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us today.