We continue to strive to raise the bar for Claims Management Companies and are always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure justice is awarded in a fair and accurate manner.
Here is a selection of case studies highlighting the claims for compensation we have handled.
Our clients were both Consultant Doctors working in the NHS. Wesleyan upheld the complaints made and their loss calculation initially offered £850 in compensation for just one of the mis-sold FSAVC policies, recommended several years earlier.
We were not satisfied that the independent actuaries, appointed by Wesleyan, had made the calculations exactly in line with the FSAVC Mis-Selling Review Guidance and challenged the basis of these calculations.
Wesleyan refused to change their compensation offer and the case was sent to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), with input from another firm of consulting actuaries which we sourced and commissioned.
The FOS upheld the claim and the offer with a new calculation using X-Claims input was increased to £41,847.
Client: Doctors McI (husband and wife)
Our client had initially appointed a firm of “specialist“ solicitors to obtain redress for a pension transfer from a final salary pension scheme to a personal pension.
The solicitor failed completely in that the firm was no longer trading and the adviser had retired and had moved to Spain.
X-Claims sought out those responsible for the mis-sale and took the case to the FOS. Although the FOS upheld the case, it was powerless to enforce the decision and ran out of options. However, X-Claims refused to give up and pursued the original adviser in another way and obtained a settlement of £80,071.
Mr D D.
£210,759 was awarded
Initially, our client contacted us regarding a dispute with the Prudential and simply needed advice in completing a form regarding this dispute when he was a university lecturer.
Several months later, in a further discussion it transpired that, prior to working for a university, he worked as a police officer in the Met, and had since retired. However, his pension had been moved from his final salary scheme to a Merchant Investors pension (now Sanlam).
Unfortunately, neither the Met nor the client had any records of his employment as his records needed went back to 1972. X-Claims spent several months of discovery to obtain the information needed and the client was awarded £210,759, a life changing event for a retired gentleman.
Mr R B.
£135,389 Compensation & No Tax Deduction
Our client was a Doctor in the NHS but had moved to a non income-tax paying country.
X-Claims contested the tax deduction after sourcing tax advice and the client was refunded this amount in full.
Client: Dr U.
Cash Offer of £68,402
We obtained a cash offer of £68,402 compensation from Countrywide Assured for our client for a mis-sold FSAVC.
As a Doctor, working in the NHS, the offer was to enhance an existing pension. X-Claims put forward substantive argument for a cash offer based on our ground-breaking cases and 14 years expertise in this arena. This created a precedent and the client was offered a revised cash offer.
Client: Dr Z.
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“Another doctor told me about your service. Without X-Claims I would not have challenged the financial advice I had received.."
£217,000 Cash Settlement
Initially, the case was upheld, and a loss calculation started. However, SLFOC later indicated a change of stance to their compliance opinion based on an answer on a questionnaire completed by the client.
X-Claims challenged the basis of the potential rejection on behalf of our client; this was based on legal argument and precedent created by our unique experience in this field, and we obtained a cash settlement offer of £217,000.
Client: Dr F C
Our clients were sold the wrong type of insurance by Wesleyan.
Early in their career, they were sold Whole of Life insurance rather than Decreasing Term Insurance to cover their mortgage. The difference in cost was substantial, and our clients settled for compensation of £50,251.
They were unaware of the issue until their IFA referred the case to us for our expert scrutiny. The client’s IFA values our unique historic expertise dating back to the early 70’s which is invaluable to deal with cases sold in previous decades and regularly recommends clients to use our services.
Clients: Dr & Mrs GS.
£105,557 Redress obtained
Natwest initially time barred the case. However, we handled his Appeal to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). The loss was a complex calculation as the client could have purchased added years with some of the premiums paid.
We obtained redress of £105,557 plus £1,150 towards the costs of an IFA to advise on his further pension advice needed.
Client: Dr JN.
Received £29,920 Compensation
We deemed this advice unsuitable at the time of the client’s purchase. The NHS pension scheme already offered benefits that meant that the client was paying unnecessary premiums for a benefit that was unsuitable.
We obtained compensation of £29,920.for the mis-selling of the policy.
It is well worth looking at your historic policies.
Client: Dr RS.
Lottery Winners Received £500,000 Compensation
Our clients were inexperienced millionaires after winning the National Lottery, everyone’s dream that subsequently turned into ashes for them. They were initially approached by a well-known bank with an International Division and were advised to take out high risk investments. The bank treated them as “experienced investors” and opened Channel–Island based Accounts, resulting in large financial losses.
X-Claims challenged this advice, which the UK division of the bank ignored, and tried to hide behind jurisdiction, arguing that the advice fell under International Compliance Regulations which are well-known to have much lighter-touch regulatory standards. We fought on behalf of the clients and our expert knowledge and experience proved otherwise. This case was successfully mediated, as Lorraine Williams in a Law Society trained Mediator, and this work was completely covered under our “No Win No Fee” Agreement. The cash settlement was circa £500K. Remember, if you are a lottery winner that may have been similarly mis-advised, you only have three years from when you are first alerted to a possible cause to complain, and contact us to see if we can assist.