A final salary pension (also known as a defined benefit or “DB” pension) is often the holy grail of pensions. A final salary pension offers a guaranteed income.
Remarkably, many independent financial advisers persuaded customers to switch their pensions away from final salary / DB pensions, in favour of high risk investments.
The FCA has expressed its concerns about such negligent advice, which amounts to mis-selling by the financial adviser (who no doubt took a commission for switching the pension). It is enlightening to learn that many advisers only get paid if a pension switch occurs. This type of “contingent charging” raises significant conflicts of interest.
Baroness Altmann summed up the issue when she told the FT
“The problem with contingent charging is clear. If advisers are paid nothing unless they recommend a transfer then it is obvious that there will be bias to recommend the transfer. What the customer needs is an independent assessment of whether a transfer is the best course of action for them to take.”
Here at Allegiant, we can assist you in making a final salary pension transfer claim if you were incorrectly advised. With awards in excess of £50,000 not uncommon, a final salary pension claim can reverse the damage, and put you back in the position you would have been in but for the poor advice.
1 Rushed advice (some industry commentators believe an appropriate pension assessment should take over 25 hours)
2. Advisors relying on “flexibility” being a reason to switch
3. Pension being your only planned income during retirement.
If you feel as though you have been poorly advised, or your pension has not performed as you were advised it would, we can help. Simply complete our online application form.
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Once we've assessed claim prospects, we make a pension complaint to the Ombudsman or FSCS, where appropriate
Pension complaint response received. We'll carefully analyse the response and advise you on how to proceed.
If appropriate resolution cannot be reached with a live firm, and we disagree with their stance, we will refer the claim to Ombudsman on your instruction.
Allegiant always aligns great value with exceptional service. This winning formula has seen us emerge as one of the UK’s pre-eminent Claims Management Companies in recent years. See why Allegiant is a great choice below. *All information correct as at 28 August 2021.
How our fees work in practice:
• Compensation is £1,000, the fee is £150 plus VAT £30. This means the amount payable to us is £180 leaving you with the benefit of £820.
• Compensation is £3,000, the fee is £450 plus VAT £90. This means the amount payable to us is £540 leaving you with the benefit of £2,460.
• Compensation is £10,000, the fee is £1,500 plus VAT £300. This means that the amount payable to us is £1,800 leaving you with the benefit of £8,200.
NB. It is possible that our fee may become payable before you have access to your pension or investment which may result in you having to pay our fee from your own funds.
You can cancel for free at any time within 14-days without giving any reason and without incurring any liability. You can communicate your cancellation by telephone, post, email or online.
You can cancel this agreement at any time after the 14-day cancellation period. However, if a complaint submitted by us is successful, the Success Fee will apply in the usual way.
You can cancel by post: Allegiant Finance Services Limited, Freepost RTYU–XUTZ–YKJC, 400 Chadwick House, Warrington Road, Birchwood Park, Warrington, WA3 6AE; (b) by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; (c) by telephone: 0345 544 1563; or (d) online at https://allegiant.co.uk/legal/cancellation.
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