Good to know: You do not need to use a claims management company to make your complaint to your pension provider or intermediary. If your complaint is not successful you can refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service or the Pension Ombudsman yourself for free if the firm is still trading. For eligible failed firms, you can refer a claim to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme for free.

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Andy Ramsay

Pensions & Investments Claim Manager

Andy understands financial services regulations and the technical arguments required to make a successful claim.

In his career he has successfully dealt with an array of claims such as pension transfers and switches, SIPP and endowment claims.

Andy was part of the “Pension Review” and Customer Liaison Departments for Royal Sun Alliance. Unhappy with how consumers were being treated, he realigned himself and has been representing consumers since 2004, ensuring fair and equitable treatment for consumers.

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Park First was a commonly mis-sold Sipp pension product – an investment scheme that promised big returns from airport car park spaces. They operated car parks at Gatwick, Luton, and Glasgow airports, with plans to buy ten more airport parking brands, including Skyport, Direct Parking, and Help Me Park. They promised their investors the opportunity to ‘lease’ a parking space that they would then be able to rent out for parking fees – and big profits.

Independent Financial Advisors sold investments in Park First to investors across the UK, promising significant returns. However, these profits never materialized.

They were previously known as Store First Management Group Limited from (30 Aug 2011 to 19 Oct 2011) and Be One Limited (from 16 Feb 2010 to 30 Aug 2011), demonstrating their eagerness to jump from trend to trend. Their registered office address is Group First House, Mead Way, Padiham, in Lancashire, BB12 7NG.

Park First has had eight officers throughout its operational history: Ruth Margaret Almond (active; resigned previously), John Slater (active), Toby Scott Whittaker (active), Richard Gahan (resigned twice), Leanne Gregson (resigned), and Claire Pickering (resigned).

If you were mis-sold Sipps that included Park First shares or parking space leases, you could be eligible for mis-sold SIPP compensation. Read ahead to find out if you qualify.

What Happened with Park First?

Airport parking is expensive! If your financial advisor approached you with an opportunity to invest in this industry, it’s no wonder you jumped at the opportunity. Park First certainly saw the opportunity – they pivoted their business from storage units (another common mis-sold SIPP product) to airport parking.

Are you entitled to mis-sold Sipp compensation from Park First?

Did your financial advisor utilize high-pressure sales tactics to convince you to transfer your retirement savings from a stable pension scheme to a risky SIPP? If so, they had a duty to accurately explain the risks of pension transfer and investment to you and accurately assess your financial situation.

If your financial situation has been negatively impacted by your investment in Park First, you could make a successful claim. Our claims experts can help you every step of the way. Apply online today for an information pack to learn more.

Obtaining compensation from Park First

If a financial advisor advised you to invest in an unregulated investment such as Park First, it is still possible to claim compensation. Where the advisor is still operating, a claim can be pursued against the financial advisor via the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).

If an advisor is no longer operating, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) pays compensation for valid mis-selling claims against any financial advisor who has been declared in default by them.

If your pension included investment in Park First, you could be entitled to compensation.

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Insights from Our Pensions Team

Expert Insight: The Importance of Choosing the Right Pathway for Your Claim: CMCs and Law Firms Compared.

In this article, Allegiant’s Pensions & Investments Manager, Andy Ramsay, explores the fundamental differences between between the Court and Ombudsman routes for resolving pension & investment claims. The article highlights key differences in:-

  • costs consequences and funding arrangements
  •  the differing basis of assessment that a Court will deploy when compared to an Ombudsman
  •  the potential need for claimants to attend a hearing in Court

Andy further explores out-dated preconceptions about Claims Management Companies. This short summary is essential reading for anyone planning on making a pension or investment claim with the assistance of a CMC or law firm.

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Learn With Allegiant: The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) In A Nutshell

You may have heard of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), but do you fully understand its vital role within the UK’s financial services sector? In this short piece, we look at:-

  • The type of claims FSCS covers (and those it doesn’t).
  • How and when it can help
  • The FSCS claims process

This article will be of particular interest to anyone with a potential compensation claim against a financial service provider that has collapsed.

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Learn With Allegiant: What is a SIPP?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has identified ‘serious and ongoing failings’ by both Individual Financial Advisers (IFAs) and Self-Invested Personal Pension Providers. Typically, mis-selling is related to the “wrong” type of investor being given poor or misleading advice as to what investments were relatively safe and right for them. In this summary, we look at What a SIPP is, and how they have been mis-sold, together with the FCA’s review into sector malpractice.

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Our Mis-sold Pensions Claim Procedure

  • Step 1

    Pre complaint investigation and analysis. No paperwork? Don't Worry! We could still help.

  • Step 2

    Once we've assessed claim prospects, we make a pension complaint to the Ombudsman or FSCS, where appropriate

  • Step 3

    Pension complaint response received. We'll carefully analyse the response and advise you on how to proceed.

  • Step 4

    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.

Why Pay More? How Our Fees Compare.

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.

Company Name
Advertised Fees
Example fee - £10,000 win
Additional Cost Compared to Alllegiant
Source
24% inclusive of VAT. Cancellation Charges Apply After 14 Day Cooling Off Period.
£2,400
£600
https://www.getclaimsadvice.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Get-Claims-Advice-Ltd-Terms-of-Business-11032021.pdf
30% inclusive of VAT. Cancellation Charges Apply After 14 Day Cooling Off Period.
£3,000
£1,200
Not displayed on firm website.
38% inclusive of VAT. Cancellation Charges Apply After 14 Day Cooling Off Period.
£3,800
£2,000
https://www.consumersavingsnetwork.co.uk/investment-claim-terms-conditions/
48% No Win No Fee inclusive of VAT. Cancellation Charges Apply After 14 Day Cooling Off Period.
£4,800
£3,000
https://goodwinbarrett.co.uk/terms-and-conditions-mis-sold-pension
18% inclusive of VAT. Cancellation Charges Apply After 14 Day Cooling Off Period.
£1,800
N/A
https://allegiant.co.uk/compliance/terms-of-engagement/pic/
24% inclusive of VAT. Cancellation Charges Apply After 14 Day Cooling Off Period.
£2,400
£600
https://www.getclaimsadvice.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Get-Claims-Advice-Ltd-Terms-of-Business-11032021.pdf
30% inclusive of VAT. Cancellation Charges Apply After 14 Day Cooling Off Period.
£3,000
£1,200
Not displayed on firm website.
38% inclusive of VAT. Cancellation Charges Apply After 14 Day Cooling Off Period.
£3,800
£2,000
https://www.consumersavingsnetwork.co.uk/investment-claim-terms-conditions/
48% No Win No Fee inclusive of VAT. Cancellation Charges Apply After 14 Day Cooling Off Period.
£4,800
£3,000
https://goodwinbarrett.co.uk/terms-and-conditions-mis-sold-pension

Our Fees - What You Need To Know

Worked Fee Example

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.

Cancellation Rights (Pension Claims)

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: helpdesk@allegiant-finance.co.uk; (c) by telephone: 0345 544 1563; or (d) online at https://allegiant.co.uk/legal/cancellation.

Looking for Claim Representation? Why Allegiant is a Great Choice for Pension Claims Assistance

Human

Our small, dedicated pensions team provide a personal touch

Trustworthy

We’ll treat your claim as strictly confidential. Your personal information is safe with us.

Longstanding

We’ve serviced over 100,000 clients across all service lines since our inception in 2010.

Fair Fees

Our fees compare favourably to competitors. We actively encourage you to shop around.

No Paperwork? Don't Worry!

We could still help if you don’t have all your paperwork or details. Our team are experienced in helping locate paperwork where possible.

Technologically Driven

Our online application system and claim audit surveys enable us to offer an efficient and convenient claims journey.

Disclaimer:

Good to know: You do not need to use a claims management company to make your complaint to your pension provider or intermediary. If your complaint is not successful you can refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service or the Pension Ombudsman yourself for free if the firm is still trading. For eligible failed firms, you can refer a claim to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme for free.