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Grosvenor Butterworth Pension Claims

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GROSVENOR BUTTERWORTH

With their hands tied behind their back by the FCA and with a legacy of negligent financial advice claims stacked behind them, Grosvenor Butterworth – the Cardiff-based financial advice firm is now in liquidation, so says company director Tony Cuming. But what did Grosvenor Butterworth do to deserve going out of business?

The answer may be linked to Beaufort Securities investment portfolios, and if you’ve been advised by Grosvenor Butterworth to invest in one, either as cash or via a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP), then it might be time to get a second opinion on that advice from our Specialist Case Handlers…

Now, as of June 2018, the FSCS has declared that Grosvenor Butterworth are now in default, meaning that the FSCS will consider paying out for compensation claims made against the firm.

FCA RULES FOR GROSVENOR BUTTERWORTH

Financial Conduct Authority first took action against Grosvenor Butterworth back in June 2017, when it slapped them with a section 166 review – basically, meaning that it had to suspend some regulated activities (such as advising on pension switches and transfers), until a “skilled” third party had been appointed to review their processes to ensure they are up to scratch.

But later on, the FCA went the whole-hog and expanded these restrictions to a “cease all regulated activities” until the completion of the section 166 review, meaning Grosvenor Butterworth couldn’t do very much in it’s capacity as a financial adviser.

At least 25 section 166s were handed out to financial advisers last year, in cases where the regulator is “concerned […] about aspects of a regulated firm’s activities”, but Grosvenor Butterworth’s went further than some others, forcing then to end their relationships with unregulated introducers.

Timeline of events: Grosvenor Butterworth

1992 - Grosvenor Butterworth

Setup in Cardiff, Grosvenor Butterworth officially registered on the 9 March 1992. It later registered trading names such as “Improve My Pension Now”.

2013 - Unsuitable investment advice

In 2013, the Ombudsman decided that Grosvenor Butterworth had given clients (Mr & Mrs E) unsuitable pension advice, putting them at more risk than they could afford.

2016 - Skandia

After a few more FOS complaints about ISAs, the Ombudsman also upheld a decision against Grosvenor Butterworth regarding unsuitable pension advice

2017 - Media Attention

By 2017, Grosvenor Butterworth was looking like it would close, after the FCA said it had given “unsatisfactory” advice over Beaufort Securities investments.

2018 - Liquidation

Just a few months later, the company went into Liquidation.

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What do we mean about high-risk investments?

Not all investments are created equal when it comes to risk. As financial advisers, Grosvenor Butterworth should know this, but may have recommended high-risk investments to people who aren’t suitable.
If you don’t fit these descriptions, but made high-risk investments, you may have been mis-sold:

SOPHISTICATED INVESTOR

Do you have a wealth of knowledge and experience in investing?

HIGH NET-WORTH 1

Do you earn in excess of £100,000 per annum?

HIGH NET-WORTH 2

Or do you own £250,000 worth of investable assets?

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