Professionals: Law firm set for latest office launch; North Yorkshire adviser launches financial claims site

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Law firm Bond Dickinson, which has an office in Leeds, is expanding its presence in Scotland with the launch of an operation in Edinburgh.

The firm, which already has a presence in Aberdeen, will open an office with around two or three partners and up to 20 staff.

It will be located in the heart of the city on Princes Street and will focus on delivering legal services to clients in the firm’s key sectors, in particular energy, financial institutions and real estate.

Jonathan Blair, managing partner at Bond Dickinson, said: “We wanted a second office in Scotland to support our clients and Edinburgh was a natural choice, being at the heart of Scotland’s central belt.”

“The firm’s growth strategy includes increasing our presence in both domestic and international markets where the opportunities to do more work for our clients exist. Our approach to growth and investment has always been in response to client demand. Over the past year we have heard from more and more clients that they are keen that we have an Edinburgh presence, so that we are on hand when they need us.”

***A Yorkshire financial adviser has launched a website that will investigate the mis-selling of pension, annuity, mortgages and investments.

Harwin Bosworth has launched the website with his wife Sharon to help consumers find the best unbiased financial advice and to “claim back what is rightfully theirs”.

Bosworth, founder and managing director of AdviceComparison.com, based at Hammerain House Business Centre in Harrogate, said the new site will offer a range of claims management services, as well as provide people with access to qualified, independent financial advice.

He said: “During my time as a financial adviser, I have encountered several cases where clients had previously been mis-sold financial products, such as a pension or a mortgage. My chief aim is to help people in similar situations claim back any money they are owed and ensure they get the right financial advice going forward.

“Customers may have been mis-sold if they signed up to a financial product but the features, benefits, risks, costs or terms and conditions were not fully explained to them or were sold products that were unsuitable for their circumstances. We want to offer a low-cost fee structure and a fast, friendly and effective service every step of the way.”

According to Bosworth, consumers that have had a pension, investment, annuity, mortgage or PPI policy within the last 30 years may be entitled to compensation due to mis-selling.

Bosworth says: “Many people will have heard about claiming back for PPIs – in fact £24.2bn has been paid out since January 2011 by firms for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance. But if you have had a pension, investment, annuity or mortgage within the last 30 years, we can also investigate the advice you had in the past and check it against what you should have been recommended.”

Since ‘soft launching’ the website at the end of 2016, the team has expanded to include a pool of financial advisers, claims management file reviewers, as well as an administration team.

 

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