PWH Financial Planning Ltd, also trading as PWH Resolve Limited, was advertising that effective financial management would ensure the clients’ wealth.

Unfortunately advising clients to give up their occupational pensions, which are also known as gold plated pensions, would not necessarily have been in the clients’ best interests!

Occupational Pension Transfers

If you have been advised to transfer your occupational pension out into any other pension such as a SIPP, SSAS, Personal Pension or a Qualified Registered Overseas Scheme (QROPS) you may be entitled to compensation.

Even if you thought you fully understood the implications of a transfer, for most, the right decision would be to leave your pension where it was.

You may have not been aware of the risks entailed in these types of pension transfers.

Private pensions are open to the market’s risks, the value of the pensions can go up and down easily. Once you retire and draw off your pension fund it can run out.

This makes Defined Benefit (DB) or Defined Contribution (DC) pensions, also called Final Salary Pensions, different. They continue to pay out until the death of the scheme member, no matter the age.

There are only very few circumstances where Final Salary pension transfer may be deemed suitable.

Final Salary Pension Transfers

Reviewing the pension transfer process surrounding the British Steel pension scandal, the regulatory body has found many flaws and asked members to raise a complaint even if they are not aware of any issues and if their pension pot has grown!

So, this could apply to you even if:

·       the firm told you they could not recommend the transfer, but still facilitated it.

·       the firm explained that the transfer was suitable if you wanted to release your tax-free cash lump sum to repay debt.

·       the firm explained that your family members would benefit from the transfer, in case of your death.

·       your new pension fund has increased and you can’t see a physical loss.

Complaints about Financial Advisers

Many people have already complained about the advice they received from financial advisers.

Even if you’re happy with your decision to transfer, you should consider making a claim, as your case could be time barred at a later date. If you don’t, you may end up with less money in retirement than you should have done.

For example:

Mr T has been a member of the Lloyds pension scheme and transferred approx. £70,000 away in 2009, the loss of his benefit was calculated to be £317,000 in 2019.

Mr M was a member of the Royal Mail pension scheme, he transferred £55,731 out in 2010. The loss of his benefits in December 2020 was calculated to be £271,537.

Ms G was a member of the NHS pension scheme and transferred £135,100 away in 2012. Her loss was calculated to be £310,000 in 2019.

Mr B was a member of the Saint Gobain Pension Scheme. He transferred £21,700 out in 2011, the loss was calculated to be £82,000 in 2017.

Mr H was a member of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme and transferred £43,000 away in 2011, his loss in 2020 was calculated to be £158,300.

So even if you have experienced growth on your current plan, you may still be entitled to money redress!

If the IFA firm should reject your case, in the first instance, the Financial Ombudsman could still award you up to £160,000 in compensation, if they agree that the firm has given unsuitable advice.

If the firm is no longer trading, the FSCS may be able to compensate you up to £85,000.

Get Claims Advice Now!

We understand that making a claim may seem like a worrying process, so why don’t you contact us for an informal chat to explore your options?

Our fees are reasonable in comparison to solicitors or other firms, as we don’t buy data from third parties and operate call centres.

Our initial pension claim consulting chat (or multiple if you should have further questions) is free of charge and a pension claims expert will be happy to give you an idea on how to progress a complaint yourself or can assist with the process.

And you’ll only ever pay on success – once you’ve received your money redress and are satisfied with the service we have provided.