Independent Benefit Consultancy Limited

Did you receive pension transfer advice from Independent Benefit Consultancy Limited? If so, you may want to check if that advice was actually right for you or if you should start a claim for mis-selling.

Independent Benefit Consultancy Limited were a financial advice firm based in Glasgow, Scotland.

Established in 2010, they were active in advising people on pension transfers, in particular transfers from Defined Benefit (DB) Pensions, also known as Occupational Pension Scheme (OPS).

IBC Ltd also worked with around 60 other IFA partners who regularly introduced clients for DB transfer services.

Many clients were transferred into Prudential and invested in PruFunds.

 

Independent Benefit Consultancy Limited and FCA Restrictions

In October 2020, the FCA placed restrictions on the firm, which meant they must immediately cease:

1) advising on conversion or transfer of pension benefits; and

2) completing pipeline business in relation to the conversion or transfer of pension benefits

This came months after the Financial Ombudsman Service upheld a complaint in which they were ordered to compensate their client.

Pension Transfer Advice Complaint and Independent Benefit Consultancy Limited

The complaint, upheld by the FOS in June 2020, related to pension transfer advice Mr M had received from IBC Limited in 2016 to transfer his Occupational Pension Scheme (OPS) into a personal pension policy.

When reaching their final decision, the Ombudsman said

“I don’t think simply setting out the risk factors was enough. Despite what IBC Limited has said about its face-to-face discussions with Mr M, I’m not convinced he fully understood the value of his OPS benefits and the long-term consequences of giving up those virtually guaranteed benefits in favour of a personal pension which was subject to investment risk.”

 

What’s the latest on Independent Benefit Consultancy Limited?

Independent Benefit Consultancy are no longer trading and entered compulsory liquidation in April 2021.

If you received advice from IBC Ltd to transfer your pension, especially if it was an OPS or DB pension – you’d be wise to check the quality of that advice.

If the advice wasn’t suitable you may be able to claim compensation for mis-selling.

 

Want to know more about mis-sold pension advice?

If you are concerned that the advice you received – we offer a free initial consultation to help you check.

Whilst each case is individual, as mis-selling specialists we know to look for certain signs that in our experience indicate that mis-selling may have happened.

Our assessment is free and there’s absolutely no obligation to use our service if you have case.

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Key Facts

1
In 2020 the FOS upheld a complaint against IBC Ltd relating to pension transfer advice and the FCA placed restrictions on the firm
2
Independent Benefit Consultancy are currently in liquidation

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