Wellington Court Financial Services

If you received advice from Wellington Court Financial Services, you may want to check if you should be claiming compensation for mis-selling.

Wellington Court Financial Services is a financial advice firm based in County Offaly, Ireland. They had temporary FCA permissions to provide certain services in the UK and had an office based in Devon.

In October 2020 they were told by the FCA to stop giving pension transfer advice.

Latest on Wellington Court Financial Services – in default

Wellington Court Financial Services was declared in default by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) on 23rd May 2023

The FSCS is now considering whether valid claims exist under its rules in connection with Wellington Court’s activities. And has been working with the FCA and Financial Ombudsman Service to investigate the firm’s activities.

Unsuitable advice claims and Wellington Court Financial Services

An unsuitable advice claim made against Wellington Court Financial Services was upheld by the Financial Ombudsman Service in 2021. It related to advice they had given a client in 2015 to transfer his personal pension into a Orbis SIPP.

The FOS ordered Wellington Court to pay compensation and stated in their decision…

“…switching a pension can be a complex transaction with several different factors to weigh up and consider. Mr R was an ordinary retail investor. He doesn’t appear to have had any experience or knowledge of this type of transaction. So, I think he was entitled to rely on this advice. And presumably he was persuaded the switch to a SIPP would meet his objective to increase his provision for retirement. But I’ve not seen enough evidence to persuade me that the advice to switch to a SIPP was suitable.”

There were also reports of Wellington Court’s involvement in a pension transfer in which a  client moved from a local government pension scheme into a SIPP. This kind of pension transfer is seldom recommended as it’s rarely the case that the client will be better off.

The client was introduced by Brunel and Lewis and the SIPP was run by with Forthplus Pensions. Both companies have been linked to other mis-selling cases involving pension transfers.

Guinness Mahon and Wellington Court

The Financial Ombudsman Service has upheld a large number of complaints against Wellington Court. These are in respect of its involvement with the transfer of customers’ pensions into self-invested personal pension administered by Guinness Mahon.

According to reports Wellington Court has failed to satisfy the FOS awards and the FCA has been notified of this failure.


Mis-selling and financial advice

Mis-selling quite often begins with poor quality financial advice.

If a regulated firm or adviser has given you bad advice regarding your pension, you may be able to claim compensation.


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Whilst each case is individual, as mis-selling specialists we know to look for certain signs that in our experience indicate that the advice you received may have been unsuitable.

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Key Facts

Wellington Court Financial Services was declared in default by the FSCS in May 2023
In October 2020 Wellington Court Financial Services Ltd were told by the FCA to stop giving pension transfer advice.
The FOS has upheld a large number of complaints against the firm in respect of its involvement with the transfer of customers’ pensions into SIPPs administered by Guinness Mahon Trust Corporation Ltd

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