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Have you suffered a financial loss linked to poor or inadequate advice on investments and pensions? You’re not alone and you can fight back.

Our financial services and pension disputes team can help protect your financial future, dealing with high value disputes relating to the financial services industry and pensions.

We have a wealth of experience in analysing and pursuing claims relating to issues including  the provision of inadequate investment advice, including £multi-million disputes. We work with SMEs, individual investors, private trusts and public sector organisations.

Our team regularly handles complex complaints to the Financial Services Ombudsman (FSA) and, in appropriate cases, court proceedings relating to such claims.

Whatever your financial issue, let our expert team take the strain, delivering straightforward and clear advice.

Our experience
  • Acting for a manufacturing client in defence of a claim by the Pensions Regulator to impose a financial Contribution Notice upon it;
  • Acting for on individual director in defence of a claim by the Pensions Regulator following the insolvency of a manufacturing business;
  • Acting for a local authority in a claim against its investment managers and custodian bank in respect of losses incurred following the collapse of Lehman Brothers;
  • Acting for a number of private trusts and individuals, often with a foreign element, in claims for negligent investment advice resulting in substantial out of court settlements;
  • Acting for a number of SMEs in respect of the mis-selling of interest rate swaps;
  • Acting for over 400 individual investors in bringing complaints to the Financial Services Ombudsman, resulting in successful findings in favour of our clients and a multi-million pound settlement in total;
  • Acting for holders of SIPPs and SSASs in actions against the trustee companies for not acting in the best interests of investors when failing to advise on high risk investments; and,
  • Currently acting on a multi-million pound action against a well-known investment house relating to negligent investment decisions.

Contact a specialist

Martin Woodford

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3319

+44 (0)791 232 8152

Email Martin Woodford

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What people say

  • Melissa Munday is able to do difficult work under considerable pressure. Nichola Evans can marshal a lot of material and gives good advice.

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  • The team fields a number of strong performers and has the capability of picking up difficult cases at very short notice.

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  • Nichola Evans is hugely experienced in her relevant sector. Able to grasp and communicate complex issues. Her sure-footed and patient guidance through unfamiliar Court processes and proceedings inspires confidence. Complete professional

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  • The Ward Hadaway LLP team comprises specialist partners in a broad range of sector disciplines. Partners are supported by efficient, professional support teams. Client communication at all levels and via all media forms is exceptional. Impressive IT support, especially client collaborative hubs

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  • Connor Simpson-Key has shown openness to our ideas and knowledge of how defendants are likely to respond, where this may not be what the firm are used to dealing with. There seems to be a
    fair amount of oversight and consideration from more than one individual at the firm, for significant decisions. We like this collaborative approach.

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  • My main point of contact is Ian McCombie. I think he has very sound legal judgment and commercial nous. I think he gives clients confidence that he understands their cases fully and can hatch an intelligent strategy to see the case through to the end.

    Legal 500
  • Strong suite of IP Lawyers, who have shown willingness to be flexible to our needs, as a medium-sized business

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  • Ian McCombie – able, engaging and tireless.

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  • High-profile commercial litigators

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What we're thinking

  • Amendments to the notifiable events regime

    The notifiable events regime was always intended as an early warning mechanism for the Pensions Regulator, alerting it to corporate activity that might adversely affect pension schemes, but as currently worded the regime only causes events to be notified as and when they are happening rather than before.