I sent the following email to Milberg Weiss (the American legal firm), dipping a toe in the water to see if they can help wrt a class action.
"....I wish to ask about the possibility of taking a class action, in respect of mis-sold endowment policies in the UK during the eigthies and nineties.
During this period these products were created by life assurance companies, to be used as repayment vehicles for 25 year mortgages.
80% of mortgages in the UK used these policies at this time.
They were "hard sold" offering not just full repayment fo the mortgage, but also a tax free profit at the end of the term.
The reality is different, they are underperforming; it is expected that 6 million people will be hit by a shortfall, which is expected to total £40 billion over the next 10 years.
The life assurance companies are doing everything possible to avoid liability. They state that they were investments, and as such there was always a risk that they would fall.
The reality was that they were sold as products, like TV's or cars. There was little or no mention of risks, and the inference was that there would be no loss.
When you buy a TV or car that is not "fit for purpose" you are entitled to compensation. The same should apply here.
I have been trying to claim compensation since Sept 2002, and have kept an on line diary of my efforts "The Endowment Diary" on my website.
Are you able to help, or do you know any firm that can help?