The Gloves Are Off
It seems that the forthcoming appeal by Legal and General (L&G) against the fine handed down from the Financial Services Authority (FSA), for endowment mis-selling, has ruffled the feathers of the FSA.
It is reported that John Tiner, the CEO of the FSA, feels that L&G's attempt to "tough it out" with the FSA should not be taken as an example by other firms of how to stand up to the FSA.
Do I detect a touch of arrogance here?
L&G are breaking new ground, as being the first big life assurance firm not to roll over and "play dead" when the FSA hands down a fine.
It will be interesting to see how they do.
In an amusing twist of fate; it emerged that David Prosser, CEO of L&G, is chairing the Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC).
The FSSC has been set up to train the 1.3 million people working in the financial services industry; and is, by a strange quirk of fate, taking over the FSA's responsibility in this field.
A case of "poacher turned gamekeeper" perhaps?