The Endowment Diary

The Endowment Diary

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The Endowment Mis-selling Debacle - one of the UK's worst financial scandals

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Score Draw

Score Draw

The Financial Services and Markets Tribunal (FSMT) issued its judgement in the Legal & General (L&G) vs Financial Services Authority (FSA) case.

The FSMT yesterday cleared L&G of wide-spread mis-selling of endowments, it noted that only 8 out of the 152 sales reviewed could be proven to be mis-sold.

The Tribunal also noted that the £1.1m fine imposed by the FSA should be reduced, and said a further hearing will be held on this issue.

It noted that ruled that the FSA had been "in error in its approach to the mis-selling case", adding that its conclusions were "not justified by the material before it".

The case has ended up costing L&G more in legal fees, than it will save through a lowering of its fine.

Needless to say both L&G and the FSA are claiming victory.

Whether this ruling helps the 8 million hapless holders of these underperforming, and useless, products remains to be seen.

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