With their hands tied behind their back by the FCA and with a legacy of negligent financial advice claims stacked behind them, Grosvenor Butterworth – the Cardiff-based financial advice firm is now in liquidation, so says company director Tony Cuming. But what did Grosvenor Butterworth do to deserve going out of business?
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Now, as of June 2018, the FSCS has declared that Grosvenor Butterworth are now in default, meaning that the FSCS will consider paying out for compensation claims made against the firm.
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Financial Conduct Authority first took action against Grosvenor Butterworth back in June 2017, when it slapped them with a section 166 review – basically, meaning that it had to suspend some regulated activities (such as advising on pension switches and transfers), until a “skilled” third party had been appointed to review their processes to ensure they are up to scratch.
But later on, the FCA went the whole-hog and expanded these restrictions to a “cease all regulated activities” until the completion of the section 166 review, meaning Grosvenor Butterworth couldn’t do very much in it’s capacity as a financial adviser.
At least 25 section 166s were handed out to financial advisers last year, in cases where the regulator is “concerned […] about aspects of a regulated firm’s activities”, but Grosvenor Butterworth’s went further than some others, forcing then to end their relationships with unregulated introducers.
In 2013, the Ombudsman decided that Grosvenor Butterworth had given clients (Mr & Mrs E) unsuitable pension advice, putting them at more risk than they could afford.
By 2017, Grosvenor Butterworth was looking like it would close, after the FCA said it had given “unsatisfactory” advice over Beaufort Securities investments.
Just a few months later, the company went into Liquidation.