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DISP 1.4 Complaints resolution rules

DISP 1.4.1RRP

Once a complaint has been received by a respondent, it must:

  1. (1)

    investigate the complaint competently, diligently and impartially;

  2. (2)

    assess fairly, consistently and promptly:

    1. (a)

      the subject matter of the complaint;

    2. (b)

      whether the complaint should be upheld;

    3. (c)

      what remedial action or redress (or both) may be appropriate;

    4. (d)

      if appropriate, whether it has reasonable grounds to be satisfied that another respondent may be solely or jointly responsible for the matter alleged in the complaint;

taking into account all relevant factors;

  1. (3)

    offer redress or remedial action when it decides this is appropriate;

  2. (4)

    explain to the complainant promptly and, in a way that is fair, clear and not misleading, its assessment of the complaint, its decision on it, and any offer of remedial action or redress; and

  3. (5)

    comply promptly with any offer of remedial action or redress accepted by the complainant.

DISP 1.4.2GRP

Factors that may be relevant in the assessment of a complaint under DISP 1.4.1R (2), include the following:

  1. (1)

    all the evidence available and the particular circumstances of the complaint;

  2. (2)

    similarities with other complaints received by the respondent;

  3. (3)

    relevant guidance published by the FSA , other relevant regulators, the Financial Ombudsman Service or former schemes; and

  4. (4)

    appropriate analysis of decisions by the Financial Ombudsman Service concerning similar complaints received by the respondent.

DISP 1.4.3GRP

The respondent should aim to resolve complaints at the earliest possible opportunity, minimising the number of unresolved complaints which need to be referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

DISP 1.4.4RRP

Where a complaint against a respondent is referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service, the respondent must cooperate fully with the Financial Ombudsman Service and comply promptly with any settlements or awards made by it.

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DISP 1.4.5GRP

DISP App 1 contains guidance to respondents on the approach to assessing financial loss and appropriate redress where a respondent upholds a complaint concerning the sale of an endowment policy for the purposes of repaying a mortgage.