law and regulations;
regulators' rules, guidance and standards;
codes of practice; and
(where appropriate) what he considers to have been good industry practice at the relevant time.
16Where the Ombudsman is determining what is fair and reasonable in all the circumstances of a relevant new complaint or a relevant transitional complaint, the Ombudsman Transitional Order and the Mortgage and General Insurance Complaints Transitional Order require him to take into account what determination the former Ombudsman might have been expected to reach in relation to an equivalent complaint dealt with under the former scheme in question immediately before the relevant transitional order came into effect.
the Ombudsman will give both parties a signed written statement of the determination, giving the reasons for it;
the statement will require the complainant to notify the Ombudsman in writing, before the date specified in the statement, whether he accepts or rejects the determination;
if the complainant notifies the Ombudsman that he accepts the determination within that time limit, it is final and binding on both parties;
if the complainant does not notify the Ombudsman that he accepts the determination within that time limit, the complainant will be treated as having rejected the determination, and neither party will be bound by it; and