William Prasifka, the Financial Services Ombudsman (the
"FSO") recently published his
office's bi-annual review which analyses all complaints
received and findings made by the FSO in the first six months of
2011. Its results show an overall increase in the number of
complaints received and the percentage of findings upheld against
financial services providers has also increased. The majority of
complaints (48%) were specific to the insurance sector. Of the
remaining complaints, 37% related to banking, 13% were in respect
of investment services and 2% related to non-financial services
Publication of Complaints Records
The FSO has received a number of submissions regarding his
recent proposal to publish the complaints records of individual
financial services providers in future annual reports.
Submissions have been made by the Central Bank, consumers, various
financial institutions and a range of industry bodies including the
Professional Insurance Brokers Association
("PIBA"), the Irish Banking Federation
and the Irish Insurance Federation
("IIF"). The submissions generally
support the proposal, however a number of concerns have been raised
surrounding its implementation.
PIBA have suggested that ten (10) upheld/partially upheld findings
should be set as the threshold to be met before a financial service
provider's complaints records are published, and opposes the
FSO's proposal that financial service providers should be
identified in case reports. PIBA further suggested that an
application fee be imposed to prevent 'have-a-go'
The IIF had a number of concerns about the proposal namely that it
creates the potential for generating misunderstanding in the
market, it may subvert the statutory/supervisory role of the
Central Bank through periodic trial by media and could deny
insurers the right to due process under existing legislation and
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A summary of the most recent financial regulatory developments.
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