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FSA strikes off adviser

The Financial Services Authority has banned independent financial adviser George Robert Piggott from all regulated activities in the financial services industry.

The Financial Services and Markets Tribunal found that in his dealings with customers and in the courts, Piggott knowingly relied on forged documents, recommended lying to an insurance company and threatened some clients with litigation and verbal abuse. He also threatened a former employee with physical violence, failed to implement clients’ instructions, gave false and incomplete information to prospective employers and to the FSA, including an inaccurate CV and a bogus reference.

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Guide: Johnson Fleming produces auto-enrolment checklist

For a job as big as managing the auto-enrolment changes, it’s important to know what has been completed and what still lies in front of you to give you the reassurance that everything is in hand. Getting the planning and project management right at the outset can help you see the path ahead and ensure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities. To help with this, Johnson Fleming has produced a checklist outlining every step that needs to be taken when preparing for auto-enrolment.

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