Cross-party MPs call for FCA to regulate claims chasers

Cross-party support amoung MPs is mounting for the regulation of claims management firms to be moved from the Ministry of Justice to the FCA.

All Party Parliamentary Group on financial services and insurance chair Jonathan Evans is leading a group of 10 MPs pushing the MoJ for change.

He says Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has ordered a departmental review to examine proposals for a change of regulator.

Evans says: “I believe claims management firms need a serious regulator. It is perfectly clear the MoJ does not have the capacity, expertise or resource to be able to properly regulate CMCs. The MoJ register firms and deals with technical issues on details without proper conduct regulation. I believe it should be the FCA, it is the obvious place.”

Conservative MP Heather Wheeler and Evans have held meetings with Grayling and FCA director of supervision Clive Adamson over the proposal.

Evans says: “Chris Grayling said he would arrange for someone to look at it in the department and I anticipate someone is now considering it. We will follow it up because it was clear there are a number of other parliamentarians who support our initiative and want to join what we said.”

The use of financial claims firms has rocketed since the payment protection insurance misselling scandal exploded in 2011.