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Northview to combine Kensington and New Street management


The Northview Group is rolling together the management teams of Kensington and New Street.

A Northview statement says the firm is doing this to deliver better service to the broker market.

The statement adds: “With this in mind, David Finlay and Adrian Whittaker have decided to leave The Northview Group to pursue new opportunities. We would like to thank them both for all of their hard work in establishing our lending platform and wish them every success in the future.”

Kensington and New Street will continue as individual brands.

The statement adds: “New Street will continue to build on its successful launch, using smart analytics to provide fast online decisions and processing.

“While Kensington will build on its reputation as a leading specialist lender, with individual assessment of more complex cases by expert underwriters.

“By combining our structure, we will be in a position to provide mortgage intermediaries with a more consistent experience across our lending brands and greater opportunity to place their cases, whether they need a light touch approach or more considered underwriting.”



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