CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

 

Our aim is to provide all of our clients with an excellent level of service. However we recognise that there may be an occasion, when you do not feel satisfied with the service you have received from us. We take complaints very seriously and with this in mind we have developed a Customer Complaints Procedure which lets you know how you can get in touch with us and how we will deal with your complaint or issue.

Should you need to make a complaint, please contact our Complaints Manager David Silvanus (supported by Paul Cox Liason Officer) using any of the following methods:

• In writing or in person: David Silvanus, The Complaints Officer, Advance Insurance Agencies Ltd, 8 Avon Reach, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1EE

• By telephone: 01249 461665
• By email: david.silvanus@advanceinsurance.co.uk

We will endeavour to resolve your complaint by the close of business on the third business day following receipt of your complaint. However, if this is not achievable, you can be assured that we will deal with your complaint promptly and fairly, in line with our formal complaint handling procedures listed below:
• We will write to you within five working days to acknowledge your complaint and provide details of who is handing your complaint
• We will keep you informed of the progress of your complaint as our investigations proceed
• We aim to provide a final response to your complaint within eight weeks from receipt of your complaint
• If we cannot provide you with a final response within eight weeks from the date of receipt of your complaint, we will outline the reasons for the delay and provide you with an indication of when you can expect a response
• When investigating your complaint, we will take into account any financial losses or material inconvenience you have suffered. Our final response letter will set out the reasons for our decision and we will make it clear to you, as to whether we accept or reject your complaint.
• If you are in any way dissatisfied with our final response, or if we have been unable to provide our final response to you within 8 weeks of receiving your complaint, you have the right to refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) free of charge if you are:

• an individual consumer; a person acting for purposes which are outside your trade, business, craft or profession or
• a micro enterprise or small business (that employs fewer than fifty (50) people and whose annual turnover is less than £6.5 million and annual balance sheet total does not exceed £5million) at the time of the complainant refers the complaint; or
• a charity which has an annual income of less than £6.5 million at the time the complainant refers the complaint; or
• a trustee of a trust which has a net asset value of less than £5 million at the time of the complainant refers the complaint.
• a consumer who is a member of any business, charity or trust who is complaining as a beneficiary of a group policy
• a guarantor in respect of an obligation or liability of a person which was a micro-enterprise or small business as at the date that the guarantor or security was given.

The Ombudsman might not be able to consider your complaint if:
• what you’re complaining about happened more than six years ago, and
• you’re complaining more than three years after you realised (or should have realised) that there was a problem.

If we think that your complaint was made outside of these time limits we will leave this matter for the Ombudsman to decide. If the Ombudsman agrees with us, they will not have our permission to consider your complaint and so will only be able to do so in very limited circumstances.

If you do decide to refer your complaint to the Ombudsman you must do so within six months of the date of our final response letter. If you do not refer your complaint to the Ombudsman within six months of the date of our letter, the Ombudsman will not have our permission to consider your complaint and so will only be able to do so in very limited circumstances. Very limited circumstances include where the Ombudsman believes that the delay was as a result of exceptional circumstances.

The FOS offer an independent service for resolving disputes and you may contact the FOS by:
• Calling their consumer helpline on 0800 0 234 567 (free for people phoning from a “fixed line” (for example, a landline at home) or 0300 123 9 123 (free for mobile-phone users who pay a monthly charge for calls to numbers starting 01 or 02)
• Writing to them at Exchange Tower, London E14 9SR
• Emailing complaint.info@financial-ombudsman.org.uk
• FOS website: http://www.fos.org.uk/
We will include a copy of the Financial Ombudsman Service’s leaflet ‘Your Complaint and the Ombudsman’ in all resolution and 8 week response letters.

Lloyd’s of London Policyholders only.

You may if you wish, refer your complaint to Lloyd’s. Lloyd’s will investigate the matter and provide a final response. Lloyd’s contact details are as follows:

Complaints
Lloyd’s
One Lime Street
London EC3M 7HA
Email: complaints@lloyds.com
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7327 5693
Website: www.lloyds.com/complaints

Ultimately, should you remain dissatisfied with Lloyd’s final response, you may, if eligible, refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service if not already done so.