Complaints Handling Procedure - Dispute Resolution
This complaints procedure pertains to our Pawnbroking service only.
We consider a complaint to be:
Any oral or written expression of dissatisfaction, whether justified or not, from, or on behalf of, a person about the provision of, or failure to provide, a financial service, which:
alleges that the complainant has suffered (or may suffer) financial loss, material distress or material inconvenience; and relates to an activity of our firm which is subject to the jurisdiction of the FOS.
We will provide a copy of this documented process on request and when acknowledging a complaint. There will be no charge for this.
A complaint can be made and received via any reasonable means, including letter, telephone (at standard rates), email, or in person.
Making a Complaint
We do not make a charge for handling a complaint.
If you wish to make a complaint, please contact:
17 Clifftown Rd
Southend on Sea
Essex SS1 1AB
Acknowledging your Complaint
If your complaint cannot be resolved within 72 hours following its receipt, we will promptly send you a written acknowledgement of your complaint.
If you make an oral complaint, our written acknowledgement will set out our understanding of your complaint.
Reviewing your Complaint
Your complaint will be investigated diligently and will be assessed fairly, consistently and promptly.
We may ask you to submit copies of documentation and may request further information from you to assist us with our investigation.
We will take into account any documents and/or information you may provide in relation to your complaint.
Keeping you Informed
If your complaint cannot be resolved within 72 hours following its receipt, we will ensure that you are regularly kept informed of our progress with regards to the investigation into your complaint.
We will undertake a thorough and timely investigation of your complaint. However, in the event that we are unable to conclude our enquiries within 56 days, we will write to you and let you know when we expect to be in a position to issue our Final Response letter.
We will also provide you with details of your right to refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). The FOS can be contacted as follows:
Financial Ombudsman Service
Telephone: 0845 080 180
Resolving your Complaint
When we have finalised our investigation into your complaint, we will issue our Final Response letter.
Our Final Response letter will:
- Be fair, clear and not misleading;
- Confirm details of our investigation and decision; and
- if relevant, include any offer of remedial action or the appropriate level of redress (or both).
- And any next steps
If you're unhappy with our decision and wish to take it further, you can ask the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to look at your complaint. This is a free, independent service for resolving disputes. If you decide to refer your complaint after we've issued our Final Response, you should do so within 6 months of the date on our Final Response letter.
Although you can refer your complaint to the FOS at any time, they will require our consent to investigate complaints where:
- we haven't had the chance to put things right
- we haven't exceeded the 56-day timescale and haven't yet issued our Final Response letter
If your complaint can be resolved within 72 hours, 3 working days, we will send you a Summary Resolution Communication Letter to advise you how we have resolved the complaint, any further actions we are to take or the appropriate level of redress (or both), and again we will refer you to the Financial Ombudsman Service if you are not satisfied with our handling of the complaint.
An explanatory FOS leaflet will be provided.