Settled Complaint – 30 September 2021

The Office of the FAIS Ombud (“the Office”) is committed to resolving complaints in a procedurally fair, informal, economical and expeditious manner, with reference to what is equitable in all circumstances. In order to execute on this commitment, the Office always explores every available avenue to resolve complaints between parties on an informal basis without the need to resort to formal resolution by way of a determination.

The Office recognises that a settlement agreement entered into in order to resolve a complaint via a conciliation process is concluded on a confidential basis. This manner of resolution is also much preferred by the Office whenever possible because it is an expeditious process, it does not expose the parties to legal costs and it lends itself towards the harmonious atmosphere required between consumers and financial services providers that can lead to the requisite confidence of consumers in the financial services industry. Further, some of the issues that arise give the Ombud an opportunity to highlight to the whole industry specific concerns that arise every now and again…

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