1. Introduction

Within FIF customer satisfaction and quality service is paramount. However, we recognise that sometimes things can go wrong and when they do we will ensure that our best attention is paid to any complaints.

This notice sets out the complaints procedure we have set up to make sure that you receive a quick and fair reply from us. Please follow our complaints procedure to help us resolve your complaint as quickly as possible.

  • If you do have cause for complaint, we want to help to resolve it
  • If you tell us about it, we will do our best to put it right

We see the complaints procedure as a two way process in which we can also learn from the experience and further improve our service and systems.

We promise to:

  • Fully investigate your complaint
  • Keep you informed of progress
  • Do everything we can to help you

2. How to contact us

Here is how you can contact us should you have a complaint:

  • By phone: 01560 482911
  • By post: Complaints Handling Officer
    First Independent Finance Limited
    22 Dunlop Street
    Stewarton
    KA3 5AT
  • By email: Complaints@ldf.co.uk

3. When you write to us

Please tell us:

  • Your name and address, or the name and address of the complainant if you are complaining on someone else's behalf and your relationship to them;
  • Your funder & agreement number (if applicable);
  • Your daytime phone number (where we can contact you if we need to) and any times you would prefer us to contact you;
  • A clear description of your concerns or complaint; and
  • Details of what you would like us to do to put things right

4. Complaints Handling Procedure

The following is a summary of how First Independent Finance Limited deals with complaints:

  • We aim to resolve complaints quickly and fairly. Where possible, we aim to resolve complaints within three business days using our Early Resolution Procedure
  • If it is not possible to resolve your complaint through the Early Resolution Procedure, we shall send to you as soon as possible, and in any event, within 5 business days of receiving the complaint, an acknowledgement in writing
  • Your complaint will be referred to the head of the relevant department, who will investigate the complaint promptly, thoroughly and impartially
  • If your complaint refers to the actions of a third party, we will ask that party to investigate and report back to us, to enable us to fully respond to your complaint. In the event that we do seek input from a third party, we shall notify you of this and keep you updated. In some circumstances where the third party is solely responsible for the complaint, we will refer the complaint to the third party who will respond directly to you. We will notify you in writing that the complaint has been referred. In these circumstances FIF will have no further obligation to deal with your complaint in accordance with its complaints procedure
  • You will receive a response as soon as possible and in any event, within 8 weeks of FIF receiving your complaint
  • In the unlikely event your complaint remains unresolved within eight weeks; we will advise you in writing why we are unable to offer a final response and when we expect to be able to do so. We will also provide you with details of the Financial Ombudsman Service together with an explanatory leaflet. This will enable you, if you wish; to refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service should you be dissatisfied with the delay or the handling of your complaint
  • We have intentionally made our complaints handling procedure simple to follow, so that you should not have to use a solicitor or seek professional help. If you choose to do this, we will not meet your costs.

5. Independent Review of your Complaint

Should you be dissatisfied with our final response, you may, if you wish, refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Any referral must be made within six months of the date of our final response. The Financial Ombudsman Service provides a free, independent and impartial service for customers to resolve disputes with financial firms.

The Financial Ombudsman Services say that they will only deal with your complaint if you have given us the opportunity to put matters right, so please contact us first and we will do all we can to help you.

The contact details for the Financial Ombudsman Service are set out below: