Our aim is always to provide an exceptionally high level of service to all of our customers. Where customers feel they have cause to raise a complaint it is important to us that these are dealt with objectively, fairly and within an acceptable time frame.
The following procedure explains how we deal with complaints, our commitments to you and what redress you have if you think your complaint has not been resolved to your satisfaction.
If you have a complaint about any aspect of our service then we would like to hear from you.
Our complaints procedure is designed to quickly resolve any issues you may have with any part of our service.
We promise to:
- listen to your complaint in full
- understand the issue you have raised
- provide you with an explanation
- resolve the issue as soon as possible
What is a complaint?
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) define a complaint as:
“Any expression of dissatisfaction, whether oral or written, and whether justified or not, from or on behalf of an eligible complainant about the firm’s provision of, or failure to provide, a financial service or redress determination.”
3Q takes complaints and negative feedback seriously. We’re committed to ensuring that we handle all complaints fairly, consistently and quickly.
We regularly review the complaints we get to learn from them and improve our level of service for the future.
How to tell us if you have a complaint
To help us investigate and resolve your issue as quickly as possible, you can contact us by telephone or in writing. The most appropriate person will handle your complaint in the quickest possible time.
Our complaints contact details are:
3Q Financial Ltd,
BASE, 60 Barbados Road,
Bordon, GU35 0FX
Online at www.3qf.uk/complaints
By telephone on: 0208 124 7124
By letter to the above address
What information do we need to address your complaint?
To assist us in resolving your complaint efficiently it would be helpful if you could provide the following information:
- Your full name and preferred contact details
- Full details of your complaint
- Copies of relevant paperwork
- What you expect us to do to put things right
- Any other information that you think may be relevant
What we do if we receive a complaint from you
Any complaint, verbal or written, will be allocated it to the most appropriate Complaints Handler.
We will always try to resolve your complaint immediately. However, sometimes this may not be possible. In all cases we will implement the following process:
- Your case reference will be your order/contract number
- We will give you the name and title of the person handling your complaint
- We will send you written acknowledgement within 3 working days of receiving your complaint
- Make contact to seek clarification on any points where necessary
- Fully investigate your complaint internally and third parties where relevant
- Keep you informed and fully updated regarding any progress
- Discuss with you our findings and our proposed response
- Our aim will be to send you our final written response within ten working days but no later than eight weeks as required by the Financial Conduct Authority
The Customer Resolutions Department will work with the relevant department managers to establish the nature and scope of your complaint having due regards to the Financial Conduct Authority’s direction:
- Deal with complaints promptly and fairly
- Give complainants clear replies and, where appropriate, fair redress
It is 3Q’s policy to treat all complainants the same, however, certain types of complaints fall within the scope of FCA rules and consequently within the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service.
FCA Complaints Rules
- Complaints made by, or on behalf of an eligible complainant; Eligible Complainants are essentially individuals and certain small businesses
- The Complainant must relate to the provision of or failure to provide a financial service or a redress determination and;
- The Complainant must allege that they have suffered, or may suffer, financial loss, material distress or material inconvenience
This will set out clearly the firm’s decision and the reasons for it. If any compensation is offered a clear method of calculation will be shown.
Where appropriate we are required to include details of the Financial Ombudsman Service in the final response. If dealing with an eligible complainant and a regulated activity, we will:
- Explain that the complainant must refer the matter to the Ombudsman within six months of the date of this letter or the right to use this service is lost
- Indicate whether we consent to waive the relevant time limits.
Complaints settled within 3 business days
Complaints that can be settled to your satisfaction within 3 business days can be recorded and communicated differently. Where we consider a complaint to be resolved to your satisfaction under this section, we will promptly send you a Summary Resolution Communication, being a written communication from us which:
- Refers to the fact that you have made a complaint and informs you that we now consider the complaint to have been resolved to your satisfaction;
- We will tell you that if you subsequently decide that you are dissatisfied with the resolution of the complaint you may be able to refer the complaint back to us for further consideration or alternatively refer the complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
- Indicates if we consent to waive the relevant time limits, (where we have discretion in such matters)
- Provide the relevant addresses of the Financial Ombudsman Service.
- Refer to the availability of further information on the website of the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Closing a complaint
We will consider a complaint closed when we have made our final response to you. This does not prevent you from exercising any rights you may have to refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
What to do if you are not happy with our decision
If you have a regulated consumer credit contract arranged by us and are not satisfied with our Final Response, you may be eligible to refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman.
Financial Ombudsman Service
If relevant then you can refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service – you must do this within six months of our final response. When we send you a final response, we will also provide you with a copy of the Financial Ombudsman Service’s explanatory leaflet.
Categories of complaints the FOS can consider
The FOS is also only able to consider certain types of complaint.
The FOS do not investigate complaints about Buy to Let mortgages as it’s outside of their jurisdiction.
This is because Buy to Let mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
The FOS might not be able to consider your complaint if:
- what you’re complaining about happened over 6 years ago
- you’re complaining more than 3 years after you realised, or should’ve realised there was a problem
The FOS will decide if your complaint was made outside of these time limits. If they decide it is, they will not have our permission to consider your complaint.
There are few circumstances where they can. For example, if they think the delay was a result of exceptional circumstances.
We will co-operate fully with the Ombudsman in resolving any complaints made against us and agree to be bound by any awards made by them.
You can contact the financial Ombudsman at the following address:
The Financial Ombudsman Service