Lightblue Online (company registration number OC355038) is an Appointed Representative of Lightblue UK Ltd which is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Lightblue UK Ltd is registered in England and Wales, company registration number 5228731.
2. Client classification
Unless we notify you in writing to the contrary, we will be treating you as a “retail client”. This means that you are afforded the highest level of protection under the regulatory system and should have the right to take any complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Details of our complaints procedure are available on request.
3. Our relationship
Any advice or recommendation that we offer to you, will be based on your stated objectives and circumstances taking into account any restrictions that you wish to place on the type of products you would be willing to consider.
With very few exceptions, we will confirm to you in writing the basis of our reason for recommending the products arranged on your behalf.
Your stated objectives will be reiterated in the Suitability Letter, which we will issue to you following our recommendation, along with details of any risks associated with the product recommended.
Full details of the products we may recommend to you including, for example, the minimum duration of the product, information on the right to cancel or whether no right to cancel arises, and any other early termination rights and penalties, will be covered in the relevant product disclosure information you will receive before conclusion of any contract.
Any products we have arranged for you, will not be kept under review but we will advise you upon your request. However, we may contact you in the future by means of an unsolicited promotion (by telephone or email) should we wish to discuss the relative merits of a particular product or service which we feel may be of interest to you.
4. Disclosure of charges/fees
We do not charge you for our advice as we receive a commission from the insurance company. This payment covers our professional services and our on-going support and is only paid of the policy remains in force for the full indemnity period.
There is no additional cost to you for using a means of distance communication.
5. Conflict of interest
We will endeavour always to act in the best interests of our clients. However, circumstances can arise where we or one of our other customers may have some form of interest in business being transacted for you. If this happens or we become aware that our interests or those of one of our other customers conflict with your interests, we will write to you and obtain your consent before we carry out your instructions, and detail the steps we will take to ensure fair treatment.
6. Cancellation rights
In most cases you can exercise a right to cancel, by withdrawing from the contract recommended to you. In general terms you will normally have a 30 day cancellation period for a life, pure protection, payment protection or pension policy and a 14 day cancellation period for all other policies. In most instances, you will not be able to exercise a right to cancel a mortgage contract, unless the contract is concluded at a distance (i.e. no face to face advice), at which point you may have a 14 day cancellation period.
The start of the cancellation period will normally begin, for pure protection policies, when you are informed that the contract has been concluded or, if later, when you have received the contractual terms and conditions. In other cases, the cancellation period will begin on the day the contract is concluded or, if later, the day on which you receive the contractual terms and conditions. Instructions for exercising the right to cancel, if applicable, will be contained in the relevant product disclosure information which will be issued to you.
We will endeavour to make arrangements for all your policies to be registered in your name unless you first instruct us otherwise in writing. All Policy Documents will be sent directly you as soon as practicable after we receive them. If there are a number of documents relating to a series of transactions, we will normally hold each document until the series is complete and then forward them to you.
8. Client Money
Lightblue Online LLP IS NOT permitted to handle client money (detail in respect of which products) AND we cannot accept a cheque made out to us (unless it is in respect of an item for which we have sent you an invoice) or handle cash.
9. Data Protection
Your personal information is very important to us. We will endeavour to take all due care to protect this information. We would like to highlight below a few matters relating to your information that you should be aware of.
Some services are provided to Lightblue Online LLP by third parties such as processing business or obtaining compliance or regulatory advice, which warrant the disclosure of more than just your basic contact details. You agree that personal information held by Lightblue Online LLP may be disclosed on a confidential basis, and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, to any such third parties. You also agree that this information may be transferred electronically, e.g. email and you agree that ourselves, or any such third party, may contact you in future by any means of communication which we consider appropriate at the time.
You or we may terminate our authority to act on your behalf at any time, without penalty. Notice of this termination must be given in writing and will take effect from the date of receipt. Termination is without prejudice to any transactions already initiated which will be completed according to these terms of business unless otherwise agreed in writing. You will be liable to pay for any transactions made prior to termination and any fees outstanding, if applicable.
11. Your Consent
This is our standard client agreement upon which we intend to rely. For your own benefit and protection you should read these terms carefully before signing them. If you do not understand any point please ask for further information. This client agreement replaces any previous agreements and understandings we have with you, and will only be modified where confirmed in writing.