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Online Trading Claims

Have you lost money?

  • Investments in other countries, such as Cyprus
  • No-Win, No-Fee
  • No upfront cost
  • We charge only 30% +VAT for a successful claim
  • £15 million recovered for clients since 2019
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    Investment Claim

    I contacted Oakwood with a claim enquiry regarding poor financial advice I'd received while CFD trading. They were very helpful, professional and friendly from the start. They were confident in my case and really knew what they were doing. They collected all the relevant information and swiftly put a case forward for me. Sure enough within a day or two of submission they'd won the case for me.

    - Tom S

    Professional, Polite and Always Keeping Me Updated

    The team were very professional, polite and always keeping me updated. Oakwood solicitors helped me to get money from 2006 CFD trading Company who lost all my money. Thank you Oakwood Solicitors very much and would 100% recommend.

    - Amar

    Thanks for your help!

    I was contacted by the Financial Litigation Department - They successfully made a £33,000 Investment Claim. The team were excellent throughout the process which was quicker than expected. Highly recommended.

    - Alastair Johnston

    Financial Litigation Department - £50,000 Investment Claim

    The team were super efficient and super effective.They handled my claim speedily and extremely professionally and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to any of my own clients.

    - Adam Marlow

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    of all retail consumers lose money trading CFDs.

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    £17m per year

    could be saved by consumers due to the ban on CFD trading.

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    £15 million

    recovered by Oakwood Solicitors for clients since 2019

    The experts in Financial Litigation and CFD Trading claims

    Oakwood Solicitors Ltd specialises in Financial mis-selling claims. We have a Financial Litigation team dedicated to assisting clients who have lost money as a consequence of negligent advice in relation to a financial product, such as a pension or an investment.

    Have you lost money trading online?

    The online marketplace for electronic trading apps dealing in Contracts For Difference (CFDs) and Spread Betting has, in recent years, grown exponentially. The market also become increasingly saturated by brokers who, unfortunately, regularly flout the rules and cause great financial and phycological harm to their investment clients.

    If you are UK domiciled investment client then trading platforms (regardless of where in the world they are based) must comply with the relevant rules set out in the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (‘FSMA’) and the Conduct of Business Regulations (‘COBS).

    Investment firms must:

    • Ensure that your investment account was appropriate, having regard to your investment experience, your level of understanding of the product and your financial resources;
    • Warn you if they consider that your account was not appropriate;
    • Not pressurise you into making further deposits into the account;
    • Not pressurise you into voluntarily electing to be treated as a ‘professional investor’;
    • Not provide financial advice to you, or undertake any other regulated activities, in relation to the investment account if they are not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to undertake regulated activities;

    Unfortunately, we regularly find that many investment businesses and brokers dealing in CFD products and Spread Betting simply fail to comply with the above rules.

    Many of these firms are not based in the UK but instead operate from jurisdictions with less stringent regulatory requirements.

    My investment is with an overseas company. Can you help?

    Yes we can!

    Many of these firms are not based in the UK (though we of course handle UK-based matters!) but instead operate from jurisdictions with less stringent regulatory requirements, such as:

    • Cyprus
    • Malta
    • Gibraltar
    • St Vincent and the Grenadines
    • The British Virgin Islands
    • The Isle of Man
    • Australia
    • Denmark
    • Italy
    • South Africa
    • Israel

    Can I make a claim?

    Regardless of where your broker is based, if you are a UK domiciled retail investment client you are entitled to benefit from the regulatory safeguards issued by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    If you had a CFD or Spread Betting account with a broker then you may be entitled to claim compensation for the financial losses you have incurred as a consequence of any of the following:

    • Financial advice given by a broker who was not authorised to provide advice
    • Pressurised sales tactics designed to keep you depositing more and more ‘margin’ into the account
    • Failing to warn you about the appropriateness of the account
    • Pressurising you into voluntarily electing to be treated as a ‘professional investor’ so as to attract a greater degree of leverage on the account
    • Continuing to allow you to trade when it was clear you didn’t fully understand the product you were investing in

    Oakwood Solicitors have acted on behalf of a number of clients in connection with claims against brokers and trading platforms – both in the UK and in off-shore jurisdictions. We have been successful in obtaining substantial sums in compensation for our clients and we may be able to assist you.

    For a free no obligation discussion about your case, please get in touch with us by using the below details.

    Why should I use a solicitor?

    Financial products are complex and you need to be able to articulate the problem with reference to any legal or regulatory frameworks.

    By using a solicitor who is a specialist in online trading claims you will ensure that you put your best case forward and maximise your chance of success.

    We have seen numerous cases in the past where mis-selling victims have pursued a legitimate claim themselves, only to have it turned down due to a technicality or because key grounds have not been particularised.

    You have a higher chance of success by working with a Solicitor, who will ensure that there are no technical grounds for turning down your claim and put you in the best possible position to receive what you are owed.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long does a claim take?

    There are a number of features that will impact how long a claim may take to conclude.

    These include the complexity of the case, whether the claim is against an active adviser, the Financial Ombudsman or the FSCS, and whether liability is admitted or denied.

    If liability is admitted, then the claim process is much shorter, and we would expect a claim to be concluded within 3-6 months. Alternatively, if liability is denied and the claim must be issued at court then the claim can take between 12-18 months depending on the availability of the court.

    If the claim is been made against the FSCS then we would expect the claim to be concluded within 6 months.

    As each case is unique it is difficult to provide a generic timeframe for conclusion of the claim however Oakwood Solicitors will give you an indication of how long your claim is likely to take to conclude as part of our initial review.

    How much will it cost you to make a claim?

    We operate on a Damages Based Agreement (“DBA”) more commonly known as a ‘no-win, no-fee’ agreement. If we fail to secure you a settlement, you will not be charged.

    If we successfully recover compensation, then our charges are 30% plus VAT of any compensation payment. These charges will be deducted from the compensation payment at the end of the claim process.

    How much compensation will you receive?

    We cannot provide an exact figure until we have completed our investigation as your loss will be dependent on the amount invested and the nature of the investment.

    The general purpose of a claim is to put you back in the position you would have been in, had you not received the negligent advice to trade.

    If your claim is against an active adviser, then the sum of compensation that we will seek to recover will be equivalent to any losses that you have suffered.

    If your claim is against the Financial Ombudsman, then the compensation cap if £150,000.00. This means that the Financial Ombudsman can award compensation up to a maximum of £150,000.00.

    If your claim is against the FSCS then the compensation cap for any firm that was declared in default on or before the 1st April 2019 is £50,000.00. If the firm was declared in default after the 1st April 2019 the compensation cap is £85,000.00 per person, per advisor.

    What should you do if you think you have a claim?

    If you believe or feel you have a CFD Trading claim, contact us for a free initial consultation regarding your options.

    Danielle Lightfoot
    Danielle Lightfoot- Solicitor and Head of Department

    Danielle joined the firm as a Paralegal in 2011 and qualified as a solicitor in October 2014. She has acquired extensive experience in high value, complex litigation traversing numerous practice areas.

    Danielle is a specialist in financial mis-selling matters with a particular interest in pensions and investments.

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