As soon as a complaint is received:
All written complaints will be acknowledged by our Resolutions Team in writing within five business days of receipt.
All verbal complaints will also be acknowledged by our Resolutions Team in writing within five business days of receipt. This acknowledgement communication will also contain our understanding of the complaint and will ask the complainant to confirm in writing that he/she agrees with our understanding of the matter.
If the complaint can be resolved within five business days our acknowledgement letter will also outline the result of our investigation, unless the complaint can be resolved to your satisfaction by the end of three business days after receipt when we will provide you with a summary of the resolution of the complaint.
If our investigation is not resolved within five business days, our acknowledgement communication will confirm that we will:
- Investigate the complaint and aim to respond within four weeks of receiving the complaint
- Explain that, if we cannot complete the investigation within four weeks of receiving the complaint, we will write again giving the reason for the delay
- Explain that on completion of our investigation we will inform the complainant of the outcome and the options available to him/her.
If the complaint is about another party, such as a Claim Handler, we may refer details of the complaint to the third party and confirm this course of action to the complainant in writing.
After we have investigated the complaint:
Immediately on completion of our investigation our Resolutions Team will write to the complainant notifying him/her of the outcome of our investigation.
We will set out the nature and terms of any settlement (if applicable). Any compensation we offer will be fair and the basis of the calculation will be explained.
If we cannot resolve the complaint within four weeks:
If, for any reason, our investigation is not concluded within four weeks, our Resolutions Team will write to the complainant again informing him/her that our investigation is continuing, giving the reasons for the delay and a date by which our Resolutions Team expects to be able to contact the complainant again.
If we cannot resolve the complaint within eight weeks:
While we would always aim to complete an investigation within eight weeks, if, for any reason, our investigation is not concluded within this period, our Resolutions Team will write to the complainant again. We will inform him/her of the reasons for the further delay and outline potential avenues of additional recourse and escalation available.
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