Alexander House boss: The case for treating advisers fairly

A recent article in the Daily Telegraph once again reinforced the prejudices and stereotyping we, as professionals, face every single day.

Apparently, there are not enough doctors, teachers, accountants, engineers or quantity surveyors in the UK.

I suspect if I look hard enough someone will be extolling the virtues of estate agents and traffic wardens. But who cares about professional financial planners?

We operate in (probably) the most highly regulated profession. Unlike surgeons, who can simply move between hospitals, financial advisers are required to evidence qualifications, fit and properness, technical knowledge, continuing professional development and past performance to transfer from one business to another – yet the business they join is primarily accountable for what the adviser does anyway.

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