The Lawyer Inquiry: Martin Quinn was born in Perth, Australia in 1961. He is a solicitor with Roythorne & Co in Lincolnshire.

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The FCA last week published a suite of responses it has received to a consultation paper (CP18/3) released in January this year setting out the FCA’s proposed changes to the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to open the FOS complaints resolution process to small businesses (SMEs). The fourteen responses published come from a […]

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