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Agricultural Investment Schemes - Mis-sold SIPP Investments

Have you invested some or all of your pension pot into high-risk, unsuitable agricultural investment schemes? Let our expert panel of mis-sold SIPP solicitors find out if you have a claim for compensation.

Thousands of unsuspecting UK investors may have been mis-sold and misled in relation to their agricultural scheme investments. Many of these agricultural schemes initially seem like a fantastic investment - they are environmentally friendly and offer a so-called guaranteed return-on-investment.

Financial advisors and SIPP providers offer these types of investments to people who are transferring their pension into a SIPP in the UK. However, most investors end up losing significant amounts of money due to their high-risk and illiquid nature. Advisors will promote certain schemes as being suitable, but do not explain all of the risks in making this type of investment.

Even if the scheme has not failed yet, or if your financial advisor is still trading, you could be eligible for mis-sold SIPP compensation. Find out today how our expert mis-sold SIPP solicitors can help you, and discover if you are eligible with our free-to-use form below.

 

Why are Agricultural Schemes high-risk investments?

Any investment of this nature is high-risk, however, most of these agricultural schemes are overseas and not regulated by the FCA. This means that the UK’s financial watchdog has not cast its eye over the scheme, meaning these types of investments are much easier to begin without jumping through any compliance hoops.

Investors are often not informed about the high-risk of agricultural investments, including adverse weather effects, and potential political issues that can affect the investment in the countries that they are created in - in particular in countries like Costa Rica and Brazil.

These investments are also illiquid, meaning investors cannot easily get their money out if they wish to do so. For investors over the age of 50 who are starting to think about retirement, this is clearly not suitable.

Many investors have lost the majority of their savings, and in some severe cases, their whole pension pot.

 

What are the examples of high-risk Agricultural Scheme investments?

Our panel of mis-sold SIPP solicitors are aware of a number of agricultural investment schemes that crop up, time and time again. These include:

  • Forestry
  • Woodlands
  • Farming
  • Fishing

Some recent high-profile agricultural investment schemes that made the headlines include:

  • Ethical Forestry - Tree plantation investment in Costa Rica where investors bought trees in plots of 600
  • Global Forestry - A Brazilian teak plantation that took as much as £20 million in investment. The company behind it went into liquidation and criminal investigations have been opened.
  • GAS Verdant Australian Farmland - Investors were offered plots of Australian Farmland. However, the purchased plots were not managed, and many were left unsown. FSCS now values the investment at £0.

Have you invested your pension into any of the above agricultural schemes? Even if the investment scheme has not yet failed, you could be owed compensation due to being mis-sold and misled. Even if the agricultural scheme is actually legitimate, you may have been mis-sold because it's not appropriate for the type of investor you are.

Our panel of mis-sold SIPP lawyers will be able to inform you whether you have a potential claim for compensation to get some or all of your pension back.

 

How could I have been mis-sold my agricultural investment scheme?

Our panel members regularly notice the same themes when determining whether a mis-sold SIPP claim is valid. Each case is different, and they will go through your evidence in detail to determine your validity. However, some of the factors they look for include:

  • You have lost some or most of your pension value
  • You can't "get out" of the investment (your investment is illiquid)
  • The investment is not increasing in value
  • The IFA who advised you to invest is not responding to communication
  • The agricultural investment is decreasing in value
  • The agricultural investment has not materialised -for example, construction was never finished
  • The agricultural investment is higher risk than you thought
  • The agricultural investment scheme operator is not responding to communication
  • You were "cold-called", had someone knock on your door, or you responded to an online ad
  • You were offered a cash incentive to invest
  • The agricultural investment scheme operator in in administration
  • The IFA firm that advised you is in administration
  • You were encouraged to invest in a SIPP despite a pension value of less than £100,000
  • The investment guaranteed or promised higher returns than normal (over 7.5% PA)

If any of the above applies to you, our panel would recommend getting in touch as soon as possible to see how they can assist.

 

Is there a time limit for mis-sold SIPP claims?

Yes, for mis-sold investment claims of this nature there is a time limit to claim. This time limit is as follows:

  • Six years from when you were mis-sold the SIPP investment, or;
  • Three years from the time you became aware of the mis-sold SIPP

If you are close to the deadline to claim, our panel would advise getting in touch as soon as possible. They will investigate every avenue in relation to your claim.

 

How much money can you receive for a mis-sold Agricultural Scheme investment claim?

Every mis-sold agricultural investment scheme claim varies in severity. Our panel members will be able to tell you how much you could look to recover after they have investigated your case.

If the financial firm you are claiming against has failed after a number of claims have been lodged against it, the FSCS can award up to £85,000 per person, per claim. Our panel members will talk you through exactly how much they will look to recover.

 

How can ClaimExperts.co.uk Help?

Are you worried about your SIPP investment into agricultural schemes? Are you concerned that you have been left out of pocket due to negligent advice from your financial advisor or SIPP provider? Let our panel of expert SIPP solicitors help.

If you have lost money by transferring your pension into a SIPP which was then used to invest into an agricultural scheme abroad, the panel at ClaimeExperts.co.uk can help get your money back. Even if you have not lost significant amounts, you still could have been mis-sold your SIPP. Get in touch with our expert panel of mis-sold SIPP solicitors today to find out if you are eligible to claim.

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