Terms of Business

Effective from October 2021

Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd.

These Terms of Business set out the general terms under which our firm will provide business services to you and the respective duties and responsibilities of both the firm and you in relation to such services. Please ensure that you read these terms thoroughly and if you have any queries we will be happy to clarify them. If any material changes are made to these terms we will notify you.

 

Authorisation with the Central Bank of Ireland

Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd (C2274) is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland as an insurance intermediary registered under the European Union (Insurance Distribution) Regulations 2018; as an Investment Intermediary authorised under the Investment Intermediaries Act, 1995.Copies of our regulatory authorisations are available on request. The Central Bank of Ireland holds registers of regulated firms. You may contact the Central Bank of Ireland on 1890 777 777 or alternatively visit their website at www.centralbank.ie  to verify our credentials.

 

Codes of Conduct

Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd is subject to the Consumer Protection Code, Minimum Competency Code and Fitness & Probity Standards which offer protection to consumers. These Codes can be found on the Central Bank’s website www.centralbank.ie .

 

Our Services

Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd is a member of Brokers Ireland. Our principal business is to provide advice and arrange transactions on behalf of clients in relation to life and pensions, deposits and general insurance products. A full list of insurers, product producers and lending agencies with which we deal is available on request.

 

Insurance Intermediary Services

We act as an Insurance Broker which means that:

  1. a) the principal regulated activities of the firm are provided on the basis of a fair and personal analysis of the market; and
  2. b) you have the option to pay in full for our services by means of a fee.

 

Fair and Personal Analysis

The concept of fair and personal analysis describes the extent of the choice of products and providers offered by an intermediary within a particular category of life assurance, general insurance, and/ or a specialist area.  The number of contracts and providers considered must be sufficiently large to enable an intermediary to recommend a product that would be adequate to meet a client’s needs. The number of providers that constitutes ‘sufficiently large’ will vary depending on the number of providers operating in the market for a particular product or service and their relative importance in and share of that market.  The extent of fair analysis must be such that could reasonably be expected of a professional conducting business, taking into account the accessibility of information and product placement to intermediaries and the cost of the search.

In order to ensure that the number of contracts and providers is sufficiently large to constitute a fair and personal analysis of the market, we will consider the following criteria:

  • the needs of the customer,
  • the size of the customer order,
  • the number of providers in the market that deal with brokers,
  • the market share of each of those providers,
  • the number of relevant products available from each provider,
  • the availability of information about the products,
  • the quality of the product and service provided by the provider,
  • cost, and
  • any other relevant consideration.

 

Instructions for Policy Amendments

Please note that where an instruction is transmitted to amend your policy via phone message, text, e-mail or fax, changes in cover are only operable provided they have been confirmed by Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd.

 

New Business & Renewal

A consumer may cancel a contract of insurance, by giving notice in writing to the insurer, within 14 days after the date the consumer was informed that the contract is concluded. The insurer cannot impose any costs on the consumer other than the cost of the premium for the period of cover. The consumer is under a duty to pay their premium within a reasonable time, or otherwise in accordance with the terms of the contract of insurance. A court of competent jurisdiction can reduce the pay-out to the consumer where they are in breach of their duties under the Act, in proportion to the breach involved.

 

Money Laundering

Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd reserves the right to request additional information that may be required in order to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering requirements of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Act 2021.

 

Your Duty of Disclosure

It is your responsibility to provide complete and accurate information for insurers when arranging an insurance policy, throughout the life of that policy and when you are renewing it. It is important that you ensure that all information provided, and all statements made on proposal forms, statements of fact, claim forms, and other documents are, to the best of your knowledge and belief, complete and accurate. Specific questions will be asked. Where you do not provide additional information (after being requested to do so) it can be presumed that the information previously provided remains unchanged. Failure to disclose any material information to your insurers could invalidate your insurance cover and could mean that all or part of a claim will not be paid or your policy cancelled. An insurer may repudiate liability or limit the amount paid on foot of the contract of insurance, only if it establishes that non-disclosure of material information was an effective cause of the insurer entering into the relevant contract of insurance and on the terms on which it did. Completed proposal forms or Statements of Facts will be provided to you. These are important documents as they form the basis of insurance contract between the insurer and you the consumer. You should review and confirm that the answers contained within are true and accurate. If you have any doubts as to whether any information is material it should be disclosed.

 

Commercial Customers: Non-Consumer Disclosure of Information

It is essential that you should bring to our attention any material alteration in risk such as changes of address or use of premises. Any failure to disclose material information may invalidate your claim and render your policy void.

 

Claims

It is essential that we are notified immediately of any claims or circumstances which could give rise to a claim. When you notify us, you must include all material facts concerning the claim. The policy wording will describe in detail the procedures and conditions in connection with making a claim. It should be noted that there is no cover for defence costs incurred without the insurer’s prior consent. The firm may recommend professional Loss Assessors to handle Property Insurance claims and, if such a Loss Assessor is appointed by the client, the client is responsible for the payment of the Loss Assessor’s fees. The firm may receive a referral fee when the recommended Loss Assessor handles the claim.

If, in respect of the insurance contract the insurer is not obliged to pay the full claim settlement amount until any repair, replacement or reinstatement work has been completed and specified documents for the work have been furnished to the insurer, the claim settlement deferment amount cannot exceed:

  • 5% of the claim settlement amount where the claim settlement amount is less than €40,000, or
  • 10% of the claim settlement amount where the claim settlement amount is more than €40,000.

 

An insurer may refuse a claim made by a consumer under a contract of insurance where there is a change in the risk insured, including as described in an “alteration of risk” clause, and the circumstances have so changed that it has effectively changed the risk to one which the insurer has not agreed to cover. Any clause in a contract of insurance that refers to a “material change” will be interpreted as being a change that takes the risk outside what was in the reasonable contemplation of the contracting parties when the contract was concluded. The consumer must cooperate with the insurer in an investigation of insured events including responding to reasonable requests for information in an honest and reasonably careful manner and must notify the insurer of the occurrence of an insured event in a reasonable time. The consumer must notify the insurer of a claim within a reasonable time, or otherwise in accordance with the terms of the contract of insurance. If the consumer becomes aware after a claim is made of information that would either support or prejudice the claim, they are under a duty to disclose it. (The insurer is under the same duty). If the consumer makes a false or misleading claim in any material respect (and knows it to be false or misleading or consciously disregards whether it is) the insurer is entitled to refuse to pay and to terminate the contract. Where an insurer becomes aware that a consumer has made a fraudulent claim, they must notify the consumer advising that they are avoiding the contract of insurance. It will be treated as being terminated from the date of the submission of the fraudulent claim. The insurer may refuse all liability in respect of any claim made after the date of the fraudulent act, and the insurer is under no obligation to return any of the premiums paid under the contract.

 

Cancellation

You, the customer, can cancel your policy by notice in writing at any time. Provided that all reasonable charges pertaining to costs incurred by Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd have been paid and provided that no incident giving rise to a claim or incident that might give rise to a claim has occurred in the current period of insurance, you may be entitled to a partial return of the premium for the un-expired period of insurance unless the policy is on a minimum and deposit basis, if this is the case, no return will be allowed on the policy and this will be noted on your policy schedule. If you cancel during the first-year short term rates may apply and/or Insurers may charge a cancellation fee, please refer to policy terms and conditions. In the case of Motor Insurance you must return the Certificate of Insurance and Windscreen Disc to Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd. Insurance companies normally reserve the right to cancel policies at any time by giving appropriate notice to your last known address. Please refer to your policy terms and conditions.

 

Investment Intermediary Services

We are remunerated by commission for our investment intermediary services. We are remunerated by commission for the advice we provide on our insurance-based investment products.

 

Life & Pensions/Deposits & Life Wrapped Investments

We provide life assurance and pensions on a fair and personal analysis basis i.e. providing services on the basis of a sufficiently large number of contracts and product producers available in the market to enable us to make a recommendation, in accordance with professional criteria, regarding which contract would be adequate to meet your needs.

We provide Deposit advice on a limited analysis basis, I.e. providing services on the basis of a limited number of contracts within the market. We provide on the following product providers:

  • Permanent TSB

 

We will provide assistance to you for any queries you may have in relation to the policies or in the event of a claim during the life of the policy and we will explain to you the various restrictions, conditions and exclusions attached to your policy. However, it is your responsibility to read the policy documents, literature and brochures to ensure that you understand the nature of the policy cover; particularly in relation to PHI and serious illness policies. Specifically on the subject of permanent health insurance policies we will explain to you; a) the meaning of disability as defined in the policy; b) the benefits available under the policy; c) the general exclusions that apply to the policy; and d) the reductions applied to the benefit where there are disability payments from other sources. For a serious illness policy, we will explain clearly to you the restrictions, conditions and general exclusions that attach to that policy.

 

Non-Life

We can provide advice on and arrange products from the following range: household, motor, commercial, public liability, employer liability, travel insurance, Soccer Club insurance. We provide general insurance on a fair and personal analysis basis (providing services on the basis of a sufficiently large number of contracts and product producers available in the market to enable the firm to make a recommendation, in accordance with professional criteria, regarding which contract would be adequate to meet your needs). In some cases we may be granted authority from an insurance undertaking to conduct tasks on their behalf, for which we will be remunerated.  Where we place your business with this insurance undertaking under this authority you will be notified in advance of the placement. We will also offer assistance to you in relation to processing claims on policies taken out with us and in seeking renewal terms on your cover.

 

To ensure continuity of cover, where you have an existing policy which is due to expire and where we have been unable to contact you, we may put continuing cover in force whilst awaiting your instruction. You will be liable for any premiums payable to the relevant insurer for the period of time between renewal and when we receive your instruction. You have the right not to avail of this service.

 

Statement of Charges / Remuneration Policy

We may be remunerated by commission from insurers on completion of business. A summary of the details of all arrangements for any fee, commission, other reward or remuneration paid or provided to us which it has agreed with product producers is available on our website. You may choose to pay in full for our services by means of a fee. Where we receive recurring commission, this forms part of the remuneration, including a non-monetary benefit or on the basis of a combination of these methods.  A non-monetary benefit will only be accepted if it enhances the quality of the service to our clients. We reserve the right to charge additional fees if the number of hours relating to on-going advice/assistance exceeds 2 hrs. We are remunerated by commission and other payments from product producers. When assessing products, we will consider the different approach taken by product providers in terms of them integrating sustainability risks into their product offering. This will form part of our analysis for choosing a product provider.  In certain circumstances, it will be necessary to charge a fee for services provided.  These are listed below. In other circumstances where fees are chargeable or where you choose to pay in full for our service by fee, we will notify you in writing in advance and agree the scale of fees to be charged if different from fees outlined below.  Where it is not possible to provide the exact amount, we will provide you the method of calculation of the fee.  If we receive commission from a product provider, this may/will be offset against the fee which we will charge you. Where the commission is greater than the fee due, the commission may become the amount payable to the firm unless an arrangement to the contrary is made.

 

Life and Pensions

You may elect to deal with us on a fee basis.

Principles / Directors                         €216

Senior Advisers                                     €216

Associates                                              €216

Support staff                                         €76

 

Additional fees may be payable for complex cases or to reflect value, specialist skills or urgency, our scale of fees for such cases range from a minimum of €50 per hour to a maximum of €216 per hour. We will notify you in advance and agree the scale of fees to be charged.

 

Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSAs) – Fees

Where advice is requested for PRSAs, the following hourly fees will apply:

Advisor fees:   €50 – €216 per hour.

Support staff: €76 per hour.

 

Additional fees may be payable for complex cases or to reflect value, specialist skills or urgency. We will notify you in advance of providing you with these services.  Our scale of fees for such cases range from a minimum of €100 per hour to a maximum of €216 per hour. If we receive commission from a product provider, this will be offset against the fee which we will charge you. Where the commission is greater than the fee due, the commission will become the amount payable to the intermediary unless an arrangement to the contrary is made.

 

General Insurance

We may be remunerated by commission from insurers on completion of business. A summary of the details of all arrangements for any fee, commission, other reward or remuneration paid or provided to us which it has agreed with product producers is available on our website.  Where an override commission is received, this will be disclosed to you in general terms.

 

Brokerage fee:  Up to €300, or a percentage of the premium for Commercial Lines, details of which will be advised to you in advance

Mid Term Alteration/ Cancellation fee: Up to €50

Claims handling:  Nil

 

We will inform you of the amount of fee to be charged.  Where it is not possible to provide the exact amount, we will provide you the method of calculation of the fee.

 

Ongoing Suitability

Investments

Ongoing suitability assessments form part of the service to clients.  On an annual basis, statements can be requested.

 

Regular Reviews

It is in your best interests that you review, on a regular basis, the products which we have arranged for you. As your circumstances change, your needs will change. You must advise us of those changes and request a review of the relevant policy so that we can ensure that you are provided with up to date advice and products best suited to your needs. Failure to contact us in relation to changes in your circumstances or failure to request a review, may result in you having insufficient insurance cover and/or inappropriate investments.

 

Disclosure of Information

Any failure to disclose material information may invalidate your claim and render your policy void.

 

Conflicts of interest

It is the policy of our firm to avoid conflicts of interest in providing services to you. However, where an unavoidable conflict of interest arises we will advise you of this in writing before providing you with any service. A full copy of our conflicts of interest policy is available on request. In some cases, we may be a party to a profit-share arrangement with product producers where we provide extra services for the provider.  Agreements to this effect are in place with Aviva General and Canopius Underwriting.  Any business arranged with these providers on your behalf is placed with them as they are at the time of placement the most suitable to meet your requirements taking all relevant information, demands and needs into account.

 

Default on payments by clients

We will exercise our legal rights to receive payments due to us from clients (fees and insurance premiums) for services provided. In particular, without limitation to the generality of the foregoing, the firm will seek reimbursement for all payments made to insurers on behalf of clients where the firm has acted in good faith in renewing a policy of insurance for the client. Product producers may withdraw benefits or cover in the event of default on payments due under policies of insurance or other products arranged for you. We would refer you to policy documents or product terms for the details of such provisions.

 

Complaints

Whilst we are happy to receive verbal complaints, it would be preferable that any complaints are made in writing. We will acknowledge your complaint in writing within 5 business days and we will fully investigate it. We shall investigate the complaint as swiftly as possible, and the complainant will receive an update on the complaint at intervals of not greater than 20 business days starting from the date on which the complaint is made.  On completion of our investigation, we will provide you with a written report of the outcome. In the event that you are still dissatisfied with our handling of or response to your complaint, you are entitled to refer the matter to the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman (FSPO). A full copy of our complaints procedure is available on request.

 

Data Protection

We are subject to the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 and the Irish Data Protection Act 2018.  Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd. is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. We wish to be transparent on how we process your data and show you that we are accountable with the GDPR in relation to not only processing your data but ensuring you understand your rights as a client.  The data will be processed only in ways compatible with the purposes for which it was given and as outlined in our Data Privacy Notice, this will be given to all our clients at the time of data collection. We will ensure that this Privacy Notice is easily accessible. Please refer to our website (www.kielygaule.com ), if this medium is not suitable we will ensure you can easily receive a copy by hard copy. Please contact us at info@kielygaule.com if you have any concerns about your personal data.

 

CCTV, Call and Voice Recording

Kiely Gaule Financial Services may record telephone calls, inbound and outbound, for regulatory, quality, training and verification purposes. CCTV recording facilities are also in place in our premises. These facilities are in place for security, quality, training and verification purposes. All data captured by these facilities are managed in accordance with the Data Protection Acts.

 

Governing Law and Language

The laws of Ireland form the basis for establishing relations between you and Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd. All contracts, terms, conditions and communications relating to any policies or services you may enter into with the firm will be in English.

 

Quotations

All quotations are valid for 7 days unless otherwise stated and all quotations and cover are subject to acceptance by the insurer concerned.

 

Cooling Off Period

A consumer has the right to withdraw from an insurance policy (as defined under SI No 853 of 2004) within 14 days of the start date of the policy (except in the case of travel policies whose operative period is for one month or less) without penalty and without giving any reason. This is known as the cooling off period. The right of withdrawal may be exercised by notice in writing to Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd quoting your policy number provided that no claim or adjustment has been made or is intended to be made or no incident has occurred which is likely to give rise to a claim or for travel policies. Should this right be exercised the insurance company may charge for the period you are on cover. For motor insurance the Certificate of Insurance and Windscreen Disc must be received by Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd before the policy can be cancelled. Please note that the policy set-up charge is non-refundable if you choose to withdraw from the policy within the cooling off period.

 

Handling Clients’ Money/Receipts

Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd will accept payments by cash, cheque, electronic funds transfer, debit and credit card in respect of all classes of insurance in the circumstances permitted. We cannot accept cash or negotiable instruments in any other circumstances. For certain Insurance Products, we may request that all payments are made payable to the provider of the product in question. A receipt will be issued for all payments received and should be retained by you in a safe place. Under the Central Bank’s Consumer Protection Code strict rules apply in relation to payment of premiums to product producers. We will not be able to pay premiums to product producers for a client where the premiums have not been received by the firm. Therefore, to avoid policy cancellation, premiums must be paid strictly within credit terms. Clients must pay at inception of a contract or on or before renewal date or as invoiced in the case of mid-term alterations. Insurance companies may cancel cover where a client fails to meet their obligations in relation to payment terms and conditions.

 

Compensation Scheme

We are members of the Investor Compensation Scheme operated by the Investor Compensation Company Ltd. See below for details.

 

Investor Compensation Scheme

The Investor Compensation Act, 1998 provides for the establishment of a compensation scheme and the payment, in certain circumstances, of compensation to certain clients (known as eligible investors) of authorised investment firms, as defined in that Act. The Investor Compensation Company Ltd. (ICCL) was established under the 1998 Act to operate such a compensation scheme and our firm is a member of this scheme. Compensation may be payable where money or investment instruments owed or belonging to clients and held, administered or managed by the firm cannot be returned to those clients for the time being and where there is no reasonably foreseeable opportunity of the firm being able to do so.

A right to compensation will arise only:

  • If the client is an eligible investor as defined in the Act; and
  • If it transpires that the firm is not in a position to return client money or investment instruments owned or belonging to the clients of the firm; and
  • To the extent that the client’s loss is recognised for the purposes of the Act.

 

Where an entitlement to compensation is established, the compensation payable will be the lesser of:

  • 90% of the amount of the client’s loss which is recognised for the purposes of the Investor Compensation Act, 1998; or
  • Compensation of up to €20,000.

For further information, contact the Investor Compensation Company Ltd. at (01) 224 4955.

 

Brokers Ireland Compensation Fund

We are also members of the Brokers Ireland Compensation Fund. Subject to the rules of the scheme the liabilities of its members firms up to a maximum of €100,000 per client (or €250,000 in aggregate) may be discharged by the fund on its behalf if the member firm is unable to do so, where the above detailed Investor Compensation Scheme has failed to adequately compensate any client of the member. Further details are available on request.

 

Sustainability Factors – Investment/IBIPS/Pension Advice 

When providing advice, Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd. considers the adverse impact of investment decisions on suitability. As part of our research and assessment of products, the firm will examine the Product Providers literature to compare financial products and to make informed investment decisions about ESG products. The firm will at all times act in the client’s best interests and keep clients informed accordingly. The consideration of sustainability risks can impact on the returns of financial products.