300,000 Woodford victims transfer nearer to compensation


Compensation for the victims of the Woodford Fairness Earnings fund collapse is a step nearer after collectors voted in favour this week of a scheme of association.

The votes implies that many traders ought to get again 80% of their losses – priced on the time the fund collapsed 5 years in the past – ranging from March.

The compensation invoice is prone to be round £230m.

Buyers have been ready for 5 years for the redress scheme after the fund failed in 2019.

Hyperlink Fund Options, the authorised company director of Woodford funds, confirmed this week that roughly 93.7% in quantity and 96.1% by worth of collectors had backed the compensation plan and scheme of association.

In a press release Hyperlink mentioned: “If the Scheme is permitted on 18 January 2024, LFSL expects to make an preliminary cost of between £183.5 million and £200 million throughout the first quarter of 2024. The Settlement Fund contains all of LFSL’s obtainable belongings and a voluntary contribution of £60 million from LFSL’s dad or mum firm.”

Ryan Hughes, interim AJ Bell Investments managing director, mentioned the vote was a constructive transfer after years of ready.

He mentioned: “The overwhelming endorsement for the scheme of association by embattled traders within the former Woodford Fairness Earnings fund will come as a aid for a lot of who will now be capable of see an finish in sight for this ongoing saga. Over 4 and a half years have handed because the fund suspended and with nicely over 90% of traders voting in favour of the scheme, there will probably be many who’ve accomplished so just because they’re fed up with how lengthy this course of has taken.

“Whereas there’ll little question be some that really feel that this scheme doesn’t compensate them sufficiently for his or her losses, others will really feel that getting again round 80% of the fund worth on suspension will probably be greater than they might have hoped for when the fund initially suspended.

“As we method 2024, traders now transfer to a extra detailed timeline that ought to see the scheme obtain Court docket approval in mid-January after which by the top of March, traders ought to obtain their first cost with between £183.5 million and £200 million being paid out. This primary cost will characterize the overwhelming majority, with the potential for observe up smaller funds as soon as all prices have been taken under consideration.

“Whereas traders will by no means see this as an early Christmas current, the prospect of with the ability to draw a line beneath this complete sorry story within the first half of 2024 will probably be seen by most of the 1000’s of traders trapped within the fund for all these years as a manner of lastly with the ability to transfer forwards.”


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