We are in regular contact with the FCA despite the fact that we work within an unregulated market and offer an open door policy. We protect the interests of both the client and the company. We also follow arigorous compliance process that adheres toAML legislation and Data protection laws in order to ensure this.'
Written by Hamilton Partners (UK) Ltd'
False claim 'Written by Hamilton Partners (UK) Ltd
* Having been found falsely claiming authorship of the profiles of the five organisations shown on their site, Hamilton Partners (UK) Ltd have today amended their site to acknowledge the true authorship of these profiles.
Hamilton Partners (UK) Ltd's explanation (31st July 2013):
'Our client has explained to you that the quotes you refer to which appeared on our client's wbsite were placed purely for information about the diamond grading laboratories Our Client uses to certify diamonds, and were an attempt to ensure clarity about these labs. By default Our Client's whole website displays the text "written by Hamilton Partners", and any confusion caused by the presence of this statement on the information pages referred to was purely accidental. Our client had no intention to mislead visitors to its site, and immediately upon you drawing attention to this oversight Our Client corrected its website accordingly.'
It does appear a little odd that this 'oversight' ran from 5th March 2013 to 30th July 2013 without anyone from Hamilton Partners Ltd noticing the false claims of authorship. As Hamilton Partners (UK) Ltd 'are in regular contact with the FCA' one might think that the FCA would have stressed the importance of ensuring that there were no misleading statements on their website.
Although one might give some credit to sole director, Gavin Daniels, and Hamilton Partners for having amended the false attribution, I certainly have no wish to deal with a company that either claims the words of other organisations as its own or for over four months fails to verify that their website, offering investment opportunities, does not carry misleading statements irrespective of whether they happen to be punting carbon credits, diamonds, eco-investments or bio-fuels etc.
As the FCA's advice indicates investments in carbon credits now have an uneviable reputation. Also report on FCA Conference on 1st July 2013.
Some press comment on carbon credits – here, here and here.