Monday, 25 February 2019 12:03

FCA plans to return £2.5m to UCIS 'land banking' victims

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FCA's Mark Steward FCA's Mark Steward

The Financial Conduct Authority has urged people who invested in a number of unauthorised collective investment schemes (UCIS) involving ‘land banking’ to come forward to claim a possible refund from a £2.5m pot.

It has urged them to get in contact with the FCA to see if they are eligible.

Between 2005 and 2010 approximately 870 people invested around £32.8m in unauthorised collective investment schemes established and operated by Countrywide Land Holdings Limited, James Kenneth Maynard (trading as Regional Land and Countrywide Land Holdings Limited) and Stephen Ronald Watkins (trading as Consolidated Land UK Limited). 

These schemes involved the unlawful selling of plots of land.

Following High Court cases in which the unauthorised businesses were ordered to repay investors, the FCA has received approximately £2.5m from a related Panamanian company Paradigm Consultancy SA, which it intends to return to eligible investors, it says.

To date, only 392 out of 870 possible investors have contacted the FCA.

The FCA has urged investors who think they might have invested, or might recall family members investing in these schemes, to get in contact.

Mark Steward, executive director of enforcement and market oversight at the FCA, said: “If you believe you were an investor in one of these unauthorised schemes, please get in contact with us.

“We will work to resolve this matter and return funds to eligible investors as soon as is possible but we need to demonstrate to the Court that we have taken reasonable steps to identify everyone affected.”

Investors who have not yet contacted the FCA, should do so even if they no longer have records or documentation relating to the investments.

In the first instance, they should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to the FCA at Freepost RTZE–RHAL–URAJ, for the attention of UBD RC RE00654, Financial Conduct Authority, 12 Endeavour Square, London E20 1JN.


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