Compliance & Accreditation

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Ariv Pay is regulated by the FCA UK, partners are principal members of Visa and MasterCard, MSP Acquirer TPP and is PCI Level I certified. Our payment gateway solution has been passported to 30 EU countries. We offer high security hosting in PCI certified environment, external audits, penetrations and release scans, L3 +L7 firewall security and IDS, real time automated 24/7 system monitoring, dual location data centres.

Ariv Pay is PCI Data Security Standard v.20 certified, PCI’s mission is to enhance payment account security by driving educat ion and awareness of PCI  standards. Ariv Pay is audited by Foregenix , a UK based independent specialized information security business, with a global service capability. Please visit Foregenix, or view our listing on the PCI security.

Payment Card Industry & Data Security Standard

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It is inevitable even within the best run organisations that there will be occasions when individual customers are not happy with the service provided.  In such circumstances, customers complain.

You need to be clear as to what constitutes a complaint. This is defined as:

Any situation where an individual has expressed dissatisfaction, whether justified or not, either orally or in writing, about the firm’s provision of, or failure to provide, a financial service or a determination of redress.

 You should be vigilant to any complaint or, indeed potential complaint, involving the firm, which alleges:

  • a breach of FCA Rules or guidance, or
  • a failure to comply with any obligation arising under or by virtue of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, or
  • negligence, a breach of a term of any customer agreement or any enactment or other rule of law which may be applicable to the business of the firm, or
  • misrepresentation, bad faith or other malpractice, or
  • financial loss, material distress or material inconvenience.

Should you receive a complaint, whether verbally or in writing, or suspect that a situation may give rise to a complaint, you must notify the Compliance Officer immediately, who will deal with the complaint.

You should not initiate contact with the customer until the Compliance Officer has informed you, in writing, that it is permissible to do so.

Once the Compliance Officer is in receipt of the complaint it will be immediately recorded within the complaints register.

Following this, an initial assessment will be carried out to determine if an immediate resolution can be made. Where this is possible, the complainant will receive a written summary of our findings and conclusion (summary resolution). Where this is accepted within 3 business days (by the close of the third full day) the case will be closed.

Where this is not possible, a written acknowledgement will be issued to the complainant within 5 business days and will set out the basis, or understanding, of the complaint.

A copy of our ‘dealing with your complaint’ leaflet will be included within either of these communications.

Notification to PI Insurers

 On receipt of a complaint, our PI Insurer will be notified immediately. This applies to all complaints.               

Appropriate Investigation of Complaints

 We will ensure that all complaints are investigated by an individual with sufficient competence and experience who, where appropriate, was not directly involved in the matter giving rise to the complaint. 

We will aim to resolve any complaints as quickly as possible.

The person responsible for the investigation of the complaint (usually the Compliance Officer) will examine, in detail, all documentation in relation to the complaint and will interview, where appropriate, any staff with an involvement in the content of the complaint.  Communication with any connected parties will be fully recorded on the complaint file as will copies of all correspondence.

Additional information will be requested as necessary to investigate the complaint fully.

We will endeavour to resolve complaints at the earliest possible opportunity and within 8 weeks of its receipt. This will minimise the number of unresolved complaints which need to be referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

We will then issue a final response. If however we are not in a position to issue this within the above time period, a letter will be sent to the complainant explaining:

  1. the reason for the continued delay
  2. when the firm anticipates being able to provide a final response
  3.  the right of the complainant to refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Service and enclosing a copy of the Financial Ombudsman Service’s leaflet

 The Final Response

Once all enquiries are complete, the Compliance Officer will draft a response for issue to the complainant. 

 Where redress is appropriate, we will provide the complainant with fair compensation for any acts or omissions for which it was responsible. The Compliance Officer has the necessary authority to offer redress.

We will comply with redress offers accepted by the complainant. Redress need not be financial and could include, for example; an apology. The final response letter will explain the complainant’s right to refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Service and enclose a copy of the Financial Ombudsman Service’s leaflet. 

The response will also indicate that the complainant has a six month timescale to refer the matter to the Ombudsman, which commences on the date that the final response is issued by the firm.

The result of the investigation will be entered into the Complaints Register.

A complaint will be deemed closed:

  • Once the investigation has been completed and a final decision letter has been issue to the complainant; or
  • Where we receive confirmation that the complainant is satisfied with the outcome of the investigation and a summary resolution communication has been issued (resolved within three business days from receipt); or 
  • Where the complainant has indicated in writing acceptance of the firm’s earlier response, where appropriate

Co-operation with the Ombudsman

We will co-operate at all times with the requirements of the Financial Ombudsman Service.

If the case is referred to the Ombudsman, the Compliance Officer will submit a report along with any supporting documentation.

Record Keeping

We will keep a record of each complaint received and the measures taken for its resolution, and retain that record for a minimum period of:

  1. At least 5 years where the complaint relates to MiFID business; and
  2. Three years for all other complaints.

Disciplinary action

In instances where the conduct of a particular adviser may require more direct action and disciplinary action may be required.  The following procedure will be followed by the firm:

  1. Training/Development need identified.
  2. Appropriate coaching undertaken and documented.

In the event of a continued shortfall in performance;

  1. Formal letter issued by the Compliance Officer stating the nature and extent of the firm’s concerns and requiring the remedial action to resolve the situation is taken within fourteen days.

If matters have not improved;

  1. Final letter issued by the Compliance Officer stating the matter must be resolved within a further seven days.

If the matter remains outstanding;

Adviser should no longer be permitted to advise customers in connection with their Finance requirements.

Conduct Rules and Regulatory References

The firm will need to consider:

  • whether the matter may need to be reported under the Conduct Rule breach notification requirements
  • retain records relating to competence and capability for the purpose of the regulatory reference regime.

Complaints about other firms

Where a complaint is received in respect of advice provided by another firm, it is important that the customer is treated fairly.  In such circumstances, the complaint should be acknowledged promptly. Once we are satisfied that the other firm is responsible, the customer should be provided with the contact details of the firm concerned in the form of a final response letter.

Additionally, a copy of the complaint should be forwarded to the firm concerned requesting that they make contact with the complainant.

Where there may be a joint liability in relation to a complaint, the procedure discussed above should be followed as well as the firm responding to part of the complaint that is relevant to it in accordance with the complaints procedures.   

Such complaints should be recorded within the complaints register.

Where we receive a referred complaint, it should deal with the complaint in accordance with our standard complaints procedure with time limits applying from the date on which we receive the complaint referral.

Download the Internal Complaint Handling Procedures for Staff

Complaints handling procedures.pdf


The aim of this policy is to outline the practice and procedures for staff in the firm contribute to the prevention of detriment to clients who find themselves in vulnerable circumstances. The policy covers all staff and areas of work directly with the customer.


The Financial Conduct Authority in their publication “Consumer credit and consumers in vulnerable circumstances” of April 2014 (PUB REF: 00489) define consumers in vulnerable circumstances as follows:

“We consider a vulnerable consumer to be someone who, due to their personal circumstances, is especially susceptible to detriment.” With the most significant detriment occurring when, “…through the use of consumer credit, get into unmanageable or problem debt.”

The firm is a Credit Broker and as such a proportion of our transactions are regulated.

Clients who might be considered as being in vulnerable circumstances could include:

  1. Clients with mental capacity deficiencies (including language or communication)
  2. Clients who are “underbanked” or “financially unsophisticated”
  3. Client with low income
  4. Clients already in a distressed financial situation

The nature of our business makes it unlikely that new customers will be in vulnerable circumstance or that the nature of their circumstance may limit or remove the availability of facilities to the extent that the firm might be unable to accommodate their requirements.

As a firm, however, we must remain mindful of the potential for enquiry by these clients and the potential for any change of circumstance in respect of existing customers.

  2. a) Mental capacity deficiencies – The FCA provides clear guidance on the identification of mental capacity issues in their Handbook under CONC 2.10.8 Appended to this policy.
  3. b) Underbanked, Financially Unsophisticated –can be identified through interview and credit profile
  4. c) Low income – can be identified through interview and credit profile
  5. d) In financial distress – can be identified through interview and credit profile

The firm will not discriminate against clients in vulnerable circumstances by way of adjustment to fees or any refusal to assist purely on the grounds of the client’s circumstance (unless that circumstance creates a situation which is likely to lead to detriment or a risk that removes the availability of any finance facility).

The following table illustrates mitigating actions for clients with mental capacity deficiencies (for the avoidance of confusion “competent person” means an individual without the limitation presented by the client):

Capacity IssueRisk Mitigation
LanguageClient cannot fully understand important features of their agreement with the firm, their recommendation or the consequences of that recommendationClient to instruct a competent person to act as interpreter.
Other communication problem created by disabilityAs above

Client to instruct a competent person to act as interpreter.

Client to nominate a reasonable communication medium suitable for their disability.

Mental incapacity (temporary) e.g. intoxication, mental illnessAs above plus the potential for reckless disregard for consequence

Client to instruct a competent person to communicate on their behalf. Legal agreement must be reached outside of any period of incapacity.

Client should be encouraged to seek independent professional advice.

If legal agreement cannot be reached outside of any incapacity, client must provide “Power of Attorney” for a competent individual to act on their behalf.

Mental incapacity


As above plus the possibility that any agreement might be unenforceable as a result of known incapacity.Client must provide “Power of Attorney” to a competent individual to act on their behalf




  1. To ensure staff are aware of this policy and are adequately trained
  2. To support individuals in relation to identified risk and vulnerability
  3. To provide means of reporting any instance where they believe that a client might be in vulnerable circumstance.

Responsibilities of our employees

  1. To be familiar with this policy and procedures
  2. To take appropriate action in line with the policies of the firm
  3. To report any instance where they believe that a client might be in vulnerable circumstance.

Vulnerable Persons Policy.pdf


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