ASIC bans Perth adviser for five years

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has banned Perth-based adviser Philip Leake from providing financial services for a period of five years.

ASIC found that Leake failed to act in his clients’ best interests when providing advice on insurance.

The corporate regulator’s surveillance of Leake found that he had not considered his clients’ circumstances and what life insurance coverage they may need,  nor their  ability to pay for the insurance he recommended. Leake failed to make a reasonable assessment of which life insurance products might be best suited to his clients’ needs.

ASIC also found that the adviser made false and misleading statements in his Statements of Advice, claiming to have considered his clients’ circumstances in relation to the waiting periods for income protection policies when he had not.

ASIC’s surveillance looked at a number of his client files from Wealthsure Financial Services Pty Ltd, where he was an authorised representative from March 2015 until January 2018.

This outcome is a result of ASIC’s Life Insurance Lapse Data Project (LILD Project). The LILD Project was established in August 2016 to make greater use of data to focus ASIC’s surveillance of life insurance advice, with the aim of improving the life insurance advice provided to Australian consumers.

Under the LILD Project ASIC receives reports from life insurers that list the names of advisers who meet specific thresholds relating to lapsed policies. ASIC analyses these reports and other data to identify a group of high-risk advisers.