LAWFUEL – The NZ Law Jobs & Legal Newswire l- The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has banned Mr Jason Lowth,
of The Vines in Western Australia, from providing financial services for five years.
Mr Lowth provided financial planning services through Brighton Hall Securities Pty Ltd (Brighton Hall) between 17 September 2001 and 14 June 2004. During this time he was a proper authority holder and then an authorised representative of Brighton Hall.
Mr Lowth, who worked in the Applecross office of Brighton Hall, provided advice to clients from across the Perth metropolitan area.
An ASIC investigation found that, between April 2002 and December 2003, Mr Lowth:
• provided inappropriate advice to clients about investing in Westpoint products, in
breach of his obligation to have a reasonable basis for the advice he gave and to act in
the best interests of his clients; and
• made statements to his clients about Westpoint products that were misleading or deceptive.
Mr Lowth has the right to lodge an application for a review of ASIC’s decision with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Thirteen banning briefs in relation to advisers who advised on Westpoint products are currently under consideration.