About BLME

Bank of London and The Middle East (“BLME”) is an independent UK bank based in London with a representative office in Dubai.

DUBAI REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE

Dubai provides BLME with a base for its operations in the Gulf and forms an integral part of BLME's strategy to expand across the region.

FINANCIAL SERVICES COMPENSATION SCHEME (FSCS)

Bank of London and The Middle East plc are a member of and covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (“FSCS”) established by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. The FSCS may pay you compensation if you are eligible and we are not able to meet our obligations under these Terms. Most depositors, including most individuals and small businesses, are covered by the scheme. For further information about the FSCS (including the amounts covered and eligibility to claim), please refer to the FSCS website at www.fscs.org.uk or click here for the FSCS leaflet.

Further details can be found on the FSCS Eligibility Information Sheet and Exclusions List below and also here in a PDF format.

Basic information about the protection of your eligible deposits  
Eligible deposits in BLME are protected by: the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (“FSCS”)1
Limit of protection: £85,000 per depositor2
If you have more eligible deposits at the same bank / building society / credit union: All your eligible deposits at the same bank / building society / credit union are “aggregated” and the total is subject to the limit of £85,000.2
If you have a joint account with other person(s): The limit of £85,000 applies to each depositor separately.3
Reimbursement period in case of bank, building society or credit union’s failure: 20 working days4
Currency of reimbursement: Pound sterling (GBP, £)
To contact BLME for enquiries relating to your account:

PDA Team
Bank of London and The Middle East plc
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6HL

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7618 0147
Email: pda@blme.com

To contact the FSCS for further information on compensation:

Financial Services Compensation Scheme
10th Floor Beaufort House
15 St Botolph Street
London
EC3A 7QU

Tel: 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100
Email: ICT@fscs.org.uk

More information http://www.fscs.org.uk/

Additional information (all or some of the below)

1Scheme responsible for the protection of your eligible deposit

Your eligible deposit is covered by a statutory Deposit Guarantee Scheme. If insolvency of your bank, building society or credit union should occur, your eligible deposits would be repaid up to £85,000 by the Deposit Guarantee Scheme.

2General limit of protection

If a covered deposit is unavailable because a bank, building society or credit union is unable to meet its financial obligations, depositors are repaid by a Deposit Guarantee Scheme. This repayment covers at maximum £85,000 per bank, building society or credit union. This means that all eligible deposits at the same bank, building society or credit union are added up in order to determine the coverage level. If, for instance a depositor holds a savings account with £80,000 and a current account with £20,000, he or she will only be repaid £85,000.

In some cases eligible deposits which are categorised as “temporary high balances” are protected above £85,000 for six months after the amount has been credited or from the moment when such eligible deposits become legally transferable. These are eligible deposits connected with certain events including:

  1. certain transactions relating to the depositor’s current or prospective only or main residence or dwelling;
  2. a death, or the depositor’s marriage or civil partnership, divorce, retirement, dismissal, redundancy or invalidity;
  3. the payment to the depositor of insurance benefits or compensation for criminal injuries or wrongful conviction.

More information can be obtained under http://www.fscs.org.uk

3Limit of protection for joint accounts

In case of joint accounts, the limit of £85,000 applies to each depositor.

However, eligible deposits in an account to which two or more persons are entitled as members of a business partnership, association or grouping of a similar nature, without legal personality, are aggregated and treated as if made by a single depositor for the purpose of calculating the limit of £85,000.

4Reimbursement

The responsible Deposit Guarantee Scheme is the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, 10th Floor Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph Street, London, EC3A 7QU, Tel: 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100, Email: ICT@fscs.org.uk. It will repay your eligible deposits (up to £85,000) within 20 working days until 31 December 2018; within 15 working days from 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2020; within 10 working days from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023; and within 7 working days from 1 January 2024 onwards, save where specific exceptions apply.

Where the FSCS cannot make the repayable amount available within 7 working days, it will, from 1 June 2016 until 31 December 2023, ensure that you have access to an appropriate amount of your covered deposits to cover the cost of living (in the case of a depositor which is an individual) or to cover necessary business expenses (in the case of a depositor which is not an individual or a large company) within 5 working days of a request.

If you have not been repaid within these deadlines, you should contact the Deposit Guarantee Scheme since the time to claim reimbursement may be barred after a certain time limit. Further information can be obtained under http://www.fscs.org.uk.

Other important information

In general, all retail depositors and businesses are covered by Deposit Guarantee Schemes. Exceptions for certain deposits are stated on the website of the responsible Deposit Guarantee Scheme. Your bank, building society or credit union will also inform you of any exclusions from protection which may apply. If deposits are eligible, the bank, building society or credit union shall also confirm this on the statement of account.

EXCLUSIONS LIST

A deposit is excluded from protection if:

  1. The holder and any beneficial owner of the deposit have never been identified in accordance with money laundering requirements. For further information, contact your bank, bank building society or credit union.
  2. The deposit arises out of transactions in connection with which there has been a criminal conviction for money laundering.
  3. It is a deposit made by a depositor which is one of the following:
    • credit institution
    • financial institution
    • investment firm
    • insurance undertaking
    • reinsurance undertaking
    • collective investment undertaking
    • pension or retirement fund1
    • public authority

The following are deposits, categories of deposits or other instruments which will no longer be protected from 3 July 2015:

  • deposits of a credit union to which the credit union itself is entitled
  • deposits which can only be proven by a financial instrument2 unless it is a savings product which is evidenced by a certificate of deposit made out to a named person and which exists in a Member State on 2 July 2014
  • deposits of a collective investment scheme which qualifies as a small company3
  • deposits of an overseas financial services institution which qualifies as a small company3
  • deposits of certain regulated firms (investment firms, insurance undertakings and reinsurance undertakings) which qualify as a small business or a small company3 – refer to the FSCS for further information on this category

1 Deposits by personal pension schemes, stakeholder pension schemes and occupational pension schemes of micro, small and medium sized enterprises are not excluded.

2 Listed in Section C of Annex 1 of Directive 2014/65/EU

3 Under the Companies Act 1985 or Companies Act 2006

For further information about exclusions, refer to the FSCS website at www.FSCS.org.uk