On 8 July 2021, ASIC and Dixon Advisory & Superannuation Services Limited (Dixon Advisory) entered into a heads of agreement to resolve civil penalty proceedings commenced by ASIC against Dixon Advisory in the Federal Court in September 2020.
ASIC’s proceedings relate to best interests duties under the Corporations Act, including allegations that Dixon Advisory representatives failed to act in their clients’ best interests to provide financial advice appropriate to the clients’ circumstances (20-207MR).
The heads of agreement follow Court-ordered mediation and propose that Dixon Advisory pay a $7.2 million penalty for breaches of the Corporations Act as well as $1 million to pay ASIC’s costs of its investigation and legal proceedings. The in-principle resolution between the two parties is subject to approval from the Court.
An ASX announcement outlining the agreement was made by E&P Financial Group Limited on 9 July 2021.
ASIC will provide further comment after the matter has been determined by the Court.