The number of complaints against IFAs has fallen in 2009, at a time when complaints against most other financial services firms are rising.
Misleading advice complaints increased by 19%, though this was not due to independent advisers, according to figures from the FSA.
The overall number of complaints against financial services firms rose by 2% to 1.5m in the first half of 2009.
However, complaints against personal investment firms, the category under which most IFAs fall, actually fell marginally, from 17,173 in the second half of 2008 to 17,160 in the first six months of this year.
Despite this, complaints relating to misleading advice jumped 19% to 207,967.
General insurance and pure protection saw a 32% jump in misleading advice complaints, accounting for the bulk of the rise, while Life and Pensions saw a 36% rise.
Banks and general insurance intermediaries saw the biggest rise in complaints, up by 10,000 and 29,500 respectively.
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