The head of a newly-launched adviser trade body to rival AIFA has rejected industry calls for a "united voice".
Gill Cardy [pictured], founder of the IFA Centre, hinted that her organisation would pursue a different agenda to the Association of IFAs (AIFA) - despite pleas for them to work together.
"We don't need to speak with one voice," she said. "With the advent of restricted and independent advice, we now have a case of two separate sectors and interests."
AIFA announced in July it would extend membership to all advisers bar bank staff when the new rules on independence come into force from 2013.
The trade body has publicly and privately urged breakaway organisations - most notably Alan Lakey's Adviser Alliance - to join with them to lobby the FSA.
AIFA managing director, Stephen Gay has said that when the adviser "community appears divided, we lose the respect of policymakers. We lose the influence we could have if we were able to speak more in consensus".
The IFA Centre's relationship with AIFA would be similar to that of the Personal Finance Society (PFS) and the Institute of Financial Planners (IFP), Cardy said - getting involved with regulation but operating entirely separately.
She did not rule out working with the body on certain issues in future.
For example, if proposals under the European directive MiFID allowed restricted UK advisers to take commission, with independent advisers limited to a fee-based system, it would represent "an unlevel playing field" and something that would need to be worked on collectively, she said.
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