Our fees

We believe in charging a fair fee for the work we do. For this reason, we have decided to echo the transparency of our approach and disclose our fees online.

This also differentiates us from other financial advisers and planners. Research shows that only 1 in 20 disclose their fees online.

We believe that financial planning adds immeasurable value to our clients; helping them to achieve their hopes and dreams. In fact, our clients have even let us know how much they value the work we do. You can read their stories here.

In addition, it’s important to note a growing body of research which shows the value of financial advice and planning.

The fees we charge will depend on the complexity of your personal situation, as well as the existing pensions and investments you hold.

Our initial advice and recommendations are charged on a menu basis, as detailed below.

A 2017 report by Royal London and the International Longevity Centre showed that, on average, people who work with a financial adviser boost their assets by up to £43,245.

A study by Vanguard identified seven key areas where advisers can add value, estimating values for each area. The total sum was discovered to be around 3% per annum.

Initial meeting

The initial meeting is at our expense. As part of this meeting, we will discuss the work we will undertake on your behalf and provide you with an estimate of the total fees.

Preparation of a full financial plan

Includes:

  • Exploration of personal and financial goals
  • Preparation of a lifetime cash flow plan
  • A risk profile analysis to inform future investment decisions
  • Exploration and discussion of different options and scenarios for your future
  • Identification of any shortfalls in funding for your future life plans
  • Recommendations to improve your likely financial future
  • A written report to cover and explain every element

Cost: £1,500

Review of existing plans and recommendations

Includes:

  • A full review of existing arrangements to ensure they are suitable to help meet your goals as established in the financial plan. This will include a review of the current funds against your risk profile, plan costs and any specific plan features.
  • Recommendations to retain the plan if suitable, change investment funds within a current plan or to transfer to a new plan and funds if required
  • Research of the whole of the market for the appropriate new plan and investment funds in line with your financial goals and risk profile
  • Administration to complete applications and ensure any changes or new plans are put into place
  • Written reports to cover and explain every element

Other types of pensions or investments such as Venture Capital Trusts may be more complex and carry an additional cost.

Pensions:

For personal pensions, SIPPs¹ and SSAS², excluding those with non-standard investments

Cost: £400 for the first plan, plus £300 for each subsequent plan

Investments:

For ISAs³, investment accounts and investment bonds

Cost: £350 for the first plan, plus £250 for each subsequent plan

Protection/insurance:

For Life Cover, Critical Illness Cover and Income Protection/Permanent Health Insurance

Cost: £150 per plan review only. £400 to review and recommend a new plan if required.

¹Self-Invested Personal Pensions

²Small Self-Administered Schemes

³Individual Savings Accounts

Recommendation for a new pension or investment

Relevant if there are no existing plans to be reviewed but a new investment, pension or protection policy is required.

Includes:

  • Research of the whole of the market for the appropriate new plan and investment funds in line with your financial goals and risk profile
  • Administration to complete applications and ensure any changes or new plans are put into place.
  • A written report to cover and explain every element

If an investment plan is jointly owned, only one fee will be charged. If they hold the same plan, but there are different investment funds within that plan, the fee will be discounted.

Cost: £250 per plan

Review and recommendation on the option to transfer out of a Final Salary pension

Includes:

  • A full financial plan as detailed above, full technical analysis of the existing arrangement and a personal recommendation on the option to transfer
  • A written report to explain the recommendation and reasons for it
  • The fee of £3,000 will be charged regardless of the recommendation

Cost: £3,000

If a transfer is recommended, an additional £250 will be charged as per the fee for a new plan.

Please note, the recommendation may be to not transfer and remain a member of the scheme. If that is the case, we will not sign advice documentation to allow the transfer against our advice.

Fee examples

Example 1: Approaching retirement

You’re approaching retirement and want to understand how your current arrangements will provide for you.

You will require the preparation of a full financial plan. You also have two existing pensions and an ISA to be reviewed.

Full financial plan: £1,500
First pension review: £400
Second pension review: £300
ISA Review: £350
Total £2,550

If the total value of the pensions and investments is £250,000, this represents 1.02% of their total value.

Example 2: Making a new investment

You have inherited £300,000 and want to invest. You have no existing pensions or investments.

Preparation of a full financial plan: £1,500
Recommendation for a new pension plan: £250
Recommendation for a new investment plan: £250
Total £2,000

This represents 0.67% of the amount to be invested.

Example 3: Planning for your future retirement

You want to take retirement saving more seriously. You have a small pension of £25,000 and can afford to pay £300 per month into it.

Preparation of a full financial plan: £1,500
Review of current pension: £400
Total £1,900

This would represent 7.6% of the current pension value.

Ongoing review service

Our ongoing service will provide you with:

  • Structured reviews to give you peace of mind
  • Assessment of your circumstances and any changes to your plans that are needed
  • Regular updates and information regarding your holdings
  • A choice of differing levels of support depending on your needs
  • Ongoing support with correspondence and administration issues

Cost:

Our costs use a tiering system, are dependent on the frequency of review you require and are based on the value of your investment(s) at each 12-month anniversary.

Total funds invested Percentage charge of amount
£0 – £250,000 0.8%
£250,001 – £500,000 0.7%
£500,001 – £1,000,000 0.6%
£1,000,000 plus 0.5%

Service levels

What we will provide: Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Review frequency Quarterly Six-monthly Annually
Review meeting:

  • Review of objectives
  • Review of risk profile
  • Review of asset allocation (if required)
  • Rebalance investments
  • Review of tax changes
  • Updates and valuations
Annual statement of holdings
Professional expertise and governance embedding into our investment processes
Detailed tax planning
(annual)

Estate planning
Cashflow planning
(annual)

Ongoing access to your adviser
Ongoing access to our support team
Quarterly newsletter
Budget statement review newsletter
Liaison with accountant/solicitor (if required)
Subject to a minimum charge of: £5000 £3000 £750

Ongoing fee examples

Example 1

Your investments are valued at £600,000 and you select service Level 1.

At 0.6% the ongoing management fee we would receive is £3,600.

As this is less than the minimum ongoing service fee for this service level, we would charge you £1,400.

The total fee payable would be £5,000 per annum.

Example 2

Your investments are valued at £50,000 and you select service level 3.

At 0.8% the ongoing management fee we would receive is £400.

As this is less than the minimum ongoing service fee for this service level, we would charge you £350 as the balance.

The total fee payable would be £750 per annum.

Example 3

Your investments are valued at £150,000 and you select selected Level 3.

At 0.8% the ongoing management fee we would receive is £1,200.

As this is exceeds the minimum ongoing service fee for this service level no other charges would be applied.

The total fee payable would be £1,200 per annum.

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