I first sought the advice of Westminster Wealth in 2014 in order to discuss the adequacy of my savings, pension entitlements and other assets vis-a-vis my approaching post-retirement needs. Following an in-depth review of my financial situation Chris Loake recommended and then set in place a package of investment and pension arrangements that have given me good capital growth, allowed me to draw down funds when necessary in a tax-efficient manner, provided me with sound, sensible advice and generally relieved me from stress and anxiety. It has proved to be a continuing and real pleasure for me to rely on his professional expertise and skill.
We’ve been really pleased with the work Phil Ogden has done for us at Westminster Wealth. We were in the lucky position of having a lump sum, but had no idea where to start to make it work best for us in the long term, while also keeping some options open in the short term. Over a series of meetings Phil helped us work through our options and our priorities. We’ve ended up with a plan we understand that meets our short and long term goals. This has removed all the stress, leaving us free to enjoy our circumstances and think about things other than investment funds, pensions, etc. Fantastic result!
To Howard and Gemma; Thank you for your kind and wise words, which I passed on to her. A fortnight ago we had a lovely family Legacy Lunch, which involved giving her the cheque. Both her father and her were deeply appreciative. Thank you so much for arranging it all so beautifully.
I have had the pleasure of working with Jamie Perkins for a number of years. I have always found him attentive, objective and very professional with a full understanding of the products which he deals with.
Howard has been advising me on my personal finances since 1994. His knowledge and expertise grows continually. This meant that following taking the company to AIM Howard’s thorough and diligent work was invaluable in reviewing and structuring our corporate benefits package correctly. He works hard to understand our business and add value through creative suggestions.
We’ve used WWM for investment planning for three years. We have been extremely happy with the service we have received, even in these difficult financial times. The advice has always been sensible, thoughtful and in keeping with our needs. Additionally they are never pushy, and more than happy to recommend solutions that do not generate big or even any commissions for WW
It is thought that moving home is one of the most stressful activities we do; luckily our mortgage was through Westminster Wealth. All the hassle was removed; their team liaised with the lawyers on both sides, and more importantly the mortgage provider to extend the offer. Our remortgage was a no brainer… use them and you won’t be disappointed.
Andy, thanks for all your help with the mortgage. You made it all very effortless, stress free and easy for Eunice and me as well as getting us a great deal. All in a fantastic service. We are very grateful and look forward to using you again when we come to remortgage in a few years time.
Howard, a quick email to formally thank you for all your work & effort last week dealing with my clients dealing & approval request. We are very very grateful. Your kindness in helping with each aspect/stage of the process was unbelievable and truly professional in every manner. Thank you – your effort was much appreciated.
I didn’t expect to find somebody who was prepared to spend so much time in helping me understand this complex area of financial planning. I now have a good understanding of pension planning as well as the specifics of many different plans.
Chris Taylor has been my Independent Financial Adviser for 20 years or so and over that time I have built up considerable trust in his approach and advice, covering many aspects of savings, pension and life assurance. Sadly, my wife died from cancer in September 2012 and, aside from coming to terms with the personal loss and looking after my two boys, there was a lot of work to do to settle our joint financial affairs. Chris, together with his assistant Billy, immediately offered to assist and with my ready authorisation took it on themselves to contact the many financial services providers involved. The processes to be followed were complex and time consuming, with frequent requirements for retrieval and validation of original documentation. Chris and Billy worked their way through the stack of work involved to achieve a 100% success rate of settlement, much more quickly and effectively than I would have been able to do on my own. As a result, I was able to concentrate on the personal side of my life and the subsequent Probate process was also uncomplicated and readily completed. I cannot commend Chris and Billy too highly for the way in which they stepped in to help in this way, thereby demonstrating that a good IFA relationship is not only transactional and, in this case, was very much two-way.
I have worked with Howard Sheard for the past three years. He has advised me on how best to consolidate and invest my pension rights, which I accrued through occupational schemes and personal contributions throughout my career. Throughout the period I’ve worked with Howard, I’ve found him knowledgeable, professional and responsive. I’ve enjoyed meeting him and working with him, and am confident that the investments I’ve made with his help and advice are appropriate and will be successful.
I have dealt with Howard Sheard of Westminster Wealth since 2007. Over this period of time he has always given me well researched and impartial advice both on products I have asked him to investigate and those which he has suggested would suit my personal and business needs. Whenever I have proceeded with a product, the administration has been thorough and efficient. A particularly complex transaction was the transfer of the administration of my pension scheme across from 3/4 different providers. This transfer was carried out on Howard’s advice to not only streamline the paperwork but to save me money in terms of fees. I believe that not only does Howard make me money, but he saves me money as well. Knowing he is keeping an eye on my investments leaves my mind free to concentrate on my business interests.
I have benefited from the excellent financial advice provided by Patrick for the better part of the last 20 years. Patrick has a great knack for providing inherently complex advice in a clear and readily-understandable way. I have always had complete trust that the proposals he has made are very much in mine and my family’s interests. And, last but not least, he makes the whole experience of parting with one’s immediate hard-earned money to provide some often distant and remote return a relatively enjoyable experience which has to be counted as a remarkable talent.
WWM have been significantly involved in Informa’s schemes, particularly the introduction of flex which has been in operation for some 5 years. WWM currently provides advice for the Informa Final Salary Scheme… they have made significant savings at a time of extreme market volatility and we have been very satisfied with the professional advice they have given.
I have dealt with WWM on numerous occasions over the past few years, starting with a simple remortgage and moving on to pensions and then onto other investment advice. Jamie Perkins has helped me to determine the types of products that would interest me, that suited my needs and made the process of investing in them extremely easy. I have always found Jamie to be extremely knowledgeable, professional and proactive and will certainly be looking to him, and WWM, for advice and support in the future.
I have worked with Jamie Perkins for several years now on tax planning, critical illness cover, life insurance, and various investment opportunities including VCTs, EIS, and most recently absolute return funds. Over this time Jamie has taken great care to understand my personal situation and finances sufficiently well to be able to filter opportunities on my behalf and to ensure that any ideas he raises with me are worthwhile. Of course it takes two to tango, and one of the reasons Jamie has got to know me better than most (including my “private banker”) is that I trust him with some of my most personal financial information and life plans. The army of salesmen who cold call me on a regular basis get short shrift in comparison! The other acid test is dealing with problems which will inevitably arise from time to time. Where I have had the occasional problem, Jamie has always been there to get it fixed as best possible and to leverage his relationships with the underlying providers if necessary to come up with an equitable solution.
I have worked with James Gardiner for a while now and he has always been objective and professional in our dealings. His advice has always been clear and concise, and operating on a fee basis has continued to provide reassurance of his truly independent capabilities. I trust him implicitly with handling my overall financial planning matters and would feel absolutely comfortable recommending his services.
As someone without a great deal of financial experience who is approaching retirement, and particularly concerned in seeing my money work for me with as little risk as possible, it was with some trepidation that I first agreed to meet Nick Albery. My fears were quickly allayed as Nick was extremely knowledgeable and yet made everything easy to understand. He has a remarkable ability to focus on complex issues and explain them clearly and concisely and come to sensible decisions. He listens carefully to my concerns and needs, replies without delay to my communications, and I have full confidence in his recommendations. Over the past 4 years I have looked forward to my regular reviews, and come away feeling satisfaction and relief, and confident of the future. In co-ordination with Nick, Carey Hamer has proved an excellent client co-ordinator, constantly there when I need re-assurance, helped with piles of paperwork that often come through my letter-box, has helped me plan for my retirement in a day-to-day practical way and been the glue to the whole experience.
Patrick has been my financial adviser for nearly twenty years and I have always found his advice to be of great value. He has an enviable knack of being able to explain issues in a very straight forward, easy to understand way. Over the years Patrick has recommended a variety of savings and protection products and whilst the advantages of his investment ideas have always been clear to me, I tended to follow his protection ideas with less enthusiasm, just trusting that he knew what he was talking about. How glad I am that I did! Last year I was diagnosed with cancer and the critical illness policies that Patrick recommended I take out all those years ago have really proved their worth. The claims paid have meant that I am now financially secure and at what was a stressful time, it was a great relief not to have to worry about money as well! Fortunately the medical prognosis is encouraging and I look forward to Patrick continuing to share his financial wisdom with me for many years to come.
Westminster Wealth have always provided friendly advice that is easy to understand. They explain things in such a way so that I can feel comfortable about making decisions on my finances. I feel that they treat me as an individual and tailor their advice just for me.
I first met Howard whilst going through my divorce. He patiently guided me through the issues and advised me on money matters through that difficult time even when I wasn’t in a position to invest anything. More recently he negotiated an amendment to my employer’s executive scheme which resulted in a higher contribution at no extra cost to me (or my employer).
I have known Patrick since the late 1980s. I can truthfully say that I have never been disappointed with the advice I have received. In fact the quality of the advice and the products I have invested in have resulted in supporting my family and me through bad times as well as good, along with now providing me with a substantial pension pot. I have worked in IT in the Finance Industry since the early 70’s. Thus although I am financially literate I admit the limits of my knowledge. Patrick has never recommended any product that has caused me to question his advice.The qualities that Patrick has are (from the perspective of a satisfied client): Ability to translate a client’s needs into deliverable and relevant financial products; Honesty about the limits of his product knowledge but also able to know where to go to complement this, so providing a complete service; Honesty about fees and costs associated with both his service and the recommended products; Always ensuring that clients know the plusses and minuses of financial products. Thus in these days of scepticism about all things financial and the quality of financial advice it is good that advisers such as Patrick exist.
Just to say that I recently used Philip to help me set up a SIPP and was extremely impressed with his depth of knowledge, professionalism, clarity of thought and attention to detail. He goes out of his way to ensure that everything is easy to understand and I have no hesitation in recommending him...
I have worked with Philip Hamer for several years on pensions and investment planning and, during that time, I have been consistently impressed by several key factors in the way he works. When we first started working together, Philip spent a considerable amount of time on building his understanding of my personal situation, financial position and attitude to risk and reward. He has an impressive attention to detail and mathematical ability, to the extent that he has been able to remind me of elements (and cash balances) that I had forgotten! Not only does Philip have very extensive knowledge of the market, including a wide range of funds, but he also prepares extremely thoroughly for every client meeting, to ensure that I have the best relevant choice of available options. Our planning meetings are always thorough, as Philip takes the time to ensure that I fully understand the benefits and risks of each option and supports me to make the best choice for my personal circumstances. He is always on hand to give me financial support and advice when I need it, even when it offers him no financial benefit through fees. As a result, I trust Philip’s advice implicitly, because I know that he is working towards my best interests, rather than simply focussing on his fee.
After your last visit I decided I really wanted to write and thank you for all the support you have shown me over the years, visits to my home once travelling to London became too much and all the help you have given me with my investments over the years, what is now 20+ years since we first met. You have always been at the end of the phone if I need to talk to you and I am more than aware of the effort it takes to travel out of London to see me, just to answer some questions and say hello. After the terrible experiences I had with my previous adviser, I was more than a little cautious to take on someone new but thank goodness I did as you have such high standards of integrity, I have never had to worry that you were giving bad advice and I have seen my investments do well whilst in your care. In short you are one of the rare breed who give the financial industry a good name and I would recommend you to anyone.
Five years ago I decided to start looking for an expert to manage my retirement portfolio. I hoped to find someone I could trust who would put my mind at rest and manage my money well. Philip Hamer was recommended to me and after meeting him I found him to be patient and willing to give as much time as I needed to help me understand my options, and he quickly put my mind at rest. Since then he has continued to give me sound advice, always making time for me, either face to face or over the telephone if I have any questions. I would happily recommend him.
First time buyers, support with arranging our mortgage. Martin Cook was incredibly helpful, he found the best mortgage rates for us, made the whole process clear and stress free which as first time buyers was a huge support. He constantly stayed in contact with us and the estate agents so we didn’t need to do any chasing and we feel went above and beyond what we expected. Thank you Martin.
I was looking for a remortgage and to take some equity on my property. Martin Cook perfectly understood our needs and explained the recommendations, deadlines and processes in a very comprehensive way. He is very professional, reactive and very responsive. We were successful very quickly in getting the remortgage and the equity we wanted. It would have been difficult and time consuming to do it on our own and Martin was a fantastic help. I have already recommended Martin to many friends and colleagues and no doubt I will call him immediately next time I need to remortgage.
Martin Cook explained the options available to me and gave me the knowledge I needed to make the right selection for me. He was very prompt, thorough and clear in all our communication. And when I encountered an unexpected problem during the legal process ….. he very quickly helped me through the process of finding a replacement mortgage to avoid any delays. Martin kept me informed at every step of the process and supported me whenever I had any questions.
I have moved house around 6 times and this became a very difficult transaction. From the very start to the very end Martin Cook was great and the best mortgage broker I have ever used.
Martin Cook is clearly very knowledgeable and conducts himself in a friendly, professional manner. From the outset he ensured an understanding of our requirements whilst clearly explaining the options available to us and what was possible. Our financial situation was not entirely straightforward and his experience enabled him to act for us and reach a successful outcome. He ensured that his background research into our situation was thorough and consequently submitted a realistic application which was approved without issue.On a personal level Martin is friendly and easy to deal with, always happy to answer any questions and replies promptly when not available immediately.Above and beyond. The result of the mortgage in terms of cost and size significantly exceeded several other advisors I spoke with when deciding who to employ.
As a first time buyer it was all a bit of a minefield though Martin Cook guided me through the process effortlessly ad secured a great mortgage for me that suited all of my needs.
Martin Cook was extremely helpful, professional and friendly. He advised me in every step of the process, from the level of my deposit, value and nature of the property and extent of mortgage I could obtain. He then sourced the mortgage and set the whole thing up.
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