How we are paid
On receiving an enquiry, we will arrange an initial meeting which can be at our offices, your home or your place of work. The purposes of the initial meeting are to establish whether we are able to assist with your needs and objectives and to discuss the fees for our services should we be instructed to proceed. There is no charge for this initial meeting and no obligation on either side.
After the initial free consultation, we will agree with you whether you pay us a fee, or we are paid out of the cost of any financial product you buy (commission). We will always tell you about any commission we earn, and it will be taken into account in working out our fee.
Commission is paid to an IFA firm by a provider, usually an insurance company or an investment house for the successful placing of business. The commission is included within the providers normal product charges, so there is nothing you need to pay us in addition. The amount of commission is based on a percentage of the premiums payable or sums invested.
Fees will usually be based on time spent and evaluated at a rate per hour calculated to recover our costs. Fees attract an additional VAT charge whereas commissions, under current legislation, do not. We will always tell you about any commission we earn, and it will be taken into account in working out our fee.
Whether we take our remuneration by way of commission or fees will be a matter of discussion and agreement, and no charges for fees will be made without prior notification in writing.
If you ask us to arrange a mortgage for you the typical fee would be £100 per hour.
Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.