Fairstone Financial Management Ltd

Independent Financial Adviser  18 Crescent Business Park, Belfast, County antrim, BT1 1AA
First meeting at adviser's own cost
One of the UK’s largest Chartered financial planning firms and rated Number 1 in the Asset Management category on Trustpilot
We can advise you on
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Annuity purchase
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Auto enrolment
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Pension consolidation
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Pension drawdown
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Pensions & divorce
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Pensions & retirement planning
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Pensions review
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Pensions transfer
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SIPPs
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Stakeholder
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Bad credit
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Building your home
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Buy my next home
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Buy to let
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Buying commercial property
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Buying first home
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Buying overseas
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Equity release
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Flexible mortgages
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High loan to value
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Next home / Remortgaging
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Right to buy
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Self-employed mortgages
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Wealth management
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Ethical investments
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ISA / Unit Trusts / OEICs
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Investing for income
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Investment trusts
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OEICs
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Offshore investments
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Socially responsible investments
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Unit trusts
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Lump sum
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National savings
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Regular savings
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Savings for children
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School fees planning
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Accident & sickness
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Critical illness
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Healthcare
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Home and leisure
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Income protection insurance
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Life insurance
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Payment protection insurance
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Capital gains tax
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Estate planning
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Income tax
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Taxation planning
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Commercial mortgages
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Corporate pension
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Employee benefits
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Group ISA
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Group Pension/Stakeholder
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Group Protection/Life Insurance
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Group critical illness
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Group income protection
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Group life insurance
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Group private medical insurance
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Group risk
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Long term care
Response rating
9.3/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 6th July 2020
Meet our advisers
Michael Guilfoyle Dip PFS
Independent Financial Adviser

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, mortgage products, repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

To achieve DipPFS individuals must achieve 140 credits. At least 80 credits must be at Diploma or AFPC level.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: legal principles associated with the creation and management of a trust; main types of trusts that are common in the UK; taxation considerations relevant to trusts.

David Stewart BSc, DipPFS
Independent Financial Adviser

To achieve DipPFS individuals must achieve 140 credits. At least 80 credits must be at Diploma or AFPC level.

Karen Black
Independent Financial Adviser
Seanin Campbell

This qualification develops advanced technical knowledge and understanding across a broad range of key advisory areas.

Accreditations
Certified Financial Planner
Paul McCord

This qualification develops advanced technical knowledge and understanding across a broad range of key advisory areas.

Accreditations
Certified Financial Planner
Raymond Hart

This qualification develops advanced technical knowledge and understanding across a broad range of key advisory areas.

Accreditations
Certified Financial Planner
Sean Larkin APFS AIFP TEP
Chartered Financial Planner

This examination assesses the candidate to develop in depth financial planning skills related to business.

This qualification assessed the knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry together with types of mortgage products and repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the Government’s simplified pension taxation regime which came into full effect on 6 April 2006 (A-Day). Eight tax regimes for pensions were reduced to one, radically affecting planning and transactions.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of: the main legal forms of business and how they are set up and managed; the consequences of bankruptcy or insolvency; business accounts and financial controls; the taxation of each type of business entity, its owners and employees; the main legal responsibilities businesses have to employees, suppliers and customers.

In order to have completed this qualification, individuals were required to obtain three units. These could have been selected from any combination of the available units at that time but must have included the compulsory G10 unit - Taxation and Trusts.

To achieve the Associateship grade, individuals would be required to have 6 AFPC (Diploma) units or equivalent. This shows a commitment to continuous professional development.

Having achieved the APFS designation, advisers can go onto to achieve this recognisable benchmark of quality and ethical practice for financial services professionals, elevating financial planning and advice in the public eye to the same standing as other Chartered professions. The holder must demonstrate a combination of experience, financial qualifications, ongoing educational activity (continuous professional development) and ethical behaviour.

This examination assessed a knowledge and understanding of the UK tax system, the law and practice of trusts, but also an ability to advise individual clients on the tax treatment of their investments and the use of trusts to meet their current and foreseeable future needs.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, lifetime mortgage products, repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

This examination assesses the candidate to develop an understanding of the financial planning process when giving advice to clients.

This examination assessed a knowledge and understanding of investments and an ability to advise individual clients on the construction of investment portfolios to meet both their current and foreseeable future needs.

This examination assessed the knowledge and understanding of economic factors that affect risk from different investments, product features and regulatory framework of retail investments, taxation liabilities and portfolio planning.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the legislative and regulatory position of home reversion plans and their place in the advice process.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: main tax and legal frameworks that govern the accumulation phase of building up retirement benefits under registered pension schemes; features of defined contribution and defined benefit pensions; choices faced by early leavers and use of transfer value analysis; State retirement benefits available, including the risks and suitability of contracting out of the State Second Pension.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, long term care insurance products and the giving of long term care insurance advice.

Accreditations
Chartered Financial Planner
Peter Savage APFS AIFP
Chartered Financial Planner

An internationally recognised financial planning credential. The holder must demonstrate a combination of experience, financial qualifications (usually AFPC/DipPFS) or equivalent, an IFP assessment, ongoing educational activity (continuous professional development) and ethical behaviour.

This examination assesses the candidate to develop in depth financial planning skills related to business.

This qualification assessed the knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry together with types of mortgage products and repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the Government’s simplified pension taxation regime which came into full effect on 6 April 2006 (A-Day). Eight tax regimes for pensions were reduced to one, radically affecting planning and transactions.

To achieve the Associateship grade, individuals would be required to have 6 AFPC (Diploma) units or equivalent. This shows a commitment to continuous professional development.

Having achieved the APFS designation, advisers can go onto to achieve this recognisable benchmark of quality and ethical practice for financial services professionals, elevating financial planning and advice in the public eye to the same standing as other Chartered professions. The holder must demonstrate a combination of experience, financial qualifications, ongoing educational activity (continuous professional development) and ethical behaviour.

This examination assesses the candidate to develop in depth financial planning skills related to personal and corporate pensions.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, lifetime mortgage products, repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

To achieve DipPFS individuals must achieve 140 credits. At least 80 credits must be at Diploma or AFPC level.

This examination assesses the candidate to develop in depth financial planning skills related to investments and the management of investment portfolios.

The Diploma enhances knowledge in core areas such as regulation, investment principles, risk, taxation and personal financial planning using real-life scenarios to develop the essential skills to apply this technical knowledge in practice

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, long term care insurance products and the giving of long term care insurance advice.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of: the basic structure of the tax system and self-assessment; the main taxes on income and capital that may be charged on individuals, the self-assessment system and how tax liabilities are computed; impact of residence and domicile on an individuals liability to UK tax.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of: how the economic environment and individual company performance affects investment performance and investment decision making; how risk is measured and managed; the main principles governing how to construct an investment portfolio; the range of investment management services, how their performance is evaluated and their regulatory environment.

Accreditations
Chartered Financial Planner
Trevor Reilly
Independent Financial Adviser

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of investment products and the application of the investment advice process.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the various pension products, the pension tax regime and retirement needs.

This qualification assessed the knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry together with types of mortgage products and repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the financial services industry, including regulation, legislation and the Code of Ethics.

To achieve DipPFS individuals must achieve 140 credits. At least 80 credits must be at Diploma or AFPC level.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, mortgage products, repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of financial protection plans.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: legal principles associated with the creation and management of a trust; main types of trusts that are common in the UK; taxation considerations relevant to trusts.

What our clients say
"Michael helped us to save sensibly which allowed us to return from our time in Australia without having significant debts. He has ensured we would have peace of mind that if the worst happened, we would be financially secure."
Dr Jim Ballard and Dr Sharon Harper, Northern Ireland
"When my husband died 5 years ago, I don’t think I could have got through the baffling and overwhelming business of my finances without Michael’s patience and understanding. He explained everything in a way that I could understand, and more importantly, his guidance and advice have been sound. Working with him has provided me with peace of mind and his listening skills, as well as his understanding, have been invaluable."
Mrs Jennifer Hobson, Northern Ireland
"Having retired early, and being highly wary of financial advisers, we wanted to maximise growth whilst protecting our retirement fund - two things we thought were incompatible. However, Sean and the team at Fairstone showed us otherwise, and it was all the more remarkable because they achieved this during the recession and tough economic times! Sean was very professional, honest, open and knowledgeable, he delivered regular portfolio reviews with on-going support and advice, which was delivered in plain English. We are now content that our family’s future is financially secure, and trust Sean to help us keep it that way."
Gavin and Lesley Body, Northern Ireland
"We have been referring clients to Adrian for the last 5 years and will continue to do so, comfortable in the knowledge that their best interests are being served. The advice and on-going service is first class."
Mark Matthews, Northern Ireland
"Adrian is likeable and approachable and has given me excellent financial advice throughout the 15 years or so that I have been his client. He has not only ensured that I have appropriate income, family and life protection but also given great advice on my investments. In the current volatile climate, Adrian's advice has been consistently correct. My investments have grown well, whilst other friends and colleagues funds have been declining. I thoroughly recommend getting financial advice from Adrian and the First Financial team.”
Dr Gareth Hiscocks, GP, Northern Ireland
About us

Fairstone Financial Management Ltd is a national firm of Independent Financial Advisers. Established in the North East in 2008, Fairstone is now one of the UK’s largest Chartered financial planning firms.

At Fairstone we understand how important it is to make the most of your money and we aim to deliver outstanding service to all of our clients whatever their financial needs or aspirations.

Our key services include: investment management, estate planning, retirement planning, mortgages and corporate financial planning.

Our services

We regularly analyse the marketplace to deliver only the highest-quality product options to our customers whilst ensuring that every customer is offered the widest possible choice of financial products and services.

The entire customer journey is conducted in a friendly yet professional manner, with an efficiency that demonstrates how we go the extra mile in delivering unfailing customer satisfaction.

Every interaction is customer-centred, with individual and specific advice designed to identify and develop a solution which is unique to each customer.

Where to find us
Head office address: 18 Crescent Business Park, Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, Co.Antrim, BT28 2GN
Preferred clients
Minimum wealth (income/assets)
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Minimum pension value
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Minimum mortgage value
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Advice methods
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Response rating
9.3/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 6th July 2020

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