Kirk Newsholme Financial Planning Limited

Independent Financial Adviser  Kirk Newsholme Ltd, West Yorkshire, Leeds, LS15 8GB
First meeting at adviser's own cost
We have extensive knowledge and experience in providing high-quality wealth-management and financial planning advice to both companies and individuals.
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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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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Critical illness
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Income protection insurance
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Life 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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Corporate pension
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Employee benefits
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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 risk
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Long term care
Response rating
9.0/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 26th October 2020
Meet our advisers
Richard Leonard FPFS
Director & Chartered Financial Planner

To achieve the Fellowship grade, individuals would be required to have 10 AFPC (Diploma) units or equivalent. This shows a commitment to continuous professional development.

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.

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.

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 examination enhanced general pension knowledge, particularly in pension transfers and opt-out business.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of: the supervisors role in a regulated organisation; recruitment, training, attaining competence, maintaining competence and supervising competence; management information and performance standards; Financial Services Authority rules and guidelines in respect of competence and supervision; the legal and regulatory aspects of employment and supervision.

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

This examination assessed knowledge and understanding of income generating options and applying the knowledge to retirement planning situations.

This examination assessed knowledge and understanding of the range of investments available for planning of pensions and to be able to apply the construction of a pension portfolio management for a client.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: process of decumulating pension funds and the main issues for clients and advisers; main choices facing members of pensions schemes during decumulation; features, risks and tax treatment of the secured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of the unsecured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of phased retirement; features, risks and tax treatment of the alternatively secured pension option.

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.

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.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of portfolio investment management. If passed before September 2010 QCF 3 after then QCF 4

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.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of recent pension reforms and how the changes impact at-retirement advice.

This qualification accesses the specialist knowledge and skills needed for advising on the transfer of safeguarded benefits

Accreditations
Chartered Financial Planner
Peter Blinkhorn FPFS
Managing Director & Chartered Financial Planner

To achieve the Fellowship grade, individuals would be required to have 10 AFPC (Diploma) units or equivalent. This shows a commitment to continuous professional development.

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.

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 examination enhanced general pension knowledge, particularly in pension transfers and opt-out business.

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 knowledge and understanding of income generating options and applying the knowledge to retirement planning situations.

This examination assessed knowledge and understanding of the range of investments available for planning of pensions and to be able to apply the construction of a pension portfolio management for a client.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the different types of equity release products, risks to the consumer associated with equity release and application of suitable equity release solutions according to the circumstances of different customers.

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

This AFPC module provided an advanced knowledge of life and health protection. The October 2004 examination qualified the individual to advise on long-term care insurance.

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 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.

This examination demonstrated that the individual has a knowledge and understanding of all financial planning aspects of running a business and an ability to advise clients appropriately.

Accreditations
Chartered Financial Planner
What our clients say
When I had some money to invest recently, Kirk Newsholme proved to be the ideal firm to help me. Their financial adviser, Richard Leonard, provided sensible and very beneficial advice in a friendly and easily understood way - even to an investment novice such as myself!
Rosemary O., North Yorkshire
"I have known Peter as a friend and as a professional contact in my job as a solicitor for some years and would happily recommend him. In my recent dealings with him he understood my needs immediately and arranged the cover I required quickly and efficiently."
Mark J., North Yorkshire
Peter provided and executed a plan which resulted in the establishment of a tax free family investment pot which can be drawn tax free as and when required and is hopefully out of the IHT net. This was opposed to receiving a small annual pension (being 50% of the primary benefit). The outcome is far better than I could have ever hoped to achieve.
Robert C., West Yorkshire
"Richard and the team have been fantastic; from the first meeting to the close they offered a first-class professional service, taking into account my current position and creating a tailored future plan with competitive products and prices. The whole process was simplified for me with clear documentation and efficient communication, thank you very much!"
Andy W., Leeds
About us

At Kirk Newsholme we offer clients a holistic approach to tax and financial planning. Peter Blinkhorn and Richard Leonard are highly qualified Chartered Financial Planners, who provide advice aimed at maximising investment returns and - where possible - minimising tax.

Planning is key through every step of the advice cycle. We can advise you on your retirement strategy, pension provision, savings, investments and life assurance. We also assist with early estate planning and trusts .

Our services

One of the many factors which distinguishes our approach from that of other advisers is our ability to work with the tax team at Kirk Newsholme Chartered Accountants to take a look at the full picture of your finances, closely tying together recommendations on tax obligations with those on pension provision and investment strategy.

We recognise that our private clients are all individuals with their own circumstances and preferred ways of doing things. The service we provide and the advice we give will always reflect this.

Where to find us
Head office address: Kirk Newsholme Ltd, 4315 Park Approach, West Yorkshire, Leeds, LS15 8GB
Preferred clients
Minimum wealth (income/assets)
£250,000
Minimum pension value
£250,000
Minimum mortgage value
£0
Advice methods
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    Telephone
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    Online (Live chat, video, email)
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    Face to face
Response rating
9.0/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 26th October 2020

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