The Pension Planner

Independent Financial Adviser  Downshire Way, Venture House, Bracknell, RG12 1WA
First meeting at adviser's own cost
We are highly rated (4.9/5 on Trustpilot) Independent Financial Advisers in Birmingham, helping people at every stage of retirement to maximise their pension and achieve their ideal lifestyle.
We can advise you on
Annuity purchase
Auto enrolment
Defined benefit
Pension consolidation
Pension drawdown
Pensions & divorce
Pensions & retirement planning
Pensions review
Pensions transfer
Ethical investments
ISA / Unit Trusts / OEICs
Investing for income
Socially responsible investments
Unit trusts
Lump sum
Regular savings
Estate planning
Employee benefits
Group Pension/Stakeholder
Response rating
FCA authorised
Last authorised 20th June 2022
Meet our advisers
Mr Andrew Hursthouse
Nicholas Pratt

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.

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 an ability to analyse pension and retirement planning issues.

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.

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.

To achieve the CertPFS (DM) and individual needs to pass 2 diploma units in Regulation and ethics and Discretionary Investment Management

This qualification helps advisers develop and demonstrate their financial planning capabilities.

Ben Farrell
Independent Financial Adviser

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

Marvin Watson
Retirement Consultant / IFA
Shane Kao
What our clients say
Highly Recommended We have had the pleasure of working with Nicholas as our professional adviser since he took over the management of a complicated investment portfolio back in 2008, at this point in time we had very little faith in the financial services sector and our previous financial adviser caused there to be an element of mistrust initially with the whole advice process and management. I am pleased to say that through Nicholas`s hard work and determination he has fully restored our confidence in employing a financial adviser, always being at hand and regularly updating us on the performance of our investment portfolio we could not ask for anything more from Nicholas and The Pension Planner, we have a greater understanding of how our monies are being looked after and have seen impressive growth on our investments year on year without fail. We have placed all of our trust in our adviser and he hasn't let us down once during the last 8 years and we very m
Maureen, Trust Pilot Review
Pre-retirement pensions advice I've never consulted a Financial Adviser before so this was a very new experience. I found Andrew Hursthouse very easy to talk to, very knowledgeable and helpful with his follow up advice. I'd recommend Pension Planner to people like me approaching retirement, who've given little thought to pensions and financial planning. I'll happily go back to Andrew to seek financial advice in future.
Dianna, Trust Pilot Review
Excellent and appropriate advice Nick offered us an open approach to our pension and financial planning and we were happy to put our trust in him. He made recommendations based upon our client risk profiles and our family’s future needs. He was friendly, spoke knowledgeably (without blinding us with jargon) and always responded to any queries promptly and efficiently. I can’t recommend “The Pension Planner” highly enough!
Rachel, Trust Pilot Review
About us

We’re a team of Independent Financial Advisers who provide jargon-free advice, making retiring as simple as possible.

We believe retiring successfully isn’t just about your pension, investments, and savings that you have accumulated. It’s about how you want your money to enable the lifestyle you want.

We focus on getting to know you. This means we will understand what your concerns and goals are, so we address your concerns and achieve your goals.

We are here for people at every stage of retirement:

People retiring soon:

It’s never too soon to begin thinking about what retirement lifestyle you want to live. Our advice will guide you to identifying what lifestyle you want to live and how you get there.

People retiring now:

If you’re retiring now, there’s plenty to think about. It can be daunting, but our specialists will organise your retirement income and get you to where you want to be.

People who have already retired:

Having an ongoing strategy is still important even if you took financial advice prior to retirement. By reviewing and adjusting your financial arrangement, it will ensure you’re making the most of your retirement, and achieving your ideal lifestyle.

Our services

We’re proudly different from other financial advisers.

We’re highly rated:

We have a five-star rating on Trustpilot, with almost 250 clients rating our service as excellent.

We’re independent:

We search and recommend the best options for you, based solely on your goals.

We’re retirement specialists:

Our advisors have over a decade of experience helping people like you successfully retire.

We provide advice your way:

We provide advice at your convenience, whether face-to-face, video or telephone call.

We work throughout the UK:

We have the capacity to become your trusted partner, no matter your location.

Where to find us
Head office address: 70 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PP
Service coverage
Preferred clients
Minimum wealth (income/assets)
Minimum pension value
Minimum mortgage value
Special offers
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Offers terms
Advice methods
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    Face to face
Response rating
FCA authorised
Last authorised 20th June 2022

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