The Private Office

Independent Financial Adviser  The Private Office, Leatherhead, Surrey, EC4V5EQ
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Independent, Chartered financial planning firm, as well as our normal face to face meeting we are offering online and telephone advice, in response to Coronavirus. We’re here to support you.
We can advise you on
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Annuity purchase
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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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Traded endowment policies
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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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School fees planning
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Critical illness
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Income protection insurance
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Large business
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Life insurance
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Small business
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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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Long term care
Response rating
10/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 19th October 2020
Meet our advisers
Susan Tait APFS
Partner

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.

Adam O'Melia APFS
Adviser

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 qualification enables professional advisers to develop specialist planning capabilities, covers topics like: personal tax and trust, business financial, pension and investment planning.

Rebecca Bonner DipPFS CTA TEP
Adviser

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

John Metcalf Dip PFS
Partner

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

Joseph O'Shea FPFS
Partner

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 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 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 in depth financial planning skills related to investments and the management of investment portfolios.

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 assesses the candidate to develop in depth financial planning skills related to personal tax and trusts.

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 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 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.

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.

Daniel Schofield Dip PFS
Partner

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 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 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 investment products and the risks involved.

Guy Austin APFS
Adviser

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.

Nick Barraclough DipPFS
Partner

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

Wayne Vernon APFS
Adviser

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

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of an ability to analyse financial protection planning issues.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK taxation system, and the ability to analyse the taxation treatment of individuals and trusts during the investment advice process.

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

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

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of an ability to analyse pension and retirement planning issues.

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 enables professional advisers to develop specialist planning capabilities, covers topics like: personal tax and trust, business financial, pension and investment planning.

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

This exam accesses understanding of key retail financial products such as savings, investments and tax wrappers.

What our clients say
TPO has a disciplined and robust approach to investing. They have performed very well for our family over a couple of decades and hit a sweet spot for our risk/return profile
Matt, London
Once my financial situation documented, my expectations considered, after several meetings, Julian and The Private Office came up with solutions for me to carefully consider. At our meetings advice was explained in detail. Having not taken my pension as yet, I feel I have chosen the correct path, that will benefit me .Investments are in the very early stages, but I feel confident that my best interests were considered. Having very little experience with financial advisers, I listened to a friend, and interviewed three different companies. I like the approach of The Private Office, their way of operating, the individual, genuine attention. I know I am only small fry, money wise, but I needed help making financial decisions, and so far I am happy with the outcome
Client, Dorset
About us

We are an award-winning, Chartered financial planning firm who have been delivering independent, tailored financial advice for over ten years.

Based in Leeds, London and Bath, we help clients across the UK with their financial planning needs.

Many of our expert team have worked together as colleagues for over 20 years, looking after private clients, families and owner-managed businesses.

As a client, you will benefit from our collective knowledge, resource, time and expertise, while still receiving the unrestricted, personalised service from your dedicated adviser.

Our advice is, and always has been fully independent; we work for you, not a product provider, meaning we can be unbiased and sit on ‘your side of the table’.

We work in partnership with all of our clients to shape our approach to your circumstances and needs – it’s a fully tailored, transparent service built around you.

Our services

We work closely with you to build plans and stay on track through a process of regular consultation, refinement and restructuring where appropriate.

We can help you by:

1] Recommending how to manage your cash savings with access to the largest available savings data in the UK

2] Taking advantage of personal allowances where available

3] Defining and agreeing personal planning strategies

4] Managing pensions, inheritance, estate planning and investments to meet your goals

5] Accessing investment solutions and enabling cost-effective implementation

6] Rebalancing and reviewing portfolios to match your evolving objectives

7] Explaining market cycles and assisting investment decisions

Where to find us
Head office address: The Private Office, London, UK, EC4V5EQ
Preferred clients
Minimum wealth (income/assets)
£100,000
Minimum pension value
£100,000
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
10/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 19th October 2020

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