Orridge & Dunn Independent Financial Advice

Independent Financial Adviser Third Floor, 35/36 Iron Gate, Derby, DE1 3GA
First meeting at adviser's own cost
Response rating
FCA verified
18th March 2019
Unbiased, whole of market mortgage advice based in Derby city centre.
We can advise you on
  • Bad credit
  • Buy to let
  • Commercial for individuals
  • Equity release
  • First time buyers
  • Flexible
  • High loan to value
  • Remortgage
  • Residential
  • Right to buy
  • Self build
  • Self employed
Meet our advisers
Christopher Dunn DipFA CeMAP
Independent Financial Adviser
Stuart Orridge DipFA
Independent Financial Adviser
What our clients say
We were looking to buy our first house, but had a bit of a more complicated situation than the usual first time buyers so decided we needed some professional advice about which mortgage providers would be able to cover our situation. Chris was very knowledgable and was able to find us a mortgage without any problems. He kept us updated and chased issues for us on a daily (some times twice) daily basis; the amount of work he put into our case was impressive, and very worth the fee - I'm sure his hourly rate by the end of it all prob ended up quite low because of it! Chris is everything you would want in a financial advisor, he is honest and good with communication, and is very tenacious. We decided to go through Chris for our insurance (life, income protection etc) as well, purely based on the amazing service he had given us while we were trying to secure a mortgage. To be honest, I couldn't fault the service we were given. Chris did his utmost to ensure everything went smoothly for us, if we needed the services of a financial advisor in the future we would def come back to Chris Dunn.
Kelly, Nottinghamshire
We wanted advice on our mortgage and the best suited and available deals available to us at the time. Stuart was extremely knowledgeable and provided us with all the information we needed to make an informed decision. He is always on hand to answer any questions around our finances and is very flexible around meetings. He always ensures he gives us the time we need. We are extremely pleased with all outcomes so far and intend on using Stuart for all our needs now and in the future. In all honesty Stuart really does do a fantastic job in all our requirements. He is punctual, knowledgeable, flexible, proficient, organised and friendly! We even have our next mortgage review booked in the diary 2 years in advance - perfect for our busy schedule as this acts as a reminder also. Stuart really is a 5* adviser!
Annie, Derbyshire
I needed to arrange a mortgage and had been unsuccessful in the quality of advice from 2 different estate agents. I also needed to arrange life insurance. Chris was really helpful- from the first moment of answering my call. He was able to arrange an appointment really quickly and gave me an early morning appointment before I started work- which sped things up very quickly. I felt reassured by Chris's approach because he was very straightforward and I didn't feel pressured in to choosing any particular product over another one. He's a very pleasant chap and it was obvious from our meetings- he had a lot of knowledge and contacts in this area- which is invaluable. I have secured a really good deal on my mortgage and have a life insurance policy that I'm comfortable with.
Pam, Derbyshire
I was looking for a mortgage and guidance as a first time buyer. Stuart was able to find me the best mortgage for my circumstances by comparing and speaking with personal contacts. Stuart also set up my life cover.
Tom, Derbyshire
Chris helped me find a mortgage deal with an adverse element on my credit. He spent a significant amount of time researching and personally speaking with his contacts in the industry to get me the best deal possible. The outcome was far more than I had hoped for - I had been to see other advisors that specialise in adverse credit but felt little to no confidence in the advise I was given (I once had a meeting that took less than 10 minutes). Chris spent time to ensure he secured me the best deal possible and it far surpassed what I had been offered previously. Genuinely, nothing could have been done better.
Jenny, Derbyshire
We were looking for help with mortgage. Stuart found the best offer for us, took care of the paperwork and advised us on the process throughout. We were so happy with the outcome that we've also decided to seek Stuart's advise in other areas of his expertise such as insurance and pension.
Anita, Derbyshire
Me and my partner were looking to purchase our first home together and to purchase another property as an investment. As this was the first time we had looked into getting a mortgage myself and my partner were not at all sure on the process. Chris helped us find the best prices and helped us work out what our financial situation would be like with not only purchasing one, but two properties. He was very helpful with any questions we had and always made time to see us even if that meant working late due to our own working patterns. He made all the information very clear to us, and was always happy to look into things further if we were unsure. We have now purchased our family home and are now waiting to purchase our second property, which Chris will be helping us with. Chris was extremely helpful.
Matthew, Derbyshire
As a first time home buyer, Stuart advised me (who had no real knowledge) of the options open to me for my mortgage and life insurance. He explained in terms I understand what would be affordable to me, and how the mortgage application process works. Stuart submitted my mortgage application for me, and I didn't worry about it all. The outcome was exactly what I hoping for, if not better - Stuart made the process very smooth and as his client I did very little, and did not have any concerns.
Tace, Derbyshire
Chris help us a lot in purchasing our home. He make it easier for us to decide what is best and right for us as a first time buyer. Chris simplify everything. Job well done Chris without you i dont know if we manage to get our dream home. Keep up the good work and i will 100% recommend you to all!
Charmaine, Derbyshire
I needed to arrange a mortgage, life insurance, critical illness cover and buildings and contents cover. Chris found me the most competitive mortgage on the market and guided my partner and I through the process from start to finish from decision in principle to mortgage offer. Chris's strength is explaining things in simple language which makes the mortgage/insurance concepts easy to understand. He proactively followed up with us after our mortgage offer to advise us further on what type of insurance we would need going forward. Again, Chris simplified the process and offered us competitive premiums from reputable firms. Chris saved us hours of time which we would have spent reading, researching, understanding and choosing on our own and has provided us with quality products that are specific to our situation.
Michael, Derbyshire
I had a slightly complicated self build mortgage need, mid project. Very clearly laid out my options to enable a well thought through decision and then found a series of deals that were great value for money. He has also taken the hassle out of renewing the mortgage since that date. Stuart has always been very responsive and happy to engage, even though I have left things to the last minute.
Garry, Derbyshire
Chris took all of the time and effort out of selecting a mortgage and insurance policies. He supported us through the entire house purchase process, regularly following up with estate agents, solicitors, lenders and insurers to ensure everything remained on track and clarifying exactly what was needed by us and when. We now have a property, mortgage and insurance policies that we're very satisfied with and most importantly, we got there with no stress and without needing to devote a significant amount of time to the process. At every stage Chris went over and above to make sure the process flowed as smoothly as possible.
Cari, Derbyshire
I had not a great Credit Score when looking to re-mortgage and consolidate debts. Stuart offered sound,practical advice and looked at lots of potential products to find the most suitable and financially viable for my situation, hekept me informed and explained anything I had a query about in an honest and straightforward manner. The product found was the most suitable available to me at this time and will help enormously in enabling me to have greater control over my finances. My circumstances were far from ideal and so restricted what might be available to me, making things somewhat more problematic for Stuart. So his work,knowledge and advice have been invaluable.
Martin, Derbyshire
We were in need of mortgage but with poor credit rating. Chris found a mortgage when two previous advisors could not. An excellent service.
Duncan, Derbyshire
We needed a mortgage to buy a house - we're both over 50 and had been renting for a while so we were concerned this might cause us difficulties. Stuart helped us decide how much we could afford to borrow and found a mortgage deal that suited us. We have now bought our house and things are going well! Stuart was very helpful, not pushy and encouraged us to stay in our limits and not over extend ourselves.
Sharon, Derbyshire
As a Single mum to three small children on income support, I needed to remortgage in my own name due to divorce, however as i have no 'real' job or 'income' banks and other mortgage advisors refused to even look at my case (despite having never missed a payment in two years). Chris not only took my case, he also found a company that I could remortgage with and gave me excellent advice throughout the process. I now have a mortgage in my own name.
Zoe, Derbyshire
I was looking into buying my first property, not knowing much about what to do and how to go about it. Chris simplified all the complicated aspects and helped explain what was needed and what needed to be done in terms of sorting out a mortgage, life insurance and building and contents insurance. He made me feel very welcome and didn't judge me for anything I didn't understand.
Ewan, Derbyshire
I am an Engineering Consulting contractor and as such most high street banks don't seem to understand my financial position. I was struggling to get a mortgage approved despite a strong financial position. Therefore I was suggested to contact a Financial Adviser. Stuart from Orridge & Dunn just took all that stress away for me, he sorted out a great mortgage and managed it through to completion. Plus he comprehensively explained all aspects of the mortgage process that were previously unclear to me. He was very patient to identify multiple options as I requested alternatives LTVs and mortgage types etc. Most helpful bit for me was, liaising with the lender and my solicitor and ensuring I was updated every step of the way. We completed the process on time and I cannot thank Orridge & Dunn enough for their hard work and excellent communication.
Praveen, Derbyshire
Chris helped me find a great mortgage rate whilst also reducing my life insurance costs. My monthly outgoings reduced by around 15%.
David, Nottinghamshire
Being self employed and needing an expert's help, Stuart found us the mortgage we wanted and made the whole process extremely easy and trouble free. He is extremely knowledgeable, helpful and professional and made the whole process easy to understand and run smoothly. We now have the mortgage in place on a new house and very happy with the excellent service and advice received. Stuart was excellent, efficient and very importantly took the stress and hassle out of getting this organised at a time when buying a house is stressful enough.
Sharon, Derbyshire
We wanted support with every step of getting our first mortgage. We felt a bit out of our depth trying to do this on our depth and wanted the advice of an expert. Chris was brilliant - nothing was too much trouble, he answered all our questions, and he made us feel very confident throughout the process. Chris always made himself available to see us at short notice and gave us all the time we needed. After meetings with Chris we felt we knew everything we needed to know to make the best informed decision on our mortgage. We discussed various options in great depth and with great personal condideration. Since agreeing this mortgage we've not had any second thoughts about our decision, things are going well and this is working for us. It's tough as first time buyers and a daunting prospect on your own so Chris's support was invalauable for us. It's great to finally be on the ladder.
Andrew, Nottinghamshire
My husband was working for agency and I was self employed so we thought we wouldn't be able to borrow enough for our family home and Stuart made us feel positive throughout and took away all our stress. He got us the best rate mortgage for our family home and kept us reassured till the contract completed. He was very approachable and help us understand all the jargon. We are now proud owners of our beautiful family home.
Kristy, Derbyshire
I have tasked Stuart on 3 occasions to find mortgages for three different properties. Each time Stuart has gone beyond all expectations in delivery, finding the appropriate product and keeping me informed and reassured throughout the process. I currently have recommended Stuart's services to my sister who is elated with the help and guidance. I couldn't fault the service I received and would not have expected such high levels of service, honesty and integrity.
Shaban, Derbyshire
We were first time buyers and we had very little credit history, which made it difficult to get a mortgage from any high street bank. We looked for different financial advisers and Chris was the most responsive one. He managed to get us a mortgage with a specialist mortgage provider that otherwise we wouldn't been able to get.
Oier, Derbyshire
I needed a mortgage to buy my house as I had just divorced from my husband. Stuart helped me get the mortgage capacity I needed when my bank couldn't help me. I now have a perfect house in the school catchment I needed for myself and the children. It was excelent service and advise.
Virginia, Derbyshire
We were looking to apply for a mortgage and needed help us find some one that would take on a person over 70 years of age. We are very happy with the out come.
Marie, Derbyshire
We were moving house and needed a mortgage and re-mortgage on a 2nd property. Chris provided clear guidance on mortgage options also helped to sort out life assurance to cover my new mortgage. We successfully remortgaged the rental property and also purchased the house which we are now living in. Very pleased with the advice provided and also with the speed of response. Chris was very open about the options he investigated for us and any fees/charges. He did not push us into particular decisions but explained the pros and cons of the choices available.
Jacqui, Nottinghamshire
Stuart did a great job at finding me a self employed mortgage at competitive rates when I didn't have have the usual three years worth of accounts that normal high street banks asks for.
Tharaka, Derbyshire
Where to find us

Third Floor, 35/36 Iron Gate, Derby, DE1 3GA

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About us

Conveniently located on Iron Gate in Derby's Cathedral Quarter, we are available to see you at our offices, your home or place of work, or at a suitable alternative location.

Our services

No matter how straightforward or complex your requirements, we can source the most appropriate mortgage for your needs and manage the whole application process from start to finish for you. Furthermore, as a "one-stop shop" we also offer independent financial advice on associated insurances, and even source and arrange competitive legal services.

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Our fee for arranging a mortgage will vary depending on your individual circumstances. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate all buy to let mortgages.

Orridge & Dunn Independent Financial Advice is a trading name of Obsidian Financial Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Financial Services Register Number 509756.
Obsidian Financial Limited Registered Address: Obsidian House, Hints Road, Mile Oak, Tamworth B78 3PQ. Registered in England, No. 06925501.
The information contained within this site is subject to the UK regulatory regime and is therefore targeted primarily at consumers based in the UK.
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