A new partnership for ‘proper independent financial advice’
Fletcher and Beckwith join forces to form ‘London Wall Partners LLP’
Leading independent financial adviser and wealth management expert Nick Fletcher (the former Saunderson House CEO), has teamed up with global investment manager and economist Jeremy Beckwith (the former Kleinwort Benson CIO), to form London Wall Partners LLP. Launched today with full FCA authorisation, the firm is partner-owned and funded, and will provide conflict-free advice based on a thorough and unbiased assessment of the market – principally to individuals, but also to trusts.
Founding partners Fletcher and Beckwith share a passion for the provision of truly independent financial advice and London Wall Partners LLP launches with a commitment to bringing a new level and standard to the provision of independent financial advice - founded on the underlying principles of openness, transparency, objectivity, diligence and impartiality. The firm has been established with the belief that clients should be able to rely on their adviser to act in a compassionate and friendly manner, with both integrity and professionalism. Fletcher and Beckwith believe the partnership structure is the ideal vehicle for providing independent financial advice, which is consistent with the structure of a number of well-established and highly regarded legal and accountancy firms.
Commenting on today’s launch, Nick Fletcher said:
“I am confident that we have the expertise and talent to respond to any economic climate, including the current one, and to meet the needs of those who have worked hard to build their capital. Our job is to guard clients' capital by avoiding (i) the ‘black holes’, (ii) the high and unnecessary charges that remain so prevalent in our industry and (iii) investments that offer little upside relative to their inherent risk. Our collective record is one of finding the right investment strategies through the ever-changing range of available options”.
Fletcher brings enormous expertise to the venture and has a reputation for providing wise advice, a highly personalised service and flawless delivery. During the last two decades (the latter eight as CEO of Saunderson House), he helped to pioneer and shape a winning business model, attracting an exceptional client base with several billion under advice. Co-founder Beckwith has, over the last three decades, built up a reputation as a leader in the analysis of global economic trends and investing. At Kleinwort Benson he built and managed the investment process, with responsibility for client assets of circa £5 billion.
In launching the new firm, Fletcher has attracted and assembled a formidable team, including Mark Johnston, formerly a director in KPMG's financial services practice, who joins the firm as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. A strong investment and back office team has also been recruited in the run up to authorisation, with administration and client delivery being of paramount importance to the firm’s overall service proposition.
The firm’s Investment Committee includes the relevant partners and experienced independent consultant Ingrid Kirby, who spent 25 years with Hermes Pension Fund Managers (where she is now a trustee).
In addition, two highly experienced and valued members have been appointed to the firm's Advisory Board to ensure a credible and robust governance structure is in place from the outset. Iain Brown was a former Company Secretary with the Financial Services Authority, whilst Mark Bogard is a lawyer and high-profile financial services practitioner.
In the pipeline are a number of prospective clients, attracted by the extensive, proven experience of the partners as well as the core values and ethos of the firm. London Wall Partners LLP is expecting to expand rapidly, with other like-minded professionals likely to join the firm early in the New Year.
Nick Fletcher added:
“After two decades of providing financial planning and investment advice, I have decided to take my vision to the next level. London Wall Partners LLP offers a single destination service for highly tailored and personal independent financial advice. It brings together strategic financial planning and global investment advice with flawless execution, ongoing monitoring and performance reporting”.
“It takes an immense amount of good judgment, hard work and skill on the part of clients to build capital and we passionately believe the same approach should apply to the stewardship of that capital”.
Commenting on the firm’s philosophy, partner Jeremy Beckwith said today:
“The keys to our success will be the decades of experience in both strategic financial planning and global investment advice that we have to offer, together with a model that is solely focused on giving the most appropriate independent advice to our clients”.
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1. London Wall Partners LLP (‘the firm’) charges on an agreed fixed fee or an hourly rate basis;
2. The firm is owned by the partners;
3. The firm is fully independent and has no products or funds of its own to sell, or any other inherent conflicts of interest;
4. The firm has invested in the latest technologies;
5. The firm is focused on delivering sector leading professional standards;
6. The firm is looking for new partners and staff at all levels; and
7. The partners view the firm’s independence as being key to its success.