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3 new speakers announced for Technical Insight Seminars

4 April 2018

Platform due diligence, compliance and suitability, and Treasury-backed solutions have been added to topics for the Professional Paraplanner Technical Insight Seminars 2018.

We are delighted to announce that speakers at this year’s Professional Paraplanner Technical Insight Seminars will be covering a range of core topics from writing suitability reports, compliance, pensions regulation and tax, through to due diligence on platforms and DFMs.

Keep your eye on this website for details of further speakers over the next few weeks.

To pre-register for any of our 11 Seminars around the country just click the link below They are free to attend, paraplanner-only events.

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The three latest speakers who will be joining us at designated dates around the country are:


Glen Sweet
TOPIC: Platform due diligence
Glen will be looking to help paraplanners simplify their platform due diligence with a session entitled: Platform Due Diligence – moving from platitudes to practicalities
He will be focussing on selection and use of platforms. He will look at the platform market in the wider context, and, amongst other issues, at determining long term suitability of the various platform choices, for the benefit of the client, and making impartial assessments when, he points out, there is so little impartial and unbiased commentary and analysis available to paraplanners.


Steve Bailey
ATEB Consulting
Compliance and suitability
Steve writes regular insightful content for Professional Paraplanner covering compliance and suitability issues. He joins us for a number of Technical Insight Seminars to talk on these subjects, using practical examples /case studies, and looking to do some Compliance Myth Busting along the way.

Andrew Pike
Head of Intermediary Relationships
TOPIC: Treasury backed solutions
Andrew’s mission is to bring paraplanners up to speed with NS&I as a hidden gem in holistic financial planning. He will consider NS&I in the wider context of the market and the economy. He will look at the need for diversification and where NS&I products sit within a financial plan. He will also highlight how the service is being changed to better serve the financial advice market, notably in terms of service and support.

Our first three speakers to be announced were:

Rory Percival
Rory Percival Consulting
TOPIC: Suitability reports
Suitability reports are a core part of the advice process and central to the paraplanner’s role.  In January 2018 the requirements for suitability reporting changed and now they are needed for a hold recommendation as well as buy and sell.
With his background as a compliance officer and FCA Technical Specialist, and in light of the new requirements, in this session Rory will focus on the information now needed in reports at the various stages, including annual review, as well as providing his views on good and poor practice for suitability reports, and clarification of what does and does not need to be in them.

Paul Squirrell
Fidelity FundsNetwork

TOPIC: Keeping abreast of pensions regulation and tax
Paul Squirrell has promised he will be keeping his seminar sessions “topical”. With the FCA’s consultation paper on Defined Benefit transfers expected to be published in the run up to the Technical Insight Seminars, the repercussions for paraplanners and clients are likely to feature as part of his sessions, alongside practical deep dives into other pensions rules, regulation and taxation matters.

Andrew Denham-Davis
Brooks Macdonald

TOPIC: Due diligence on Discretionary Fund Managers
Andrew Denham-Davis will be drawing on the firm’s extensive research, processes and experience to delve into the technical elements of undertaking discretionary fund management due diligence.


The eleven locations and dates are as follows:




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