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Working Lunch: "It's more important than ever to look at PI well before renewal"

28 Aug 2020

In the latest Professional Adviser Working Lunch broadcast, Janice Laing, Richard Nuttall and Dan Russell discussed SM&CR, vulnerability, PI, tech and business efficiencies. 

Get prepared for the SM&CR deadline

26 Aug 2020

"Virtual conversations and working digitally are now very much part of the ‘new normal' and employing them in your processes could help you be ready to meet the SM&CR December deadline." Janice Laing, Managing Director of Compliance First – part of The SimplyBiz Group, talks about the practical aspects of preparing for the upcoming #SM&CR deadline.

Autumn events programme announced

24 Aug 2020

We're delighted to announce details of our autumn events programme, featuring investment forums, intergenerational advice workshops and compliance clinics, as well as technology surgeries.

Working Lunch: When it comes to vulnerable customers 'all circumstances are different'

21 Aug 2020

No circumstances are the same with vulnerable customers, even if their situations are similar, Compliance First managing director Janice Laing told delegates at PA's latest virtual Working Lunch webinar.

Working Lunch: 'Technology is merely the tool to deliver a robust business'

21 Aug 2020

Technology is merely a tool to help to run an advisory business, and should support the processes advisers already have in place, according to SimplyBiz Group investment service managing director Dan Russell at the second series of Working Lunches hosted by Professional Adviser on Thursday (20 August). 

Bringing innovation to the financial advice acquisitions market

19 Aug 2020

Group Joint CEO, Matt Timmins, and Head of Horizon, Alex Morley, discuss the shape of the M&A market in financial services at the moment, what they think needs to change and the part which Horizon will play. 

Estate planning considerations when using a surrogate

14 Aug 2020

APS Legal & Associates’ Libby Holding, explores an important, but rarely discussed area in this article, as she asks what bearing surrogacy can have on estate planning

How to meet the FCA's governance requirements

12 Aug 2020

In this special feature, Elaine Parkes of Signature takes a deep dive into the world of regulatory governance for DFMs and wealth managers.

Could the Chancellor's housing market bet pay off?

12 Aug 2020

In his column this month, our Chairman, Ken Davy, reflects upon Rishi Sunak's recent attempts to kick-start the housing market.

What can we learn from the FCA's equity release review?

10 Aug 2020

As the Financial Conduct Authority concludes its review into equity release advice, our compliance policy manager, Sandy McGregor, explores what lessons can be learned from the regulator’s findings.