Acumen Financial Planning Ltd holds permission to advise on Pension Transfers and Opt-outs, and as such has a comprehensive procedure for doing so. Due to the specialised nature of this subject, there are several additional requirements of our planning team when considering giving advice in this area, which is detailed below. Acumen Financial Planning will not market or pursue business in this area, nor will we initiate discussions surrounding the transfer of a Defined Benefit scheme unless approached by an existing or prospective client.
The starting point will always be that a transfer is not normally in the individuals' best interests.
Set out below are the points the firm will consider in each case concerning the requirements of the proposed business before agreeing to offer this service.
When a client makes an enquiry with regards to a Defined Benefit Scheme, the circumstances of the individual will be assessed against the above criteria. The Pension Committee must make sure that all the points are satisfied before proceeding to offer an Appropriate Pension Transfer Analysis (APTA) to the client. If there are extenuating circumstances taken into consideration, and the service is offered without all the Business and Client Specific Considerations being met, this must be documented clearly and fully within the Pension Committee meeting minutes in which it was discussed and agreed and the Pensions Register.
The authority to make a final decision to engage in this service in each individual case is held by the Directors, supported in their evaluation by the Pension Committee.
Should the enquiring individual not meet the requirements of the firm and declined on our principles by the Pension Committee or a Planner and Pension Transfer Specialist, a formal communication declining to offer a full Defined Benefit advice service will be sent.
When an individual meets the firm’s requirements, this will be communicated informally by the client’s planner, the assigned Pension Transfer Specialist will be introduced and the initial stage of the process, the triage stage, shall begin.