At Foster Denovo, our goal is to provide you with a truly bespoke advisory service; one that is tailored to your specific needs, requirements and financial goals.
Our financial planning service has been designed with our clients at its centre, from the very first time you meet us, to any advice and service you receive. Once you engage with Foster Denovo your Partner will:
Delivering service excellence is engrained in everything we do. We have one of the highest Net Promoter Scores of +70 (a measure of client satisfaction) in the financial services sector. To help us continue to meet and exceed your expectations, we will ask you for feedback on the service you have received. We recognise that we are all increasingly asked for feedback, and we very much appreciate the time you take to provide us with your honest comments. If there is anything I can help you with, at any time, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Client agreement letter for Foster Denovo Limited (Restricted)
This is our standard client agreement upon which we intend to rely in conjunction with the content of our Fee Agreements. For your own benefit and protection, you should read the information contained in this document carefully before signing it. If you do not understand any point contained in this document, please ask for further information.
Foster Denovo Limited, 20 St Dunstan’s Hill, EC3R 8HL, is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in respect of Designated Investment Business. You can check this on the Financial Services Register by visiting the FCA’s website: https://register.fca.org.uk/ or by contacting the FCA on 0800 111 6768. Our FCA reference number is 462728.
Our permitted business includes advising, arranging and making arrangements with a view to investment, non-investment insurance contracts and mortgages.
Ongoing advice will be offered and provided if you agree to take these services. Ongoing services can be terminated at any time by informing us in writing.
Capturing your needs
We are committed to providing you with a service that meets your individual needs. To enable us to achieve this objective it is important that you are open and honest with us and provide us with all of the necessary information that we will need to deliver the service you require. This will enable us to identify products and services that best meet with your personal circumstances. It will also help us to identify any specific needs or support regarding the methods by which we deliver our services to you. For example, if you need information in large font due to sight difficulties, we can provide you with that.
Our Partner’s advice is restricted to a panel of investment solutions and funds, and where appropriate, these will be held on the Clearview Platform and use our range of Dynamic Portfolios. This range of funds and investment solutions has been researched and reviewed from the whole of the market. If a suitable solution cannot be found on our panel, then the whole of the market is available for us to research and recommend.
For protection products (for example, life term assurance and income protection policies) we will base our advice on a full and fair analysis of what is available in the whole of the UK market.
In providing investment services to you, we will categorise you as a retail client. The client category will determine the level of protections afforded to you under the regulatory system. As a retail client, the regulatory protection available to you will be the highest available and you should have the right to take any complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Where we have categorised you other than as a retail client you may request re-categorisation to a category which benefits from a higher degree of protection. However, we reserve the right to agree to such a re-categorisation on a case-by-case basis, and where we agree to do so, it does not necessarily mean that you will have a right of access to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Further information in respect of the Financial Ombudsman Service is available on its website:
Conflicts of interest
We offer advice as disclosed to you in our Fee Agreement. Occasions may arise where we, our Partners, or one of our clients have some form of interest in the business being transacted by you.
We will take all appropriate steps to prevent conflicts of interest from occurring in line with the firm’s conflicts of interest policy. However, there may be occasions where a conflict of interest cannot be prevented. Where this is the case, we will disclose to you the nature of the conflict and the steps that we will take to mitigate the risks so that you will not be treated unfairly as a result of any conflicts identified.
We will advise you in writing and obtain your consent before we carry out your instructions and detail the steps we will take to ensure your continued fair treatment. Accordingly, we are notifying you that your Foster Denovo Partner may be a shareholder in Foster Denovo Group Limited, which holds certain financial interests in ‘Sequel’ financial products that are recommended by us.
The FD Dynamic Portfolios include a Portfolio Management Service fee to cover research provided by FD Dynamic Portfolios Ltd. This cost is included in the overall cost of your investment and will be shown in your illustration.
FD Dynamic portfolios is a subsidiary of Foster Denovo Group Ltd, and an appointed representative of Foster Denovo Ltd. This means that Foster Denovo Ltd is responsible to the FCA for the conduct of Foster Denovo Dynamic Portfolios Ltd. Foster Denovo Ltd will recommend, where suitable, a single platform (Clearview) to hold investments and funds.
A recommendation to invest in the Sequel funds, or the FD Dynamic Portfolios range, may enhance the ultimate value of Foster Denovo Group Limited and as a result may increase the value for shareholders, some of whom are Foster Denovo Limited Partners. The potential risk to you as an investor is that a portfolio including the Sequel funds or FD Dynamic Portfolios may be recommended where this investment strategy is not necessarily suitable. We address this risk with regular compliance monitoring to make sure the Sequel funds and the FD Dynamic Portfolios are not recommended where they are not appropriate. We have also put in place a conflicts of interest policy to help us manage such risks, a copy of which can be provided on request.
Any advice or recommendation offered to you will be based on your stated investment objectives, an acceptable level of risk, and any limitations you wish to place on the type of investments or policies you are willing to consider. Details of your stated objectives will be identified during our discussions with you and confirmed in the suitability report that we will issue to you to confirm our recommendation. Unless confirmed in a fee agreement, we will assume that you do not wish to place any limitations on the advice we give you.
Where the FD Dynamic Portfolios are recommended
The FD Dynamic Portfolios range includes both true active and passive management investment styles with the objective of achieving more predictable outcomes for you to meet your financial planning goals. The FD Dynamic Portfolios are reviewed and rebalanced each quarter on a discretionary basis to continually align with your attitude to risk, while incorporating your practical and psychological capacity for investment loss. They have a robust two-stage governance process and use the expertise of both internal and external independent professionals.
The firms involved in the operation of the FD Dynamic Portfolios are:
Client money – Foster Denovo does not handle clients’ money
We never accept any payment made out to Foster Denovo Ltd unless it is in settlement of our fees, charges or disbursements which we have agreed with you in advance. Payments for investment or premiums should be made payable to product providers and never payable to us or any individual representing us.
Accounting to you
We will confirm to you in writing the basis of our service and the reasons for our recommendations conducted or executed on your behalf. Where you agree to an ongoing review service, we will provide an annual review and associated services as outlined in your review service fee agreement.
We will also make arrangements for all your investments or policies to be registered in your name unless you instruct us otherwise.
We will forward to you all documents showing
ownership of your investments or policies as soon as possible after we receive them; where a number of documents relating to a series of transactions is involved, we will normally hold each document until the series is complete and then forward these to you.
Right to withdraw
In the case of many retail investment products – such as life assurance contracts, personal pension schemes, investment bonds, and collective investment arrangements (e.g. unit trusts) a right to withdraw or cancel the contract within a specified period is normally provided. Details of such rights are ordinarily contained in the product literature (e.g. the key features document) and/or we may provide details of such rights in a separate communication.
In the case of any non-retail investment products for example, an ISA wrapper, you may also have the right to withdraw or cancel.
Where we exercise your right to cancel, your investment will be disinvested, and the proceeds at the time of disinvestment returned to you less any fees owing or already paid.
You are advised that because investments can fall as well as rise, you may not get back the full amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.
How we charge you for our services:
For advised services, you will be charged an advice fee. The actual amount will depend on the service(s) provided to you and the amount will be agreed with you before we carry out any work that we will charge you for.
Our fee agreement that we will issue to you and ask you to sign, will detail how much you will be charged and how payment is to be made.
For non-advised services, if commission is available to us, you can choose to pay us by allowing us to keep the commission, or by paying us an adviser charge instead.
If you choose to pay by commission, we will tell you how much the commission is before the transaction is completed.
Nominee and safe custody services
We do not safeguard or administer client assets, but we may arrange business through platforms, which will provide custody services for your assets. Where this is the case, the legal title of investments will be registered in the name of the third party’s nominee.
For non-platform business we will make arrangements for your investments to be registered in your name unless you first instruct us otherwise in writing.
Best execution policy
It is in the interests of our clients and us that we obtain the best possible result when processing orders with product providers. We are required under the rules of the Financial Conduct Authority to take all sufficient steps to provide ‘best execution’ when carrying out such transactions. We do not transmit orders on behalf of clients for particular financial instruments – e.g. purchasing shares.
Where we place or transmit orders for investments on behalf of our clients and use the services of a third-party broker, we base our decision to place or transmit an order on the price and cost of execution of order.
However, for orders in collective investment schemes (e.g unit trust), the price of units or shares in the scheme is normally set by the scheme operator or manager and as such we have little influence over the price available. Full details of our best execution arrangements are provided in our best execution policy, a copy of which can be provided on request.
What to do if you have a complaint
If you wish to register a complaint, please contact us:
If your complaint relates solely and specifically to investment management activities provided by AB Investment Solutions Limited, as part of the FD Dynamic Portfolios, you may register your complain to the Foster Denovo Complaints Department at the above contact details, or directly to:
AB Investment Solutions Limited, Northgate House, 2nd & 3rd Floors, Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA11 1RG.
If you cannot settle your complaint with us, you maybe entitled to refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Are we covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)?
We are covered by the FSCS. You may be entitled to compensation from the scheme if we or the providers with whom we arrange business cannot meet our obligations. This depends on the type of business and the circumstances of the claim.
Further information about compensation scheme arrangements is available from the FSCS (www.fscs.org.uk).
Means of communication
We will communicate with you through whatever means are convenient to you, including face-to-face, virtual meetings, telephone, Foster Denovo’s client portal (the Personal Finance Portal), paper, email and other acceptable electronic communication methods.
Our communications will ordinarily be in English, both in respect of oral and written communications.
You may at any time choose to request information in paper, free of charge, that has previously been provided to you by means other than paper. For example, where a communication was originally sent by email.
You may at any time choose to change your preferences as to how we communicate with you.
However, where you choose to do this, we will require you to confirm this change in writing to us.
Records of communication
We are required by our regulators (the FCA) to keep records of any telephone conversations or other electronic communications with our clients in relation to the arranging of transactions in investments that are categorised as financial instruments.
We may also record any meetings; this would include by telephone or video conferencing facilities, such as ‘Teams’ or ‘Zoom’. The recording may be used for compliance and training purposes. If you would prefer your meeting not to be recorded, please inform your Partner.
We prefer instructions to be given to us in writing (including by email) to avoid any possible disputes. If any instructions are given verbally, then they should be confirmed in writing. We may refuse, at our discretion, to accept certain instructions, although such discretion will not be exercised unreasonably.
Rights of third parties
The terms contained in this letter exclude any rights which may be conferred upon third parties by the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
Unless you have contracted to receive a review service, we will not review any investment policy we have arranged for you.
We will provide advice at any time you request us to do so and will agree our fee before commencing.
We will carry out an electronic data check to confirm your identity as part of our money laundering procedure (eIDV). The eIDV check will use credit reference agencies for the purpose of verifying your identity. To do so the credit reference agency may check details you supply against the particulars in any database (public or otherwise), to which they have future access.
They may also use your details in the future to assist other companies for verification purposes.
Data privacy notice
It is important that our clients understand how the personal information they provide to Foster Denovo Limited during the course of our meetings and or communications will be used.
At the end of this document, we will ask you to sign to give your consent to Foster Denovo Limited and your Foster Denovo Partner (who if self-employed will have made an individual notification to the Information Commissioner’s Office) and any Associated Company processing (see definitions section) the personal information you have provided to us. It is important that you read this privacy notice.
Foster Denovo Limited will treat all personal data, including any special category data (see definitions section), as confidential and will not process it other than for legitimate purposes which have been pre- agreed with you. Steps will be taken to make sure that the information we hold remains accurate, is kept up to date and not kept for longer than is necessary (see data retention section). We will take steps to safeguard against unauthorised or unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction or damage to the data we hold about you.
How the law protects you
The law says we must have one or more of these reasons to hold your data:
A legitimate interest is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information. But even then, it must not unfairly go against what is right and best for you. If we rely on our legitimate interest, we will tell you what that is.
Information we collect about you and why we need it
As part of our advice process and to enable our Partners to establish your current financial situation, future needs and to provide you with financial advice, we will collect personal data about you to make sure that the financial advice provided meets your objectives. Personal data may include your name, residential address, contact details, employment details including salary, and financial details.
Where do we collect your personal data from?
Our Partners collect information about you during your meetings with them. This can be face-to-face, virtual, by telephone or another communication medium, e.g. email or via Foster Denovo’s client portal. We may also contact companies with whom we have existing policies, products and investments to obtain the detail needed to provide you with financial advice. If this is the case, we will seek your written permission before approaching companies for this information.
How will we use your personal data?
We will use your personal data to recommend solutions to achieve your financial planning objectives, manage the relationship you have with us and enable us to comply with any laws and regulations we must meet e.g., laws preventing financial crime. This is likely to involve the completion of application forms for products, investments and policies provided by companies not connected to Foster Denovo Limited. We will obtain your agreement to the processing of any such applications before we submit them to the company(ies) we recommend. We will retain records of your personal data either in electronic format or paper as part of our ongoing relationship with you and to meet the obligations of our regulator.
What are your rights?
Sending data outside the EEA
We will only send your data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) to follow your instructions or to comply with a legal duty.
Withdrawal of consent
If at any time you wish us or any Associated Company to stop holding or processing your personal or special category data, or contacting you for marketing purposes, contact: The Data Protection Officer on 01932 870 720 or in writing to: the Data Protection Officer, Foster Denovo Limited, Ruxley House, 2 Hamm Moor Lane, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2SA
How to complain
Please let us know if you are unhappy with how we have used your personal data. You can contact us by writing to the Data Protection Officer at the address above.
You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner about any aspect of our handling of your personal data.
Your complaint should be submitted to:
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or call the ICO helpline on 0303 123 1113 or visit the website https://ico.org.uk/concerns/.
We will retain copies of your personal data as required by the Financial Services and Markets Act as interpreted by our regulator, the FCA. The length of time we may retain your information will be determined by the type and nature of the advice we provide to you. Some examples are:
We may keep your data for longer than the times shown if we cannot delete it for legal or regulatory reasons.
If a breach of our security occurs which results in the destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, your personal data your personal data and if such an event is likely to result in a high risk to your rights, we will contact you. We will provide you with details of what data has been affected, the name and contact details of the Data Protection Officer, a description of the likely consequences of the personal data breach and a description of the measures we have taken, or propose to take, to deal with the breach and to mitigate any possible adverse effects.
Consent for us to contact you
Legitimate consent (Review clients only)
If you are, or become, a client of ours and agree to receive a review service, as well as providing an annual review we may contact you to make you aware of products, services or promotions that we believe may be of interest to you given your financial planning objectives. We consider this to be part of our service to you. In this situation we consider that we have a ‘legitimate interest’ to contact you.
That is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information. It must not unfairly go against what is right and best for you.
Keeping in touch (Transactional clients only)
Where you require one-off advice and decide not to receive an ongoing review service from us, we would still like to keep in touch, to make you aware of products, services or promotions that we believe may be of interest to you.
You can ask us to stop sending you marketing information by contacting us at any time.
“*Personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (data subject) or client of Foster Denovo Limited.
“Special Category data*” – Special Categories of personal data may include such things as information about your racial or ethnic origin, your political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and processing of genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health or a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation. We will not process such information without your explicit consent unless the law requires it.
“Associated Company” means any company associated with us including Foster Denovo Group Limited, Foster Denovo Limited and any other company within the group and /or companies, persons or entities of any nature whatsoever with which it is associated or allied from time to time.
“Processing” is defined as any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data* or on sets of personal data whether by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction by any Associated Company or product provider or fund managers or if required by law to the FCA or any other statutory, governmental or regulatory body in relation to personal data only to solicitors and/or debt collection agencies for debt collection purposes.
Financial planning for clients; fee structure
Prior to becoming a Foster Denovo client, we will provide you with an initial consultation meeting with a Foster Denovo Partner. We call this the Discovery Meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to understand how we can help you with your financial planning. We will learn about your current financial situation, your priorities, concerns, goals, aspirations and any financial arrangements you already have in place. It is also an opportunity for you to learn more about Foster Denovo and ask any questions. This meeting will be at our cost and there is no obligation for you to use our service.
Following the Discovery Meeting, your Foster Denovo Partner will identify the most suitable financial planning service for you, based on your objectives and needs, and they will guide you through the advice process.
The following explains the stages of our service, and the range of related fees.
Strategy, if required
About the process
We will create for you, a bespoke financial strategy, covering your financial plans, highlighting gaps and providing you with options and high- level proposals. This will be presented to you as a written strategy report.
Up to £2,500 depending on complexity.
Recommendation & implementation
About the process
Once agreed we will conduct specific research on products and solutions most suitable to achieve your financial objectives in line with your risk tolerance and capacity for loss. If you agree with our recommendations, we will make any required changes and/or implement new products and solutions. You will receive your recommendation as a written report.
Lump sum investments:
Up to 3% of the amount invested. The specific fee is dependent on the amount being invested and the complexity of the advice required.
The minimum fee is £800 for new and existing clients requiring a new investment solution, and £400 for an existing client investing into an established investment solution.
For an investment of £50,000, the fee we charge will range from £400 to £1,500. Your specific fee will depend on whether the advice relates to an existing Foster Denovo recommended investment solution or not and the complexity of the advice required.
For an investment of £250,000, the fee will range from £3,750 to £7,500.
Regular ISA/JISA or General Investment Account premiums:
When setting up a new premium into a new or existing plan, we charge an administration fee of £600 per plan.
Our admin fees above are waived if an individual client is paying £5,000+ per annum for a Review Service. The threshold is £10,000 for joint clients.
Regular pension contributions
When setting up:
If we recommend a monthly investment of £500 into a new pension plan, your fee will be £1500.
If we recommend a monthly investment of £200 into a new pension plan, your fee will be £800 as this is our minimum fee.
If we recommend a monthly investment of £1,500 into a new pension plan, your fee will be £3,000 as this is our maximum fee.
In all cases, where a transfer / lump sum investment is made at the same time as a regular premium and the transfer/lump sum fee is more than £3,000, the administration fee will be waived. Our fees above are also waived if an individual client is paying £5,000+ per annum for a Review Service. The threshold is £10,000 for joint clients.
For protection advice, for example, life assurance, income protection, private medical insurance, we will be paid commission by the insurance company which should cover our costs in full.
About the process
If appropriate, we will define and agree with you a bespoke ongoing Review Service to meet your needs.
Our Core Review Service is suitable for clients who have more than £90,000 AUA and will benefit from, and be re-assured by, ongoing support. Our Core Review Service includes:
The service may also include one or more additional services, dependent on need. Some examples are:
Clients with less than £90,000 AUA may be offered our Lite Core Review Service. This includes only essential administration support and you must use the FD online client portal to update all changes to your circumstances in the required timescales.
Later Journey Withdrawal Service may be offered to clients that are in decumulation, and where an annuity is not suitable so will almost certainly remain in decumulation. You would be reliant on withdrawals as income to maintain your lifestyle. You would have assets under advice between £50,000 and £250,000.
Up to 1% of Assets Under Advice dependent on the value of assets and level of required service. There is a minimum fee of £900 per annum.
Your Foster Denovo Partner will provide you with a fee agreement that details exactly what the charges are and the bespoke service you will receive for that fee.
Our Core Review Service for a client with £250,000 AUA will cost 0.65% or £1,625.
A Core Review Service, cashflow planning and estate planning for a client with £750,000 AUA, will cost 0.8% or £6,000.
Please note, all fees are reviewed annually.
Ad Hoc fees
Our ad-hoc fee rates apply to any work we do on top of that set out above, such as where your circumstances may be particularly complicated or you request that we liaise with other professionals, such as solicitors or accountants.
Our ad hoc fees are based on the degree of responsibility and skill involved in our work and the time needed to carry out the work. We usually revise our fees each year. Increases are not directly linked to inflation.
Where we charge an hourly fee, these are:
All rates exclude VAT although VAT may be payable dependent on the work undertaken.
For example: If carrying out work based on our standard charges requires four hours of a Partner’s time, two hours of paraplanning and two hours of administration, this would mean a typical initial adviser charge of £1,650 plus VAT (if applicable).
If our hourly fees apply to any part of the work we do for you, we will tell you this beforehand. We will provide you with an estimate of the costs involved and seek your agreement before carrying out any work.
If, during the work, it becomes clear that we are likely to go over our estimate, we will tell you the revised fee, together with an explanation of the increase. We will not carry out any work until you have agreed to it.
These fees will also be reviewed annually.
Payment and invoicing
We will, where possible, give you the choice of paying us directly for our services, for example, by direct debit, BACS or through the financial products that we may recommend, where the provider is able to facilitate this.
We expect you to pay your invoice within 30 days of issue. We can charge interest on any overdue money you owe us at a rate of 2% per month.
If you do not pay your bill in line with our payment terms, we can suspend or end our dealings with you and the service we provide. If we do suspend or end our service to you, we will tell you in writing, by post or email.
If we have agreed that you can pay our fees in instalments, you will need to pay the full amount even if:
You will have to pay us any amounts you owe us in full within 30 days of the date the product was cancelled or transferred. We will send you an invoice for the full amount you owe us.
On insurance products, some forms of commission operate on an ‘indemnity’ basis. This means that if you cancel or discontinue payments for the product we have recommended, we may have to refund the product provider some or all of the commission received. If this is the case, you may be asked to pay a fee equal to the commission we refunded. We will not ask you to pay more than the original commission we received, or the fee we charged, as confirmed by the product provider, unless we have to pay the recovery costs.
While we are experienced professional financial advisers, we do not claim to have any detailed legal knowledge. We will rely on you or your legal advisers to advise us, where appropriate, on any points of law that are relevant to your personal financial arrangements.
We do not claim to be tax advisers or to have detailed knowledge of tax legislation. We have wide financial advisory experience and expertise, which needs a working knowledge of personal tax matters. When we recommend a product or financial arrangement to you which may include an explanation of our understanding of any tax benefits, our advice is not, and you should not take it to be, tax advice. If you think tax advice is appropriate, we will rely on you or your tax advisers to advise us on any points of relevant tax law.
The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate taxation and trust advice.
Updates to this Agreement
From time to time, we may amend and update the terms and conditions in this agreement. Where we do, we will inform you either through email, Personal Finance Portal or by letter with the weblink to the new Client Agreement Letter.
This will be available to view on this page.
Ending this agreement
This Client Agreement Letter will apply unless there is significant change (which we must tell you about) or unless we, or you, end it by giving the other one months’ notice in writing.