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Barnett Waddingham
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A Small Self-Administered Scheme (SSAS) lets you save for retirement whilst keeping an unprecedented level of control on how your money is invested and looked after.

We act as a professional trustee of our SSASs to ensure the scheme is kept compliant with tax legislation and our co-trustees are kept informed of latest developments. As part of this service, we provide scheme administration including dealing with regulatory returns as well as member and investment transactions.

With over 2,300 current clients, we have built up a huge amount of experience in dealing with these schemes and the variety of investments that are held within them. Our clients own over 2,500 properties within their portfolios and every year we agree to around 100 loans back to a business owner’s company.

Our SSAS clients include:

  • business owners interested in succession planning
  • entrepreneurs wanting to invest pension savings in their business
  • high net worth individuals seeking more control over their pension savings
  • adventurous investors wanting access to more unusual investments

For some clients, we simply act as scheme practitioner, essentially being an appointed agent to act for the trustees to submit regulatory returns. We are happy to provide consultancy advice to trustees, noticeably where there has been an issue with non-compliance with rules in the past. We no longer set up schemes unless we are appointed as professional trustee given the new HMRC requirement that essentially means there needs to be a skilled pension person associated with the scheme.

Investor in Customers

We have been awarded a two star ‘outstanding’ rating by independent assessor Investor in Customers - awarded as a result of an independent assessment of excellence in the field of customer service and customer relationships.

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  • Picture for Spring Budget: MPAA reduced...despite calls to leave it unchanged
    Spring Budget: MPAA reduced...despite calls to leave it unchanged

    In a Policy Paper released after the Budget speech, the government states that it "believes that an MPAA of £4,000 should allow individuals who need to access their pension savings to rebuild them if they subsequently have opportunity to do so”.

  • Picture for Individual Protection 2014 – going, going . . .
    Individual Protection 2014 – going, going . . .

    The closing date to apply for IP14 of 5 April 2017 is fast approaching! We look at who can apply for IP14, what it protects, how to apply for it, how to calculate if you have sufficient benefits in order to apply for it, and if IP14 can ever be lost.

  • Picture for Suspect SSASs - and will banning transfers stop the scammers?
    Suspect SSASs - and will banning transfers stop the scammers?

    SSASs have been used as a pension vehicle for scammers in the past, but the issue is largely dealt with and certainly there are not 750,000 problem schemes out there, as implied by The Pensions Regulator.

  • Pension transfers to SSASs and SIPPs

    Many members who have a SSAS or SIPP also have pension savings held elsewhere. Their natural question is whether those savings should form part of their SSAS or SIPP as well, by accepting a transfer value and paying it in.

  • Specialist advice for senior university staff

    There have been substantial recent changes in pensions legislation affecting high-earners. As a result, senior university staff may now face tax charges on their ongoing pension savings.

  • Specialist advice for head teachers

    Our Executive Pensions team has considerable experience in advising head teachers and senior staff on their pension benefits. This briefing note covers recent, substantial changes in the pensions legislation directly affecting such high-earners.

  • Apr 26 2017
    Liverpool Trustee SIPP and SSAS Seminar

    Our popular SIPP and SSAS seminars are back for 2017. Our finest technical experts will focus on a selection of hot topics, including the likely reduction in the Money Purchase Annual Allowance, pension scams and the Lifetime ISA – handpicked by you.

    Location: Barnett Waddingham, Liverpool

  • Apr 26 2017
    London Trustee SIPP and SSAS Seminar

    Our popular SIPP and SSAS seminars are back for 2017. Our finest technical experts will focus on a selection of hot topics, including the likely reduction in the Money Purchase Annual Allowance, pension scams and the Lifetime ISA – handpicked by you.

    Location: Barnett Waddingham, London

  • Apr 27 2017
    Liverpool Adviser SIPP and SSAS Seminar

    Our popular SIPP and SSAS seminars are back for 2017. Our finest technical experts will focus on a selection of hot topics, including the likely reduction in the Money Purchase Annual Allowance, pension scams and the Lifetime ISA – handpicked by you.

    Location: Barnett Waddingham, Liverpool

  • Jun 9 2016
    Webinar - Self-Invested Pensions: post-Budget 2016

    In place of a threatened radical overhaul to pensions tax relief, Budget 2016 introduced numerous smaller measures impacting pension savings. Our webinar hosted will guide you through the latest updates following the budget.

    Location: Webinar

  • By GAD! Drawdown yields to lower levels

    Without warning, new Government Actuary’s Department tables for capped drawdown suddenly appeared from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on 18 January 2017. This case study reviews what impact changes to the GAD tables might have on 65 year old Donald.

  • Using a SSAS loan-back to assist a company’s expansion plans

    Employer loan-backs are the unique feature of a SSAS. As the following case study serves to illustrate, SSAS loan-backs continue to offer an alternative source of finance for businesses, and an attractive investment for the SSAS member trustees.

  • New commercial property insurance option in conjunction with Hettle Andrews

    Barnett Waddingham are now working with Hettle Andrews, an independent firm of insurance brokers with Chartered Status, to put together an option for commercial property insurance - vital for any SIPP or SSAS invested directly in commercial property.

  • Our SIPP and SSAS - written in the Moneyfacts stars . . .

    We are proud and delighted that our Small Self-Administered Scheme (SSAS) and Flexible Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) have been recognised by Moneyfacts in their Star Ratings for 2017.

  • An award-winning SSAS

    Barnett Waddingham is delighted to have been named 'Highly Commended' in the Best SSAS Provider category at this year's Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts Awards.

Barnett Waddingham Investors in Customers
Investor in Customers

Barnett Waddingham’s SIPP and SSAS teams have been awarded a two star ‘outstanding’ rating by independent assessor Investor in Customers.

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