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This document must be read in conjunction with our Service Proposition & Engagement
PREMIER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES LTD is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulates financial services in the UK and you can check our authorisation and permitted activities on the Financial Services Register by visiting the FCA's website or by contacting the FCA on 0800 111 6768.
PREMIER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES LTD is able to act on your behalf in advising you on investments and non-investment insurance contracts. We offer products and services as follows:
We offer you an initial discussion (without charge) at which we will describe our services more fully and explain the payment options. If you decide to go ahead, we will:
You should be aware that investments carry varying degrees of risk and as their underlying value can fall as well as rise you may not get back the full amount invested.
Unless we notify you in writing to the contrary, we will be treating you as a "retail client" for investment business. This means that you are afforded the highest level of protection under the regulatory system and should have the right to take any complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Any advice or recommendation that we offer to you, will only be given after we have assessed your needs and considered your financial objectives and attitude to any risks that may be involved. We will also take into account any restrictions that you wish to place on the type of products you would be willing to consider.
With very few exceptions, we will confirm to you in writing the basis of our recommendations along with details of any special risks associated with the products recommended.
Full details of the products we recommend to you including, for example, the minimum duration of the product, information on your right to cancel or whether no right to cancel exists, and any other early termination rights and penalties, will be covered in the relevant product disclosure information you will receive before conclusion of any contract.
We will issue any documentation/recommendations and any other communication to you in English (unless agreed otherwise).
We may also, on occasion, advise on other financial products which are not regulated by the FCA under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme does not apply to any of these products.
Under the terms of this agreement, we may, if appropriate, advise you on investments which are not readily realisable. We would draw your attention to the risks associated with these investments as there is a restricted market for them. In some circumstances it may therefore not be possible to deal in the investment or obtain reliable information about its value.
We are committed to providing the highest standard of financial advice and service possible. The interest of our clients is paramount to us and to achieve this we have designed our systems and procedures to place you at the heart of our business. In doing so, we will:
We provide you with an initial consultation free of charge. This helps us to understand your financial objectives and will confirm how we can support you in working towards these. We will also discuss the cost, and levels, of our services both initially and throughout our relationship with you.
We charge our services by way of a fee. These fees are based on a percentage of the amount you invest.
This can be a continuation from the initial discussion, where agreed, or a further appointment. This process covers the:
Our charge for this service is a fixed fee of £500 payable on provision of the report containing our recommendations to you. This fee will be waived wholly or in part should you decide to implement any of our recommendations.
To assist us with the delivery of our Investment Services we use a system called Dynamic Planner by Distribution Technology. Distribution Technology is the UK's leading provider of financial planning and sales technology and has an excellent reputation for market-leading advice technology. Distribution Technology has appeared in the annual Tech Track Top 100 ratings in September 2009. Their tool allows us to analyse our clients' attitude to risk using a range of psychometric questionnaires, and providing clients with a view of the consequences of their decision through the production of expected gains and losses based upon clients' risk choices.
Should you instruct us to proceed with any of our recommendations we will act for you in the following ways:
Our charge for this service is based on a percentage of the amount you invest and/or transfer. These charges are applied as follows:
Fees are subject to a minimum initial fee of £500.00, which may be waived at our discretion, with initial fees being capped at a maximum of £2,000.00 per client for initial advice.
For details in respect of our annual on-going charges and the services provided, please refer to our service and proposition document.
Payment can either be taken from your investment upon receipt by the policy provider or paid directly by you. Where we receive such a payment we will waive our 'financial review and recommendation' fee by the same amount.
Example 1: if we arrange an investment on your behalf for £10,000.00 our Policy Arrangement & Implementation fee we would charge would amount of £500.00, which is our minimum fee.
Example 2: if we arrange investments on your behalf totalling £100,000.00 our Policy Arrangement & Implementation fee would be £1,000.00. The total fee payable would be £1,000.00.
Example 3: if we arrange investments on your behalf totalling £500,000.00 our Policy Arrangement & Implementation fee would be £2,000.00. As the maximum "capped" initial fee would apply.
Our initial charge for implementing a regular contribution savings or investment plan equates to a flat fee of £500.00, which is payable upon inception of the investment either via a cheque made payable to "Premier Investment Management Services Ltd" or via a BACS payment.
We will discuss the full range of our on-going services during our initial consultation. These services include, but are not limited to, providing you with:
Details of these different levels of services are contained in our Service Proposition and Engagement document. We will agree separately the level of on-going services at the time of, or prior to, making our recommendation(s) to you. Typically our costs range from 0.20% to 1% per annum and are based on the value of your investment(s) at each 12 month anniversary, and are paid monthly/annually in arrears.
It should be noted that if you choose any of our ongoing management services they are subject to a minimum fee per annum of £250.00. A more passive investment solution is available upon request, where no minimum annual fee applies, but where a reduced level of on-going servicing is provided.
Where we agree to provide ongoing services you can choose to cancel this at any time by providing us with written confirmation of your decision. Payments would then cease within 7 business days or after collection of any due proportion of any period charges if later.
*The charges listed above can be deducted from your investments or paid directly by you*
In most cases you can exercise a right to cancel by withdrawing from the contract. In general terms you will normally have a 30 day cancellation period for a life, pure protection, payment protection or pension policy and a 14 day cancellation period for all other policies.
For pure protection policies the start of the cancellation period will normally begin when you are informed that the contract has been concluded or, if later, when you have received the contractual terms and conditions. In other cases, the cancellation period will begin on the day the contract is concluded or, if later, the day on which you receive the contractual terms and conditions. Instructions for exercising the right to cancel, if applicable, will be contained in the relevant product disclosure information which will be issued to you.
If you cancel a single premium contract, you may be required to pay for any loss you might reasonably incur in cancelling it which is caused by market movements. This means that, in certain circumstances, you might not get back the full amount you invested if you cancel the policy.
PREMIER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES LTD is not permitted to handle client money and we cannot accept a cheque made out to us (unless it is in respect of an item for which we have sent you an invoice) or handle cash.
We will endeavour to make arrangements for all your investments to be registered in your name unless you first instruct us otherwise in writing. All policy documents will be forwarded to you as soon as practicable after we receive them. If there are a number of documents relating to a series of transactions, we will normally hold each document until the series is complete and then forward them to you.
We prefer our clients to give us instructions in writing, to aid clarification and avoid future misunderstandings. We will, however, accept oral instructions provided they are confirmed in writing.
We will act honestly, fairly and professionally known as conducting business in ‘Client’s best interest’ regulations. Occasionally situations may arise where we or one of our other clients have some form of interest in business transacted for you. If this happens or we become aware that our interests or those of one of our other clients conflict with your interest, we will write to you and obtain your consent before we carry out your instructions, and detail the steps we will take to ensure fair treatment.
In accordance with the rules of our regulator, The Financial Conduct Authority, we are prohibited from accepting any payment (commission or other non-monetary benefits) which is likely to conflict with the duty of the firm to its clients.
If you wish to register a complaint, please write to PREMIER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES LTD, CAPITAL HOUSE, 3 BENSTEADS END, GREAT WILBRAHAM, CAMBRIDGE, CB21 5JS.
A summary of our internal complaints handling procedures for the reasonable and prompt handling of complaints is available on request and if you cannot settle your complaint with us, you may be entitled to refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service or by contacting them on 0800 023 4567.
If you make a complaint and we are unable to meet our liabilities, you may be entitled to compensation from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
Investment business will normally be covered up to a maximum of £85,000.00
Further information about these amounts and limits for all other product types are available from the FSCS
The information you have provided is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998 (the "Act"). By signing this document you consent to us or any company associated with us for processing, both manually and by electronic means, your personal data for the purposes of providing advice, administration and management.
"Processing" includes obtaining, recording or holding information or data, transferring it to other companies associated with us, product providers, the FCA or any other statutory, governmental or regulatory body for legitimate purposes including, where relevant, to solicitors and/or other debt collection agencies for debt collection purposes and carrying out operations on the information or data.
In order to provide services to you we may be required to pass your personal information to parties located outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) in countries that do not have Data Protection Laws equivalent to those in the UK. Where this is the case we will take reasonable steps to ensure the privacy of your information.
We may also contact you or pass your details to other companies associated with us to contact you (including by telephone) with details of any other similar products, promotions, or for related marketing purposes in which we think you may be interested.
The information provided may also contain sensitive personal data for the purposes of the Act, being information as to your physical or mental health or condition; the committing or alleged committing of any offence by you; any proceedings for an offence committed or alleged to have been committed by you, including the outcome or sentence in such proceedings; your political opinions; religious or similar beliefs; sexual life; or your membership of a Trade Union.
If at any time you wish us or any company associated with us to cease processing your personal data or sensitive personal data, or contacting you for marketing purposes, please contact The Data Protection Officer on 0303-1231113 or in writing at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
You may be assured that we and any company associated with us will treat all personal data and sensitive personal data as confidential and will not process it other than for a legitimate purpose. Steps will be taken to ensure that the information is accurate, kept up to date and not kept for longer than is necessary. Measures will also be taken to safeguard against unauthorised or unlawful processing and accidental loss or destruction or damage to the data.
Subject to certain exceptions, you are entitled to have access to your personal and sensitive personal data held by us. You may be charged a fee (subject to the statutory maximum) for supplying you with such data.
We are required by the anti-money laundering regulations to verify the identity of our clients, to obtain information as to the purpose and nature of the business which we conduct on their behalf, and to ensure that the information we hold is up-to-date. For this purpose we may use electronic identity verification systems and we may conduct these checks from time to time throughout our relationship, not just at the beginning.
This client agreement is governed and shall be construed in accordance with ENGLISH Law and the parties shall submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the ENGLISH Courts.
PREMIER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES LTD shall not be in breach of this Agreement and shall not incur any liability to you if there is any failure to perform its duties due to any circumstances reasonably beyond its control.
The authority to act on your behalf may be terminated at any time without penalty by either party giving seven days notice in writing to that effect to the other, but without prejudice to the completion of transactions already initiated. Any transactions effected before termination and a due proportion of any period charges for services shall be settled to that date.
This is our standard client agreement upon which we intend to rely. For your own benefit and protection you should read these terms carefully before signing them. If you do not understand any point please ask for further information.
Please tick this box if you do not consent to us or any company associated with us processing any such sensitive data.
Please tick this box if you do not wish for us or any company associated with us to contact you for marketing purposes by e-mail, telephone, post or SMS.
I/We are aware of the costs of the Financial Review and Recommendation(s), and where appropriate, the Policy Arrangement and Implementation services and agree to the method and timing of these.
My/Our preferred method of paying these costs is (please tick as appropriate):
(where possible) By deduction from the policy
By direct payment
You should note that when paid though the investments it may reduce your personal tax thresholds and/or exemption levels. Where this happens we will discuss it with you and confirm it in your personal recommendation report.
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NB: In relation to your chosen level of ongoing service this will be agreed separately within our Service Proposition & Engagement document.
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