Argent Wealth Ltd was an independent financial advisory firm that was one of the companies associated with the British Steel Pension Scheme scandal.
You may also know them under their traded names of Carlton Smith Private Wealth, Orchard Financial Planners, Morley James Asset Management, and Lifestyle Wealth Management.
They were incorporated as a private limited company on 17 November 2009 and went into liquidation on 7th July 2021.
Their last accounts were made up to 31 March 2021.
The company had 2 directors; David Hardman and John Thomas Hardman who later resigned in 2015 and had registered offices at Holly House Office Place Houghton Le Spring DH5 9JQ and Evolve Building Cygnet Way Rainton Bridge Business Park Houghton Le Spring DH4 5QY.
Argent Wealth Ltd exploited the uncertainty that surrounded Tata’s Steel decision to sell its UK business in 2016, by advising many British Steelworkers to swap their defined benefit pension into risky investments and SIPP products, losing valuable accrued benefits when they did.
Were you mis-sold SIPP or investment products by any of the advisors at Argent Wealth Ltd? If so, you may qualify for mis-sold pension or SIPP compensation from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).
During 2017, many British Steelworkers were advised to transfer out of their defined benefit pension into a defined contribution pension, known as a Personal Pension Plan or a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP).
British Steel employees received enviable pensions. These were often final salary pensions, which keep pace with inflation. When the cost of living increases, your monthly income increases as well, and they don’t have fees or extra costs. Best of all, a final salary pension (also known as a defined benefit pension) lasts as long as you live. Sadly, many British Steelworkers received negligent advice to transfer their desirable final salary pension to an inferior private plan which may have included high-risk, esoteric overseas investments.
By transferring to a private pension arrangement, British Steel employees would have lost the benefits already built up in the British Steel Pension Scheme. It may not have been realistic to achieve the same level of benefits from their new plan. These private pension schemes are limited – when the pot runs out, it runs out, which could leave you destitute in your golden years. Since they’re tied to the market, these risky pension plans can dwindle to zero overnight. You are also charged high annual fees and commissions.
Did you invest any of your pension funds with Argent Wealth Ltd? Argent Wealth Ltd is now officially liquidated, and they can no longer pay out any returns. However, the FSCS has made mis-sold pension and SIPP compensation available to people like you. If an Argent Wealth Ltd advisor convinced you to put your pension money into a SIPP or investments, only for that investment to fail, you might qualify for mis-sold pension or SIPP compensation.
Our claims experts can advise on whether you could qualify for mis-sold pension or SIPP compensation. Apply online today for an information pack to learn more.
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As of the 1st March 2022 we have implemented a new fee structure which we have explained below. If you signed your contract with us prior to the 1st March 2022, please refer to your signed claims pack for our previous fee terms.
Our fees are owed upon a successful claim and will depend on the Gross Compensation you receive. “Gross Compensation” means the amount awarded to you whether this is paid directly to you or paid into an investment or pension, and prior to any deduction of any income tax due to HMRC on your award. Please refer to the definition of “Gross Compensation” and Section 5 of our Terms of Engagement for further information including a table showing how our fees work in different scenarios.
If successful, your fee will be calculated based on which band your redress falls into and will be charged by whichever is the lowest of:
The below table outlines the redress bands, the maximum percentage rate of charge and the maximum total charge is for each band.
|Band||Redress||% Charge (with VAT)||Maximum charge (with VAT) (£)||Maximum charge (without VAT) |(£)|
|1||1 – 1499||36%||504||420|
|2||1,500 – 9,999||33.6%||3000||2500|
|3||10,000 – 24,999||30%||6000||5000|
|4||25,000 – 49,999||24%||9000||7500|
Examples of how this would work in practice:
|Band||Lower example||Higher example|
|1||You receive £100 in redress; our fee would be £36.||You receive £1499 in redress; our fee would be £504.|
|2||You receive £1,600 in redress; our fee would be £537.60.||You receive £9,999 in redress; our fee would be £3,000.|
|3||You receive £12,000 in redress; our fee would be £3,600.||You receive £24,999 in redress; our fee would be £6,000.|
|4||You receive £30,350 in redress; our fee would be £7,284.||You receive £49,999 in redress; our fee would be £9,000.|
|5||You receive £55,000 in redress; our fee would be £9,900.||You receive £100,000 in redress; our fee would be £12,000.|
Please note, the above fee examples are for illustration purposes only. They are not an estimate of the likely outcome or fee you will need to pay. Each claim depends on its own merits.
It is possible that our fee may become payable before you have access to your pension or investment which may result in you having to pay our fee from your own funds
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You can cancel this agreement at any time after the 14-day cancellation period. However, if a complaint submitted by us is successful, the Success Fee will apply in the usual way.
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