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Ben Waters - Partner.

“I enjoy taking the time to fully understand my client’s position, provide objective advice and work with them to build a financial planning strategy that is centred on what they want to achieve”

Ben joined Buzzacott in 2011 and is a Partner in our Financial Planning team.

Ben specialises in providing financial planning advice to private individuals focused on helping clients reach their objectives. His areas of specialism include strategic planning for high-net-worth individuals, investments, Inheritance Tax and retirement planning. He has considerable experience providing financial planning advice to US taxpayers living in the UK.

Ben has developed an extensive client portfolio that includes a wide range of clients from partnerships and charities to private individuals and limited companies. In his role he has helped to develop the employee benefit and auto-enrolment services provided by Buzzacott. In doing so, he has helped a large number of corporate and charity clients prepare for auto-enrolment and establish competitive employee benefit solutions.

Outside of work, Ben enjoys playing golf and cycling. He was a member of the Great British Youth sailing team, sailing in the Optimist and Laser dinghy classes.

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If you’re unsure which decisions to make about family wealth or how to go about planning for your future, don’t worry. Our services are designed to help provide clarity on your financial position.

Unbiased personal financial advice

Your journey starts with a fee-free meeting to discuss your current situation and future goals. We take the time to look at everything money-related, and if we don’t offer a particular service, we work alongside trusted third parties to give you joined-up advice. We offer independent advice that is built around you, not on products and without ties to investment providers. We also provide an indication of our fees so you understand upfront the cost of our services. No stress, no surprises.

Work out where you want to be – and how to get there

You need a clear lifetime strategy shaped to your aims, but flexible enough to keep evolving as you do. Tell us what you want, when, and what risk means to you. Then together we can build a flexible plan to meet these objectives. To make your life easier, we can marry financial planning with our investment management and tax services to manage your wealth in a way that reflects your personal objectives and circumstances.

Financial Planning Services for Individuals

  • Increase or preserve wealth in a tax-efficient manner
  • Investment advice: build savings for retirement, to generate future income and achieve other goals you may have
  • See how your financial future might look with cashflow modelling
  • Pension Planning both pre and post retirement
  • Inheritance tax and estate planning
  • Insuring liabilities
  • Tax planning
  • Advice for UK residents with non-UK citizenship with particular knowledge of the financial planning issues that face UK-resident US citizens
  • Added value ancillary services through third parties such as assistance with cost-effective Foreign Exchange, mortgages and other services

How are we different?

We are a financial planning led team seeking to build a long term relationship with you and your family where appropriate. Our focus is on understanding your current and future objectives in order to develop a clear plan to meet these and help you implement this.

We do not offer any in-house financial products, meaning the recommendations we provide are not prejudiced towards specific products or solutions. This enables us to provide absolutely independent advice to our clients.

We can work with you on your trusts and tax planning, as well as your long term investments, to ensure that your portfolio remains tax efficient and tax does not become a drag on performance.

We work with US clients on both their financial planning and investment management needs. Importantly, we can ensure that this is delivered in a tax compliant manner.

Whether you wish to self-manage your investments, have an existing discretionary investment manager or have not invested monies up to now, we can help. Through our integrated wealth management offering, we can combine your financial planning objectives and approach to risk with an investment management solution tailored to you.

Clarity is key

Above all, with us you get clarity. Clarity about your money and everything we’re doing to help you reach your goals.

Buzzacott Financial Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.