Reviewed for

Insurance and Protection ( 14 )

Mortgages ( 4 )

Pensions ( 65 )

Equity Release ( 4 )

Retirement income (annuities, drawdown) ( 53 )

Investments and Savings ( 48 )

Pension Transfers - Non Specialist ( 12 )

Inheritance Planning ( 34 )

Long Term Care ( 8 )

Pension Transfers - Specialist ( 9 )

Financial Planning ( 67 )

Financial Mentoring ( 15 )

Financial Coaching ( 7 )

Reviewers' assets

£500k+ ( 32 )

£200k - £500k ( 23 )

£100k - £200k ( 4 )

£50k - 100k ( 2 )

( 4 )

Client reviews

Review from verified client

January, 2024

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Based in Hampshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Financial planning for retirement

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Definitely

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Excellent practical sdvice

What could they have done better?

Nothing

Review from verified client

December, 2023

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I was very fortunate to inherrit some funds which i wished to continue with the long term investment.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, i've been comforted by the level of return over the long term.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Proivides confidence that my investments and savings are in a good position and is always available to talk to and provide assistance whenever i have asked.

What could they have done better?

Nothing really, i like the way Harperlees provide a relaxed atmosphere and frankly puts one's mind at easde. Steph leads the charge in my opinion on providing confidence and where needed, guidance.

Review from verified client

December, 2023

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Based in London

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Originally client of Adrian Quick

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Reassuring, competent and available when required for problems

Review from verified client

December, 2023

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Based in London

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Poor understanding of financial issueosrly

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Mostly

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Patient explanations and good advice

What could they have done better?

Very little

Review from verified client

December, 2023

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Based in Oxfordshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Personal financial advise

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Making sure that my present and future financial needs are covered

What could they have done better?

I'm happy with the advice and service I've received

Review from verified client

December, 2023

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I was approaching retirement and needed assistance with my pensions and investments for the future

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes I am pleased with my income and investments

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph talked me through and explained everything each step of the way. I had plenty of questions and received really clear answers.

What could they have done better?

I do not consider I could have been given any better advice.

Review from verified client

December, 2023

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Based in Hampshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Long term finacial planning and pension

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

I have a much better understanding of how to manage my long term and short term finacial goals.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Inheritance and finacial planning

What could they have done better?

Progress updates on agreed finacial plans.

Review from verified client

December, 2023

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Concern about inheritance tax bill that my children might face

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

yes

What could they have done better?

Cannot think of anything she could have done better

Review from verified client

December, 2023

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Ongoing review

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, the cashflow modelling is reassuring that my drawdown fund can provide the additional long term income and capital required

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

By maintaining a sound grasp of our financial situation, needs and wants, Steph provides us with peace of mind regarding our future income and lifestyle.

What could they have done better?

Nothing

Review from verified client

December, 2023

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Based in Shropshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Could not manage doing it myself not enough knowledge

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes more than happy with all outcomes

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Helped in all aspects of financil planning and pensions and how to finacially plan to help children and grandchildren going forward

What could they have done better?

Nothing at all

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Hertfordshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Needed a pension adviser

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Planning out scenarios of ageing and retirement, and financial needs.

What could they have done better?

Working on a flat rate not percentage

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Monmouthshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Inheritance

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Guided on how to make good life choices knowing I have good financial security going forward

What could they have done better?

?

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I needed help to plan for my retirement and ensure my investments were working for me.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Most definitely. I was able to take early retirement and spend time looking after my grandchildren and travel.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

She has developed a plan so I could retire early.

What could they have done better?

Nothing

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in West Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Finances were getting too complex

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Given us advice and confidence to live the life we are living

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Cheshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I needed overall financial advice and planning services to help with all areas of personal and family financial planning matters.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, very much so.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

By understanding the needs of myself and my family and providing quality advice and support on all financial and related matters.

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Suffolk

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

To receive specialist pension planning and financial advice

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes. I was able with confidence to implement a financial and pension plan which enabled me to take early retirement and become mortgage free (and discuss my various options, life goals and priorities,as well as understanding the risks and variables)

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph has helped by being a good listener, who has been responsive to our changing circumstances and needs, (and shows great understanding and empathy) as well as being very professional and astute in providing tailored financial advice

What could they have done better?

Nothing comes to mind

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Somerset

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I was using my money inefficiently and not planning for the future

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, I am much better prepared and have control of my finances

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

She is realistic in her advice, not promising what can't be achieved, and keen to metch her advice to my particular circumstances

What could they have done better?

I can't think of anything, I am sure if I were to give Steph feedback she would immediately act on it.

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Suffolk

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Investments and Pension

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

She helped me find the best way to help my son financially with his property purchase

What could they have done better?

In my mind Stephanie always does the best she can for you.

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Worcestershire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I had reached a point at work where I was significantly unhappy and needed to thoroughly understand my financial position before considering my next step.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Absolutely, I understand my position and therefore am more confident in my options.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph has a very grounded method for understanding and advising me as a client. It feels like a discussion with a friend and no suggestion of mine is too silly not to be considered - even when discussion reveals it actually isn't my brightest thought. Steph is never patronising or judgemental and her advice is down to earth, practical and realistic and I always feel much more secure after our annual review.

What could they have done better?

I genuinely cannot think of anything here

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Suffolk

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

annual review

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

yes

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Friendly positive advice

What could they have done better?

nothing

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in London

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

We had a pension pot and needed advice as to how best invest it.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

So far we have been happy with the outcome.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

She has given us advice as to the best way to manage our finances. We feel very confident following the advice she has given us.

What could they have done better?

Nothing.

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Wanted help to plan retirement. Also discuss gifts to family

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

The outcomes have been fully met with my desires

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph made it easy to understand my options and guided me through the process.

What could they have done better?

I feel Steph and her Team at Harperlees did everything they could to assist me. Nothing I can think of that I feel they could have done better.

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

After a long career, I needed advice on how best to plan my Retirement and how to mitigate Inheritance Tax

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

The results of working with a Highly Qualified Financial Planner has exceeded my expectations.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph has made the process easy to understand and helped us make good decisions around funding Retirement and Inheritance Planning

What could they have done better?

I feel Steph and the Team at HarperLees have done everything I could have hoped for. There is nothing extra I can think of.

Review from verified client

January, 2023

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Looking for ways to consolidate our incomes and expenditures to the maximum benifit.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph has given us sound financial advice throughout and sorted our finances to allow us to gain the maximum benefit based on our circumstances.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, Stephs advice over the years has given us a clear and honest view of or finances. To enable to see the present and future more clearly and realistically.

What could they have done better?

Nothing really.

Steph's reply

Thank you Glen for your kind review. Always a pleasure to work with you to extend the life of the pension fund in order to secure your preferred lifestyle for as long as possible.

Review from verified client

December, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I was seeking advice for long-term financial and retirement planning - I was introduced to Harper Lees and Adrian Quick and have now been a client for many years.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph has been a part of the Harper Lees team that has consistently managed my financial affairs.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Completely satisfied! At various times I have dealt with Adrian, Trey and Steph and I am confident that all/each has the expertise to deliver the objectives we have jointly identified.

What could they have done better?

There is no area in which I feel the team's efforts has been lacking.

Review from verified client

December, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Retirement and how to get best income from pensions and investments

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Annually reviews investments and needs

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

yes

What could they have done better?

I'm not in a position to give an opinion

Steph's reply

Thank you Steve for your kind review. You have worked hard to save it, now we need to work hard to spend it whilst ensuring your plan remains on track.

Review from verified client

December, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

We needed advice on where to invest money in the long term so we could enjoy a comfortable lifestyle and retirement

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Yes she has been very helpful over the years.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes we are very happily retired and have a comfortable lifestyle with no money worries.

What could they have done better?

No

Steph's reply

Thank you Lyn for your kind review. Working with you and Alan is always great. Now that we have certainty of retirement covered, time to move onto the next part of your planning and work om reducing your tax bills. .

Review from verified client

December, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

My mum moving into a home

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

She is slowly taking over from Adrian has moves towards retirement

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

yes

Steph's reply

Thank you Stephen for your kind review. Taking over your client relationship from Adrian has been a very smooth process and I look forward to working with you and Lesley over the coming years.

Review from verified client

December, 2022

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Based in East Riding

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Initially my husband had a company pension pit that was sitting doing nothing.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph has made our plans for the future clear and relevant. She has demystified the options and given us round advice, peace of mind and fantastic results.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, and more

What could they have done better?

There is nothing Steph could have done better. We have been very impressed with her level of knowledge, professionalism and approachability.

Steph's reply

Thank you Sass for your kind review. I have enjoyed working with you and always look forward to our meetings. I am glad that I have been able to demystify the options around pensions for you and will continue to do this for you.

Review from verified client

December, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I have recently retired and needed advice regarding my pensions.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

She has helped me make important decisions for my future financial planning and has given me excellent recommendations.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes plus ideas/recommendations I would not have thought of. Her knowledge of her subject is very good and she has put any concerns I had at ease.

What could they have done better?

I do not think anything could have been done better.

Steph's reply

Thank you Debbie for you kind review. I am so glad that we have been able to assist you into retirement and that any concerns you had are now eased. It such an important time to make the right decisions.

Review from verified client

December, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I inherited some funds and wanted Steph and the Harpelees team to continue looking after these funds previously owned by my parents.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Advice on the types of investments (including the potential pitfalls - very thorough)

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

What could they have done better?

In my opinion - nothing.

Steph's reply

Thank you Rob for your kind review. Always enjoy working with you with your financial planning and considering what we can do next to aid you further.

Review from verified client

December, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Transferring a defined Veni fits pension to a SIPP

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Advice and the practical aspects of moving a pension.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes.

What could they have done better?

Nothing I can think of

Steph's reply

Thank you Neil for your kind review. It has been a pleasure working with you on your Financial Planning needs and keeping your plan 'on track', hopefully you are making up on lost time (due to Covid) on those holidays now.

Review from verified client

December, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Needed advice on pension transfer and retirement planning

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Provided comprehensive advice and arranged transfer plus regular reviews to confirm on track to reach objectives

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes- review confirms that despite current market turmoil am still in a position to retire

What could they have done better?

Nothing

Steph's reply

Thank you Ray for your kind review. I have enjoyed being a part of your financial planning journey and ensuring that retirement remains on track for you. Current market turmoil is hard to ignore but hopefully you feel relaxed that while it isn't pleasant to experience it is not impacting your future choices around retirement.

Repeat review from verified client

November, 2022

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Based in Suffolk

This review is a follow-up review from a client who left a review previously.

How has Steph McDonald helped you since your last review?

Steph has helped me with a decision regarding gifting my son enough to help him buy his first home. She guided me through all the pros and cons so I could make an informed decision.

Steph's reply

Thank you Julie for your kind review. It was a pleasure to be able to help you and enable your Son to step foot on the property ladder. I look forward to hearing all about his new home at our next meeting.

Review from verified client

November, 2022

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Based in East Riding

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

LeDing up to retirement my Wife and I needed specialist advice and a financial plan for our future.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Great, sound initial advice and on-going updates to secure our finances. All undertaken in a friendly, uncomplicated fashion. Steph has a great manner and Sass and I regard her as a friend as well as an excellent manager of our finances.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Definitely yes.

What could they have done better?

In my opinion it’s a great service - cannot really suggest anything better.

Steph's reply

Thank you Chris for the kind review. Working with you and Sass has always been a pleasure and I always enjoy our meetings. I am loving seeing you really enjoy your retirement and look forward to catching up next year to see what is next in store for you both.

Review from verified client

November, 2022

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Based in Hampshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Pension & personal investment planning.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph has recently taken over from my previous financial planner who is retiring.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

What could they have done better?

To early to make assessment

Steph's reply

Thank you Greg for your kind review and for entrusting me to take over your financial planning as Adrian moves into his own retirement. I look forward to working with you and ensuring that your plans remain on track so you can continue to enjoy your retirement.

Review from verified client

November, 2022

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Based in London

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I wanted to look holistically about my long term investment strategy, looking throughout retirement, and I was introduced to Steph and her team.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph is super, and she is for lots of reasons: 1) she is very knowledgeable of the financial market and she can make think in a different way 2) she helps me to take emotions out of my investment considerations and be more objective 3) she is always available with short notice when I need to bounce back some ideas at her

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

yes, I feel I am constantly supported, and Steph and her team know what it is important for me

What could they have done better?

all is good so far

Steph's reply

Thank you Andrea for your kind review. I am always pleased to be a sounding board when you have things affecting your financial planning and to offer another side which you may not have originally considered. You have come so far and I look forward to seeing what the rest of your journey brings.

Review from verified client

November, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Impending retirement

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Recommend various options

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes has meet our expectations

Steph's reply

Thank you Richard for your kind review. It is great to see you really enjoying your retirement, although the pandemic tried to put a dampener on it, the holidays have now resumed. I look forward to hearing about what you have been up to next year.

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November, 2022

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Based in Shropshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Wished to plan for early retirement

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Advised on the management of savings and assets to produce sufficient income

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes although markets have been challenging the advice has been sound and realistic

What could they have done better?

Can’t think of anything very pleased with the service

Steph's reply

Thank you Mandy or the kind review. Enabling you to retire early has been an absolute pleasure and we will continue to work alongside you, even in the turbulent markets, to ensure that you can continue to enjoy your retirement without and stress or money worries.

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November, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

My brother had been taken seriously ill and I had little confidence in my brother's existing financial adviser

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Investing an inheritance

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

What could they have done better?

Not applicable

Steph's reply

Thank you Alice for your kind review. Working with you has always been a pleasure and you have been an absolute advocate of ensuring people have the right protections in place following your brother's experience. We are glad you were able to find trust in HarperLees and look forward to seeing what spending you have planned next year.

Repeat review from verified client

November, 2022

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Based in Shropshire

This review is a follow-up review from a client who left a review previously.

How has Steph McDonald helped you since your last review?

Steph and the team keep in touch with monthly updates via email about things that are happening worldwide financially and give advice on what if anything we need to do.

Steph's reply

Thank you Robin for your kind review. I am glad that we have been able to support you in your financial planning journey and rest assured that we will continue to do just that over the coming years, enabling you to make financial decisions with backing that you can really afford to make them.

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November, 2022

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Based in Hertfordshire

This review is a follow-up review from a client who left a review previously.

How has Steph McDonald helped you since your last review?

Steph has helped to minimise tax payments and together we have made some changes to the funds invested in. Steph has always responded to any questions and during Covid switched to remote meetings which worked very well.

Steph's reply

Thank you Derek for your kind review. I always enjoy helping to minimise tax payments when we can and answer any questions. Investment markets have been challenging but the backing of the financial plan hopefully allows comfort that you can 'weather the storm' when needed.

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November, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

My husband was planning to retire.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph helped to prepare a report that illustrated our current financial position and projected how our retirement would progress financially. Our minds were put at rest, as I do not have a financial background. The investment decisions and advice have been clear and concise. We have also talked about Inheritance Tax Planning and how we can help our family.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

The move in to retirement has been helped and the help has been more than I could have expected. Very happy with Steph and the people at HarperLees.

What could they have done better?

As Steph and her team are always professional and explain things to my satisfaction, I feel there is nothing they could have done better to meet my needs and situation.

Steph's reply

Thank you Linda for your kind review. Taking that step into retirement and becoming spenders rather than savers can be a stressful time. I am glad to see that your mind was put at rest and look forward to continuing to do this for you for years to come.

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November, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

As I was approaching retirement, I wanted someone to help me plan my financial security for myself and my wife.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph has helped us with preparing a cash flow projection for our future. She has also arranged the transfer of our pension schemes to a better fund manager and assisted in our attitude to investment risk. She also has a thorough understanding of our desire to help our family in the future, and provided detailed reports. These were all made in such a way that a lay man without knowledge could understand the information.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

We have indeed had a successful outcome. Steph has allowed us to relax, knowing that our finances are now in good hands. The whole team at HarperLees are very professional and the support they have given to us has been invaluable. As Steph looks after both myself and my wife, it is good to know that when, eventually, one of us either dies or becomes less capable, that she has a full understanding of our plans and our goals.

What could they have done better?

The personal care and professional advice has exceeded our expectations, and I do not believe there is anything either Steph or her support team could have done better.

Steph's reply

Thank you Brian for your kind review. Working with you and Linda is always a pleasure and I am so pleased that we have enabled you to relax into retirement with no stress or worries about finances. While no one wants to focus on possibilities of future ill health it is good to know that everything has been considered and put in place to ensure security. We will continue to be on this financial planning journey with you for many more years to come.

Review from verified client

November, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

We needed a reliable company to give us sound advice for managing our money to enjoy a good life style and for a comfortable retirement.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

We know we are in good hands and she will always be at the end of the phone if we have any worries or queries. She always keeps us well informed on any changes that might be of interest to us. We go back many years and it's so comforting to know you have someone who you can trust in.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Very much so. We are very happy with the outcome and can't fault any advice we have been given over the years.

Steph's reply

Thank you Lyn for your very kind review. Hearing that you feel you are in good hands with HarperLees is music to our ears. As Adrian takes the step into his own retirement, I look forward to personally working more closely with you for many years to come.

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November, 2022

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Based in Somerset

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Our spending had got out of control and we had little preparation for our later years.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph always has our best interests at heart, is approachable, and also assertive where she feels a particular decision would be wrong for us.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes in that our finances are under control and we have reasonable provision for retirement; we need to wait a few years to be sure the plan is fulfilled

What could they have done better?

I can't think of anything

Steph's reply

Thank you Phil for your kind review. When you are in your own finances it can be hard to see where changes need to be made, so thank you for enabling us to look at this for you and adjust your financial planning track very slightly so you the future you have worked so hard for looks a lot better now.

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November, 2022

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Based in Oxfordshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Wanting to invest, and not having knowledge of the stock market

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Consistently offered good advice and reassurance

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

What could they have done better?

I'm happy with the service I've received from HarperLees and Steph in particular

Steph's reply

Thank you Jill for your kind review. I am so glad that we have been able to offer you reassurance in your financial planning needs. I always look forward to hearing about what the spending plans are and making sure you are enjoying every bit of what you have worked so hard for.

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November, 2022

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Based in Worcestershire

This review is a follow-up review from a client who left a review previously.

How has Steph McDonald helped you since your last review?

Our annual planning review gives me continuing confidence that I can live my life as I choose and still be secure.

Steph's reply

Thank you Lee for your kind review. Living your life as you choose is what it is all about, and I am pleased to see that you are doing exactly that when we meet and hearing about the lovely holidays and experiences you have enjoyed over the year, whilst planning for the year ahead.

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November, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Family recommendation. I required some assistance with inherritnce planning 7 years ago and Steph has been very helpful (and patient) with my investments and frequent questions

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Provided assurance iro my investments particularly during the recent financial turbulent we have been experiencing.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Overall -yes -thanks Steph.

What could they have done better?

In my opinion, nothing

Steph's reply

Thank you Rob for your kind review. Ask as many questions as you need to, it is the only way to fully understand what is going on and it is absolutely what I am here for. The recent market turbulence has been hard to ignore, but knowing you are still on track hopefully provides comfort that retirement can come whenever you are ready.

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November, 2022

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Based in Suffolk

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Pension advice

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Practical and thoughtful, fully understanding my requirements

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

yes

What could they have done better?

More contact

Steph's reply

Anne thank you for your kind review. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you alongside Adrian and then separately as he enjoys his own retirement now. Always here for any enquiries you may have.

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November, 2022

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Based in London

This review is a follow-up review from a client who left a review previously.

How has Steph McDonald helped you since your last review?

Steph continues to advise us as to the best way to manage our finances in the short and long term. Her support is invaluable.

Steph's reply

Thank you Malcolm for your kind review. It has been a pleasure working with you over the last few years to manage your assets effectively so that you can enjoy them in your retirement.

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November, 2022

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Based in West Sussex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Having managed my own finances for many years my portfolio value was getting to the point where I needed expert help and advise to reduce risk. I was getting out of my depth.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph manages my SIPP and all my personal finance she knows, understands and anticipates my needs. Has educated me in many cases and keeps me on track to meet my financial and personal objectives

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

To date the outcomes have exceeded my expectations. Despite hats been going on in the world. She also keeps me up to date.

What could they have done better?

Very difficult to say. My finances are in a far better place these days. I’m very happy with her performance and I cannot readily think of any improvement areas.

Steph's reply

Thank you Howard for your kind review. It has been a pleasure to work with you making that step into retirement and now keep your finances working for you to enjoy.

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November, 2022

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Based in Suffolk

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Pension and investment

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

I feel totally confident in the advice Steph has given me regarding my pension and investments.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Definitely yes

What could they have done better?

Nothing

Steph's reply

Thank you Julie for your kind review. It was a pleasure to be able to help you and enable your Son to step foot on the property ladder. I look forward to hearing all about his new home at our next meeting.

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November, 2022

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Based in Cheshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

As my career progressed my income and wealth increased to a point where I believed needed professional help to properly manage and invest it and plan for the future and possible early retirement.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph and the team at Harper lees have helped me realise the dream of early retirement with enough money to enjoy life. They are always available to me as a 'safe pair of hands' to guide me through life's financial challenges.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

What could they have done better?

Nothing

Steph's reply

Thank you Dave for your kind review. Having taken your relationship over from Adrian, it has been a pleasure to help guide your financial decision making in recent years and see you enjoy what you have worked so hard for.

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November, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I was considering retirement and wanted financial advice upon all my options and in particular on transfer/flexibility to drawdown part of my pension funds, as well as planning for the longer term with all the variables that involves

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

The advice and professionalism that Steph has provided has enabled me to make informed decisions upon my future and how I can best provide for myself and family. It is great to have someone who truly listens to your priorities and what is important to you in considering solutions and options available rather than assuming standard cost modelling approaches

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

My key goals and outcomes to date have all been achieved and Steph continues to assist in keeping me on track through all the market changes and challenges-no small thing in today's world!

What could they have done better?

I have been very happy with both the service provided and approach adopted-keep on doing what you do well

Steph's reply

Thank you Gary for your kind review. Your priorities are the most important thing about cash flow planning and ensuring that we can get you where you want to be whilst making sure it will not impact you negatively in the future. It has been lovely working with you over the past few years, especially while making some very big decisions about your life.

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November, 2022

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Based in Kent

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I wanted early retirement and after discussions with Harper Lee's, I felt reassured that our short, medium and longer retirement goals could be met.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph has taken over the servicing, following Adrian's decision to step back. The seamless continuity of reviewing our plans and goals is reassuring.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, we are very pleased that following the change in servicing, Steph continues to provide us with the confidence and personal attention we've been used to.

What could they have done better?

Nothing really

Steph's reply

Thank you for your kind review Roy and I am pleased to see that the changeover from Adrian to myself has been seamless. I look forward to supporting you further during your retirement and ensuring that your goals can be met.

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November, 2022

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Based in Torfaen

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Inheritance from death and f husband

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

To deal with the financial shock and assure me the steps forward

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Definitely

What could they have done better?

As far as I am concerned nothing

Steph's reply

Thank you Marie for you kind review. It has been a pleasure working with you and helping you on a difficult journey. I am very much looking forward to seeing how your financial plan evolves over the coming years.

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November, 2022

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Based in Cheshire

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I needed help with my private pensions.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Steph guided me through the process and Made me aware of all the pros and cons so I could make a fully informed decision that best suited my circumstances

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes!

What could they have done better?

Nothing. The service and advice was excellent.

Steph's reply

Thank you Karen for your kind review. I am glad that I have been able to help you understand how your pension policies can work best for you to support your own financial goals.

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November, 2022

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Based in Essex

This review is a follow-up review from a client who left a review previously.

How has Steph McDonald helped you since your last review?

Yes Steph has been assisting and advising us in our transfer to early retirement. Steph takes time to listen and understand our circumstances now and in the future. Her advice is well thought out and easy to understand. Thank you Steph

Steph's reply

Thank you Grant for the kind review. It is a pleasure to work with you and ensure that you remain on track in your retirement, enjoying the holidays/projects you want to with the security that you can.

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November, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Retirement and investment from property sales

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

She always responds quickly to emails and questions, and will do a home visit if necessary

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

Steph's reply

Thank you Sandra for your kind review. Helping you with your investments and ensuring you remain on track in your retirement has been a real pleasure.

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November, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Handover from Adrian

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Advice on monetary handover to son and timing.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes as expected

Steph's reply

Thank you Ruth for your kind review. You have been well looked after by Adrian for a long time and I look forward to working with you following his retirement to ensure that you fulfil all of your financial planning objectives and live life to the full.

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November, 2022

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Based in West Sussex

This review is a follow-up review from a client who left a review previously.

How has Steph McDonald helped you since your last review?

We have received regular emails with advise on the UK financial situation. When I contact her I typically get the advise I need within one day

Steph's reply

Thank you Howard for your kind review. Always a pleasure working with you and I love hearing about the holidays you are enjoying in your retirement. Looking forward to catching up soon.

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Based in West Sussex

This review is a follow-up review from a client who left a review previously.

How has Steph McDonald helped you since your last review?

She is always available for us to ask questions whether it’s by phone or email . Has helped us with financial advice with change in finances and advising us of best options for getting the most from our pensions in retirement.

Steph's reply

Thank you Sue for your lovely feedback, always a pleasure working with you. I am so pleased you took that leap into retirement and are not looking back. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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April, 2022

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

I would not hesitate to recommend Steph to any of my family, closest friends and work colleagues. Provides me with 100% confidence that my long term financeial investments are in safe hands. Steph is always pleasant and equally very patient and tolerent with my somewhat questionable time keeping... Steph and her team are always on hand and even when the gloabl stocks took a recent tumble, provided comforting advise and not to panic and sit tight - which certainly paid off - thanks Steph.

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

Investments and pension advise

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes - investments have remained bullish.

What could they have done better?

Given the parameters and appetite i have towards adverse risk, i think the results have overall been encouraging.

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November, 2021

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Based in Essex

What were the circumstances that caused you to initially look for an adviser?

Planning for retirement

How has Steph McDonald helped you?

In depth advice around existing pensions and the investment of the funds

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

What could they have done better?

nothing

Steph's reply

Thank you Ray for your kind review. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you on your retirement plans, ensuring that you will have enough money to retire with the lifestyle you really want. We will work together to ensure your plan stays on track and look forward to seeing you fully retire with no worries or concerns ready to enjoy your new freedom.

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November, 2021

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