Reviewed for

Insurance and Protection ( 4 )

Mortgages ( 3 )

Pensions ( 22 )

Equity Release ( 1 )

Retirement income (annuities, drawdown) ( 11 )

Investments and Savings ( 19 )

Pension Transfers - Non Specialist ( 10 )

Inheritance Planning ( 10 )

Long Term Care ( 2 )

Pension Transfers - Specialist ( 11 )

Financial Planning ( 10 )

Financial Mentoring ( 3 )

Reviewers' assets

£500k+ ( 3 )

£200k - £500k ( 4 )

£100k - £200k ( 3 )

Up to £50k ( 3 )

£50k - 100k ( 1 )

Client reviews

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

July, 2024

Overall

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Excelent service. Explained all options and gave me time to think about them. Never rushed me to make a decision. Highly recommend

Samsu's reply

Hi Carol, Thank you for your kind feedback. While it wasn't appropriate for us to work together this time, please get back in touch if your circumstances change and we can explore your long-term financial planning options. Best of luck with the house purchase, and do keep in touch. Regards, Sam

Review from verified client

April, 2024

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Based in Hampshire

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

My pension was coming up to fruition, and I needed to know where to start.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Yes, very much so.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes.

What could they have done better?

Nothing.

Samsu's reply

Hi Rich, Thank you for taking the time to leave me a review; it is greatly appreciated. I look forward to working together and assisting you in extracting tax-efficient income from your pension plans as you transition from employment to a life of leisure. Best wishes, Sam

Review from verified client

March, 2024

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Based in Surrey

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

To Group together my pension pots.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

With his Experience and advise.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

Samsu's reply

Hi G, Thank you for your review; it's greatly appreciated. I look forward to continuing to work with you to see what I can do to reach a five-star rating in the future ;) Best regards, Sam

Review from verified client

March, 2024

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Based in Berkshire

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

Needed advice

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Samsu assisted in some useful advice regarding my savings and funds and which direction to move in the future.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes but it is long term.

What could they have done better?

I don’t think he could improve on the general advice he gave. I was very happy with his two visits.

Samsu's reply

Dear L, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; it is greatly appreciated. It was a real pleasure meeting you on a couple of occasions. Although it wasn't appropriate for us to work together at present, should your circumstances change, please do not hesitate to get in touch in the future. Best wishes, Sam

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

February, 2024

Overall

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Samsu is very approachable and explains things clearly and gives sensible advice.

Samsu's reply

Hi Margaret, Thank you for taking the time to leave me a review; it is greatly appreciated. Although it wasn't appropriate for us to work together this time, I hope you found my advice and guidance on UK savings and investment options useful. Please get back in touch if your circumstances change, and we can explore your long-term financial planning options. Best wishes, Sam

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

December, 2023

Overall

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Very informative and not pushy, comes across as really interested in your concerns and needs. Really puts your mind at ease.

Samsu's reply

Hi Terence, Thank you for taking the time to leave a 'first impressions' review. I'm pleased to see I made the right first impression for us to work together now ;) As they say, you only get one opportunity to make a first impression. Only 6 weeks left before your big day — leaving behind the 9-5 and endless Zoom calls and starting a new chapter of your life. I look forward to assisting you as you transition into a life of leisure. Speak next week. Sam

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?

Financial advice for specifically pension pots

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Samsu evaluated and advised me on the safest course of action regarding various pension pots that were scattered.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

I have received adhoc advice and annual reviews which demonstrate that given the economic climate I have received great financial advice

What could they have done better?

Samsu doesn't leave me with any doubts that the advice and expertise he provides has any shortfalls

Samsu's reply

Hi I, Thank you for leaving a positive review; it is greatly appreciated. It has been a real pleasure working with you and getting to know you and your family over the past couple of years. Here's to many more successful years ahead. Best wishes, Sam

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Surrey

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

I was worried about my investments falling in value. I wanted peace of mind that my money was safe.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

He explained everything to me. I had many investments with multiple providers and I was struggling to keep a track of. Sam helped me consolidate and tidy everything up so its easier for me to manage.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes. I meet with Sam once a year to review my finances and he is always available on the phone should I have any questions.

What could they have done better?

Nothing, he has provided me with the best advice possible.

Samsu's reply

Hi J, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review. It's completely understandable to feel concerned when witnessing fluctuations in your investment values, especially amidst the constant barrage of negative news in the media. One of the greatest challenges of managing investments independently is the lack of someone to provide interpretation and personalised guidance tailored to your specific situation. As your adviser now, I want to assure you that we'll have regular annual meetings to assess the performance of your investments and make any necessary adjustments to ensure you stay on course. Best regards, Sam

Review from verified client

November, 2023

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Based in Cambridgeshire

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

I needed to plan my retirement

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Samsu Miah did provide advice on mortgages, pensions and inheritance planning.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

What could they have done better?

NA

Samsu's reply

Hi L, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; it is greatly appreciated. I'm pleased to hear that you value the advice and service I've provided since we started working together over a year ago. It's been an absolute pleasure helping you and your family and I look forward to working with you for many years to come. Best wishes, Sam

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

November, 2023

Overall

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Professional, warm , knowledgeable, clear talking and reassuring

Samsu's reply

Dear M, It was lovely to meet you and R and learn about your personal and financial circumstances. While I didn't feel it was appropriate for you to make any changes to your existing financial arrangements at present, please do consider the suggestions I made and don't hesitate to reach out to me if your circumstances change. Best wishes, Sam

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

November, 2023

Overall

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I found it a very friendly and informative session with no pressure to proceed with anything I was not comfortable with. I felt I learned a lot.

Samsu's reply

Hi H, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; it is greatly appreciated. I'm pleased to hear you took a few things away from our discussions. As an adviser, I believe a significant part of my role is to educate my clients and provide them with options based on their individual circumstances so they can make an informed decision about their financial future. I look forward to working with you in the future. Best wishes, Sam

Review from verified client

October, 2023

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Based in Hampshire

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

I was given Sams contact details by my accountant who recommended Sam to help me with arranging pensions, pension transfers and investments as a way of reducing capital gains tax and also to look after my future retirement plans.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Having worked for many companies over the last 35 years I had pensions with many different pension providers. Sam has helped me to combine these pensions as well as set up future investments

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes everything has gone smoothly

What could they have done better?

Nothing

Samsu's reply

Hi M, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; it is greatly appreciated. As there's no such thing as 'job for life' anymore, it's fairly common for many individuals find themselves with multiple workplace pension schemes. This can make it challenging to estimate your retirement income from these pensions. In situations like yours, consolidating these plans into one can simplify tracking, and working with an adviser who can review and adjust this plan can help ensure a comfortable retirement. I look forward to a successful working relationship in the coming years. Best wishes, Sam

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

September, 2023

Overall

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Sam provided me with some excellent feedback following review of my current pension arrangements. His advice was to continue as I am, which gave me peace of mind and so I am very grateful for your friendly and extremely valuable service.

Samsu's reply

Hi A, It was good to meet you last week, and I'm glad you found it reassuring that your existing pension arrangements are on track to provide you with the comfortable retirement you want. Sometimes, people feel apprehensive about consulting a financial adviser, fearing that they will be advised to make unnecessary changes. As you saw from our meeting, if maintaining your current pension arrangements aligns with your financial goals and objectives, then that's precisely what we'll recommend. Please don't hesitate to get back in touch should your circumstances change. Best wishes, Sam

Review from verified client

September, 2023

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Based in Hertfordshire

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

I was looking for a better yield for my savings, as well as a better understanding of what my retirement could look like

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Sam has been incredibly patient, always pitching the information at the right level and validating my understanding along the way. What stands out for me is that Sam really takes the time to understand his customers' situation before making any recommendations. He is very generous with his time, very personable and I never felt any pressure from him

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes completely, and more I would say. I initially reached out to Sam for generic investment advice but over time this has developed into a much fuller picture and advice from him, which I highly value, and I actually quite look forward to the next catch up call from him

Samsu's reply

Hi C, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; it's always appreciated to receive positive feedback. I'm delighted to see that I've exceeded your expectations :) While it's fairly common for a client to approach us with a specific query or transaction for which they need assistance, it's the responsibility of a good financial planner to look beyond the transaction and consider the bigger picture. It is only through regular reviews and truly getting to know our clients that we can develop a comprehensive financial plan. Relationships are a two-way street, so I must say it's been a real pleasure working with someone who is inquisitive and receptive to advice. I look forward to our next catch-up call. Best wishes, Sam

Review from verified client

September, 2023

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Based in Hampshire

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

I’m soon to be 58 and needed help and advice with planning for retirement and what to do with a pension sharing order lump sum. I’ve had initial chats with a couple of financial advisors previously but felt rushed to make a decision. Samsu was recommended to me and I felt comfortable straight away with his approach to what I needed to achieve.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Samsu has shown me a series of scenarios with outcomes for what is possible with the funds I have available. This has been comforting in knowing that I have various options depending on future events.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

I am very pleased with the outcome and wish I’d found Samsu years ago! Happy to know that I have a plan with flexibility to adapt as needed.

What could they have done better?

I am fully satisfied with what has been achieved and don’t feel anything could have been improved upon.

Samsu's reply

Hi D, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Unfortunately, I've encountered numerous divorce cases during my 20 years in financial services, so I understand that divorce proceedings can be challenging, especially when faced with significant financial decisions such as how best to handle a pension sharing order. I firmly believe that individuals shouldn't rush into important and irrevocable decisions. I'm excited to share this journey with you and support you during the next exciting chapter of your life. Best wishes, Sam

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

June, 2023

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In my introductory discussion with Samsu I found him to be professional, well informed, and pleasantly conversational. Through helpful questioning and attentive listening I believe Samsu gathered the initial information he required while making sure my questions were answered and that I was happy overall with how we were doing.

Samsu's reply

Dear R, Thank you for taking the time to leave me a kind review; it is greatly appreciated. While it wasn't appropriate for us to work together on this occasion, should your circumstances and preference change, please do not hesitate to get back in touch and I'll be delighted to assist you. PS. I know life threw a curveball to your retirement plans last year. I sincerely wish you an enjoyable retirement and hope that you will be able to resume your travels and explore the world once again. Best wishes, Sam

Review from verified client

December, 2022

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Based in West Midlands

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

We moved to the UK and brought our savings over that we wanted to invest for retirement.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

When we approached Sam for financial planning advice, he gave us all the time we needed to explain our options and ensure that we understood everything clearly. He has been very patient and professional, always making us feel that he had our best interests at heart.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

We are satisfied with the investment choices we have made, however, it is too early to have seen any outcomes yet.

Samsu's reply

Hi Jo, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. I firmly believe that giving clients the space to understand their options and the information they need is essential in making sound financial decisions. Important decisions like this should never be rushed. I look forward to working together and adapting your financial plans as your circumstances change – as I know they are about to at the start of the new year. Exciting times ahead! :) Best regards, Sam

Review from verified client

November, 2022

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Based in Sussex

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

A number of Pensions needed to merge them

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Assisted in finding pensions and transfering to a single manageble Pension Plan

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

Samsu's reply

Hi Angela, Thank you for taking the time leave a review. Enjoy Christmas with mum and I look forward to catching up with you in the New Year :) Best wishes, Sam

Review from verified client

October, 2022

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Based in Berkshire

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

planning for future retirement

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

he helped me plan for my future retirement

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

too early to say

What could they have done better?

nothing

Review from verified client

October, 2022

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Based in Hertfordshire

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

Approaching retirement along with receiving an unexpected inheritance lump sum I was looking for advice with respect to investment, retirement income and inheritance tax planning.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Sam has always taken time to explain the options open to me and with clear and unrushed illustrations of different scenarios. This has allowed me to make well informed choices with respect to my pensions and investments. Sam always makes time to help and make sure the options are fully understood.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes. Ongoing guidance especially in the current economic turmoil (Autumn 2022) is invaluable.

Samsu's reply

Hi D, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; it's very much appreciated. It's fair to say a lot has happened in the world economically as well as your personal lives over the last 18 months, so I'm pleased to hear that you've valued our regular interactions and my advice and guidance. I'm aware that you and M have some exciting plans for your retirement, so I'm looking forward to being a part of that journey and assisting you both in navigating the challenges that pension drawdown can bring. Best wishes, Sam

Review from verified client

October, 2022

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Based in Berkshire

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

I was worried about my retirement and wasn't happy with my existing advisor as there was no in person reviews.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Samsu has been very informative and is very easy to talk to, explains scenario's well and is happy to go over any issues that i'm not sure about. He is very friendly and seems a nice genuine person.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes we have reviewed my investments and transferred my SIPP and ISA to a medium risk portfolio.

What could they have done better?

Nothing I am happy with Samsu as my advisor.

Samsu's reply

Hi S, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; it is greatly appreciated. Your trust in our profession and the opportunity to demonstrate the essence of true financial planning, along with the value of maintaining an ongoing adviser relationship, mean a lot. While it's easy to be an adviser when everything is going smoothly, the real measure of a valuable adviser is how they handle situations when things don't go according to plan, as was the case in the financial markets during Covid. As you've seen from our brief time working together, I'm always just a phone call away if there's anything that's causing concern or if you'd like to discuss any scenarios that are on your mind. I look forward to supporting you as you enter the exciting fun (retirement) stage of your life. Best wishes, Sam

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

September, 2022

Overall

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We appreciated his honest advice and the amount of attention he devoted to our interview.

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

April, 2022

Overall

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Easy to talk to and understand

Samsu's reply

Thanks for taking the time to leave me a feedback Bryony. Look forward to assisting you with your investment needs when the inheritance comes in. Best wishes, Sam

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

April, 2022

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Samsu is very professional and knowledgeable.

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

January, 2022

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He took the time to listen to what I had to say and responded accordingly, his advice was relevant to my situation and and he made no attempt to 'blind me with science'. Whilst some of his advice regarding my financial situation was hard to hear, it was this honesty that has ultimately gained my trust.

Samsu's reply

Hi Liz, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We will inevitably experience difficulties in our lives, and find ourselves in situations we do not fully understand, or find overwhelming. I believe by taking a moment to consider our reactions, and placing our thoughts and feelings firmly in reality, is the best way to make the most of the situation we find ourselves in. I look forward to us closely working together and assisting you with financial needs - no matter what curveball life throws at us. Sam

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

January, 2022

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I was in need of advice concerning a mortgage and inheritance tax and was recommended to contact Samsu. Following my email to him outlining the situation he phoned back very promptly to discuss the matter. He was friendly and understanding and gave his advice in plain English. I would be happy to use his service again and to recommend him to others

Samsu's reply

Hi Mike, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. As I mentioned on the call, please don’t hesitate to get back in touch if you need any further advice or just need a second opinion. Best wishes, Sam

Review from verified client

October, 2021

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Based in Berkshire

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

Primarily for the reasons of pension consolidation and to understand how to get the best out of pensions accummulated throughout my active working life. Secondly, to get more return on cash currently sitting in no-interest bank accounts.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Sam provided education, advice and guidance on both pension consolidation for my wife and I, and made us understand the value of investing according to our future needs without pressure. Sam did a lot of the groundwork with numerous pension providers of our multiple pension plans (from various workplaces) and he came back with full recommendation that was easy to understand and make qualitative decisions from. At all times during the process, Sam acted both friendly, personal and professional towards my wife and I, and he was never shy of providing detailed explanations on anything we questioned along the way!

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

It's too early to tell as the relationship with Sam and the investment/pension consolidations made are only a month old at this point. The main thing for me is that I feel comfortable and quietly confident that my wife and I have made the right decisions based on Sam's guidance.

What could they have done better?

Can't think of anything at this time.

Samsu's reply

Hi Peter, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, it is very much appreciated. It's been a pleasure working with you and your wife so far and I know this is a start of an exciting new relationship. As you've mentioned, it's very difficult when you have several pension providers and you are trying to work towards a retirement goal. I'm glad I was able to provide you the clarity you needed and we have put you into a good place for the day you decide to hang up your boots :) Best wishes, Sam

Review from verified client

October, 2021

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Based in Hampshire

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

I was recently made redundant and wanted to have an expert review of my pensions to understand my financial position to support my future.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Samsu plugged all our pensions, investments and expenditure detail and into his software and helped me to better understand my current and future circumstances. We will now have the appropriate pensions transferred into one place where we anticipate it being better invested.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, we have more clarity on the future and a greater degree of security.

What could they have done better?

Nothing

Samsu's reply

Hi Dave, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, it is very much appreciated. Being made redundant can be quite a scary time so I'm really pleased to be able to provide you with the clarity and reassurance you needed at this difficult time. Being able to take a step back with a fresh pair of eyes, aided by an appropriate tool such as cashflow modelling software, is something I recommend we all do from time to time. I'm looking forward to working with you on the plan we've put in place to enable you to take many more holidays in retirement ☀️ Best wishes, Sam

Review from verified client

October, 2021

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Based in Berkshire

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

My previous financial advisor advised me to invest into so called "low to medium" risk structured financial products based upon the value of three or four named shares without adequately explaining the risk of one of these shares not performing well enough and the chance of over 50% of my investment being deducted on maturity which is what happened.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

He advised on other yet to mature structured products and advised and made some changes regarding my pension.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

It's early days but yes so far.

What could they have done better?

No

Review from verified client

July, 2021

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Based in Berkshire

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

The tax complications in cashing in International Investment Bonds in Guernsey and arranging alternative of the funds in the UK, eg donations to family/ reinvestment, with due regard to Income and Inheritance Taxes. In addition, simplifying management of a number of ISA's and fund investments with various providers.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

He paid several visits to discuss details of the various investments and explain possible alternative plans and the costs involved. We agreed he should concentrate on consolidating UK investments first, then deal with the more complex Guernsey accounts. He has also gone out of his way to assist me with the transfer of my deceased wife's investments.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes. All my UK investments have been smoothly transferred to St James Place management. We are currently looking for the most efficient way to deal with the International Bonds.

What could they have done better?

Nothing. Any delays being experienced are due to the providers apparently struggling under Covid restraints on staff.

Samsu's reply

Hi Dave, Thank you for the positive feedback. It's been a real pleasure helping you sort out your financial affairs under difficult circumstances. I look forward to helping you and your family for many more years. Best wishes, Sam

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July, 2021

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Based in Surrey

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

I needed advice on my pension

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

He explained things to me that I could understand

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

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July, 2021

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Based in Buckinghamshire

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

Just needed advice for our future

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

He helped me with all the information I needed.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

What could they have done better?

Nothing everything was great

Review from verified client

July, 2021

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Based in Buckinghamshire

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

Sam has been absolutely fantastic, always on hand and very useful! I'm so pleased I found him, and I look forward to working with him now and in the future.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Pension and life cover advice predominantly

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes

What could they have done better?

Nothing - all good

Samsu's reply

Hi Matt, Thanks for taking the time to leave a feedback. You've been a joy to work with and it's been a real pleasure helping you. I look forward to us working closely together for many years to help you achieve all your financial goals. Speak soon. Sam

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

May, 2021

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I've had two appointments with Sam so far and have been very pleased with the outcome and follow ups. Sam is clearly extremely knowledgeable in his field but perhaps more important to me is that he took the time to understand my needs, and is able to adapt his speech to the audience. In other words he uses a language I understand and is great at breaking down complex financial matters into every day language. Looking forward to our next call Sam!

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

April, 2021

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Sam was very professional in his approach. He arranged an initial call to understand my requirements and sent me a full length questionnaire to fill out. We had a second call to go through the proposal where Sam explained the costs and benefits. What I liked was, Sam was empathetic and not pushy and gave me time to think. He followed up to check on my decision. I was not able to proceed at this time as I wanted time to review my own financial planning. I would recommend Sam and would be happy to get in touch with him again, once I am ready to proceed, if the costs and benefits stack up at that time.

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

March, 2021

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Samsu has provided a very clear and simple explanation of his services and how we could benefit from using his advises. He presented a detailed information pack about possible investment strategies and patiently answered all our questions in a friendly and professional manner.

Samsu's reply

Thank you for the kind feedback Yuri. I look forward to us working together in the future. Sam

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March, 2021

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Based in Devon

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

I had a pension fund with a major company plan (Smiths plc) which I wished to release to another better matched fund to suit my needs on long term investment. To achieve this form of pension transfer you have to use a professional financial adviser.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Samsu was introduced to me through HSBC mgt, where my day to day banking resides, he was given glowing recommendation by them, & they suggested he would suit my requirements both for now & in the long term. Samsu is a very bright guy, with a super knowledge of his market places, having listened to my needs he provided very clear direction for my investments. Additionally, in these difficult times we find ourselves, he worked around the visitation processes normally required for these sort of transfers of funds, with excellent video conferences, which we have continued to utilised since. Once we agreed to go forward the process was very smooth. My dealings with Samsu have been very professional but equally good fun, he's made a boring subject very interesting, giving me a much better understanding. He has a vibrant personality & is very easy to talk to.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

The outcome has been very good, with my investment, since its transfer, growing as predicted.

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

February, 2021

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Really helpful and clear about the services I was making enquiries about.. also very friendly and informative. No question was too silly !

Samsu's reply

Thank you for taking the time to complete this and for the kind words Ansa. One hundred percent agree - no question is a silly question! Good luck with your research and I'm always around if you want to get a second opinion on anything. Sam

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

February, 2021

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I had a great intro call with Mr Samsu - he was very polite and articulate, seemed to understand his business very well and was happy to answer any questions I had clearly and candidly! I look forward to working with him. Strongly recommend!

Samsu's reply

Hi Samir, Thank you for the kind feedback, very much appreciated. If this review has come through in 'real time', then it looks like you're burning the midnight oil like me! Don't forget to send the LOAs back. Regards Sam 07984470686

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

February, 2021

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Excellent and very thorough.

Samsu's reply

Hi Peter, Thank you for the kind feedback. Looking forward to working together and helping you plan for your future. Regards Sam

First impression from a user who is not yet a client

February, 2021

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Very good explanation, very relatable.. we will discuss charges after second meeting . Knowledgeable

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January, 2021

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Based in Berkshire

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

We had couple of pension plans which were coming up to the maturity date as we had reached our intended retirement age however they weren’t offering the flexible drawdown option we wanted.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Sam conducted a detailed review of our finances, took letters of authority to liaise directly with our existing pension providers and then came back to present his findings via a Financial Planning Report. The report explained the pros and cons of transferring our pension plans so gave us time to reflect before we took up his advice.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, our pensions have now been tidied up and consolidated into one plan which provides us the flexibility we wanted.

What could they have done better?

Can't think of anything

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January, 2021

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Based in Surrey

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

I had recently purchased a house, therefore, I needed to sort out some insurance policies to protect my mortgage. My mortgage broker gave me options to protect my mortgage but I wasn’t sure if I was getting the best deal for me so I sought advice from Sam, whom I was recommended by a friend.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Sam visited me at home one evening as I wasn’t able to meet during a busy working day. The meeting lasted just over an hour where he found out about me and my circumstances. He highlighted that whilst protecting the mortgage was important, I needed to think about my wider protection needs, especially as my death or serious illness would affect my wife and young child beyond just the mortgage. I shared my priorities with Sam and gave him the budget I wanted to keep within. He went away did his researched and came back with solutions that I was suitable and affordable for me and my family.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes. As a result of the discussions with Sam, not only is my mortgage protected in the event of my death but my family and I will also be protected if we fall ill or if I am unable to work. My family and I now feel we are much better covered for a similar price we would have paid if we just protected our mortgage.

What could they have done better?

It’s very hard to say what Sam could have done better, as I was very impressed by his in-depth research and the time he spent explaining the combination of the products, which I selected in the end that met all my needs. As a result of the bespoke service he provided I have recommended him to family members and friends.

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January, 2021

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Based in Berkshire

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

We had an investment that hadn’t been reviewed for many years and cash in our bank account that wasn’t providing a good return. We wanted to review our existing investment to see if it can be improved and if we can generate some better return and also additional income from our cash savings.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

He gave us advice to transfer sole investment into joint names, split our investments over 2 tax years to take advantage of our tax allowances so we paid lower amount of tax. He invested our cash into low risk investments to provide better return and generate additional income we wanted for discretionary spending. Sam met us on several occasions to explain to us our options. He did not rush us and did his best to explain the world of investment jargon in simple English.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, we now have investments which are more tax efficient as they are taking advantage of our annual ISA allowance. These investments have grown and are now providing better return than if they were sat in our bank accounts. We are also getting quarterly income which we are able to spend on holidays – when we’re able to travel again!

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January, 2021

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Based in Surrey

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

I have been meaning to review my protection policies for a while as I hadn’t updated it since I moved home and got a bigger mortgage. Sam was recommended to me by a friend who said he has worked with him in the past and that he will give me the best advice.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Samsu visited us at our house on a Saturday morning to introduce his business and the services he provides. He took some information about my personal and financial situation and suggested some of the insurance options I should consider. He explained he cannot make any recommendations until he has reviewed my existing insurance policy as this could potentially be altered saving me from taking out a new policy. I signed a letter of authority giving him permission to speak to the existing insurance company on my behalf. Once he completed his research, he came back to present us with a report documenting his advice which we were happy to proceed with. Rather than just focusing on protecting my mortgage, Samsu looked at the overall financial impact a serious illness or death could cause me and my family – something which I hadn’t thought about initially.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes. We now have multiple insurance policies with different providers which protect me and my family in nearly all eventuality.

What could they have done better?

Nothing that I can think of. Samsu is a really good adviser who always has time to answer all my questions. Recently my mortgage was due for renewal and I reached out to him to see if there was a better deal out there for me. I am currently working with him to arrange a personal pension plan as I’m self employed and do not have a company pension scheme. Samsu explained the tax benefits of a pension especially if I pay it directly out of my business account.

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January, 2021

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Based in Berkshire

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

I had a compensation pay out and needed some advice on how best to get this money invested for better return.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Sam conducted a detailed review of my finances and got to know about my financial as well as personal circumstances. We discussed my goals and what I wanted to achieve with the money and agreed this money should be invested in Trust for my daughter’s school. Whilst I had invested before, I didn’t know much about Trusts – something which seemed very complicated! Sam took his time to educate me about the benefits of Trusts and how they worked – he has a way of being able to explain complicated things in simple, easy to understand manner!

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes, my money has been invested and has been growing nicely for my daughters future. I know it’s been set up in a way which will help minimise the tax I will pay on any profit I make.

What could they have done better?

Nothing. I have known Sam for few years now and I have always found him to be extremely helpful and he always goes above the call of duty. He has wealth of knowledge when it comes to finances so I tend to run everything past him before I make a decision on anything. Whenever I call or send him a text message, he will usually get back to me the very same day. If he says he’ll do something, he always does. Sam is a genuine person that I trust wholeheartedly to give me the best advice for my own benefit, which is rare to find these days. I have already recommended him to several of my friends and they too have been impressed with his service.

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January, 2021

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I found the meeting very informative and explained every thing in an understandable way, he was very friendly and up front with the information to help me. i am looking forward to working with him in the future with my financial needs.

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January, 2021

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Based in Buckinghamshire

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

I wanted to move my investments from a high-street bank which was not giving enough face to face contact & was difficult to contact with questions. I chose Samsu as he had looked after my portfolio at the bank in the past and done an excellent job.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Samsu did a detailed of analysis of how my investment would be handled, an did a comprehensive comparison of how the new packaged compared to the one I held. This allowed me to make an informed decision.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

With regards to the financial aspect, considering the volatile situation we are in at the moment with the Covid pandemic I am happy with the way my investments are performing. As a Financial Advisor Samsu is experienced, trustworthy, proactive and easy to talk to. He keeps regular contact with news and updates, is always available by phone when needed. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.

What could they have done better?

Nothing that I can think of at the mooment.

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January, 2021

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Based in Bristol

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

I knew I could do better with investments and pensions and wasn't getting the products from my bank that I wanted. I didn't want to spend the time doing my own investments so I sought help from Sam, who I first got to know when he worked for a high street bank some 10 years ago.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Sam helped me with a review of my current investments and pensions. This was all free of charge initially with no commitment on my side. The review of pensions helped me to consolidate my existing pensions and also maximise my allowance.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

It is too early to tell, but I have every confidence that I will.

What could they have done better?

Nothing I can think of.

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January, 2021

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Based in Berkshire

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

I was looking to consolidate my various pensions into one pot with a better ROI to meet my desired pension income at retirement.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

At our initial meeting which lasted 3 hours, Sam was very thorough talking me through the options I had available for my pensions, the fees involved in transferring to the new pension portfolio and his recommendation on the best returns for me based on the age I want to retire. At our next meeting, he was also very thorough explaining the progress he had made and next steps.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

My pensions have been transferred into one pot which is much simpler to manage and I am able to track it. Sam keeps in regular contact with me with any updates or feedback

What could they have done better?

I cannot think of anything at this time that I would want to change. I would seek Sam's help again in terms of any other financial advice I need re investments or savings.

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January, 2021

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Based in Surrey

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

Consolidate of my wife and my pension pot onto a single platform.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

Retirement planning and consolidation of pensions.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Yes.

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January, 2021

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Based in Oxfordshire

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

Wanted to consolidate investments with a specialist. Needed support on Inheritance Planning.

How has Samsu Miah helped you?

In depth knowledge and suggestions with well explained recommendations.

Have you seen the outcome you were hoping for?

Still work in progress.

What could they have done better?

Too early to tell.