Brewin Dolphin is to withdraw its advisory dealing service in a move it says has been driven by regulation.
The national wealth management firm, led by Jamie Matheson (pictured), is planning to withdraw the service by January in a move that coincides with the onset of the retail distribution review (RDR).
In a client letter seen by Wealth Manager, the firm explained: ‘The regulatory environment in which investment management firms operate has changed significantly in recent years and the responsibilities placed upon us have increased so as to provide investors with greater protection and clarity.’
It has offered clients alternatives in the form of its advisory and discretionary managed services, its new managed portfolio service (MPS) for clients with less than £150,000, alongside execution-only.
Linked to the move, the firm is also offering clients a ‘dealing with advice’ service which has been modified so that it is only available to experienced investors.
Charlotte Black, director of corporate affairs, said the team would decide whether clients were eligible for the service based on ‘know your client’ information.
She said there would be no job losses in relation to the firm’s decision to withdraw the advisory dealing service and added regulation had led to a reclassification of some of Brewin’s services in order to ensure clients have properly considered all of their options and were using the service best suited to their needs and objectives.
In the letter, the firm also reminded clients that besides its new MPS, all other services would be subject to a minimum charge of £1,000 a year plus VAT as of January 2013.
Ahead of the RDR, Brewin Dolphin has introduced a national rate card for clients and has embarked on a programme of shifting existing clients out of trail-paying units.
In comparison, Walker Crips, which offers a range of stockbroking and investment management services, said it has no plans to withdraw from advisory dealing.