Schroders Personal Wealth launches with 300 advisers

James Rainbow-led business to offer ongoing advice

Schroders Personal Wealth


Schroders has confirmed the operational launch of its financial planning firm Schroders Personal Wealth with over 500 staff in place for day one of the new venture, three fifths of which are advisers.

In a statement, Schroders confirmed that its personal wealth business will be available to current Lloyds customers from this summer and to the wider market later in 2019. Current clients will remain with their existing personal wealth adviser.

Schroders also confirmed the service will offer ongoing advice.

All clients and advisers will migrate onto its Benchmark Fusion platform from July.

Adviser recruitment an ongoing process

Almost all staff have joined from Lloyds Banking Group although former Schroders staffers hold a number of senior posts. James Rainbow is chief executive of the new venture, while Marcus Brookes will lead the investment offering as CIO.

Around 300 of the new staff are advisers, less than half the 700 figure floated shortly after news first emerged of the joint venture.

In May, Portfolio Adviser highlighted a number of roles being advertised on the Lloyds careers website.

Schroders said the figure of 700 advisers is not a strict number and was always about growth over time, starting with 300.

Ongoing advice welcomed

Simon Bussy, director at Altus, said a new business backed by major brands is a “welcome shot in the arm for UK financial services”.

Bussy said: “It will improve access to advice for many people and I am delighted to see the proposition will provide an ongoing advice service; a critical part of an advice proposition that some banks have struggled with historically.”

He expected Schroders Personal Wealth would attract “quality advisers from vertically integrated firms who value the overall quality of the integrated proposition”.

The challenges for the business, like any new business, would be to ensure the vision and ambition spreads uniformly throughout the organisation, every single employee shares the same set of values and integrity and the quality of the seamless integration of the ecosystem they have designed, he said.

“It will be fascinating to hear the reviews of the business in 6 months time, and whether they have delivered on their undoubted potential.”

Rainbow (pictured) said: “This week is a significant milestone for Schroders Personal Wealth as we welcome over 500 colleagues to the newly launched business. I am delighted with the progress we are making and pleased to report that we are on track to launch to the wider market later this year.

“Our first priority is to ensure a smooth transition for our colleagues and current clients. With the support of our two shareholders, we have great momentum in this exciting project.”

“More people than ever need help as they plan for their futures. Schroders Personal Wealth can play a role in helping address the need for financial planning with a clear and transparent service.”