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Active Wealth (UK) Ltd

Did you receive pension advice from Active Wealth (UK) Ltd?

Active Wealth (UK) Ltd are one of several advice firms involved in claims regarding the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS).

In 2018 they were named in an FCA letter as one of 10 firms who had voluntarily given up permissions after discussions with the FCA.

These permissions concerned regulated activities in relation to defined benefit pension transfers.

This meant they would stop providing pension advice.

Active Wealth had advised some clients to transfer their pensions into SIPPs which had high-risk, unregulated investments.



What’s the BSPS mis-selling scandal?

In 2017 the Pensions Regulator allowed British Steel to close its troubled original pension scheme. This left scheme members with the choice on what to do with their pensions.

Many were advised to transfer out of their defined benefit pension into a Personal Pension Plan or a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP).

However, the advice to transfer was not the most suitable option for most BSPS members. And some members were not made aware of the alternatives to transferring.

Why was it unsuitable advice to transfer from BSPS?

The BSPS was a Defined Benefit (DB) pension scheme.

Transferring from a DB pension into a private pension arrangement would only be suitable for some people, in certain circumstances.

By transferring, members would lose the benefits already built up in the British Steel Pension Scheme. It’s also unrealistic to expect they would achieve the same level of benefits from the new plan.

The Financial Conduct Authority states it is unlikely to be in an individual’s interests to leave a defined benefit scheme.

Many of the 8000 BSPS members who received unsuitable advice to transfer are now claiming compensation.

The BAD news:

Pension mis-selling has cost pension savers BILLIONS of pounds.

The GOOD news:

Compensation payments are hitting record figures every year.

Celtic Wealth Management

Celtic Wealth Management were a pension introducer company. They were not authorised to give pension advice but they did “introduce” clients to Active Wealth (UK).

Some of which were BSPS members.

According to this article on the BBC website, they cold called potential clients and “received around £750” for each client that transferred their pension.

Greyfriars Asset Management

Greyfriars Asset Management were a SIPP provider company that were also authorised to provide financial advice, as well as Discretionary Fund Management (DFM) services.

Active Wealth (UK) invested some of its client monies into Portfolio six, which was run by Greyfriars and invested in high-risk corporate bonds.

In 2016 Greyfriars were told by the FCA to stop accepting new money into their DFM Portfolios, especially Portfolio Six.

Investments which were in Portfolio Six include The Olmstead Series, Lanner Car Parks and The Resort Group.

The Resort Group Cape Verde

The Resort Group was an investment in luxury holiday resorts in Cape Verde. It was subject to a BBC Panorama undercover documentary about “Pension Rip-offs”. Investments of this nature are generally unsuitable for the average SIPP investor.

Unfortunately, a lot of “average investors” have ended up invested in The Resort Group, often as a result of negligent financial advice.

SIPP Providers GPC SIPP Ltd and Lifetime SIPP Co Ltd had The Resort Group in some of their SIPPs

Active Wealth declared in default

Active Wealth (UK) Ltd was declared in default by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in 2018.

The company was  dissolved in May 2019.

In 2021 Director Darren Reynolds was disqualified from being a company director for 13 years.

Following an investigation by the Insolvency Service which found Active Wealth had failed to act in the best interests of its clients.

Reynolds had advised around 288 clients to transfer £23m into Greyfriars Portfolio Six.


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In September 2023 the FCA announced it had made a ‘provisional’ decision to fine Mr Reynolds £2.2m and ban him from working in financial services for “dishonest pension transfer advice”.

The FCA alleges Mr Reynolds dishonestly advised more than 670 customers, including 150 British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS)

Mr Reynolds has referred his Decision Notice to the Upper Tribunal where he will present his case.

The FCA also banned and fined Andrew Deeney £397k for giving unsuitable advice to Active Wealth clients.

Mr Deeney went on to establish Fortuna Wealth Management Limited and in February 2018 purchased Active Wealth’s client book.


Can I still claim compensation if my adviser is in default?

If your adviser has been declared in default it means the FSCS are satisfied that there are protected claims against them and that they are unlikely or unable to pay compensation.


This means you can still make a claim against Active Wealth (UK) Ltd but it will be processed by the FSCS.

The FSCS has limits to how much compensation it can award depending on when and how you were mis-sold.


Check if you have a mis-sold advice claim against Active Wealth


We provide an initial assessment to check if you may have been given mis-sold pension advice.


Whilst each case is individual, as pension mis-selling specialists we know to look for certain signs that in our experience indicate unsuitable advice may have been given.


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