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Independent Financial Advisers

Our aim is to provide honest, balanced financial advice.

Our independent financial experts are a trained team of financial planners who are dedicated to helping you answer all your questions and take smart decisions that will help you achieve your financial goals.

Our focus is on helping you to achieve your savings and investment goals. As an independent financial planning and investment company, we are able to provide a wide range of bespoke services that can help you make the most of your money over the long term.

We will assist you with all your financial questions and concerns. We will offer a full range of service, such as information about the latest tax laws, loans, mortgages and retirement planning.

Ian MacKendrick our Founding Director

Ian MacKendrick

Director & Chartered Financial Planner

Having trained as a Counsellor and a SOLLA accredited Chartered Financial Planner with 30 years financial expertise, I am uniquely positioned to specialise and advise the most vulnerable people in the UK, their families and legal advisers.

I am a Chartered Financial Planner, Dementia Friend, hold the Statement of Professional Standing and specialise in advising on the finances for the Elderly, Vulnerable and those in receipt of Damages awards. I take care to provide an honest and straightforward approach.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my daughter Fabienne and dog Lola. I keep fit’ish, play ‘veteran’ football, a bit of golf and cricket and generally love to be outside in the fresh air and going for a walk.

Stephen Farnfield

Director & Chartered Financial Planner

Having worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years
and been qualified as a Chartered Financial Planner for the last 12, Stephen is well positioned to specialise and advise the most
vulnerable people in the UK, their families and legal advisers.

Stephen has specific first-hand experience of the impact of serious injury on families as his younger brother has cerebral palsy as a result of mismanaged birth.

He provides a detailed financial plan and advises upon the management and investment of damages awards and finances of
the most vulnerable people in the UK. He is often called upon to support applications to court assessing the suitability of COP decisions and their financial viability.

In his previous role, he helped care for over £1 bn of client’s valuable assets and, within Paladin Group, has designed a suitable
proposition around the unique needs of the vulnerable.

Post settlement, Stephen is often recommended by litigators about to settle claims, or by COP and professional trust teams. He
offers a free “Life After Settlement Meeting” to all claimants where he can help them to look to the future and plan their finances going forwards.

His expertise means that he is used to carefully handling
situations with a wide range of claimants, including minors, elderly and brain-injured clients and takes pride in providing advice tailored to the individual needs of each person, depending on their financial sophistication as well as the nature and severity of their injuries.

Carolyn Hunnisett​

Care Expert

Carolyn is a vastly experienced and qualified Independent Mental Capacity Assessor and NHS CHC expert, who takes particular pleasure empowering client’s, giving them a voice and looking at the person and their case holistically and compassionately. 

Uniquely, Carolyn is dual qualified in health and law: Law degree, Called to the bar, (2002), MSc. in Health perspectives on the Mental Capacity Act, Pg. dip in Advocacy and Pg. dip in Occupational therapy. 

She has over 20 years of experience in NHS CHC cases and started Age Concern Oxfordshire’s inventive independent advice service where in addition to successfully representing many clients; was a member of the Ombudsman Management Group; wrote a report for the Health Select Committee and would meet with the Ombudsman to detail her experiences of hundred’s of cases. 

As Advocacy Service Manager, Carolyn went to the Consultation process of the Mental Capacity Act highlighting the needs of carers and the elderly. 

As an Occupational therapist, she has trained and worked with people who suffer with Strokes, neurological conditions, dementia and psychiatric conditions. 

As a Community Care lawyer, Carolyn specialised in NHS CHC advice, advocacy and representation at NHS England stage. She wrote a Lexis Nexus article on the Care Act and has developed and designed a legal charter for an Art Disability organisation.

Her dual qualification in health and law means that she is not only able to have insight required to understand a person’s health, but also how best to ensure the law is followed to achieve what’s needed. 

With professional clients they know Carolyn is tenacious with her health analysis, puts forward confident measured recommendations and can quickly respond to complex cases. 

Outside of work, she is a mummy to a beautiful bubbly girl who experiences Autism and ADHD and knows the challenges carers face with home life, diagnosis and chronic illnesses. She loves indie rock music and particularly the White Stripes and Led Zeppelin.

Ryan Davies

Independent Financial Advisor

Ryan is a Diploma-Qualified Independent Financial Advisor and has over 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Having previously working as a Technical Paraplanner for both independent and tied advisors, he has extensive experience of all areas of financial planning.

Ryan’s expertise means that he is working with people who have complex financial planning needs helping them to build lifelong financial plans, organise their finances to be more manageable, and ensuring that all assets are made as tax efficient as possible.

He is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Financial Planner and in time, a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society.

Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and two cocker spaniels, riding his motorcycle and has a particular interest in field sports such as fishing. He also enjoys walking and in 2021, completed a 630-mile walk from Minehead to Poole via the South West Coast Path in 43 days.

Sarah Ward

Financial Expert

Sarah has over 19 years’ experience within the financial services industry, predominantly in banking, insurance and mortgage services.

Her expertise and manner were a particular benefit when offering assistance and guidance to attorneys, deputies and the recently bereaved. 

Since leaving high street banking over 4 years ago, she has offered administrative and client servicing support to financial advisers within wealth management services, and we’re pleased that Sarah continues to offer her experience and expertise here at Paladin Advice as one of our Financial Administrators.

She lives in Herne Bay with her husband and two daughters. As well as enjoying spending time with her family, she is a keen cyclist and a practitioner in the martial arts of Karate and Kobudo.