… we offer an independent ear and an opportunity to discuss your affairs in confidence

If you are happy to administer your own investments, you have the opportunity through Farley & Thompson to buy and sell UK quoted stocks and shares in real time. While totally independent, as members of the London Stock Exchange we have direct electronic links with market makers. Consequently, if you wish, we will confirm the execution of your trade whilst you are on the telephone and the price at which you have dealt. You can be certain there is no conflict of interest as we neither take market positions nor benefit financially from those that do.

Our advisory dealing service means that you can discuss your particular ideas with us first, but that the final investment decision and responsibility for ongoing suitability is always yours. You may also consult us on particular events such as rights issues, tender offers and takeovers.

With your prior agreement we are happy to make specific recommendations to you in the light of your particular circumstances, investment objectives and level of risk. This is done on a stock by stock basis at the time of giving the advice rather than in the context of a formally managed portfolio.

Farley & Thompson acknowledge that there are still a number of clients who prefer to retain paper shareholdings but European market harmonisation is leading to ever shorter settlement timescales and as a result, we are phasing out the opening of new certificated dealing accounts. For clients wishing to undertake a one-off disposal we will need the certificate and signed transfer form in the office ahead of the trade and we will dematerialise the holding into our nominee prior to sale.

With many in our industry turning away from providing advice, we believe there is an even greater need for independent stockbroking advice for clients who wish to retain control over their investments.