Testimonials

Martin and the whole of the staff are always easy to speak to and deal with. A happy place which is a huge bonus.– E Chick


I can’t fault the service– Anon


Very good advice was given– N Watret


Responsiveness and quality of information is always excellent!– R Shaw


Excellent service considering Covid restrictions in place!– P Spencer


I found my adviser, Mark Parks, very helpful and knowledgeable about the services provided and gave clear instructions in what would happen next.– P Watmore


No problems very professional as ever – cheers Helen – K Hunt


Could not thank nor recommend Carl enough, he has made the whole process stress free.– P Hepburn


Clear advice and explanation of timescales, outcomes, costs etc. Very easy to do business with.– J Rochelle


Martin was excellent with explaining everything, kept in touch prior to our investment– D Glover


Excellent service, as ever.– M Durham


Karen has provided a roadmap using forecasting models to allow us to leave our corporate jobs and become self employed/semi retired. Karen has helped us understand what we need to do and by when to realise our aspiration. I have also, based on in depth review and a great explanation consolidated most of my pensions from various providers into one provider. Not all made sound financial sense to move which was all explained before I authorised the transfers.– P Smith


Karen was welcoming and very informative for my needs now and in the future. Everything was explained clearly including charges and I was under no pressure to use Four Oaks Financial Services. It was a relaxed meeting and would highly recommend.– D Deakin


Ian Cleghorn has so far been a credit to your company. He has been an absolute gem. We had no idea what we had to do regarding pensions but Ian has explained everything thing & answered all our questions. Thank you.– I Frisby


In my opinion improvement not needed. Ian my FA was open, approachable and clear in his advice.– H Frisby


Ian was very knowledgeable and easy to work with, and once he understood our needs and circumstances, guided us through all the options in a courteous and professional manner. Altogether a pleasant experience for such a life changing decision. Thank you.– G Hayton


Very good service from Martin Ward as always.– S Trevelyan


My adviser was extremely approachable, professional, knowledgeable and put me at my ease. Would highly recommend Four Oaks.– J Poppleton


Alan has been brilliant. He is very friendly and professional. He explains everything in a way for us to understand and is always patient. 10/10 from us, thank you :).– N Menzies


Support from back office is very good too.– A Taylor


Dear Ian, I found that you provided highly professional and knowledgeable information in a way that I could understand and you have a “canny” gift of checking that I understood the information but also how that would apply to my own situation and objectives. You certainly didn’t hide behind your ‘industry jargon’ and I find that a refreshing change and one which felt that you were definitely working in my very best interests.

I sincerely hope that you will be providing advice for many years to come as I found that you exceeded expectations by not only helping me with my financial strategy, but in providing an honest and highly informative sense check, and an independent view of my strategy moving forward.– S R Freeman


I have recently been guided by Nic Whittaker and supported by Emily Walker through the process of transferring my pension pot from my previous employer. Nic was very professional throughout the whole process, listened but more importantly understood my personal circumstances, and gave me unbiased information to help me make my final decision. Nic was able to take me through the whole process in a way I could understand, and when at the final hurdle there was a ‘glitch’ with the Third Party, although it was out of his remit he went the extra mile to help resolve the matter. Both Nic and Emily made themselves available at all times, sometimes out of normal business hours, to answer all my questions, no matter how trivial they probably were! I have great confidence in Nic’s integrity and ability, and would not hesitate to recommend them as employees of Four Oaks Financial Services. I would like to officially thank both Nic and Emily for their help and support in recent months.– C Elwell


I am very happy with the financial advice and the service I received from Martin Ward.– C Lubrano


I do not normally give top ratings in surveys, however the service you give us is second to none.– D Basset


I am not a questionnaire sort of person but with the different people I have seen regarding my finances I have always felt that they took their time to explain things, listened, were courteous, and generally made it easy for me.– H Bexon


The service received from both Ian Cleghorn and Emily was exemplary. Ian was straightforward in his dealings with me, explaining any issues I did not understand in “plain English”. Emily was extremely pro-active in her dealings with my former pension fund, I am sure it was her tenacity that enabled a smooth and quick transfer of my pension funds.– S D’Arcy


I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Four Oaks Financial Services to anyone and especially the Lifestyle Planning for those who have any worries about their finances in the future!.– E Arnold


I found the discussions very interesting and the lifestyle planning tool has already made me think harder about what I would like to achieve in future. I am starting to see that the client-adviser relationship is so much more than just the practicalities of pension planning and reaches far further into all aspects of life. As I said, I am feeling much more positive about money in general following our visit and I look forward to seeing what happens next with the steps we discussed.– S Mitson


Generally I am satisfied with the service I receive from all at Four Oaks the only issue was the time it took to sort out my finances. I understand that one of my pension conversions was going to be long and drawn out because of the nature of the scheme and I know a lot of time and effort was put in but the changing over of my other pensions took a lot longer than expected. On the whole though I am happy with the service provided and the professionalism of all concerned at Four Oaks.– L Boggild


Nic has been great, really supportive and got my pension up and running. I really appreciate his help.– K Lupton


My circumstances and requests are not easy, Ian took the time to understand the requirements fully, and delivered. I’m an engineer not an accountant. Ian made sure I understood everything. Can’t put a cost on a trustworthy service. Always either available or very quick call back. Including picking up the bar bill! We have been in regular contact for years to ensure that I am always using the best product for my needs. Prompt, courteous, friendly, professional – S O’Connell


It’s a lot to take in. Ian was on hand at first, all was explained to me in a comprehensive way and went over again what I didn’t understand straight away. Very professional and precise. Later queries and correspondence was taken up by Emily. Again she went out her way to solve any issues I had, nothing was too much trouble, first class service keeping me up to date with all proceedings. – R De Waelle


I dealt with Ian Cleghorn and Emily Walker and have found them both to be extremely professional and efficient in their work. They are both also very knowledgeable in their field. I have had reason to call on several occasions and they have been able to assist me at all times and they have been giving me regular updates. If they were not available when I contacted them, they have called me back. I feel that they are both an asset to your company – J Williams


I found Ian Cleghorn to be knowledgeable and efficient in our dealings. He has a friendly manner however, always professional. – S Speirs


Ian kept me informed during the transfer process. I found Ian Cleghorn to be knowledgeable and efficient in our dealings. He has a friendly manner however, always professional. – S Speirs


Nic was warm, friendly & knowledgeable, very easy to get on with. We felt that he was keen & wanted to advise us on what was best for us, we would definitely recommend him.– D & P Robinson


The process at first was a little daunting, but any questions I had were attended to swiftly and clearly by email or phone. Your service is 1st class and recommended.– R De Walle


As my ratings show, Alan is always courteous, friendly and explains everything in detail and always advises me the best route to take.– D Fell


Ian Cleghorn was recommended to me 11 years ago. He helped me to set up a pension. He has helped me and my family several times since. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ian for financial planning. – J & P Hodges


Alan is always polite and courteous and helpful in all things I ask of him.– S Fell


Mark was courteous and I’ve never felt rushed. Mark understands that he needs to use very simple language! Mark gets back to me as soon as possible. I felt totally at ease with him.– L Dixon


Struggling to send you documents at the moment, however we are very satisfied with the service Nic Whittaker is providing us.     – P Broadbent


Mark has been very professional and has given advice as required. Always contactable and provides guidance as and when necessary.– B S Whybrew


Both Robin and Ian were very helpful and have made the process, so far, as easy as possible. The initial setup of my requirements is still on-going so it’s early days. Happy so far!– J Phenix


Delighted with the initial service and advice received and will be happy to recommend you to others.– A Pearson


Excellent knowledge and people skills.– E M Eyden


Just to say another BIG thank you from both of us. Yesterday, was extremely helpful and pragmatic. Voyant is a brilliant tool – but cleverly used, of course! We are truly delighted and are happy to tell anyone so!– M Dewhurst


Having had a bad experience with a previous IFA I was very impressed overall with the Four Oaks approach. My adviser spent a lot of time finding out about my financial circumstances and his advice, coupled with the helpful emails sent by Four Oaks, have helped me to reconsider my approach to money and I have since thought harder about my financial goals and put some different money management strategies in place which will hopefully help me to consolidate my financial circumstances.– S Mitson


The team at Four Oaks are all consummate professionals, highly skilled but also very nice people.

Ian has painstakingly sorted out my previously messy pension arrangements, taking time to explain every step in the process. I am thrilled with the results.

Nic has provided great mortgage advice to me and members of my family.

Becky is helping me with the ‘After-Life’, guiding me through the complex area of trusts and estate planning, with support from Ian.– S Kainth


Friendly and responsive. Help with requests and queries.– L Owen


At our recent finance review Mark, our advisor, asks if I would look at a demo of their latest offering; the “lifestyle review”. Sure, why not says I, you’ve always looked after us well so far, what is it? The demo took about 10 minutes and I thought, this looks like what I currently have to try to do myself, takes hours at a time over days, and manages to give me headaches and loss of sleep, worrying whether I had it right. The wife and I discussed it and decided to go ahead, especially as it is a one off cost and then the review is updated as and when anything significant changes. Mark took us through the whole thing, input all of our finances (well they were known already) plus our, well, I make no apologies for being trite, our hopes and dreams. That is to say things such as, when can I retire, will we be able to have those holidays, keep updating our car, do those house improvements and so-on.

Mark went away to run everything through the system and then came back to us a few weeks later with the good news. It looked like all was well and we are now planning my retirement! It was good just to know when that was going to be, but what they can do with this system is feed all the incomes and all the outgoings into it then play the “what ifs” and see what you need to do to get what you need. I have to say it is the best money I have spent in some time, such peace of mind that all the options are being considered and the risks known and mitigated. – P Parker


Robin was very professional and courteous throughout. – A Birt


I have been very happy with your service from start to finish. I have recommended your company to friends and family. – J McDonald


My advisor listened and understood exactly what it was that I needed before coming up with the perfect option. He was calm and collected at all times and I always felt he was on my side. Excellent service and a good product at the end of it. – B Strong


I have been a customer of Four Oaks Financial Services for a number of years now and have been very happy with service I have received. – D Eatough


I cannot recommend Alan more highly, he has supported us with the most professional and friendly advice throughout an extraordinarily challenging time. – A Lees


The advice I received was both excellent and well explained. My adviser was very understanding of my needs and requirements from the scheme.Highly recommended. – S P Bridges


Alan has always been friendly, polite and courteous and looked after my finances to my satisfaction. – S Goodley


Nic Whittaker is our adviser and has exceeded all our expectations. He has been up front, informative and helpful with all our dealings. My pension policy before moving to Nic wasn’t being managed at all. We feel confident my pension policy is now in the best hands to achieve its best potential. – C Sutton


Prompt, helpful and efficient. Thinks about the situation and takes the initiative in proposing a course of action. – Mr & Mrs Baxter


The first advisor to take time to listen to our needs and explain our options fully in language we understood. Very professional and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others. – Mr & Mrs Eddy


His approach to our current needs has been innovative, honest & pragmatic. One thing I particularly value in a financial advisor is that he or she is trustworthy & keeps our situation confidential: Mark is very careful about such matters whilst always being friendly & pleasant. – M Dewhurst


Alan is excellent. Always takes the time to listen to us and appreciates our needs. – N & S Bastock


Mark is easy to contact – always on time and explains everything well. The advice has been up to the mark (excuse the pun) so far. – B S Whybrew


I am pleased with Martin’s advice and customer care. – L Gainford


Extremely good presentation. Never rushed or pushed into making decisions. Well presented. – R C Kear


The service I received was indeed beyond my expectations. My Mortgage repayments have been halved leaving me in a much better position financially. I have had an offer of reviewing my position in two years time when a better deal might be on offer. Thank you most sincerely. – J Alcock


The advisor took note on our requirements and recommended a number of products that we could consider. I can’t fault the level of service provided. – A Gray


I was extremely impressed with the whole team at Four Oaks Financial Services. The influence in professional but friendly service clearly comes from the top. From my initial dealing with the support staff, right through to the work that was done for me by the planning team I was very impressed by the very high standards of all the staff. Martin and the team are fine ambassadors for their brand and the Financial Services Industry as a whole. I would have no problem recommending them to anyone who needs professional ethical advice and am very pleased that they now work to provide me with top quality Financial Advice during my retirement. – S R Freeman


He worked with a delightful & exemplary manner & very patiently with me. I was very pleased with his pleasant approach. – D Finney


We have recently had our annual review with Nic, and the success of his advice over the initial term has been a revelation. We have had money invested for many years with low/poor returns, Nick suggested that we move our funds to Four Oaks, and under his guidance we moved to Old Mutual for our ISA allocations. The returns have been very positive, with an annual growth of over 16%! More than the previous 4 fours combined! We choose Nic as our advisor based upon a personal networking contact, and yes, he is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and punctual, but the real measure of a financial adviser is the quality of the advice and the outcomes achieved on both these measures Nic has been proven to be excellent. I have no hesitation in recommending Nic as an IFA to acquaintances, friends and family. – R Lloyd


Excellent, friendly service with great advice given. Our policies were exactly what we needed and at no point were we offered anything which was not relevant. Would highly recommend. – M Nation


Alan Woolford has been extremely helpful as my new Financial Advisor. Please convey my best wishes for the New Year to Alan and all the staff at Four Oaks. – A Bamford


I had asked Ian to help us find a suitable mortgage product and although in the end the deal did not go through as a result of some legislative changes, I have to say that Ian’s knowledge and service were second to none. He was most tenacious in trying to explore a number of options and despite continually coming up against a brick wall, he kept persevering and using his expertise to come up with alternative strategies. I am sure Ian’s time wasn’t wasted as he’s bound to encounter a similar situation in the future that will benefit from all the research he had to carry out. I would not hesitate to recommend Ian Cleghorn for any financial services advice you may need. – V Farmer


Excellent service provided and I would recommend Four Oaks Financial Services every time. – G T Williams


Nick was extremely helpful and professional and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing advice – Thank you. – Dr S Wright


I can’t praise yourselves and Nic, in particular, enough. The help and support we have received buying our first house has been unbelievable. You hear that buying/moving house is the most stressful thing in the world but it has been made so easy by you. I could have gone into details on the points above but I feel as though it wouldn’t have done it justice. Every step has been so easy. Your correspondence with us has been brilliant. We have easily been able to get hold of Nic to clarify something or to arrange a meeting. His advice and knowledge has benefitted us massively. We can’t thank you all enough for your help with everything! – C Collins


We have recently had our annual review with Nic, and the success of his advice over the initial term has been a revelation. We have had money invested for many years with low/ poor returns, Nick suggested that we move our funds to Four Oaks, and under his guidance we moved to Old Mutual for our ISA allocations. The returns have been very positive, with an annual growth of over 16%! More than the previous 4 fours combined! We choose Nic as our advisor based upon a personal networking contact, and yes he is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and punctual, but the real measure of an IFA is the quality of the advice and the outcomes achieved on both these measures Nic has been proven to be excellent. I have no hesitation in recommending Nic as an IFA to acquaintances, friends and family. – R Lloyd


Always helpful, friendly and professional advise at all meetings. – J Atkin


Nic was very professional and always on time. He understood exactly what I wanted to do with my money and sorted it out quickly and I was extremely satisfied with his advice. He explained everything very clearly made the process very easy to understand and grasp. He also recommended Rebecca Head to sort out my will and she was excellent as well. Both were easy to contact. An all-round good and professional experience and I would recommend them both to any other clients. – K Goodwin


We first met Martin Ward in the Spring of 2005, recommended to us as a financial advisor. At this time Martin was in the process of setting up his own business and we became one of his first customers. From this time Martin proved invaluable, giving sound and balanced advice based upon our needs (he was doing a form of risk assessment on his own initiative way before it was a legal requirement). The business developed into the firm we know today as Four Oaks Financial Services. The team that Martin has built is helpful, professional, understanding, maintaining Martin’s business approach at all times. We have recommended Four Oaks to friends and family and they too have been impressed by the warm understanding and personal approach with a solid business approach
– R & J Lester


I would just like to thank you and everyone at “Four Oaks” for making my financial transactions easy and seamless. I wanted an adviser that could make things simple for me to understand and that kept me informed. You have done just that and you have been a consummate professional throughout. Please pass on my thanks to your team of very nice ladies in the office who looked after me so very well. I look forward to my review next year.
– Dr A Manocha


I wanted to write to you directly to let you know how incredibly impressed we have been by the diligence and professional conduct we have received from both Nic and Emily. They have both been 100% supportive and efficient in their efforts to arrange and finalise our re-mortgage, which has now successfully completed. In addition, just exceptionally nice people to deal with and will certainly attract additional custom. I really believe that with colleagues of that calibre working with your team, you have a guaranteed success, and as a result of the experience we have had with Four Oaks Financial Services I will be very actively recommending you to my friends and colleagues. Hugely impressed and I hope you would be kind enough to pass on my sincere appreciation and congratulations to them both.
– Dr L Reilly


Thank you so much to Nic at Four Oaks Financial Services for sorting out my recent re-mortgage. From the beginning Nic gave me confidence and discussed things in a straightforward and open way, whilst maintaining professionalism and ensuring I got the best deal. His communication was second to none (often out of hours) and Emily was fantastic in keeping me up to date and asking for any required information in a prompt manor, as well as chasing up the lender to ensure the application progressed as quickly as possible. Having a background in Estate Agency I can say with authority and from years of experience that this is not normal and it is VERY rare to receive this level of customer care and service from a mortgage broker! Thank you again Nic and Emily and thank you Four Oaks Financial Services. – D Kemp