2014: We are delighted to have been short-listed for a Money Marketing Award for the second time in three years.  This time for Best Use of Technology by an Adviser for our new INTELLIGENT WEALTH MAP™ financial planning tool and 'Titanium' investment portfolio report (i.e. for those clients with portfolios in excess of £500,000).

2012:  Kennedy Black was shortlisted for Small Company IFA of the Year at the prestigious Money Marketing Financial Services AwardsThis is a national award in its 22nd year, and among the most highly coveted in the industry. And in something of a double success, pi financial (our network, who ensure we deliver a compliant and robust service) came second in the Network of the Year category at the same awards.

Kennedy Black Wealth Management is a pioneering independent wealth management and advisory firm, based in Central London, which was established in response to growing changes in the market for financial advice. It is clear that in the past there have been several inherent conflicts of interest within the advisory profession - even among so-called ‘independent’ advisers. Kennedy Black prides itself on going further, putting the client's interests at the heart of everything we do.

As part of a wider network, Kennedy Black has the support of pi financial, a highly experienced firm with Chartered Financial Planning status, the pinnacle for a financial planning firm. pi financial was established in 1991 and has grown into a firm of around 100 advisers with a strong support staff. pi financial has regularly been shortlisted by Money Marketing for their Financial Services Awards (both in 2010 and 2012).

pi financial is also a member of the IFA Consortium, which provides enhanced economies of scale to ensure our clients always get the best deal. As an Investor in People and an Investor in Excellence, pi financial shares Kennedy Black’s commitment to excellence.

Kennedy Black Wealth Management is a member of the Islington Chamber of Commerce (of which Ben is a Director) and the Institute of Financial Planning.

Ben Smaje LLB (Hons)
PgCert DipPFS Cert CII (MP)
Kennedy Black founder Ben Smaje is a former investment banker. He established Kennedy Black as he wanted to build a business that provides proper, unbiased advice in an industry tainted with conflicts of interest and murky practices.

Ben spent a decade working in the financial markets, most recently in Debt Capital Markets at Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking. He helped financial institutions in the Nordic region, Benelux, UK and Ireland raise funding and capital in the Euro bond market. Prior to that, he worked at J.P. Morgan in Debt Capital Markets covering emerging market clients in the EMEA region.
Ben's qualifications include:
  • Law degree, University of Birmingham (2:1)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Finance with Mathematical Finance, Birkbeck College, University of London (Distinction)
  • Diploma in Financial Planning, Chartered Insurance Institute ('CII')
  • Certificate in Mortgage Advice, CII
  • Certificate in Investments (Securities and Financial Derivatives), Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments ('CISI')

Cathi Harrison BA (Hons)
Cathi Harrison is the office Paraplanner, working tirelessly behind the scenes to help us deliver a first-class client service.  Cathi writes our reports, collects quotes from providers, manages the application process and more.
Cathi has been a paraplanner for six years and is qualified to the highest level.
Cathi's qualifications include:
  • Business and English degree, University of Teeside
  • Chartered Financial Planner
  • Certified Financial PlannerCM
  • Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, CII   
  • Certificate in Mortgage Advice, CII

Isabel Brunton CertPFS
Isabel Brunton is our Executive Assistant, helping ensure the office runs smoothly.  She makes sure deadlines are met and helps manage Ben's diary as well as chase up clients, providers and everyone in-between.  Isabel has experience of both advising and compliance which makes her ideally placed to support the business in a professional manner.
Isabel's qualifications include:
  • Certificate in Financial Planning, CII



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