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Charles Stanley is one of the UK’s leading, independently-owned wealth managers tracing its origins back directly to 1792 and is one of the oldest firms on the London Stock Exchange. Charles Stanley provides holistic wealth management services to private clients, charities and smaller institutions. These are delivered by over 400 professionals located in 24 offices throughout the UK, both direct to clients and to intermediaries. Over the years we have constantly refined our proposition to meet the changing needs of our clients. Our services include personalised investment portfolio management, pooled solutions, financial planning advice and an award-winning execution-only dealing platform, Charles Stanley Direct.

Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting


Paul Abberley
Chief Executive Officer

Good progress in the Core Business

Group Highlights

- Revenue growth in all divisions 
- 2018 dividend increased 33.3% to 8.0 pence per share
- Disposal of non-core activities completed
- New governance framework fully implemented
- 21% increase in Group’s regulatory capital resources 
- Focus is now on revenue growth and improving productivity

Financial Highlights

Core Business profit before tax (£m)1


Reported basic earnings per share (p)

Core Business
operating margin (%)2


Dividend per share (p)

Return on capital employed (%)3


Discretionary funds (£bn)

Reported profit/(loss) before tax (£m)




1 The Core Business figures represent the results of our four main operating divisions, excluding held for sale activities and adjusting items.

2 The Core Business operating margin, excluding the charge in respect of share options awarded to certain investment management teams under the revised remuneration arrangements settled last year.

3 Return on capital employed represents reported operating profit or loss divided by capital employed (total assets less current liabilities).

Four main operating divisions

Our Core Business

Investment Management Services

Revenue £131.2m

Asset Management

Revenue £7.0m

Financial Planning

Revenue £6.3m

Charles Stanley Direct

Revenue £5.9m


What we do

Client-focused investment management
Charles Stanley has a distinctive client-facing approach, offering a genuine personal service across the full range of investment management services. We provide these services in three forms: our time to interact with clients, our investment insights and our willingness to make investment decisions on clients’ behalf.

Holistic wealth management
We are committed to holistic wealth management. Broadly defined, wealth management includes our core capability for private clients, Investment Management Services; Asset Management Services, where our investment specialists manage pooled vehicles and funds; Financial Planning, where clients are advised on how they should plan their financial arrangements and deploy their investments; and Charles Stanley Direct, which gives clients the ability to access our services online without the need for direct personal contact.


Transformation journey


The journey to refocus our business has three phases:

the strategic review, which is now largely complete
implementation of the revised strategy, which has commenced
to deliver a sizeable platform capable of sustainable growth


Get in touch

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Charles Stanley & Co. Limited
55 Bishopsgate
London, EC2N 3AS

020 7739 8200