Financial planning that’s just for dentists


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Independent advice from a chartered financial planner

As proud as we are of our chartered financial planner status, we know it might not mean much to you.

In fact, it’s our industry’s gold standard for quality and integrity. No other financial planning firm offering advice exclusively for dentists has this badge of excellence.

Chartered Financial Planners

We take your money seriously

The way your career in dentistry is structured means you’ll rub up against challenges and opportunities unique to our sector.

At PFM, we’ve been giving financial advice to dentists since 1990, so we understand how to make the most of your money - from your early days right through to a long and fulfilling retirement.

Money is the means to achieving your aspirations. You can rely on us for straight-talking, independent advice throughout your career - and beyond.

SIPP and income drawdown

Everyone wants a great retirement, with a comfortable income - and that’s why monitoring your pension investments now is vital.

We’re experts in advising on self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and how best to look after your money in retirement. We specialise in consolidating non-SIPP pensions too.

If you’ve accumulated personal pensions and need to take income or tax-free cash, picking the right option could make a huge difference. We understand the rules and regulations - specifically as they apply to dentists - and we’re here to guide you through them and help you make the smartest decisions for your future.

Investment portfolio advice

When it comes to your money, we take a holistic approach. We’ve invested heavily in processes and people because we want to create and monitor the investment portfolio that works best for you.

Multiple ‘tax wrappers’ such as ISAs, unit trusts, OEICs and international bonds make sure your income and growth are as tax efficient as possible. And once we’ve assembled your portfolio, it won’t just sit there: our regular review process keeps it on its toes whatever’s happening in the wider economy. Investments can fall as well as rise so we encourage regular dialogue to ensure your strategy remains appropriate.

Lifetime and Annual Pension allowances

HMRC legislation is a minefield when it comes to NHS and personal pensions. Various protections are available to avoid a tax charge but these are often underused or misunderstood, especially if your adviser isn’t a specialist.

We understand the complex valuation process for NHS pensions and we’ll always give you top quality technical advice, with regular reviews.

PFM Dental has always given me comprehensive and highly professional advice. Jon Drysdale has handled my investment portfolio for several years now and he’s extremely knowledgeable, particularly in relation to the NHS pension scheme and the impact of the new lifetime allowances on pension planning.

— Kenny Combes, practice owner, UK

NHS Pensions

Whether pension time is looming or you’re in the early stages of your career, you may benefit from a pension review.

If you’re thinking of using ‘24 hour retirement’, it’s important to get specialist advice, especially if an NHS contract is involved.

And for younger dentists, come and talk to us about additional pension contributions, now the NHS pension age is linked to stage retirement age.

We know our way round each of the three NHS pension schemes, which have their own benefits and features. Let’s have a chat, to make sure you make the most of yours.

Accumulating wealth

Early in your career, it’s all too easy to ignore financial planning.

But in fact it’s the ideal time to talk about making additional pension contributions and working out a Plan B to combat the ever-increasing NHS pension retirement age.

And there’s another priority too: arranging adequate and dental-specific income protection. We only work with dentists, so we’re best placed to help you find the best cover.

Inheritance tax mitigation

Death and taxes may be inevitable but there’s a lot you can do to reduce the burden of inheritance tax.

Everyone’s different and with several options available, it’s important to get specialist advice before making plans and drawing up a will.

Case study

Maximising investments before selling and retirement

Reaching a financial crossroads is certainty for dentists selling their business. Making the right decisions, underpinned by professional guidance is the key to a financially secure retirement. PFM Dental have the skills and qualifications to deliver the right advice at the right time.  

— Jon Drysdale, director, PFM Dental

Need advice?

We’re on hand to help

Our senior wealth management team

  • John Fearn

    Director & wealth manager
    07877 549961 Read my profile

    John Fearn

    Director & wealth manager
    07877 549961

    Hugely experienced in financial planning, PFM Dental group managing director John is one of the independent financial advisers in our wealth management team. He holds the diploma in financial planning (Dip PFS) and looks after compliance for the group.

  • Jon Drysdale

    Director & wealth manager
    07882 179194 Read my profile

    Jon Drysdale

    Director & wealth manager
    07882 179194


    Jon has many years experience as an Independent Financial Adviser including over 10 years as a director of PFM Dental. As a key member of the Wealth Management team Jon's experience and expertise include a high level of technical knowledge on the Lifetime and Annual pension allowances. Jon is part of PFM Dental's investment committee and his qualifications include the diploma in financial planning (Dip PFS).

  • David Leaf

    Director & wealth manager
    07970 827914 Read my profile

    David Leaf

    Director & wealth manager
    07970 827914

    Founding director David Leaf is an independent financial adviser in our wealth management team. David’s long experience in the industry is reflected in the fact that he holds Associateship of the Chartered Insurance Institute, as well as the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning (ACII, APFS).

We’re accredited

We pride ourselves on providing top notch professional services to our clients. We’re proud to tell you why we belong to these professional bodies.

  • Chartered status is our industry’s gold standard for quality and integrity. No other financial planning firm offering advice exclusively for dentists has this badge of excellence.

  • Only recognised dental specialists can join The Association of Specialist Providers to Dentists. As members we’re guaranteed to understand dentists’ particular needs, problems and opportunities.

  • The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) is the national trade body for brokers who arrange finance for businesses. NACFB promotes the highest industry and regulatory standards.

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) believes accountancy is a force for positive economic change and works to promote trust in business. Membership means we’ve passed a premium qualification and have access to its world-leading resources.

  • Lexcel is the Law Society’s quality mark for practice management and client care. It’s a voluntary standard that we’ve signed up to. The mark means we meet their high standards, giving you peace of mind.