As a pension trustee, administrator or adviser, whether your scheme has 13 members or 13,000, you want to make sure everything is running smoothly. That means you need a hassle-free audit that doesn’t take up all of your time, because the accounts need to be signed off within seven months of the scheme’s year-end.
The regulator is getting tougher, so you need to ensure your scheme is fully compliant. And on top of that, you want it to be future proof. That means being advised and alerted to any key risk areas such as unauthorised investment transactions, fictitious pensions and incorrect benefit payments.
OODLES OF EXPERTISE
Pension scheme audits are a niche area. They require specific training and a strong understanding of the sector and the terminology. That’s why we can’t understand why so many accountancy firms don’t have a team dedicated to them.
Our specialist pensions audit team are number one in the East Midlands, and we’re one of the four UK accountancy firms on the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF) Audit Services Panel. That means we’ve got the technical knowledge to flex our approach to your specific needs and advise you in a pragmatic and timely manner.
We’re regularly called ‘friendly’, ‘approachable’, ‘proactive’ and ‘passionate’. And our distinct personable approach will guide you through a pensions audit process that assures, informs and alerts you in real time.
COMMUNICATION. COUNT ON IT
We’ll be getting in touch with you regularly. We form partnerships with our clients. And we guarantee continuity because our team are all based under one roof. You won’t be asked the same question twice and we’ll always be working closely together to iron out any issues and create a seamless service.
• Before the pensions audit kicks off, we’ll outline our fee and talk to you to discuss a timetable that works for you. We’ll be proactive in making sure you’re aware of all your deadlines well in advance, too.
• During the pensions audit we’ll keep you updated on our progress and let you know straight away about any issues we’ve identified. This includes outlining any risk areas and advising you on control measures and other ways of improving your management process going forward.
• After the pensions audit we’ll make sure you’re kept in the loop about any pension legislation changes, and we’ll always be on hand to answer any queries you may have.
“I can’t think of anything to improve on. There’s a consistent high level of quality across the whole pensions audit team and the friendly and collaborative working style makes it very easy to deal with Cooper Parry”. – Stewart Graham, 2020 Trustee Services Limited
“Your delivery and quality is always excellent. Helen and the team are experts in pensions audit and can always be relied upon to work constructively with advisors and trustees. The team is friendly and approachable, and we always feel they are on our side, which is far from the case with many audit firms who are aloof and inflexible. They do a professional job and deliver to time and cost. I always feel Cooper Parry will find solutions, not problems, and that’s very important to me”. – Alan Collins, Spence & Partners Limited
“I view Cooper Parry as a leading firm in pensions audit and a standard part of all our tender processes. They’re engaged, passionate, proactive people who are fun to work with”. – Chris Roberts, Dalriada Trustees
PASSIONATE, PROACTIVE, AND PERFECTLY POTTY ABOUT PENSIONS
Here’s Helen Scothern, our Pensions Audit Director, with a video update on everything that’s been happening in the team over the last year.
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Pensions Audit Director
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