About us

First Actuarial and your pension scheme

We work with employers and trustees, bringing expert guidance and service tailored to every size and shape of pension scheme.

We provide the right blend of actuarial, consultancy, administration and investment services for every scheme we work with, building long-term relationships based on trust.

First Actuarial was set up in 2004 as a partnership with no external investors, and we’ve experienced steady, organic growth since then.

First Actuarial is widely considered to be a trusted source of independent expertise on pension policy. We play an active role in government and industry affairs.

Another successful year at First Actuarial

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We gained more than 100 new clients
Revenue increased by 9% last year.
We won more than 100 new appointments across our offices to provide trustee services and employer services.
We ended the year with 314 people… including 43 new faces.

We are true to our values

We are fair on fees

We don’t have chargeable hours or billing targets, and we don’t sell services our clients don’t need.

Accurate and professional

We focus on quality, not meaningless metrics. We champion accurate work, delivered to deadlines.

Focused on improvement

We ask for feedback regularly. In our latest survey 100% of clients rated our standard of work as excellent or good.

Client survey

We continue to receive excellent feedback from our clients. In our latest client survey:

100% of actuarial, administration and
investment clients are satisfied or very
satisfied with our services.

100% of our clients are happy
to recommend us.

First Actuarial client conference

Our first client conference, at London’s RSA House in May 2019, brought together well-known personalities from the pensions world to explore fresh approaches.

Our plans for a 2020 conference were thwarted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but we have already set a date for next year. We hope you can join us on Thursday 20 May 2021.

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We keep the very best people

We make every effort to develop the skills of our talented people. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, and we give all our staff the autonomy to excel. That’s how we maintain the quality of our advice and services.

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Our structure

First Actuarial LLP is a limited liability partnership that operates across the UK. We currently have 22 partners. These include the nine founding partners, together with more recent partners who have risen through the business.

Across our business there are 100 in our actuarial team, of whom 60 are qualified actuaries. We advise more than 600 pension schemes, providing the right blend of advice and services for their needs.

Our staff are spread across five offices. Each office has at least one partner who manages the local operations, providing our whole range of services which includes:

First Actuarial case studies

The Kennel Club

Concerned about the risk of an Employer contribution increase as a result of high liabilities, Trustees of the Kennel Club Pension Fund turned to First Actuarial.

“They’re extremely professional and helpful. Their input always seems sound, logical and well presented. First Actuarial handled the transition well, they provide us with helpful guidance, and have delivered what they promised when they pitched for the work.”

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RSPB

The RSPB was determined to minimise the impact of its new defined contribution scheme on employees, and appointed First Actuarial to support the transition and select a provider with strong ethical values.

“I would definitely recommend working with First Actuarial. Their consultants went over and above the call of duty to make sure the project progressed smoothly.”

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Bolton Cares

Taking responsibility for care services previously provided by a local authority, Bolton Cares turned to First Actuarial for help in setting up a competitive and affordable DC pension scheme for its staff.

“They’ve been really helpful and professional throughout the project, and we’ll use them again if we need specialist advice.”

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