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Q&A with Michael Bishop, Head of Wealth Management at WH Ireland

WH Ireland | Best Domestic Clients’ Team
Q&A with Michael Bishop, Head of Wealth Management at WH Ireland

Michael Bishop, Head of Wealth Management at WH Ireland, tell us a little about your firm?

Founded by William Henry Ireland, WH Ireland’s heritage can be traced back to the Manchester stockbroking firm John Railton & Son. In 1956, having spent over half a century with the Railton’s, William and colleagues left the firm to form WH Ireland.

We offer bespoke investment management services, personalised financial planning advice, and advice for public & private growth businesses which includes corporate finance, broking and fundraising capabilities. Our Capital Markets & Wealth Management teams work closely together, and we pride ourselves in being true experts in both growth companies and growth investments. By placing our clients’ needs at the centre of everything we do, we are well placed to provide timely, bespoke and helpful advice.

Why do you think you won these awards?

Our London and regional wealth management teams work hard to establish and develop excellent and longstanding client relationships, and we would like to thank our clients for recognising this and voting for us. This award is a true reflection of the superior service our investment managers consistently provide. We take great satisfaction in delivering first class advice to a diverse range of private, charity, corporate, and institutional clients, and this award further acknowledges these efforts.

Have current market conditions changed how you approach investing client money?

We do not believe the current market conditions have changed our approach. Our CIO is constantly absorbing external research and interpreting it to identify changes in the financial markets so that our clients can benefit from these changes at the earliest stage possible. We understand our client’s long term risk goals, and our portfolios are flexible enough for our CIO to indicate changes to our expectations as and when we see market conditions changing.

We have been going through a period of increased volatility in both bond and equity markets as well as nervousness caused by inflationary pressures on our costs of living.  We do expect this volatility to calm down by the end of the year, but they are important reminders that markets tend to think several months ahead.

Crystal ball time – what do you think lies ahead for the private client?

We believe that high quality personalised relationship management is the way forward. Clients have expressed the need for flexibility with technology and the ability to have contact with a human being for personalised advice. We believe that having a core investment philosophy allows our CIO team to take a considered view on the outlook for investment markets and to communicate that view clearly to our clients.

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