PENSIONS AUDIT

Our specialist pensions audit team work with pension trustees, administrators and advisers delivering hassle-free pensions audits provided by a team recongised by the PPF Audit Services Panel

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A PASSION FOR PENSIONS AUDIT

As a pension trustee, administrator or adviser, whether your scheme has 13 members or 13,000, you need to make sure everything is running smoothly so you can sign off your accounts within seven months of the scheme’s year-end.

That means you need a hassle-free pensions audit; delivered by a tight-knit team of industry experts who can drive the process, tailor it to your specific needs and advise you on any key risk areas, such as unauthorised investment transactions, fictitious pensions and incorrect benefit payments.

As the Pensions Age Awards’ ‘Pensions Accountancy Firm of the Year’ for 2020, 2021 and 2024, we cut the mustard.

Because even with the tighter turnarounds, the most schemes we’ve ever worked on, and all the other challenges COVID threw at us, we’ve still never missed a deadline. And when we asked our clients, “How are we doing?”, they scored us 9.2 / 10.

BUT ONE THING’S GOT US PUZZLED

Pension scheme audits are a niche area. They require specific training and a strong understanding of the sector and the terminology. And 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 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, with proactive advice that will keep you ahead of the curve on legislative changes, guaranteeing compliance and future-proofing as the regulator gets tougher.

In September 2023, we were also awarded the PPF’s prestigious Trustmark, which recognises specialist knowledge, collaborative working with the PPF, and a commitment to delivering the highest standards of service.

A PAINLESS PROCESS. STEP BY STEP

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.


Step 1

Before the pensions audit kicks off, we’ll outline our fee, discuss a timetable that works for you, and make sure you’re aware of all your deadlines well in advance.


Step 2

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 to improve your management process going forward.


Step 3

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.

WHAT’S HOT IN OUR WORLD?

Here’s Helen Scothern, our Pensions Audit Associate Partner, with a video update on everything that’s been happening in the team over the last year.

GET IN TOUCH WITH HELEN SCOTHERN

Helen Scothern
Pensions Audit Associate Partner

GET IN TOUCH WITH HELEN SCOTHERN

“We’ve recently completed our first audit with Cooper Parry. From the day we appointed them to audit end, Helen and her team have been excellent. They do what they say, on time, with incredible attention to detail, and they’re nice folks too. They communicated right through the process, and we felt valued and informed. The team finished everything early and certainly under-promised and over-delivered. We’re delighted we selected Cooper Parry. A real breath of fresh air.”

Carlsberg

“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.”

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.”

Spence & Partners Limited

“We enjoy working with a happy, professional and extremely helpful team, committed to delivering a value for money service. I can’t think of any way the service could improve – if it was any better, I don’t think I could stand it.”

The Delta Pension Plan

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MICHAEL, NOV 21

“You did what you were supposed to, but did it pretty well.”

WILL, APR 23

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PAUL, JAN 24

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MEGAN, FEB 24

“We always get a quick reply whenever we have an issue or a query. It was a very good team of auditors that undertook our audit once again – a mixture of continuity and some new faces – and accommodating our tight reporting deadline was much appreciated”

MATT, FEB 24

“My first encounter with the CP audit team and I was impressed. Calm, reliable, organised and ultimately professional. Understanding and sympathetic to our circumstances and keen to work with us to achieve an outcome”

JAMES, FEB 24

“Smooth audit with knowledgeable and friendly staff. I have received great input from both audit partner and manager in my first year as CFO. I have appreciated the pragmatic and flexible approach”

PAMELA, JAN 24

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MICK, JAN 24

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MARION, JAN 24

“Audit processes work very well with Inflo and supported well by phone calls or Teams calls throughout the audit process. Outside of audits, advice on any matters financial is usually quick and helpful and never appears to be too much trouble. Any of the audit teams we have worked with throughout the years have always shown the same friendly professionalism that is supportive, fair and informative, which is crucial when and if things don’t always go to plan or unexpected outcomes occur. Thank you very much”

JADE, JAN 24

“The team are always responsive and their approach to audit is refreshingly solution orientated. I already refer them on a regular basis”