St. James's Place plc

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St. James's Place plc
Public limited company
Traded asLSESTJ
FTSE 100 Component
Founded1991; 28 years ago (1991)
HeadquartersCirencester, England
Key people
Sir Mark Weinberg, Life President
ProductsWealth Management
Revenue£(2,694.4) million (2018)[1]
£(84.6) million (2018)[1]
£211.9 million (2018)[1]

St. James's Place plc (branded as St. James's Place Wealth Management) is a UK-based wealth management business based in Cirencester, England. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.[2]


St. James's Place offices, Tetbury Road, Cirencester

The business was founded by Mike Wilson CBE, Sir Mark Weinberg and Lord Rothschild in 1991 as J Rothschild Assurance Group. In 1992, the Directors of J Rothschild Assurance Group established a Charitable Foundation.[3] The company was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1996.[4]

In 2000, HBOS plc took a 60 per cent shareholding in the business which became St. James's Place plc in 2006.[5] HBOS's stake passed to Lloyds Banking Group, on its acquisition of HBOS in 2009.[6] In March 2013, Lloyds sold 20% of its shareholding in St. James's Place to a broad base of institutional investors[7] and sold the remaining holdings in December 2013.[8] In March 2014, St. James's Place joined the FTSE 100 Index.[9]

In July 2017 an investigation by Which? accused St James’s Place of misleading customers on charges. Tom Wilson, author of the article, writes, “There are legitimate reasons why costs might vary – SJP’s recommended funds have different charges, so the actual fees will depend on which funds you end up with.” The findings of the investigation were shared with the Financial Conduct Authority.[10] The firm continues to have permission to continue to provide regulated products and services.[11]

In January 2018, Andrew Croft became the Chief Executive of St. James’s Place[12] after spending the previous thirteen years as the company’s Chief Financial Officer.[13]

St. James's Place has recently expanded its financial services to Asia, with offices located in Hong Kong, China and Singapore.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Preliminary Results 2018" (PDF). St. James's Place plc. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ "STJ:London Stock Quote - St James's Place PLC". Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  3. ^ "St. James's Place Foundation - History". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  4. ^ "St. James's Place plc". London Stock Exchange. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  5. ^ "'My £4,845 pension policy is now worth £945'". The Telegraph. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Lloyds to keep St James's Place stake". Reuters. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  7. ^ "St. James's Place PLC (SJP.L)". Reuters. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Lloyds sells St James's Place stake for £670m". Financial Times. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Inflows at St James's Place jump almost 50%". Financial Times. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Exclusive: wealth manager St James's Place misleading customers on charges". Which. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Financial Conduct Authority". Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  12. ^ "Wealth manager St James's Place expects rising demand from next ultra-rich generation". The Telegraph. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  13. ^ "St James's Place's new boss takes the reins". City Wire. 2 January 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  14. ^ "St. James's Place Wealth Management | Asia". Retrieved 2018-09-16.