The discovery process is perhaps the most important stage of financial planning. It aims to establish whether we are the right financial planners for you. As we only offer our services on an ongoing basis, it is important that we identify whether this type of service is suitable for your current needs.

  • Preliminary meeting

    This is usually a face-to-face meeting with a follow-up discussion by phone or email. It will focus on your values, goals and objectives, interests and process. It will also allow you to find out more about us, how we work, and to ask any questions you may have. By addressing these areas in detail, we both get a clear understanding of how a relationship can work going forward. If you, or we, do not believe that you will benefit from our service, the relationship can be ended with all costs covered by us.

  • Engagement

    If we both agree to continue the relationship, a period of engagement will take place. This period clarifies and confirms, in writing, the basis on which our relationship will progress in the future.

  • Discovery

    Following the engagement, we will continue the discovery process; this time focusing more on your financial position, advice history and relationships. Once again this normally takes the form of a face-to-face meeting followed by continuing conversations. At this stage, we will have an in-depth discussion about your understanding and attitude to risk. It is extremely important that you provide us with as much information as required at this stage, to ensure the effectiveness of our advice.

    By the end of the discovery process, we will have enough knowledge of you, your financial situation and goals and objectives to be able to move onto the ‘advice & implementation’ stage.

The only goal that matters

Investing is not a goal in itself. Rather, investing allows you to accumulate wealth which will enable you to reach your personal goals.

So before you begin to pick stocks and shares, you need to ask yourself: “What are my life goals and what financial security do I need to achieve them?” Your financial planner can help you to answer this all-important question. Until you find the answer, you should avoid jumping into investing.

What our clients say

As an American residing in London, I have complex tax requirements having to file both in the USA along with the UK.

Satis Tax has not only undertaken this massive assignment with rigour, but more importantly, it has been the very personal engagement and insightful counselling that has shaped the relationship beyond the professional requirement. Their work undertaken has been flawless in its execution. Without hesitation I would recommend their services to all those that require a level of professionalism that goes beyond a remit.


Ross Badger, and now his team at Satis Tax, has been handling my US and UK tax affairs for almost 25 years. Aside from the high quality of the firm’s work and its tireless effort to ensure that tax planning in both jurisdictions is as efficient as permissible, what I have particularly liked is the unstinting personal service that Ross and his colleagues provide. But, perhaps, the best indication of my satisfaction with Satis’ work is the numerous clients I have referred to the firm all of whom have been equally happy with their experience.


Although tax time is no fun for most people Satis Tax makes it easy and painless. Their knowledge of both US and UK tax requirements along with their quick response to queries has enabled me to spend more time on other pressing issues.

Phoenix, AZ

One or more of the Satis Tax principals has been handling my personal taxes, both US and UK, for over 35 years. That fact speaks for itself. Several aspects of Satis' work impress me: 1) Thorough understanding of both the UK and USA tax systems; 2) Attention to detail; 3) A conservative approach combined with an appreciation that for the client "every dollar/pound matters" when it comes to limiting one's tax liabilities.


Having decided to emigrate to the U.S., I was completely unprepared for how complex the interaction between the UK and US tax systems would be. From initial tax planning advice prior to emigrating, several subsequent complex business transactions, to filing both our UK and US annual returns, I’ve always felt assured that Satis have a complete understanding of the complexities of the tax regulations. This has freed us from the worry of tax compliance in both countries. Over and above keeping us complaint, they have been an invaluable sounding board when we have found ourselves facing personal decisions that have had tax consequences through the years we have been living in the US.