Blackthorn Financial Services is an independent financial services company established in April 2021 by Lawrence and Maura Newell.

Who are we?

Blackthorn Financial Services is directly authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority. This means we operate with full autonomy, we’re unbiased and unrestricted. We provide a whole of market approach to support our clients throughout their lives, in all situations, finding the right solutions for them based upon their current circumstances.

Our mission and values

Here at Blackthorn Financial Services, it is our mission to make financial advice accessible to all, to remove the barriers that stop people seeking advice and to ensure that the advice given is delivered in a professional yet easy to understand way.

We place our clients needs at the heart of everything we do and aim to provide exceptional service at all times. Honestly and transparently sharing our expertise, knowledge and experience to advise and manage our clients financial needs.

A face to the names

Lawrence Newell DipPFS Cert CII (MP, ER & Securities)


“I have worked as a financial adviser since 2004, first within the corporate environment and then as an Independent Financial Adviser and Director since 2013.

I am experienced in Pensions, Investments, Tax Planning, Mortgages, Equity Release, Securities Dealing and Later Life Planning.”

Maura Newell Cert CII (MP)


“I have worked in the banking and finance industry since 1998, specialising as a customer service professional. I spent 18 years in a branch network, serving and advising customers before leaving to qualify as a Mortgage and Protection Adviser.

I now combine this role with my duties as a Company Director.”

Jade Burton CeMAP Cert CII (ER)


“I have worked in the banking Industry since 2001, and specifically as a Mortgage Adviser since 2003. I joined Blackthorn Financial Services in January 2022 and have since gained additional qualifications as an Equity Release adviser.

I enjoy sharing the knowledge and expertise that I have gained over two decades in the industry, supporting my clients achieve their home ownership dreams.”

Elizabeth Simmons

Office Administrator

“I studied for a certificate in financial education with The London Institute of Banking & Finance in 2019 where I was awarded an A grade. I went on to get a Distinction with EDEXL in Level 3 Business in 2021. I am now looking forward to starting my career in finance and learning more about the industry by supporting the team and developing my skills and knowledge further.”