Network and support service provider Sesame Bankhall Group (SBG) has said a large number of its 2,800 member firms are considering a 'hybrid' practice - offering both independent and restricted advice.
Chief operating officer George Higginson (pictured) said advisers in both camps had been exploring the proposition.
"We've had 200% of the interest that we expected in the hybrid model," he said. "For many it's the most natural choice. Three quarters of the movement we've seen has been towards it."
Appetite for the proposition, where a of number advisers with either independent or restricted status operate under two limited companies, grew after the FSA ruled on unregulated collective investment schemes, Higginson added.
Insisting independent advisers consider the asset class was a "killer clause", he said, and had caused many firms planning to remain wholly independent to reconsider their position.
Others had also begun to realise that not being allowed to use the word ‘independent' in their name was a side issue, he continued.
Higginson, speaking after SBG reported profits fell to £2.2m in 2011, compared to £5m in 2010, said advisers "should be asking about companies who aren't investing".
"As an industry, we are in a strange place regarding RDR," he said. "We have a lot of balls in the air and they have to land correctly."
He added that SBG wrote "an eight-figure cheque" to bring Australian technology provider IRESS to the UK, as part of a six-year plan to grow the business after RDR.
The group's recruitment strategy "wasn't good enough", Higginson admitted, before the hiring of David Kafetz as head of group sales from Intrinsic in September.
"We've recruited 200 advisers in the first quarter of this year, compared to 100 last year," he said. "But we are planning on losing some advisers, and taking a hit towards the end of the year.
"If we start 2013 with one more adviser than we did in 2012 I'd be happy."
Higginson also confirmed that Sesame's Optimum Investment Management Service, run by Henderson Global Investors, would not be a distributor influenced fund, and would operate in the same way as a Close Brothers or St James's Place offering.
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