South Downs Financial Planning

Partner Practice of St. James's Place Wealth Management


Leanda Bargent, Senior Office Administrator

Leanda joined the Practice in April 2018 as Senior Office Administrator. She has a wealth of experience, following a career in banking and project management, and is responsible for the smooth day to day running of the practice admin.

In her spare time, Leanda likes countryside walks with her Cava-poo, Monty, entertaining at home, and travel. This year she is off to Majorca & Singapore.



Samantha Arend, Para-planner

Samantha joined South Downs Financial Planning at the beginning of August 2015, on a part time basis, as an office administrator. Samantha works remotely for the Practice whilst working hard towards her law degree.

In her spare time Samantha looks after the newest addition to her family, a one-year-old Cocker Spaniel called Daisy who enjoys long walks in the woods and chasing squirrels.



Ben Lucas, Trainee Financial Adviser

Ben joined the Practice after completing is A Levels in 2018, as a Trainee Financial Adviser, having been offered a place on the St. James’s Place Next Generation Academy.

When not studying, Ben provides admin support to the office. He hopes to graduate in 2020, at which point he will work as a fully authorised Adviser within the Practice.