Independent market commentator Protection Review is expanding into the retirement income market.

Retirement Review will take a similar role in the retirement income market providing independent commentary, events and research. It will also hold a conference that takes place on 10 February 2015 at the Haberdasher’s Hall in London.

The half-day conference entitled ‘Retirement Income Reforms – Policy and Practice’ will bring together IFAs, workplace advisers, providers, consumer advocates and regulators to debate the reforms and consider the practical issues for consumers surrounding their implementation.

John Lappin, director of Retirement Review, said: "This year the retirement income market will see some of the biggest changes ever applied to financial services industry. We aim to provide a forum for independent and influential commentary and debate about the market, focused very much on consumer outcomes as well as the industry requirements."

IFA and conference delegate Nick McBreen of Worldwide Financial Planning, said: "The RDR [retail distribution review] has brought enormous changes to financial advice across the board but the full impact has yet to be realised.

"Whilst the proposed loosening of the rules has been much talked up as a good news story, there are enormous ramifications that must be considered very carefully. The time has never been more important for clients to get appropriate and experienced advice on their own unique circumstances."