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Is no news always good news? Drop in complaints may hint at conclusions from over-due FCA complaints review

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Sam Bishop
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The FCA's latest publication of complaints data has revealed a decrease of 5% in the overall number of complaints. Firms will be pleased about the decline, although the drop was largely due to big drops (10-11%) in the numbers of complaints about PPI (by far the most complained about product) and cr... read more

SIPPs: FCA announces new capital framework

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Rebecca Smith
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SIPP Operators will be forced to hold an extra £18m in reserve capital under new rules outlined by the FCA last month. The proposals follow the FSA's (as it was then) consultation back in November 2012 on a new regulatory capital framework intended to ensure that if a SIPP Operator went bust there w... read more

Slapdash SIPPs told to sharpen up by FCA

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Rebecca Smith
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SIPP Operators have repeatedly been in the headlines since the FCA completed its second thematic review in 2012. At that time, SIPPS had blossomed from a fairly bespoke offering to select investors into a more mainstream product selected by – or, rather, recommended to - an increasing number of reta... read more

Bank backs another winner in interest rate swaps saga – but is it luck or judgement?

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Nadia Lucherini
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Despite their costly on-going review work and redress exercises, banks that sold interest rate swaps are still facing parallel court claims.  So far they seem to have picked winners by settling stronger claims with better prospects of success.  Mark Bailey & MTR v Barclays Bank, a recent decisio... read more

A long way off for long stops?

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Tom Hunter
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Earlier in the summer we noted that the FCA had agreed to consider the introduction of a 15-year long-stop for complaints against financial advisers – and there was an indication that the FCA may have been softening its stance. However, despite sterling campaigning efforts by, for example, Tenet, i... read more

Credit where credit's due

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Tom Lloyd
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The controversy surrounding payday loans looks set to continue as the FOS has issued a warning to consumers about payday loan middlemen. As the FCA's massive consumer credit regime takes shape and thousands of newly regulated firms deal with the additional bureaucracy and regulatory burden, FOS has ... read more

FOS respondents still at risk of further action despite Clark v In Focus ruling

Posted on August 28, 2014 by James Morris
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When Lady Justice Arden handed down her judgment in the Court of Appeal case of Clarkv In Focus, she held that a complainant cannot accept an Ombudsman's award at the statutory maximum (currently £150,000) and sue in court for the balance of their redress if it exceeds that limit. We hoped in vain t... read more

HMRC closing the gap on tax avoidance

Posted on August 07, 2014 by Neel Robb
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Anyone who has invested in, promoted, or advised on any form of tax mitigation scheme may be feeling slightly nervous following the latest announcement from HMRC concerning the on-going saga of tax avoidance. And understandably so. On 15 July, HMRC published a list of 1,200 investment schemes which... read more

CoCos go pop!

Posted on August 05, 2014 by Andrew Naylor
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In the wake of the banking crisis, the Financial Services Act 2012 gave the FCA a range of new and enhanced powers with which to pursue its regulatory objectives.  Today, it has used – for the first time – one if its shiny new tools; the FCA has issued a Temporary Product Intervention Rule (TPIR). ... read more

Has the FOS decided Lehman's collapse was not foreseeable; or is that too remote a hope?

Posted on July 15, 2014 by Lucy Joyce
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Nearly six years have elapsed since we first saw the iconic photographs of Lehman Brothers' employees filing out of the former bank's worldwide headquarters, carrying their belongings in cardboard boxes. However, the downfall of Lehman is not yet a distant memory for many financial advisers, as the ... read more

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Regulation - of the financial services sector in particular - is constantly changing. At RPC, we watch the horizon of the regulated landscape with genuine interest on behalf of clients and others. There are consultants who (at considerable cost) provide more news and content but in this blog we share our thoughts on key developments as they occur and, drawing on our breadth of experience in regulation, we comment on legal and regulatory issues that might not occur to every financial services specialist.

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