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FCA restates commitment to consumer protection with fine against sale and rent back provider

05 November 2015

In the latest of its enforcement actions in the mortgage market, the FCA announced last week the fining of Quick Purchase Limited for breach of Principle 6.

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Back to the Future: FAMR could result in automated distribution, not robo-advice

04 November 2015

'Back to the Future day' prompted myriad summaries of where technology has got us and where we're headed.

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Third party rights relating to Final Notices trump litigation deadlines at the Upper Tribunal

03 November 2015

In its recent decision the Upper Tribunal allowed for a late filing of a reference on third party rights in relation to FCA final notices.

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FCA and PRA up the ante on regulatory references

Published on 02 November 2015. By Emma Griffiths, Senior Associate

The FCA and PRA have announced a consultation in respect of their proposals to introduce a mandatory form of employment reference (known as a "regulatory reference").

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The Pensions Freedoms and FOS – trends in complaints and enquiries

Published on 29 October 2015. By Rachael Healey, Partner

FOS has published a response to the Treasury's consultation paper looking at early exit penalties, the transfer process and communications with consumers in relation to financial advice on pensions.

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FCA action highlights wider concerns with consumer credit lending practices

29 October 2015

The FCA has recently announced that it has reached an agreement with Dollar Financial UK (Dollar), to refund over £15.4 million to 147,000 customers.

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"Vote Tracey"

23 October 2015

Acting Chief Executive of the FCA, Tracey McDermott's speech at the Mansion House last night made a good case for appointing her to the role on a permanent basis by appealing to the sector with a warning about pendulum swings and the risk of getting "caught in a loop where we regulate, deregulate, repeat on an infinite cycle".

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Pension freedoms guidance & advice - Parliament wades in

Published on 22 October 2015. By Rachael Healey, Partner

The Work & Pensions Committee, following a call for evidence in early September, has published a report considering the first six months of the new pension freedoms.

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HMT extends and radically changes the Senior Managers and Certification Regime

19 October 2015

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) along with the Senior Insurance Managers Regime (SIMR) were designed to radically alter the playing field for personal responsibility within banks and insurers.

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MoJ quietly halts work on new economic crime offence – what does the announcement tell us?

13 October 2015

Recently the Justice minister Andrew Selous MP stated in an answer to a written question submitted by Byron Davies MP, that the Ministry of Justice has decided not to take forward the proposal for a new offence of a corporate failure to prevent economic crime offence.

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Mind the gap: Financial Advice Market Review must focus on consumer responsibility

Published on 12 October 2015. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance

Pension freedoms will mean a bigger advice gap. The burning question is - what are the Treasury and FCA going to do about it?

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FCA blows the starting whistle on new rules

Published on 08 October 2015. By Emma Griffiths, Senior Associate and Joanna Holford, Senior Associate

The FCA and PRA have introduced new rules to build on and formalise the good practice already found in the whistleblowing procedures of large UK-based banks, building societies*, investment firms and insurers.

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The responsibilities of SIPP administrators and trustees for investments – where are we now?

Published on 05 October 2015. By Rachael Healey, Partner

The Pensions Ombudsman has published a decision rejecting a complaint made against a SIPP administrator in relation to the suitability of investments held within a SIPP.

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FCA fines finance director for failing to blow the whistle

30 September 2015

Approved persons should be open and co-operative with their regulators, as highlighted by the FCA's recent enforcement action against Craig McNeil, former Keydata finance director.

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Is Titan Steel rusting?

29 September 2015

The definition of a 'private person' who can bring a court claim for breach of FCA rules may be extended after a potentially very significant development in the MTR Bailey v Barclays case.

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Update: 'The Catalyst effect' - does the buck stop with the Upper Tribunal?

22 September 2015

I recently blogged on the Upper Tribunal's judgment on the case of Roberts and Wilkins v FCA.

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Planning for a vote in favour of Brexit

15 September 2015

Recent events have brought into much sharper focus a question that in truth financial services firms should have been asking for some time - what are the implications if the UK votes to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum?

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New FCA handbook and FS register: Welcome to the 21st Century

11 September 2015

The FCA has updated and consolidated its Handbook and FS register.

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Pension freedoms - the 5 month report card

Published on 10 September 2015. By Rachael Healey, Partner

As children head back to school, what would the pension freedoms' report card look like 5 months in from the April reforms?

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Risk of AML own goals from football transfers

08 September 2015

European football's summer transfer window closed last week.

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Time is running out… clarity on time bar at FOS?

03 September 2015

New DISP pro forma final response language seems to allow firms to be more confident when time barring complaints.

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Regulatory censure of the Co-op really does send a message

28 August 2015

The FCA and PRA jointly censured The Co-operative Bank plc for various regulatory breaches.

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The Catalyst effect: ping pong between the FCA and Upper Tribunal?

21 August 2015

The recent judgment of the Upper Tribunal in relation to the conduct of two directors of Catalyst Investment Group Limited serves as a reminder to those working in the financial services sector about the potential ramifications for individuals should consumers be misled.

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Reminder: new GAP insurance rules in force from 1 September 2015

18 August 2015

The FCA's new rules on the sale of Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) insurance will come into force in a fortnight's time on 1 September 2015.

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FCA's new referral criteria: Are they really that transparent?

14 August 2015

An updated set of enforcement referral criteria has been published by the FCA in response to recommendations made by HM Treasury at the end of last year.

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Financial Advice Market Review – Bridging The "Advice Gap"?

Published on 11 August 2015. By Matthew Watson, Associate

HM Treasury have embarked on what they call a "major new review to radically improve access to financial advice".

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Complaints handling: Key amendments announced by the FCA

07 August 2015

Our recent blog highlighted the key changes made to DISP rules by the ADR Directive.

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Transfers, exit fees and financial advice - what next for the pension freedoms?

Published on 05 August 2015. By Rachael Healey, Partner

What do exit charges, the pension transfer process and financial advice all have in common?

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Power to the Pensioners?

Published on 31 July 2015. By Drew Naylor, Senior Associate

It has been customary in recent years for George Osborne to pull a proverbial rabbit out of his red ministerial box.

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ADR Directive: the key changes to the DISP rules

22 July 2015

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has amended the Dispute Resolution: Complaints sourcebook (DISP) in the FCA Handbook.

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Senior Managers Regime - How many will fall foul of the new framework?

14 July 2015

The FCA and PRA have now published a number of documents setting out some of the final rules for a new accountability framework for individuals working in 'relevant firms' ...

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By George! A Budget full of surprises?

Published on 13 July 2015. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate

Last week's "summer" Budget, the first by a (solely) Conservative government for nearly two decades, included a number of surprises.

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Pension Transfers – seeing the wood for the trees – Part 2

Published on 10 July 2015. By Rachael Healey, Partner

This is the second of two blogs addressing the issues raised in the FCA's paper on the changes to the pension transfer regulations.

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FCA's figures for authorisation applications leave many unanswered questions

09 July 2015

Amongst the many topics covered within the FCA's annual report there is a frustratingly short section concerned with the efforts being made to deal with all of the applications for authorisation by consumer credit firms.

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Pension Transfers – seeing the wood for the trees – Part 1

Published on 09 July 2015. By Rachael Healey, Partner

The FCA has published changes to its regulations affecting advice on pension transfers.

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Beyond the headlines some positive developments for depositors

03 July 2015

The PRA has today announced the existing level of deposit protection (£85,000) will be reduced to £75,000 after 31 December 2015.

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If you insist… a review of the FCA's position on insistent clients

Published on 02 July 2015. By David Allinson, Senior Associate

On 8 June, the FCA published a fact sheet intended to provide a 'helpful reminder' of its position on 'insistent clients' (the full title being: Fact sheet 035. Pension reforms and insistent clients).

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sPIFfing! New capital requirements for Personal Investment Firms

01 July 2015

Can the PIF pay? Personal Investment Firms (PIFs) are advisory firms responsible for around half of all regulated investment and pension sales.

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Taking the credit: FOS tackles broking and middlemen

30 June 2015

The impact of FCA rules on credit brokers has been significant, with a number of credit brokers having left the market since April 2014.

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UCIS in focus at FOS

Published on 26 June 2015. By George Smith, Senior Associate

FOS' latest edition of Ombudsman News contained some interesting insights into its approach to complaints concerning advice relating to UCIS investments.

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RPC responds to PRA's consultation paper concerning powers over auditors and actuaries

Published on 29 May 2015. By Davina Given, Partner

In a recent blog we noted that the PRA had outlined in a consultation paper its plans to introduce two significant changes for auditors and actuaries.

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Is credible deterrence really working? And other questions arising from a mixed week for the FCA

28 May 2015

Even though the FCA was able to trumpet that it had imposed its highest ever fine and that it had been successful in two decisions handed down by the Upper Tribunal, things have not gone entirely the regulator's way in the past week or so.

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Record FRC fine slashed on appeal

Published on 21 May 2015. By Tom Lloyd, Senior Associate

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has long followed the trend amongst financial regulators for increasing scrutiny of firms' financial and professional compliance.

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FOS by numbers

Published on 20 May 2015. By George Smith, Senior Associate

The FOS has published its 2014/15 annual review, setting out a plethora of fascinating statistics about the service.

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New law and regulation adding to insurers' regulatory woes

18 May 2015

The publication of the FCA's report on the impact of consumer credit regulation on the retail general insurance market adds another interesting dimension to a sector already under increasing regulatory scrutiny following recent legal developments, such as the imminent coming into force of the Insurance Act 2015.

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FCA Authorisation team should share its findings from P2P applications

15 May 2015

The FCA's authorisation process is quite opaque and does not give the regulator much latitude to comment upon individual applications.

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Spot the Difference? Uncertainty continues for SIPP administrators and trustees in the wake of the Berkeley Burke decision

Published on 14 May 2015. By Rachael Healey, Partner

Please see our latest legal alert following the recent Pensions Ombudsman decision on the duties of SIPP Trustees when it comes to SIPP investments.

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FCA approval times for firms expanding into new business lines up by 85% in two years

11 May 2015

Based on information obtained from the FCA the time taken to authorise a financial services business adding an additional business line has increased by 85% in the last two years - 18.5 weeks in Q4 2014, up from 10 weeks in Q1 2013.

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Attest in haste, repent at leisure

06 May 2015

The FCA has recently published another final notice issued to a large bank arising from LIBOR-related misconduct.

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A test of skill

Published on 05 May 2015. By David Allinson, Senior Associate

Last week, the Administrative Court granted permission to judicially review the s.166 process for reviewing redress awarded as part of the interest rate hedging product scheme.

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