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FCA tightens appointed representative regime

In August 2022, the FCA released a policy statement introducing improvements to the appointed representative (“AR“) regime. In its policy statement, the FCA provides feedback on its earlier consultation, and sets out new rules to make authorised financial firms more responsible for their ARs. In its press release, the FCA says that whilst some principal … Continue Reading

Use it or lose it: FCA accelerates crack down on unused regulatory permissions

The Financial Conduct Authority’s new powers to more swiftly cancel or change firms’ regulatory permissions have now come into effect. These powers are particularly aimed at firms that have permissions they are not using. Firms can be required to prove they are carrying out the regulated activities they have permissions for, or risk losing their … Continue Reading

FCA consults on guidance for firms who seek to limit their liabilities

The Financial Conduct Authority has published proposed guidance on the use by firms of compromises to manage their liabilities. Compromises include arrangements with creditors and/or shareholders, such as Schemes of Arrangement, Part 26A Restructuring Plans, and Creditors Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs). The Guidance is aimed at FCA-regulated firms that seek to limit their liabilities by using … Continue Reading

FOS warns on scam complaints – are banks doing enough?

The Financial Ombudsman Service has noted a “dramatic rise” in complaints by consumers concerning financial scams and fraud. With the hope of embuing safer financial habits and a reduction in these types of complaints, FOS reminds consumers to be careful, but also expects banks to respond fairly and effectively to customers’ complaints.… Continue Reading

FCA Launches Defined Benefit Advice Assessment Tool

Last month, the FCA launched its Defined Benefit Advice Assessment Tool (“DBAAT“) as part of its strategy to reduce harm to consumers and improve the suitability of defined benefit (“DB“) transfer advice. The tool will help firms to understand precisely how the FCA assesses the suitability of DB transfer advice.… Continue Reading

Findings of the FRC’s Audit Committee research point towards audit sector reform

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has just published the outcome of new research into the approach that Audit Committee Chairs (ACCs) take to audit quality. The findings suggest inconsistency among ACCs on what constitutes audit quality, and how it should be approached, which the FRC says “lends weight to the proposals for reforms in the … Continue Reading

DWP sets out “Stronger Nudge” regime to protect savers and rein in Pension Freedoms

Following successful trials, the Department of Work and Pensions (“DWP”) announced proposals last  Wednesday to introduce a “Stronger Nudge” regime, as part of a package of measures aimed at helping savers make better-informed decisions when it comes to accessing their pension savings, and to further protect them from scams.… Continue Reading

Court decides that litigation privilege does not apply to accountant’s reports  

The High Court has decided that a series of reports prepared by the accountants Deloitte LLP (“Deloitte”) for Sports Direct International PLC (“Sports Direct”) (now known as Frasers Group Ltd) in relation to a proposed tax structure were not prepared for the sole or dominant purpose of litigation, and were therefore not protected from disclosure … Continue Reading

Lack of Data Impacts Efforts to Fight Pensions Scams

The Pensions Policy Institute (“Institute“) has said that a lack of comprehensive data on the number and scale of pensions scams, places limitations on the industry’s ability to effectively protect savers. According to the Institute, “victims of pension scams [are] losing more than £80,000 on average.” There is growing concern from the Institute that during the COVID-19 … Continue Reading

Lloyd’s Syndicate to Insure Against Cryptocurrency Hacks

A group of underwriters, called Atrium (Lloyd’s syndicate for Coincover) have developed a £100,000 policy in response to a surge in reports of the hacking of cryptocurrency accounts. According to Lloyd’s, the policy has a “dynamic limit” that increases or decreases in line with the price changes of crypto assets. This means that the insured … Continue Reading

The regulator strikes back

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA“) has successfully applied to the Upper Tribunal to strike out an appeal made by P.F. International Limited (“P.F International“), against the FCA’s variations of the Company’s regulatory permissions, due to its breaches of lending rules.… Continue Reading

FSCS levy to rise

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme’s (“FSCS“) levy for management expenses will increase by nearly 5% to £78.2 million, for the period 2020/21. The FSCS will also receive an unlevied contingency reserve of £5 million.… Continue Reading
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