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COVID-19 and the Courts

Whilst we all try to settle in to our new working from home routines, and maintain social distancing measures, the civil justice system is also having to find ways to adapt. Early messages from Court system that it would be ‘business as usual’ quickly proved impossible; but over the past week there have been procedures … Continue Reading

SFO in the dock again as former Barclays’ executives cleared of Qatari fraud charges

On 28 February, former senior Barclays executives Roger Jenkins, Tom Kalaris, and Richard Boath were all acquitted of conspiracy to commit fraud contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1997, and fraud by false misrepresentation, contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006.  The case is the latest in a series of … Continue Reading

Cryptoasset Regulation: FCA Final Guidance Published

The FCA has now published its Final Guidance on Cryptoassets (PS19/22), setting out the FCA’s position on how cryptoassets fit within the current regulatory perimeter. The Guidance does not change the scope of regulation of cryptoassets by the FCA, but does provide useful and practical insight into how the regime applies in the cryptoasset sphere … Continue Reading

No Contractual Duty Owed to Customers by Banks when Conducting FCA Review into IRHPs

The Court of Appeal in Elite Property Holdings Limited, Decolace Properties Limited v Barclays Bank Plc [2018] EWCA Civ 1688 considered the appellants’ Application for permission to appeal against the Mercantile Court Judge’s decision to strike out part of the Appellants claims against the Respondent Bank. Whilst the application concerned permission to appeal, this was the first occassion on which … Continue Reading

Squire Patton Boggs to host financial services conference on 18 April in London

Squire Patton Boggs’ London office will be welcoming over 100 legal and compliance professionals from a range of banks and financial institutions next week for a major financial crime and regulatory risk conference. We are hosting the event for the leading industry forum, MLROs.com. There will be a full programme of speakers covering a wide range of topics including: … Continue Reading

The FCA speaks on building cyber resilience

The FCA’s Business Plan for 2017/18 identified cyber risk as a cross sector priority for the FCA.  In keeping with the FCA’s drive to encourage firms to acknowledge, confront and manage cyber risk,  at the PIMFA Financial Crime Conference  on 25 January 2018, Robin Jones (Head of Technology, Resilience & Cyber, FCA) delivered a warning that along … Continue Reading

Update: CAT declines the grant of a collective proceedings order in Walter High Merricks CBE v MasterCard Incorporated and others [2017] CAT 16

Background As mentioned in our blog posted on 20 September 2016, MasterCard was facing one of the UK’s first class-action lawsuits, following the introduction of collective proceedings under the Consumer Rights Act 2015. This allows for collective proceedings to be brought in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) on an opt-out basis, by representatives of consumers … Continue Reading

Retailers Consortium v MasterCard – an update on ongoing MIF litigation

Background Our previous blog piece (20 September 2016) described how, in 2007, the EU found that MasterCard’s Multilateral Interchange Fees (“MIFs“) were unfairly high. This decision was applicable to cross-border transactions using MasterCard and Maestro cards in the European Economic Area (“EEA“). The finding was that Mastercard’s MIF breached Article 101 of the Treaty on the … Continue Reading

FCA chief calls for dispute resolution mechanism for small firms

The Yorkshire Post has reported that Andrew Bailey, CEO of the Financial Conduct Authority, is working with Parliament to develop an adequate and independent complaint resolution for SMEs who believe that they have been badly advised or “mis-sold” a product by a financial institution. Mr Bailey notes that the Financial Ombudsman Service (“FOS”) exists predominantly … Continue Reading
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