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Category - Enforcement & Litigation

Market Watch Covid special

FCA’s latest edition of Market Watch looks at market conduct and discipline in the context of coronavirus. It stresses particularly the importance of complying with the standards of MAR. Given the likely need for...

CMA updates on anti-competitive FS practices

The CMA has updated on progress in its investigations on anti-competitive arrangements in the financial services sector. The initial investigation, which started with information gathering in November 2018, and have...

FCA updates on Covid-19 and complaints

FCA has updated its webpage on  how firms should be handling consumers’ complaints during Covid-19. The page explains that FCA has asked firms to prioritise making payments where consumers have accepted offers or...

Regulator Covid-19 update 7 May

On 7 May: PRA announced details of its plans to support firms and enable them and the PRA to focus on the highest priority work: The Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario is postponed until at least mid-2021; full...

FCA updates on CBILS and BBLS expectations

On 4 May: FCA updated its statement about the CBILS and BBLS confirming that its position that lenders who comply with CBILS do not also have to comply with  the creditworthiness rules in CONC 5.2A.4-34 where the...

Regulator Covid-19 update 1 May

On 1 May, FCA: announced proposals for a Court declaration on business interruption claims proposed guidance for insurers on assessing whether products still offer value and appropriate action to take where they do not...

FCA publishes skilled person data

FCA has publicised the number of skilled persons reports commissioned in January to March 2020. It commissioned 24 in total, of which 9 related to retail banking and 6 to retail lending.  6 of the reports were on...

FCA publishes complaints figures for H2 2019

The FCA has today published the complaints figures for regulated firms for the second half of 2019. The data showed an increase in complaints from 4.29m in the first half of 2019 to 6.02m in the second half of 2019. In...

FOS updates on Covid-19 activities

The latest edition of Ombudsman News focuses on: how it is working to help complainants during the Covid-19 crisis, including on how it has changed its helpline hours – for which it apologises but asks that it...

Regulator Covid-19 update 3 April

On 3 April: PRA and FCA updated dual-regulated firms on how their should deal with furloughing and compliance with the SMCR; EBA published guidelines on the criteria for public and private moratoria applied before 30...

Regulators publish 2020/2021 MELL

PRA has published a feedback statement and final rules on the FSCS Management Expenses Levy Limit (MELL) for 2020/2021. In CP 1/20, the PRA and FCA consulted on a proposed MELL of £83.2 million for 2020/21, which...

FCA updates mortgage firm Covid-19 guidance

FCA had provided additional guidance to mortgage firms on payment holidays relating to Covid-19. We reported in this post on the original guidance. FCA has previously required firms to offer payment holidays if they...

FSCS comments on LCF judicial review

As a judicial review action starts in respect of eligibility of London Capital & Finance investors for FSCS payment, FSCS commented that this is a large case, and that it had carried out extensive factual...

FOS looks at insurance coverage

FOS’s latest Ombudsman News looks at: coronavirus: so far, FOS has not seen many complaints on the impact of the virus, but expects it will see more complaints particularly in relation to travel insurance, medical...

Legal Privilege in Investigations

In Sports Direct International plc v Financial Reporting Council [2020] EWCA Civ 177, the Court of Appeal (CoA) has allowed an appeal, overturning a lower court’s decision that certain emails had to be disclosed...

FCA bans motor finance ads

FCA has banned a range of adverts for motor finance issued by Rix Motor Company Limited.  The ads, variously: did not include representative examples of the costs of credit, or included them in a way that made them...

Court dismisses UWO appeal

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against the first UWO imposed under the powers the CFA gave to the NCA. The UWO had been imposed in relation to the Azeri wife of an Azeri banker. A property had been...

SFO publishes Airbus DPA

On Friday, Dame Victoria Sharp, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, approved a Deferred Prosecution Agreement between the Serious Fraud Office and Airbus SE. Under the terms of the DPA, Airbus SE agreed to...

TPR fines FCA Pension Plan

The Pensions Regulator has fined the FCA Pension Plan £2,000 for a non-compliant chair’s statement, the maximum penalty which it can levy for this type of breach. The chair’s statement requires trustees of...

Regulators consult on FSCS levy

PRA and FCA are consulting on the FSCS Management Expenses Levy Limit for 2020/2021. The proposed limit is £78.2m management expenses budget (a nearly 5% increase on the current year) and a £5m contingency reserve...

Tribunal upholds CMC fine

The First-tier Tribunal has upheld a fine the Claims Management Regulator had imposed on a company, in an action taken over now by FCA. The CMR found Hall and Hanley: had sent marketing texts to customers without taking...

FCA fines CMC for misleading communications

FCA has published its first fine since taking over regulation of Claims Management Companies. It has fined Professional Personal Claims Limited £70,000 for misleading customers through its website and printed materials...

FCA fines for fund investor TCF failings

FCA has fined Henderson Investment Funds Limited (HIFL) nearly £2m for failure to treat fairly over 4,500 retail investors in two of its funds, thereby breaching Principle 6. FCA found the funds’ investment...

FCA endorses SEC no action letter

The FCA has endorsed SEC’s extension of its staff ‘no-action letter’ until 3 July 2023.  The no-action letter addresses potential conflicts between US regulation and MiFID 2. MiFID 2 permits investment...

ESMA consults on MAR review

ESMA is consulting on its required review of MAR. Its paper looks at many issues including: whether to include spot FX within MAR; differing concepts of inside information and delayed disclosure of it; whether the...

FCA prosecutes for document destruction

FCA has brought its first prosecution for a destruction of documents offence under FSMA.  It has prosecuted Konstantin Vishnyak, who it was investigating for suspected insider dealing, for destroying documents which he...

Tabernula defendant imprisoned

As a result of a conviction for money laundering following the “operation Tabernula” investigations, Richard Baldwin has been sentenced to 5 years and 8 months imprisonment.  This follows convictions of...

SFO publishes “co-operation” guidance

The SFO has published guidance for corporates aimed at helping them to understand what it means by “co-operation” when it is considering its charging decisions.  The SFO says it is assistance that goes above...

Tribunal refuses suspension application

Sussex Independent Financial Advisers Limited had applied to the Tribunal for a suspension of the FCA’s decision to vary its permission to remove all its permitted activities on the basis that the firm did not...

FCA consults on vulnerable customer guidance

FCA has published a guidance consultation on what it considers the Principles require of firms in terms of fair treatment of vulnerable customers. It thinks firms have made big improvements generally, but now wants to...

SFO confirms DPA with metals tech firm

The SFO has announced that in 2016 it entered into a DPA with Sarclad Ltd, a technology provider for the metals industry. The DPA related to charges of corruption and failure to prevent bribery between June 2004 and...

HMRC updates MLR appeals guidance

HMRC has updated its website with guidance on how to appeal against an HMRC decision, and how it sets penalties. The guidance explains what HMRC may levy penalties for, and what its remedies are. It also explains that...

Court backs bank on account closure

A payment institution has failed in its action against RBS, after the bank closed the institution’s accounts with it and ended the banking relationship. The payment institution (P) was an FX and payment services...

FCA publishes annual report

FCA’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2018/19 lists its highlights from the past year, and appends several reports from specific business focuses.  FCA notes that alongside deciding over 4,000 applications for...

FOS consults on funding

FOS is consulting on its future funding model.  It says it is looking forward to a time when it is not dominated by PPI, and is looking at how it should: rebalance the proportion of income it gets from its levy as...

FCA publishes first perimeter report

FCA has published the first of what will be an annual report on its regulatory perimeter. Among other things, the report is designed to explain what challenges the perimeter is presenting and whether there might be a...

FCA extends temporary permissions deadline

FCA has confirmed the deadline for EEA firms to notify it of their intention to use the temporary permissions regime is now 30 October. FCA has updated its website with details of how the TPR applies, and its policy for...

FCA publishes unfair term undertaking

FCA has published an undertaking from Capital Financial Management Limited. It considered two term in the company’s debt management contract gave the firm sole discretion on what it could charge customers who...

Fund umbrella providers come under fire

FCA has published the results of its review into how firms in the investment management sector that have Appointed Representatives comply with their regulatory obligations as principals.  There are over 1000 ARs in the...

EC fines banks for FX cartel

The European Commission has fined 5 banks for taking part in 2 cartels involving 11 currencies in the spot fx markets. It has imposed fines totalling over €800m on Barclays, RBS, Citigroup and JP Morgan for the so...

FOS Annual Review 2018/2019

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has published its Annual Review 2018/2019. The Annual Review highlights that FOS has: received more than 388,000 complaints over the past 12 months, which is up 14% on 2017/2018...

ICO fines for spam PPI claim texts

The ICO has fined a claims management company £120,000 for sending spam texts.  It found Hall and Hanley Ltd, using a third party, had sent over 3.5m direct marketing texts about PPI claims without having valid consents...

FCA fines for market abuse control failings

FCA has fined Linear Investments Limited £409,300 for the firm’s breach of Principle 3 by failing to take reasonable care to organise and control its affairs responsibly and effectively.  In particular, FCA found...

FCA publishes PFOF findings

FCA has published an update to its Market Watch item on payment for order flow.  It has now carried out a review of 15 firms, to check how they monitor  compliance with FCA requirements around conflicts, inducements and...