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Category - Enforcement & Litigation

FOS publishes plan for change

FOS has published an action plan to deliver a better service to customers. The plan aims, among other things: to bring more effective and efficient resolution of cases – part of this involves teams which are...

FCA publishes consumer warning on firm

FCA has published a consumer warning on Grosvenor Associates Limited.  It says it has removed the firm’s permissions, so it is no longer authorised to carry out any regulated activities and investments with it may...

ESMA reports on MAR sanctions

ESMA has published a report on the sanctions imposed by various member states under MAR during 2020.  Over the year, €17.5m in fines were imposed for over 500 breaches. The number of administrative actions was...

FOS publishes Ombudsman News

The latest edition of Ombudsman News focuses on the recently published annual report and the feedback statement on outcomes reporting already covered in FIN.

FCA refuses SMF29 application

FCA has published its final notice refusing the application of an individual to perform the SMF 29 function for Servicesport Finance Limited. The individual in question was a solicitor who had failed to disclose SRA...

PSR publishes card-acquiring services report

The PSR has published its final market review into the supply of card-acquiring services. The report concludes that the supply of card-acquiring services does not work well for SME merchants and large merchants with...

Complaints Commissioner publishes final report

The Financial Regulators Complaints Commissioner has published its final report on FCA00865. The relevant complaint against the FCA (and FOS) constituted five separate elements, including the FCA’s delay in...

CMA writes to NewDay on PPI Order breaches

The CMA has written to NewDay Ltd about 5 breaches of the PPI Market Investigation Order 2011. The breaches, which have affected c.27,000 customers, relate to: NewDay’s failure to issue Annual Review statements to...

More of FS Act comes into force

The third Commencement Order under the Financial Services Act 2021 brings into force the provisions on dealing with maximum sentences for insider dealing and financial services offences (section 31 of the Act). This...

Court finds FSCS entitled to reject claim

The High Court has ruled on an application for judicial review of a decision by FSCS to refuse to compensate investors after an investment firm failed. The investors had bought wind bonds, initially before the firm in...

ECJ delivers judgment on EBA Guidelines

The ECJ has ruled that the EBA acted within its powers when it adopted guidelines on product governance and oversight arrangements for retail banking products in 2015. The guidelines set out requirements for...

Government and FCA respond on LCF Report

The Treasury Committee has published responses from the Treasury and the FCA to its report on the FCA’s regulation of London Capital & Finance plc (LCF). Highlights from the government’s response...

CMA writes to LBG on PPI Order breach

The CMA has written to Lloyds Banking Group about its non-compliance with the Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) Market Investigation Order 2011. LBG breached the PPI Order by failing to include the monthly PPI benefit...

FCA publishes requirements on SIPP operator

FCA has published the second supervisory notice it made in relation to DAC Pensions Limited, a small SIPP operator. The firm had accepted significant business from two EU-based introducers, operating in the UK under...

OFSI fines fintech for sanctions breach

OFSI has fined TransferGo Limited (an authorised payment institution) £50,000 for making funds available to a person designated under the Ukraine sanctions regime. The fine relates to 16 transactions where TransferGo...

Court sanctions Provident scheme

The Court has sanctioned the Provident Personal Credit Limited scheme, which includes a proposal to wind down the business. FCA has not supported the scheme for reasons including that consumers are being offered...

FCA publishes individual ban notice

FCA has published a decision notice noting its decision to ban Markos Markou, director and CEO of a mortgage broker, and to fine him £25,000.  FCA considers Mr Markou not fit and proper to perform his senior management...

FOS commissions independent review

The FOS Board has commissioned an independent review of its service, aimed at ensuring it can continue to meet its customers’ needs.  The first part of the review will look at the current operational effectiveness...

FCA bans fraudster

FCA has banned Matthew Creed from performing any regulated activity.  Mr Creed had been an approved person at a firm from 2005 – 2019, and was also the director of an unauthorised company from 2002- 2013. In 2012...

FCA bans crypto exchange Binance

Binance Markets Limited is not permitted to carry on any regulated activity in the UK without the prior written consent of the FCA. The FCA has also issued a warning about Binance.com, advising consumers to be wary of...

FCA fines CMC for cold calling

The FCA has fined claims management company, Crosfill & Archer Claims Limited, £110,000 for unsolicited telemarketing calls to people who had registered not to receive this type of sales call. In such cases, the...

FCA speaks on tough regulation and the future

Nikhil Rathi has spoken on building a regulatory environment for the future. He focused on the opportunities Brexit has given for the UK to tailor its rules. Much of his speech addressed ESG issues, but he noted also...

PRA consults on financial holding companies

PRA has issued a further consultation on applying existing prudential consolidation requirements to financial holding companies and mixed financial holding companies approved or designated under FSMA. The proposals:...

LSB updates on CRM code review

LSB has published its follow up review of the CRM Code in respect of firms’ approach to reimbursing customers. Provision R2(1)(c) of the Code allows firms to decline reimbursement in specific cases. LSB looked at...

FCA intervenes on high risk CFDs

FCA has stopped ICC Intercertus, a Cypriot firm operating under the TPR, from conducting any regulated or marketing activities in the UK. The firm’s wider group traded as “EverFX” and used the...

FCA responds to Amigo Scheme rejection

The High Court has refused to sanction Amigo’s proposed Scheme of Arrangement. The FCA, having previously objected to the Scheme, has now responded to the ruling. The FCA considers the decision is an important...

FCA publishes H2 2020 complaints data

FCA’s most recent complaints data report shows: a significant drop in complaints over the H1 2020 figure; a large decrease in insurance and pure protection complaints – with the largest being in PPI...

FCA speaks on compliance and culture

Mark Steward, FCA’s Executive Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, has delivered  a speech at NYU Law School entitled “Compliance, Culture and Evolving Regulatory Expectations“. In it, he...

Nausicaa Delfas to join FOS

FOS has announced that Nausciaa Delfas will take up the post of Interim Chief Executive and Chief Ombudsman from mid-May. Meanwhile, Stephanie Cohen will take up the permanent role of FCA COO in June.

FCA stops Cypriot firm offering CFDs in UK

FCA has stopped a Cypriot firm that was operating in the UK under the TPR from conducting any regulated activities in the UK and to close all its trading positions and return money to customers. It found the firm, which...

FCA fines and bans unapproved adviser

FCA has banned a financial adviser and fined him £68,300.  Simon Varley was a director and held the (then) CF10 function at Dickinsons Financial Management Limited.  He was also a CF30 customer adviser until 2013, when...

Lender’s duties limited in asset disposal

In a helpful decision for Banks and lenders, the Court of Appeal decision in Morley (trading as Morley Estates) v Royal Bank of Scotland plc [2021] EWCA Civ 338 confirmed the limited extent of the duties a lender owes...

ASA rules on more debt advice service ads

On 7 April, ASA published 2 more rulings on the advertising of debt advice services, this time by Flexible Digital Solutions Ltd (FDS) and TFLI Ltd t/a Wise Old Mary (TFLI). As with their previous rulings, both resulted...

FS Bill continues in Lords

The Financial Services Bill is scheduled to continue its Report stage in the House of Lords next week, with some further amendments being tabled.

FCA publishes fin prom data

FCA has published data showing the number of financial promotions that have been amended or withdrawn in the first quarter of 2021. The figures do not include any actions FCA took as a result of unapproved promotions...

FCA concerned on Amigo scheme of arrangement

FCA has taken the relatively unusual step of publishing a letter of concerns it lodged in relation to Amigo Loans’ application to implement a Scheme of Arrangement. FCA does not support the scheme for a number of...

FCA responds to Treasury Committee on LCF

Andrew Bailey has responded to the Treasury Committee on aspects of its supervision in respect of the LCF investigation. Key elements of the response looked at: the need for the report to separate accountability with...

FCA fines and bans trader for market abuse

FCA has fined and banned a former market making trader for market abuse. Adrian Horn, formerly of Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited executed trades with himself in a series of 129 wash trades in a particular security over...

Treasury and FCA discuss perimeter report

Treasury and FCA have met to discuss the September 2020 report on the regulatory perimeter. Discussions focused on: high risk investments and the potential need to review the current exemptions that allow marketing to...

CMA publishes PPI breach letter

CMA has written to Cardif Pinnacle about two breaches of the PPI order. The breaches mean that nearly 5,000 customers have been receiving inaccurate Annual Reviews since 2012, an 4 customers received annual reviews that...

FCA recovers £3.4m for scam victims

FCA has obtained approval from the High Court to return over £3.4m which it has recovered from various accounts relating to two schemes that were unauthorised CIS and deposit-taking schemes, purporting to involve the...

Business Banking Resolution Service goes live

The BBRS, which 7 banking groups have so far signed up to, will work to resolve complaints from larger SMEs. The scheme involves: the contemporary scheme for businesses with turnover of up to £10m per year and a balance...

FCA updates on BI issues

FCA has updated its information page on business interruption insurance, and has created new pages containing a policy checker tool and FAQs for policyholders.

Regulators consult on FSCS levy

PRA and FCA are consulting on proposals for the FSCS Management Expenses Levy Limit for 2021/22. The consultation is supported by the FSCS’s proposed Plan and Budget for 2021/22. The proposed limit for 2021/22 is...

Supreme Court backs FCA on BI judgment

The Supreme Court has released its judgment on the business interruption insurance test case. Commenting, on the judgment, FCA noted that the Court has substantially allowed FCA’s appeal on behalf of policyholders...