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CMA revokes HSBC directions

The CMA has on 6 August revoked the Directions given to HSBC under the Retail Banking Market Investigation, as the Implementation Trustee confirmed HSBC’s compliance with the Order on App-to-App Redirection...

EVENT: Open Banking Webinar

Our next retail banking mixer by webinar will focus on open banking. Our session will include a brief introduction to the topics followed by a discussion that you’d be welcome to join in with: Open banking from a...

EBA updates on SREPs and Covid-19

EBA has summarised the difficulties Covid-19 has presented to supervision generally, and the SREP process in particular. It has now published guidelines to supervisors building on the requirements of the CRD and the...

FCA updates on sandbox

FCA has announced its acceptance of 22 businesses into cohort 6 of its sandbox.  It had received 68 applications, mainly from the retail banking, payments and retail lending sectors. More than half were seeking to...

FCA consults on access to cash guidance

FCA has published a guidance consultation on how it expects banks, building societies and credit unions to behave when considering closing branches or ATMs, or converting a free to use ATM to a paid one. Firms should...

Draft Debt Respite Scheme Regulations

Following the announcement in June last year, a draft of the new Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 were published yesterday. The...

CMA Update on Loyalty Penalty

Following its last publication in January, the CMA has once again published an update on their investigation into the loyalty penalty, noting that its progress has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Mortgages The...

Commission begins Brexit warning notices

The European Commission has stated the process of sending Stakeholder Preparedness Notices, to summarise for stakeholders the effect of Brexit on over 100 sectors.  It had originally published these notices during...

FCA reformats Brexit advice

FCA has revamped its information page on Brexit. The page gives advice to firms on what they should be considering in preparation for the end of the transition period. Much of the information is not news, and includes a...

PRA makes fees rules

Following on from FCA’s confirmation of its fees and levies for 2020/21, PRA has now made its policy statement. It made no changes to its proposals, and has now published the necessary rule changes which take...

EBA clarified COVID-19 prudential measures

EBA has published a report clarifying how certain parts of prudential regulation apply in the light of COVID-19. It says several issues have been drawn to its attention in relation to the effects of payment moratoria...

FCA updates on Covid-19 delayed activities

FCA has confirmed some further delays to projects and extensions to proposed deadlines, in light of Covid-19. Various deadlines now postponed until later in 2020-or to 2021 include: The Directory of Certified Persons...

EBA updates RTS on CRD passport notifications

EBA has published its final revised RTS and ITS on passport notifications.  The new versions are aimed at betting better quality consistent information, particularly on start dates of new activities and the granularity...

EBA extends payment moratoria deadline

EBA will extend the application date of its guidelines on payment moratoria to 30 September, as economies gradually re-open. It says the extension will ensure that adequate treatment for borrowers is available across...

EBA publishes DGS review

EBA has published its first peer review of deposit guarantee schemes, looking at stress tests and resilience. It has concluded overall resilience is “fair”, which means that any shortcomings are unlikely to...

Randell speaks on supporting the recovery

Charles Randell has spoken to a virtual roundtable of bank chairs on how the financial services industry can work to support recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. He noted the great efforts that banks and other market...

FCA publishes Covid-19 guidance for SMEs

FCA has added to its suite of guidance on Covid-19 issues with a pages setting out help available to SMEs. The guidance explains what BBLS and CBILS do, and explains the guidance FCA has given to banks and insurers on...

Basel publishes new FAQs

The Basel Committee has published a set of new FAQs that it has agreed to add to the framework. The key issues covered are the definition of capital, market risk, counterparty credit risk, liquidity and operational risk.

ESMA opines on compliance function

ESMA has given new guidance on the MiFID 2 compliance function, replacing 2012 guidance.  The new version aims to provide more clarity and more convergence in implementation and supervision of the requirements of MiFID...

FCA publishes quarterly CP

FCA is returning to some regular business and has published a short quarterly consultation, proposing changes to: clarify FSCS’s power to declare in default firms and successors subject to the proposed new...

EVENT: Retail Banking Mixer Webinar

Our next r=Retail Banking Mixer will be held by webinar on 18th June at 10am.  We are delighted to be joined by Rosemary Ford and Amber Andrade from Deloitte this time. The webinar continues the focus on COVID-19.  Our...

FOS publishes 2019/20 data

FOS has published details of the complaints it received and dealt with in 2019/2020.  It received around 270,000 complaints and dealt with nearly 300,000, with the Ombudsman making nearly 30,000 decisions.  As ever, the...

LIBOR transition – tough legacy issues

The Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Rates has published a paper on the identification of “tough legacy” issues. Tough legacy contracts are those that do not have robust fallbacks and prove unable to be...

EBA publishes loan origination guidelines

EBA has published a set of guidelines on loan origination standards.  Its aim is to bring together prudential standards, consumer protection obligations, AML and ESG considerations within one set of guidance.  The...

CMA gets £47m refunds on overdraft charges

CMA has announced that over the past 2 years it has secured more than £47m of refunds for customers in respect of overdrafts where banks failed properly to warn them about unarranged overdraft charges. It has now taken...

FCA responds on economic impact of Covid-19

The Treasury Committee has published a copy of a letter from FCA answering its questions on the economic impact of Covid-19.  The letter explains: the steps FCA has taken to ensure the credit ratings of customers taking...

CRR amending Regulation progresses

The European Parliament is to consider the proposed Regulation amending the CRR in its plenary session on 17-18 June.  Meanwhile, the ECB has published its opinion on the proposals, which are aimed at addressing some of...

Government publishes draft EU/UK FTA

The Government has published a draft Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the UK and EU. Chapter 17 of the agreement relates to financial services, which it defines as “any service of a financial nature...

FCA updates on Innovation Hub help

FCA has updated its information on requesting Innovation Hub support in light of Covid-19. It wants to hear from firms who have creative and innovative solutions to the challenges the virus is posing, and is...

LSB publishes business plan and budget

LSB’s Business Plan and Budget for 2020/21 has been published.  It was drafted before the Covid-19 outbreak, and LSB wants to continue with it so far as possible, while accepting it may need to adapt some of the...

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 sets out planned initiatives

FCA has published a grid prepared by the Financial Services Regulatory Initiatives Forum setting out the regulatory pipeline for the next 12 months.  The forum comprises FCA, PRA, BoE, the PSR and the CMA, with Treasury...

Government sets out equivalence views

John Glen has written to the Chair of the European Scrutiny Committee explaining the Government’s stance on equivalence in financial services.  The Government cannot provide great detail given the early stage of...

Covid-19: access to restricted savings

FCA has updated its Covid-19 information for firms  in respect of consumers needing to access restricted savings. Research shows that over 20% of consumers have had to access their savings recently, and that several...

Up next from FCA

Unsurprisingly, FCA’s recent publications have almost exclusively focused on Covid-19. However, in BAU, it still proposes: a consultation on exit fees on investment platforms and comparable firms over the summer;...

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...

UK and Switzerland work to strengthen ties

Economiesuisse and The CityUK have been working on a joint position paper setting out how to strengthen the countries’ relationship in the time of coronavirus and in the future. In terms of financial services, the...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 27 April

On 27 April: FCA has clarified the relationship between its rules and the UK’s CBILS and Bounce Back Loan schemes.  It notes that, pending the roll-out of the BBL scheme, which, from 4 May,  will give small...

Regulator Covid-19 update 22 April

On 22 April FCA published a new webpage on PII cover for financial advisers. It recognises that firms may be concerned about their ability to renew their PII during the Covid-19 crisis, which may impact on their...

PRA updates on skilled persons reports

PRA has published details of the skilled persons reports it commissioned in Q3 2019/20. There were 8 in total, of which 3 related to technology and information management in banks, and 2 to controls and risk management...

PRA publishes buffer usage FAQs

PRA has published a set of FAQs on using liquidity and capital buffers in response to the issues caused by Covid-19. The FAQs address what the buffers are, how banks can use them and the implications of them doing so...

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...

EVENT: Retail Banking Mixer

Our next Retail Banking Mixer will be held by webinar instead of in our London and Edinburgh offices.   We’d be delighted if you could join us on Thursday 23rd April at 10am.  Topics covered will be:  ...

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...

PRA publishes Business Plan

PRA has published its Business Plan for 2020/21.  Like FCA, PRA comments that Covid-19 has made it reassess its plans and reprioritise its work, and it will continue to assess the effects of the outbreak on its actions...

Overdrafts and Coronavirus: New Rules

As noted earlier, the FCA has published the new rules that firms require to implement by 14 April 2020.  In relation to the overdrafts, the FCA has implemented two measures (1) interest free overdrafts and (2) overdraft...

FCA consults on fees

FCA has published its fees and levies proposals for 2020/2021.  Covid-19 has affected FCA’s plans, and it is taking action to protect small and medium sized firms from the burden of regulatory fees.  Comments are...

PSR publishes APP scam thoughts

The PSR has published a summary of a conference call between key players in the payments industry to discuss the progress being made in tackling APP scams. It decided to go ahead with the call, not least as Covid-19 has...

FCA Business Plan 20/21

The FCA published its business plan for the coming year this morning.  The plan focuses around 5 key priorities for the year.  It has been significantly reshaped because of coronavirus as it was intended to show the...

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...

Emergency consultation by the FCA

The FCA has proposed a range of targeted temporary measures designed to quickly support users of certain consumer credit products who are facing a financial impact due to coronavirus. The package is intended to...

FLA gets firms access to CBIL Scheme

FLA has successfully negotiated with the Government to get access for independent and non-bank lenders to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. It says this was critical to allow firms to continue to run...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 26 March

On 26 March: FCA, while confirming its intention to be flexible to allow firms to keep operating, noted that they should also be planning ahead and ensuring sound management of their financial resources. It says buffers...

Government confirms extension of TTP

In a statement to Parliament, Lord Agnew of Oulton, the Minister of State, has noted a statement from Treasury that it expects “in general” the same laws and rules to apply as the transition period ends, it...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 25 March

On 25 March: Treasury, BoE and FCA have written to the CEOs of UK banks on Covid-19 and bank lending.  The letter explains how the Covid Corporate Financing Facility will help firms of investment grade or equivalent...

Contactless limit increasing

UK Finance announced today that the card transactional contactless limit will be increasing from £30 to £45 with the roll out starting on 1 April. The changes may take a while for retailers to implement, especially...

CMA varies Santander directions

CMA has varied the Directions to Santander in respect of its Open Banking Release. It had previously varied the directions in January 2019 and considers Santander’s continued failure to comply with the...

FCA issues Covid-19 guidance for consumers

The FCA has explained that is working closely with the Government, the Bank of England, the Payment Systems Regulator and firms to ensure markets continue to work well for consumers. This includes making regular contact...

EU writes to Chancellor on equivalence

Valdis Dombrovskis has written to Rishi Sunak on equivalence assessments. The letter merely notes that both sides should start to assess equivalence as soon as possible, on the basis of the Political Declaration, with a...

Treasury consults on UK/Gibraltar FS access

Treasury is consulting on the post-Brexit market access arrangements between the UK and Gibraltar. Constitutionally, Gibraltar is an Overseas Territory with internal self-government. Responsibility for financial...

Up next from FCA

FCA plans the following publications: consultation on exit fees in investment platforms and comparable firms (March); consultation on listing of OEICs (Q1); consultation on changes to DEPP, EG and the financial crime...

PRA writes to chairs on board diversity

PRA has written to the chairs of dual regulated firms reinforcing the importance it places on diversity within boards for improving decision making and providing effective challenge. It reminds firms it expects them to...