Determined deterrence – what next? – White Collar Crime Blog

Posted December 3rd, 2014 in banking, financial regulation, fines, markets, news, sentencing by sally

‘The FCA’s Penalty Notices in the recent Spot FX Trading Investigation totalling £1.1 Bn set out very careful and thorough explanations of how the respective Penalties have been reached, identifying the relevant guidance and breaches of Principle. In the FCA’s Final Notice for Citibank for example, following the principles and guidance in the FCA’s Decision Procedures and Penalties Manual, the FCA expressly referred to five criteria: the need for “credible deterrence”, the nature, seriousness and impact of the breach, failures to respond adequately as regards conduct against the context of the LIBOR enforcement actions, Citibank’s previous disciplinary record and the discount applicable for settling terms “at an early stage of the Authority’s investigation”.’

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White Collar Crime Blog, 28th November 2014

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FCA report on complaint handling more optimistic than many feared – RPC Financial Services Blog

Posted November 26th, 2014 in complaints, consumer protection, financial regulation, news by sally

‘The FCA has finally published its report on its review of consumer complaint handling at 15 major retail financial services firms. Despite the expressed intention at the launch of the review last year for phase 2 to “consider firms’ approach to redress and root cause analysis”, the report is explicitly and determinedly forward-looking and does not – as some feared – criticise firms’ failures to root out systemic historic failings and proactively provide redress. In the end, the FCA’s stated aim was to uncover potential barriers to effective complaints handling and developing solutions going forward.’

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RPC Financial Services Blog, 24th November 2014

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Financial Conduct Authority hopes £1.5bn in fines will change behaviour – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2014 in financial regulation, fines, news by sally

‘The City watchdog has hit financial firms with nearly £1.5bn of penalties so far this year – more than three times the record level of fines it levied in 2013.’

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2014

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RBS fined £56m for IT meltdown – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2014 in banking, computer programs, financial regulation, fines, news by tracey

‘Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £56m for a meltdown in its consumer systems that locked 6.5 million customers out of their bank accounts for days on end in June 2012.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2014

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Barclays may face massive new penalty over currency rigging – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2014 in banking, financial regulation, fines, fraud, news by tracey

‘Barclays could face a huge new penalty for rigging currency markets after pulling out at the 11th hour from the settlement talks that led to £2.6bn of fines being slapped on six other big players in the currency markets. Barclays will not be eligible for the 30% discount on the fines handed to its rivals in exchange for settling early after its surprise move not to participate in the settlement with US and UK regulators. The bank, which was the first to be fined for rigging Libor in 2012, is reported not to have agreed to the settlement with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and the US commodity futures trading commission because of continuing talks with another US regulator.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2014

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Banks fined record £2bn over foreign exchange rigging – The Guardian

Posted November 12th, 2014 in banking, financial regulation, fines, news by tracey

‘Regulators on both sides of Atlantic impose fines totalling £2bn on HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS, JP Morgan and Citigroup.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2014

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FCA fines and bans senior Swinton management figures over sales culture failings – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 11th, 2014 in company directors, financial regulation, fines, insurance, news by tracey

‘The former chief executive, finance director and marketing director at a UK insurance provider have been served with fines by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and banned from taking senior positions at other financial services companies in the future.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th November 2014

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New payday loan rules to cap fees, total cost and default charges – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2014 in consumer credit, consumer protection, fees, financial regulation, interest, news by michael

‘The UK’s financial watchdog is clamping down on payday loans, with new rules to ensure that borrowers are never forced to repay more than twice the sum of their original loan.’

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The Guardian, 11th November 2014

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Regina (Bluefin Insurance Services Ltd) v Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd – WLR Daily

Regina (Bluefin Insurance Services Ltd) v Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd [2014] EWHC 3413 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 438

‘The question as to whether a complainant was a consumer for the purposes of the Financial Conduct Authority’s compulsory jurisdiction dispute resolution rules was a matter of precedent fact to be decided by the courts; it was not a question for Financial Ombudsman Service to determine that was reviewable only on conventional (“Wednesbury”) grounds.’

WLR Daily, 20th October 2014

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Causes of action in claims against banks for missold swaps: Bailey Trading v Barclays Bank – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted October 15th, 2014 in banking, financial regulation, interest, loans, news by sally

‘Interest Rate Hedging Products (“IRHP”) are financial products that enable the purchaser to limit their exposure to interest rate movements. They are often purchased at the same time as entering into a loan.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 19th September 2014

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FCA guidance on the regulation of advice and personal recommendations – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 8th, 2014 in financial regulation, news by sally

‘Financial regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is consulting on guidance that provides clarity on how different kinds of advice are treated, but companies should be particularly careful when offering advice electronically.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th October 2014

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Tesco to be probed by Financial Conduct Authority – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2014 in accountants, accounts, company directors, financial regulation, markets, news by tracey

‘Tesco says it has been notified by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that it is under investigation following its admission last week that it overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2014

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Attorney General’s keynote address to the 32nd Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime on Tuesday 2 September 2014 – Attorney General’s Office

Posted September 5th, 2014 in banking, financial regulation, fraud, interest, speeches by tracey

‘A speech given by the Attorney General to the 32nd Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime – delivered on 1st September 2014 at Jesus College Cambridge.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 5th September 2014

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RBS failed in mortgage business basics and is lucky the fine was just £14.5m – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2014 in banking, financial advice, financial regulation, fines, mortgages, news by tracey

‘Bank hit with its sixth penalty in four years, showing it is still far from being in proper shape to return to the private sector.’

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The Guardian, 27th August 2014

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Keyword advertising must not cause financial promotions to fall foul of compliance standards, warns FCA – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 14th, 2014 in advertising, financial regulation, internet, news by sally

‘Financial services companies have been warned to review their use of online keyword advertising after the City regulator said it can lead to financial promotions being deemed to be misleading.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th August 2014

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UK government to assess whether virtual currencies should be regulated – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government is to review the trade in virtual currencies to investigate whether it should regulated.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th August 2014

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CoCos go pop – RPC Commercial Disputes Blog

Posted August 6th, 2014 in financial regulation, interest, loans, news by sally

‘In the wake of the banking crisis, the Financial Services Act 2012 gave the FCA a range of new and enhanced powers with which to pursue its regulatory objectives. Today, it has used – for the first time – one if its shiny new tools; the FCA has issued a Temporary Product Intervention Rule (TPIR).’

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RPC Commercial Disputes Blog, 5th August 2014

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The new conduct and remuneration regime for bankers: “Making individual accountability a reality” – Employment Law Blog

Posted August 1st, 2014 in banking, financial regulation, news, remuneration by sally

‘On Wednesday 30 July 2014, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released consultation papers relating to individual accountability and remuneration in the banking industry. The changes apply, broadly speaking, to banks, building societies, credit unions and the nine investment firms designated by the PRA.’

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Employment Law Blog, 30th July 2014

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Banking sector faces wide-ranging review by finance watchdog – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2014 in banking, competition, financial regulation, news by tracey

‘Britain’s big four high street banks could be forced to break themselves up after the competition watchdog signalled its intention to launch a sweeping investigation into the £10bn-a-year sector.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2014

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FCA imposes cap on payday loans – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2014 in consumer credit, financial regulation, interest, news by tracey

‘The cap proposed by the Financial Conduct Authority means that if someone borrows £100 from a payday lender and pays it back within the agreed 30 days, they would pay a maximum of £24 in charges. Fees for late payment would be capped at £15, with a total price cap of 100% of the original loan to stop default charges spiralling out of control.’

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The Guardian, 15th july 2014

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