City firms launch review into dispute resolution for companies wronged by banks after RBS scandal – Daily Telegraph

‘City firms have launched a review into dispute resolution for companies wronged by banks, in the wake of the scandal over RBS’s mistreatment of small businesses. UK Finance, the lobby group for 300 British finance companies, has commissioned an independent study to analyse how complaints and disputes can be resolved in a more time and cost effective manner.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th April 2018

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Former BHS owner Chappell faces boardroom ban but Sir Philip Green escapes sanction over collapse – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 28th, 2018 in company directors, financial regulation, insolvency, news, pensions, sanctions by tracey

‘Former BHS owner Dominic Chappell will be banned from serving as company director for up to 15 years over his role in the the high street chain’s collapse, while its previous owner Sir Philip Green will escape any sanction. The Insolvency Service said that the retail mogul Sir Philip, who sold BHS to thrice bankrupt Mr Chappell little over a year before its demise for £1, will not face further action.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2018

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FCA crackdown on dodgy pensions advice after thousands of people hit by scandal – The Independent

Posted March 27th, 2018 in financial advice, financial regulation, news, pensions by tracey

‘The City watchdog has announced measures to deal with an “erupting pensions mis-selling scandal”, but MPs say the plans do not go far enough to protect people’s savings.’

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The Independent, 26th March 2018

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Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court: Integrity and independence in the judiciary and the financial services industry – a comparative study – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court: Integrity and independence in the judiciary and the financial services industry – a comparative study.’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 21st March 2018

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Call for stricter rules on doorstep loans – BBC News

Posted March 19th, 2018 in consumer credit, financial regulation, loans, news by sally

‘People who borrow money from doorstep lenders should get the same protection as those with payday loans, a charity has argued.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2018

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FCA v Grout [2018] EWCA Civ 71: Anonymous or Synonymous? – 4 New Square

Posted March 16th, 2018 in financial regulation, identification, news, third parties by sally

‘The Court of Appeal confirms the restrictive approach to third party rights under FCA Notices adopted by the Supreme Court in Macris v FCA [2017] UKSC 19.’

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4 New Square, 6th February 2018

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City watchdog: Civil justice ‘out of reach’ for most British citizens – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 15th, 2018 in civil justice, financial regulation, news, speeches by tracey

‘Civil justice is readily available to the international super-rich but out of reach of most British citizens, according to a top City watchdog. But John Griffith-Jones, chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority, believes it is the job of parliament to boost consumer redress by changing the law, rather than simply tinkering with the regulator’s rulebook.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th March 2018

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Regulator begins new sector-focused crackdown on cartels – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 28th, 2018 in competition, construction industry, financial regulation, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will target “industries that are at a greater risk of cartels forming” as part of a new campaign to crack down on anti-competitive behaviour.’

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OUT-LAW.com, February 2018

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Doorstep lender to return £169m to customers – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2018 in consumer credit, financial regulation, fines, loans, misrepresentation, news by tracey

‘A division of troubled lender Provident Financial has been told to pay almost £169m in compensation to customers. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said Provident’s Vanquis unit failed to properly disclose charges on one of its popular repayment plans.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2018

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MPs publish full unredacted report into RBS small business scandal – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2018 in banking, financial regulation, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Treasury committee has published the full unredacted report into Royal Bank of Scotland’s “disgraceful” treatment of struggling small businesses that came to it for financial assistance in the wake of the banking crisis.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2018

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FCA flexes muscles with first ‘serious crime’ order – Law Society Gazette

Posted February 14th, 2018 in consumer credit, financial regulation, licensing, loans, news, sentencing by michael

“A money lender who ‘flouted the law’ to make more than £2 million from loan agreements despite being refused a credit licence has become the first person to be subjected to a serious crime order imposed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).”

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Law Society Gazette, 14th February

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GDPR not at odds with FCA Handbook, say UK authorities – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 13th, 2018 in data protection, EC law, financial regulation, news by sally

‘New data protection laws are not at odds with regulatory requirements imposed on companies in the financial services sector, two UK authorities have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th February 2018

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MPs demand watchdog publishes report into RBS small business scandal by next week – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 8th, 2018 in banking, financial regulation, news, reports, select committees by tracey

‘MPs could publish a leaked version of the report into claims RBS mistreated small business customers whether regulators are ready or not. The Treasury Select Committee has told the Financial Conduct Authority it must publish the much-delayed report on the Global Restructuring Group (GRG) by the end of next week. If the FCA fails to do that, it must instead send a copy to the committee on that day.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2018

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Burns v Financial Conduct Authority [2017] EWCA Civ 214: a sign of things to come? – 4 New Square

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in company directors, costs, enforcement, financial regulation, news by sally

‘Directors’ duties, procedural fairness and issue based costs; the Court of Appeal decision sheds light on several aspects of financial regulatory enforcement action.’

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4 New Square, 15th January 2018

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A £1m fine for broker shows potential shortcomings with group-wide controls and surveillance, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 31st, 2018 in financial regulation, fines, news by sally

‘A fine served on an online broker shows that financial firms should not rely solely on group-wide controls and surveillance systems to pick up on suspicious transactions, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th January 2018

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Government accused of “pulling its punches” over PI cold-calling ban – Legal Futures

‘The government was accused yesterday of “pulling its punches” and “shilly shallying” over introducing a ban on cold-calling for personal injury (PI) claims.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd January 2018

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FCA refuses to close the door to ‘permissionless’ blockchain networks and steps up scrutiny of ICOs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 20th, 2017 in financial regulation, internet, news by sally

‘Financial services firms that wish to set up “permissionless” blockchain networks will not automatically be engaged in outsourcing and be in breach of Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules, the regulator has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th December 2017

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Proposed reforms to the UK Corporate Governance Code from 1 January 2019 – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 19th, 2017 in codes of practice, company directors, company law, financial regulation, news by sally

‘A revised UK Corporate Governance Code, intended by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) to be “shorter and sharper” and to restore public trust in business, is due to come into force for accounting periods beginning 1 January 2019’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th December 2017

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Broker fined £4m by FCA over ‘truly independent’ claim – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 13th, 2017 in financial regulation, fines, insurance, news, subsidiary companies by sally

‘An insurance broker has been fined over £4 million by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for failing to adequately manage potential conflicts of interest involving its parent company.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th December 2017

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Watchdog calls on MPs to ease rules after being told to toughen up – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 1st, 2017 in accountants, financial regulation, news, takeovers by tracey

‘The UK’s accounting watchdog is hoping to make it easier to prosecute accountants after it was slammed for letting KPMG off the hook over its audits of HBOS just before the financial crisis.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th November 2017

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