Whistleblower wins 13-year campaign against HSBC – The Guardian

‘A lone whistleblower has won a 13-year “David and Goliath battle” against HSBC and Britain’s chief financial watchdog, resulting in a multimillion-pound compensation payout to thousands of people.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2017

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FCA to review ‘close relationships’ in mortgage market – The Guardian

Posted December 13th, 2016 in conflict of laws, consumer protection, financial regulation, mortgages, news by sally

‘Britain’s financial watchdog has launched a review of the mortgage market that will probe the “inducements” routinely paid to brokers and other industry players, to see whether consumers are losing out as a result.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2016

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FCA seeks reforms in 2017 to some crowdfunding rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 12th, 2016 in disclosure, financial regulation, loans, news by sally

‘The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will seek to address potential investor detriment by outlining proposed reforms to crowdfunding rules in the early part of 2017, the regulator has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th December 2016

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Brave new world – Counsel

Posted December 9th, 2016 in EC law, financial regulation, freedom of movement, markets, news, passports by sally

‘How will losing passporting rights affect the UK’s financial services sector? Saima Hanif argues that the equivalence regime is not a satisfactory alternative.’

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Counsel, December 2016

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FCA to crack down on crowdfunding – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2016 in financial regulation, loans, news by sally

‘The City regulator has announced a crackdown on crowdfunding – the fast-growing sector that lets businesses and individuals raise money from online investors.’

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The Guardian, 9th December 2016

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Home Secretary’s speech to the FCA’s Financial Crime Conference – Home Office

‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd gave a speech on economic crime at the Financial Conduct Authority annual crime conference on 10 November 2016.’

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Home Office, 14th November 2016

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Reform of proceeds of crime laws by Law Commission urgently needed, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘The current regime of confiscation orders is failing to deprive criminals of the proceeds of their crimes. The Law Commission of England and Wales must seize the opportunity to reform the law in this area as part of its 13th programme of law reform.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th November 2016

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Moving on from Bolam – the High Court applies the Montgomery v Larnarkshire test in a financial professionals – Hailsham Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in banking, duty of care, financial regulation, negligence, news by sally

‘The High Court has for the first time outside a medical context declined to apply the traditional Bolam v Friern Barnet Hospital Management Committee [1957] 1 WLR 582 test for the standard of care in favour of the new test in Montgomery v Larnarkshire Health Board [2015] AC 1430. Coutts, the private bank, was found to owe a duty to take reasonable care to ensure that their clients were aware of the risks of suggested investments. This is an important development in professional negligence law and one that may have far-reaching consequences.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 3rd November 2016

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FCA to investigate banks’ high-cost credit including overdrafts – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2016 in banking, competition, fees, financial regulation, loans, news by tracey

‘The City regulator is to launch an investigation into loans that charge high interest rates in a move that will also wade into the controversy over fees on overdrafts. The decision by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to look at overdraft charges comes after the Competitition and Markets Authority stepped back from imposing a limit on these fees after a two-year investigation into high-street banking.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2016

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FCA increasingly favouring criminal prosecution in insider dealing cases, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 3rd, 2016 in financial regulation, insider dealing, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The number of criminal investigations into cases of insider dealing opened by UK regulators increased by 175% over the last financial year and early figures indicate the total for 2016/17 will be higher still, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd October 2016

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Regulatory focus on data access restrictions could impact Uber, retailers, insurers and car manufacturers, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 27th, 2016 in competition, data protection, EC law, financial regulation, insurance, news, privacy by sally

‘Retailers, insurers, car manufacturers and the fast-growing software company Uber are among the businesses that should take note of the increased regulatory scrutiny being placed on restrictions of access to data.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th September 2016

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Decades-old legal test not suitable for assessing if investment advice met professional standards, says High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 21st, 2016 in banking, duty of care, financial advice, financial regulation, insurance, negligence, news by tracey

‘A long-standing legal test, that helps to determine whether professionals meet their duty of care to clients is not appropriate for determining whether UK investment advisers have sufficiently communicated with investors to be said to have provided suitable advice, the UK High Court has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th September 2016

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Financial Ombudsman still receiving thousands of PPI complaints – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2016 in complaints, financial regulation, financial services ombudsman, news by sally

‘The £37bn bill for payment protection insurance mis-selling by Britain’s banks is likely to escalate further after the Financial Ombudsman revealed that it continues to be inundated with complaints.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2016

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PwC fined £2.3m over auditing of subprime lender Cattles – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2016 in accountants, auditors, costs, financial regulation, fines, news by sally

‘PricewaterhouseCoopers has been fined £2.3m by the accountancy watchdog over its auditing of the subprime lender Cattles and its biggest division, Welcome Financial Services, in 2007.’

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The Guardian, 31st August 2016

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Cashpoint merger subject to in-depth UK investigation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 31st, 2016 in banking, compensation, financial regulation, news by sally

‘The planned merger between Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf will be subject to an in-depth competition investigation, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th August 2016

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Blockchain debate is helping spur interest in how technology can support compliance, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 23rd, 2016 in banking, computer programs, financial regulation, news by sally

‘Continued debate over the extent to which blockchain might be used within financial services is helping to spur a broader discussion over the way technology could be used to reduce regulatory compliance burdens in the sector, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd August 2016

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FCA branded ‘inadequate’ as MPs call for new bank watchdog – The Independent

Posted July 26th, 2016 in banking, financial regulation, news, parliament, select committees by sally

‘Britain needs a new financial watchdog to punish wrongdoing in order to win public confidence, further reshaping a regulatory structure that was overhauled just three years ago, the Treasury Select Committee has said.’

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The Independent, 26th July 2016

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Financial Conduct Authority orders banks to shine light on dark pool stock exchanges and clean up operations – The Independent

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in banking, financial regulation, fines, news by sally

‘Barclays and Credit Suisse paid huge fines in the US to settle misconduct allegations over the operation of their dark pool share trading exchanges. The City watchdog says the UK market is different, but it still wants banks to do better.’

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The Independent, 21st July 2016

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City watchdog battles to ban ‘reckless’ payday lender – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 15th, 2016 in financial regulation, loans, news, unfair commercial practices by tracey

‘The City watchdog faces a legal battle in its attempts to ban a payday lender from the industry, as financier Andrew Barry Hart fights claims he “took a reckless approach” to lending and “failed to address unfair business practices”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th July 2016

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FCA will look to ensure consumer protection and support for fintech innovation in crowdfunding review, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 12th, 2016 in consumer protection, disclosure, financial regulation, news by sally

‘The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will look to ensure that consumers are sufficiently protected against the risks inherent in crowdfunding while supporting innovation in the growing market in a forthcoming review of its regulation of the industry, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th July 2016

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