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High Cost Credit Review: Final rules and guidance on overdraft pricing and repeat use

The FCA has published final rules and a further consultation on a range of measures transforming the overdraft market. The changes in the final rules cover pricing intervention and repeat...

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FOS jurisdiction extended to SMEs from 1 April 2019: Has the FOS bitten off more than it can chew?

As we reported in our previous blog post in November 2018, from 1 April 2019 the jurisdiction of the FOS has extended to include SMEs with an annual turnover below £6.5m and with a...

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FCA Business Plan 2019/20: looking ahead to post-Brexit future of regulation

Unsurprisingly, Brexit remains the immediate priority for the FCA in its recently published Business Plan 2019/20. This year, other cross-sector work is divided into four continuing areas...

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Mortgage distribution: FCA aims to remove regulatory barriers to consumer-facing innovation

In its Mortgages Market Study final report the FCA commented that, in contrast to other markets, there hasn't been much progress in consumer-facing innovation in mortgage distribution....

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General insurance: FCA publishes report on Thematic Review of GI distribution chain

The FCA’s Thematic Review into general insurance distribution chains concludes that certain GI sector manufacturing, sales and distribution approaches can lead to customers purchasing ...

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'Mortgage prisoners': FCA proposes a regulatory key to the cell door

One of the key areas for improvement identified by the FCA in its Mortgages Market Study final report is to make it easier for so-called 'mortgage prisoners' - longstanding borrowers on...

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Mortgages Market Study: FCA's final report puts consumer information, innovation and freeing 'mortgage prisoners' front and centre

The FCA's final report on its Mortgages Market Study confirms that the UK mortgages market is working well in many ways. But it has found that there's room for improvement in the tools...

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And now for something completely different…or not! FCA Final Report on the Consumer Credit Act Retained Provisions

The FCA has published its Final Report setting out its review of the Retained Provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974. It will now be for the Government to decide if it wants to...

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BREXIT: SEPA - A successful transition

The European Payments Council Board has announced that it has approved the application from UK Finance for the continued participation of UK payment service providers in the SEPA schemes...

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Open banking: An emerging technology grows to maturity

Far from being a fly-by-night millennial phenomenon, the early signs are that open banking is here to stay and is going to be an integral part of the landscape for any lawyer working at the ...

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Motor Finance: FCA could put brakes on broker commission

The FCA has released the final findings from its Motor Finance Market review. The review started in July 2017 and so may have been impacted by market developments in the meantime but the...

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Investing in Africa in 2019 – what you should know

Africa is comprised of a range of distinct investment destinations, with a multitude of cultures, business practices, as well as political and economic circumstances. African private...

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