On 29 April 2021, the Financial Services Act 2021 received royal assent. The Act is a milestone in implementing the UK Government’s wider Future Regulatory Framework initiative and represents the first major step towards HM Government’s objective of maintaining the competitive position of the UK financial services industry whilst capitalising on new opportunities following the end of the Brexit transition period.

This is the first significant piece of UK primary legislation in the financial services sector following the end of the Brexit transition period; it introduces wide-ranging reforms to the current UK regulatory regime which include significant amendments to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and various other ‘onshored’ EU financial services regulation. Many of these provisions are designed to recalibrate the UK regulatory architecture towards a more regulator-led approach and to correct various functional issues with rules introduced under former EU regimes.

For more a detailed overview of the Act and its substantive reforms, please see our briefing.