ESG for financial institutions – Top five trends in UK and EU regulation for 2023

As financial institutions get to grips with the opportunities and challenges presented by the constantly evolving ESG landscape, our FSR colleagues have outlined the top five trends that they are seeing in this space. From a disputes perspective, particularly for mis-selling and securities class action claims, it is important that firms take note of these … Read more

Navigating UK sanctions against Russian persons in English court proceedings

The UK is one of many countries which have introduced extensive sanctions against Russia, its individuals and entities in light of the military action in Ukraine which began on 24 February 2022. The application of the sanctions is generally limited to the territory of the UK and the conduct of UK persons (as defined) inside … Read more

FCA confirms final rules for new Consumer Duty

The FCA has published the final rules and guidance and accompanying non-Handbook guidance relating to the new Consumer Duty (the Duty). While the nature and scope of the Duty remains largely unchanged in most areas, the final rules and guidance contain some significant changes and clarifications relating to how the Duty will apply in relation to distribution chains, closed books, wholesale markets and … Read more

Reform of the UK prospectus regime – update on securities litigation risk

HM Treasury (HMT) has published a response setting out its policy approach to reforming the UK’s prospectus regime, in the biggest shake up since 2005. The response follows the initial consultation published in July 2021. HMT’s intention is to proceed with the reforms broadly as proposed in its initial consultation. The next step is for HMT … Read more

Regulation in Focus Podcast – Operational Resilience

Our FSR colleagues’ latest Regulation in Focus podcast features two former regulators in conversation about operational resilience – Andrew Procter from Herbert Smith Freehills and Michael Sicsic from Sicsic Advisory. The discussion focuses on the implementation of operational resilience requirements for the upcoming UK regulatory deadline of 31 March 2022, including a discussion of the … Read more

Final part of UK LIBOR legislative solution receives Royal Assent

This week, the Critical Benchmarks (References and Administrators’ Liability) Act 2021 received Royal Assent and will now pass into UK law. The Critical Benchmarks Act represents the final part of the UK’s legislative framework to deal with LIBOR cessation and its passage is welcome news, particularly with the hard deadline for most currencies of LIBOR … Read more

Global Bank Review: Greenwashing Litigation Podcast

Join Mark Smyth, Jojo Fan, Benjamin Rubinstein and Sousan Gorji as they discuss global greenwashing issues in the banking sector. You can read more insights in our Global Bank Review. You can also listen on Apple, Spotify and SoundCloud. Please subscribe to our Financial Services Disputes & Regulation podcast channel here to listen to our … Read more