FCA warns CEOs to tackle non-financial misconduct

The FCA has warned CEOs that how a firm handles non-financial misconduct is indicative of a firm's culture. It is the FCA's view that embedding healthy cultures includes, therefore, taking steps to address the discrimination, harassment and bullying that remains "prevalent" in firms. In a 'Dear CEO' letter (the Letter), which follows recent incidents in the wholesale general insurance sector, the FCA considers the need for fundamental change in firms' culture and calls on leaders to bring about that change. Read more

FCA publishes finalised guidance on GI distribution chain

Further to its thematic review on the general insurance distribution chain (TR19/2), the FCA has published its final guidance on the general insurance distribution chain. The guidance builds on existing rules applicable to both manufacturers and distributors of both general insurance and pure protection products, and clarifies the FCA's expectations in respect of product development, distribution and review. Read more

New regulatory regime for insurance intermediaries in Hong Kong takes effect

The new statutory regime for the regulation of insurance intermediaries in Hong Kong takes effect today. This represents the final stage of implementation of the reforms which established the Insurance Authority (IA) as Hong Kong’s independent insurance regulator. The IA assumed the regulatory responsibilities of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance in June 2017 and has taken over the regulation of insurance intermediaries (agents and brokers) from  three self-regulatory organisations (SROs) from today. Requirements relating to the intermediary management function, one of the control functions of an authorised insurer, have also come into effect. The IA will be responsible for all aspects of regulation of insurance intermediaries, including issuing rules, codes and guidelines, approving licences, monitoring compliance, conducting inspections and investigations, and imposing disciplinary sanctions where breaches have occurred. Read more

Updated Brexit Legal Guide launched

The outcome of the June 2016 UK referendum on EU membership ushered in a period of increasing political turmoil in the UK. When I wrote an introduction to the first edition of this legal guide my colleagues and I had a clear view that leaving the EU would take far longer and be far more complex than most other commentators were saying, but I did not anticipate then that over three years later we would have so little clarity on the UK and EU’s long term relationship with each other.  Nor that polarisation of views on all sides would have increased still further, leading to political deadlock. This updated Brexit Legal Guide addresses the legal position if the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal and picks out the key pieces of legislation that will soon be in force if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.  I hope you will find it useful. Read more

Class actions related appeals heading for the Supreme Court

As in many jurisdictions, class actions are becoming more frequent in the English courts. A body of case law is building up, and that will be added to by three cases which are to go to the Supreme Court, as discussed on this recent post on our Litigation Blog. Significant disputes of all types frequently … Read more

Regulators extend transitional direction powers in line with Brexit delay

The FCA, Bank of England (“BoE”) and PRA yesterday announced measures to extend certain UK-specific Brexit transitional relief provisions for a further six months until 31 December 2020, in line with the extension of Exit Day until 31 October. This is generally in line with industry expectations and does not signal any material changes to … Read more