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

FCA calls for input on proposed cross-sector sandbox

New technologies, such as artificial intelligence (“AI”) and distributed ledger technology (“DLT”), continue to have a significant impact on the way in which firms, customers and regulators interact.  Firms introducing innovative business models whose products or services fall under the jurisdiction of different sectoral regulators can find themselves having to address competing regulatory expectations. As … Read more

FCA concludes review of the fair treatment of with-profits customers

The FCA’s thematic review of with-profits business has found “signs” that a small number of firms are in breach of its rules. Despite this, the FCA is not taking enforcement action against any of those firms. This is presumably because it has determined that, “in most cases” at least, there is no evidence of customer … Read more

EU guidance on “no-deal” Brexit suggests increased risk Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements won’t apply to exclusive English jurisdiction clauses agreed pre-Brexit

The post below was first published on our Litigation blog. As we have previously noted, there is some uncertainty over whether, following a “no-deal” Brexit, EU27 countries will apply the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements where an exclusive English jurisdiction clause was agreed before exit day. This is sometimes referred to as … Read more