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White paper: protecting defined benefit pension schemes

The most radical proposal is to encourage smaller DB schemes to consolidate into larger units run by commercial consolidators. This would break the insurance mould that has dominated DB to date.

19 April 2018

In specie contributions: HMRC loses at the first tier tribunal against Sippchoice

Sippchoice wins tax tribunal with the decision that payment of contributions is permitted as a transfer of assets as well as in cash.
28 March 2018

An introduction to crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular alternative method of raising finance. But what is crowdfunding? In this article we explain how crowdfunding works, the risks and rewards and the UK regulation.
13 February 2018

UK financial services after Brexit

As the UK and EU enter the next phase of Brexit negotiations, we consider the impact of losing passporting rights and possible options for a trade agreement around financial services.
31 January 2018

FCA launches market study into wholesale insurance broker sector

The FCA launched a market study into the wholesale insurance broker sector in November 2017 and has stated that it wants to ensure the sector is working well and fosters innovation and competition.
29 January 2018

EBA issues final recommendations on outsourcing to cloud service providers

Financial institutions have been told to comply with new recommendations when outsourcing to cloud service providers. The recommendations will apply from 1 July 2018.
29 January 2018

Pension freedoms: transfers from DB to DC schemes

We consider issues relating to pension transfers from DB to DC schemes and the use of the pension freedom reforms. What will 2018 hold for consumer protection in this regulated environment?
22 January 2018

Senior Managers and Certification Regime: how to prepare for the transition

We look at the FCA's timetable for transitioning into the Senior Managers and Certification Regime and the steps that firms can take to prepare for the transition.
17 January 2018

How to align MiFID II and GDPR when processing client data: actions for regulated firms

We set out the requirements of MiFID II and GDPR and consider how regulated firms can address both requirements in their use and retention of customer data.
10 January 2018

An introduction to Blockchain

Blockchain technology is typically associated with cryptocurrencies but it has far more to offer. This article explores what a blockchain is and looks at potential uses.
16 November 2017

Limiting liability for misrepresentation: key issues and practical points

Contractual clauses limiting liability for misrepresentation have stood up to scrutiny. There are practical steps parties can take to minimise the risk of claims for misrepresentation against them.
06 November 2017

HM Treasury publishes response to PSD2 consultation

In this article we explore the government’s response to industry and consumer feedback on its PSD2 consultation and highlight key changes to its position on implementing the directive.
03 November 2017
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