FCA authorisation rules relating to consumer credit firms
Produced in partnership with Jacqui Hatfield of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe UK LLP
FCA authorisation rules relating to consumer credit firms

The following Financial Services guidance note Produced in partnership with Jacqui Hatfield of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe UK LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • FCA authorisation rules relating to consumer credit firms
  • Background to the FCA consumer credit authorisation regime
  • The FCA authorisation regime
  • What are the main requirements of the FCA authorisation regime?
  • What are the main similarities and differences between the FCA authorisation regime and the FCA limited permission regime?
  • What requirements will firms need to comply with before the FCA will grant them authorisation?
  • What are the key requirements applicable to consumer credit firms once they are authorised?
  • Senior manager arrangements systems and controls
  • Consumer credit sourcebook
  • Notifications to the FCA
  • more

Background to the FCA consumer credit authorisation regime

Since 1 April 2014 the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has been responsible for regulating consumer credit firms in the UK. The FCA assumed responsibility for the regulation of consumer credit from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The financial crisis of 2007/2008 prompted a thorough review of all aspects of the financial regulation structure including consumer credit. Following the government’s review, it was considered that the regulatory split between the OFT and FCA caused a fundamental weakness in financial services consumer credit regulation. Consequently, the government decided to bring consumer credit into the same regulatory regime as other retail financial services under the FCA. The government was also of the view that replacing the statutory basis of consumer credit regulation under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (CCA) with a rules-based approach would result in a simpler, more flexible and responsive regime.

This regime is governed by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA 2000) and its secondary legislation, in particular the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 (SI 2001/544) (RAO), retained provisions in the CCA and its secondary legislation and rules and guidance in the FCA Handbook, which together provide the legislative framework in which the FCA consumer credit regime operates.

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