Misleading statements under the Financial Services Act 2012
Produced in partnership with Joanna Dimmock, Tom Hickey and Fred Kelly of White & Case LLP

The following Corporate Crime practice note produced in partnership with Joanna Dimmock, Tom Hickey and Fred Kelly of White & Case LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Misleading statements under the Financial Services Act 2012
  • Offences relating to financial services
  • Misleading statements—elements of the offence (the criminal act)
  • Mental element required for the offence of misleading statements
  • Jurisdiction
  • Statutory defences to offence of misleading statements
  • Price Stabilisation
  • Control of information rules
  • Prosecution of offence of misleading statements
  • Sentencing for offence of misleading statements

Misleading statements under the Financial Services Act 2012

FORTHCOMING CHANGE: Section 31(2) of the Financial Services Act 2021 (FSA 2021) increases the maximum sentence for market abuse offences under sections 89–91 of the Financial Services Act 2012 (FSA 2012) from seven years to ten years imprisonment by amending FSA 2012, s 92(1)(b). This section comes into force on a date to be appointed in accordance with regulations to be made under FSA 2021, s 49(5).

Offences relating to financial services

The Financial Services Act 2012 (FSA 2012) created three offences relating to market manipulation where, formerly under section 397 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA 2000), there were only two offences (misleading statements and misleading practices). Following the commencement of FSA 2012 on 1 April 2013 the section 397 offences were repealed. The offences created by FSA 2012 are:

  1. making false or misleading statements or dishonestly concealing material facts under FSA 2012, s 89

  2. creating false or misleading impressions under FSA 2012, s 90, and

  3. making false or misleading statements etc in relation to benchmarks under FSA 2012, s 91

This note will cover the offence of misleading statements. See also Practice Notes: Misleading statements etc in relation to benchmarks and Misleading impressions under Financial Services Act 2012.

For information on the previous regime for market manipulation under FSMA 2000, s 397, see Practice Note: Misleading the

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