On December 9, 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority published its Policy Statement setting out guidance on how it intends to enforce the new individual accountability rules under the Senior Managers Regime, the Certification Regime and the new Conduct Rules. The FCA’s guidance, which will apply from March 7, 2016 when the new rules come into force, amends the Enforcement Guide and the Decision Procedure and Penalties Manual. The Policy Statement includes the FCA’s feedback to responses to its proposed guidance, including a confirmation that the FCA does not intend to add any additional guidance on the types of conduct it would consider as falling far below what would reasonably be expected of a senior manager when assessing whether to bring criminal proceedings against an individual alleging that his decision caused a firm to fail or to refer the matter to another prosecuting authority. The FCA considers that the FCA Handbook already contains enough guidance on the standards expected of senior managers. The FCA guidance does not include guidance on the presumption of responsibility for senior managers because the FCA intends to wait for the outcome of the Parliamentary debate on whether to approve the Government’s proposal to replace the presumption of responsibility with a duty of responsibility.

The guidance is available at: http://www.fca.org.uk/static/documents/policy-statements/ps15-29.pdf.

Our client note on the Government’s proposal is available at: http://www.shearman.com/~/media/Files/NewsInsights/Publications/2015/11/Implementation-Issues-Arising-from-the-Revised-UK-Senior-Manager-and-Certification-Regime-FIA-100215.pdf.