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SMCR: Two Weeks to Go!
SMCR Deadline Looms
25 November 2019
Firms are running out of time to put the necessary processes in place to comply with the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) with just two weeks to go until the December 9th deadline!
As firms coming under the new regime will be aware, the SMCR is an industry-wide shift towards individual accountability for those working in financial services.
Firms will now have an obligation to ensure their employees comply with the FCA mandated Conduct Rules and for assessing and certifying certain staff are fit, proper and competent enough to carry out their roles.
Recently, the regulator confirmed that it has opened a regulatory investigation into one firm and six individuals for non-financial misconduct following the introduction of the SMCR, which was first rolled out to the banking sector in March 2016.
In 2017-18 the average enforcement fine for individuals was £90,000 and substantially higher for firms, and last year, the FCA (together with the PRA) secured an individual fine against Barclays Chief Executive Mr Jes Staley of £642,000 for failing to act with ‘due skill care such large sums involved there is strong incentive to take the obligations that SMCR places upon you very seriously.
With literally days to go, Firms will be working hard to ensure all their ducks are lined up in a row before the start of the new regime.
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