Corporate Advisory

FCA – The Treasury widen the reach of the Senior Managers Regime

Last week it was announced that the Government now considers it appropriate to extend the Senior Managers’ and Certification Regime to all financial services firms and to replace the ‘presumption of responsibility’ for senior managers with a ‘duty of responsibility’.

Tracey McDermott, acting chief executive of the FCA, said:

‘Extending the Senior Managers’ and Certification Regime is an important step in embedding a culture of personal responsibility throughout the financial services industry.

‘While the presumption of responsibility could have been helpful, it was never a panacea. There has been significant industry focus on this one, small element of the reforms, which risked distracting senior management within firms from implementing both the letter and spirit of the regime. The senior managers’ and certification regime is intended to deliver better decisions to help avoid problems arising. We remain committed to holding individuals to account where they fail to meet our standards.’

See full details on the treasury website here