Amidst increased scrutiny surrounding how firms within the financial services deal with non-financial misconduct, this article explores how firms can reasonably ensure policies and procedures comply with SM&CR and demonstrate a culture of transparency, accountability, and integrity.

Diversity and inclusion are central to firms’ roles as businesses and employers. The regulators have been taking increasing steps to enhance diversity and inclusion within the financial sector. What can small businesses do to improve measures for diversity and inclusion?

The Financial Conduct Authority has launched a review into the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) and has opened a consultation where firms can submit feedback to help identify potential changes.

A recent Supreme Court hearing has highlighted the importance of properly verifying a candidate’s qualifications and suitability for a post. Are you aware of the requirements for regulatory referencing under SM&CR?

Our Development Zone Course of the Month for April is ‘SM&CR – Individual Conduct Rules’. The Conduct Rules set out the basic standards of personal conduct that individuals working in financial services are expected to abide by and apply to almost all staff who carry out financial services roles within a firm.

The Conduct Rules apply to almost all staff who carry out financial services roles within a firm. Is your firm aware of the training requirements?

Ensuring that compliance is embedded into an organisation’s structure is vital to determining a business’ success. But how can businesses ensure that they are cultivating the right culture in the workplace?

Are you compliant with SM&CR? The regulator has reminded firms who have not submitted details of Directory Persons to the Financial Services Register.

Firms have a responsibility to reasonably ensure staff are ‘fit and proper’ to carry out their roles. What should firms be doing to implement the FCA’s fitness and propriety requirements?

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