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CASS 11.7 Selecting an approved bank at which to hold client money

CASS 11.7.1G

A CASS debt management firm owes a duty of care as a trustee to its clients in relation to client money and has to exercise that duty of care in deciding where to hold client money.

CASS 11.7.2R

Before a CASS large debt management firm opens a client bank account and as often as is appropriate on a continuing basis (such frequency being no less than once in each financial year) it must take reasonable steps to establish that it is appropriate for the firm to hold client money at the approved bank concerned.

CASS 11.7.3R

A CASS large debt management firm must consider the risks associated with holding all client money with one approved bank and should consider whether it would be appropriate to hold client money in client bank accounts at a number of different approved banks.

CASS 11.7.4G

In complying with CASS 11.7.3 R a CASS large debt management firm should consider as appropriate, together with any other relevant matters:

  1. (1)

    the amount of client money held by the firm;

  2. (2)

    the amount of client money the firm anticipates holding at the approved bank; and

  3. (3)

    the credit worthiness of the approved bank.

CASS 11.7.5G

A CASS small debt management firm can demonstrate compliance with CASS 11.7.1 G by checking that the person it proposes to hold client money with is an approved bank and that nothing has come to the firm's attention to cause it to believe that such person is not an appropriate place at which to hold client money.

CASS 11.7.6R

A CASS large debt management firm must make a record of the grounds upon which it satisfies itself as to the appropriateness of its selection of an approved bank. The firm must make the record on the date it makes the selection and must keep it from the date of such selection until five years after the firm ceases to use the approved bank to hold client money.