Subject to DISP 1.1.1A R, this5 chapter applies to every firm in respect of activities carried on from an establishment maintained by the firm (or its appointed representative) in the United Kingdom, except:5
1VJ participants are subject to DISP 1, except DISP 1.1.1 G, DISP 1.1.5 R and DISP 1.5(Record keeping and reporting), by contract under the standard terms as if they were firms (see DISP 4.2.2 R). DISP 1.2 applies to VJ participants only in relation to complaints about activities of the VJ participant specified in DISP 2.6.9 R. DISP 1.2 (Internal complaints handling procedures: general requirements) also applies to VJ participants elsewhere in the EEA under the extended jurisdiction set out in DISP 2.7.2 R.
it has notified the FSA in writing that those conditions apply ; and
the conditions in fact continue to apply.
The exemption takes effect from the date on which the notice was received by the FSA.
The purpose of this chapter is to set out the rules relating to the internal handling of complaints by firms, including the procedures which a firm must put in place; the time limits within which a firm must deal with a complaint; the referral of complaints,4 the records of a complaint which a firm must make and retain; and the requirements on a firm to report information about complaints to the FSA. This is to ensure that complaints are handled fairly, effectively and promptly, and resolved at the earliest possible opportunity, minimising the number of unresolved complaints which need to be referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service. This purpose is consistent with the FSA's consumer protection regulatory objective.