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SUP TP 11A Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016: Approved persons in solo-regulated firms

211A.1

Application, purpose and definitions

211A.1.1

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(1)

SUP TP 11A applies to solo-regulated SMCR firms.

(2)

SUP TP 11A.15 applies to every firm.

211A.1.2

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(1)

SUP TP 11A has transitional provisions relating to the introduction of the senior managers and certification regime for FCA-authorised persons by Part 2 of the Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016 and the Individual Accountability (FCA-Authorised Firms) Instrument 2019.

(2)

In particular, it has procedures for converting existing approvals for the performance of controlled functions into approvals for the corresponding designated senior management functions.

211A.1.3

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(1)

The main time period for which SUP TP 11A operates is 2019.

(2)

There are transitional provisions that can apply beyond that period. They are based on events occurring during that period.

211A.1.4

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Most of SUP TP 11A relates SUP 10C.

211A.1.5

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The terms in the first column of the table in SUP TP 11A.1.5R, where they appear in bold in SUP TP 11A, have the meanings in the corresponding entry in column 2 for the purposes of SUP TP 11A.

2Part One: General

Defined term

Meaning

authorisation applicant

an applicant for Part 4A permission, or another person seeking to carry on regulated activities as an authorised person.

authorisation application

the application or other process referred to in the definition of authorisation applicant.

claims management firm

a firm whose permission includes regulated claims management activities.

converted approval

(in relation to a pre-implementation approval) the approval for an FCA-designated senior management function which that pre-implementation approval becomes under SUP TP 11A.2.1R.

converted designated senior management function

(in relation to a transitioned SMF manager) the FCA-designated senior management function for which they are treated as having approval under SUP TP 11A.2.1R

core SMCR firm, enhanced scope SMCR firm, limited scope SMCR firm, overseas SMCR firm

have the meaning set out in the amendments to the Glossary to be made by the Individual Accountability (FCA-Authorised Firms) Instrument 2019).

This is subject to SUP TP 11A.23.

corresponding

(in relation to an FCA-designated senior management function and a pre-implementation controlled function) has the meaning in SUP TP 11A.7.2R.

firm specific date

the later of the following:

(1)

the date (if any) on which a firm makes the notification in SUP TP 11A.10.1R; or

(2)

(if the firm has updated a notification in (1) under SUP TP 11A.6 or SUP TP 11A.8.4R) the date that the most recent such updated notification was made to the FCA.

management responsibilities map

the document required to be produced under SUP TP 11A.12, including under SUP TP 11A.12 as applied by SUP TP 11A.19.

potentially convertible

has the meaning in SUP TP 11A.2.3R.

pre-implementation application

an application made under section 60 of the Act (Applications for approval) if the application is:

(1)

for approval for the performance of a pre-implementation controlled function; and

(2)

received by the FCA before the commencement date.

pre-implementation approval

a current FCA approved person approval that is given by the FCA before the commencement date in relation to a pre-implementation controlled function.

If a person is approved to perform more than one pre-implementation controlled function for a firm, there is a separate pre-implementation approval in relation to each.

pre-implementation controlled function

(in relation to a firm) an FCA controlled function that, before the commencement date:

(a) the FCA has specified for the purposes of section 59 of the Act (approval for particular arrangements); and

(b) applies to the firm (even if the firm has no one approved to perform that function for the time being).

pure claims management firm

a claims management firm whose permission only covers regulated claims management activities.

solo-regulated SMCR firm

a core SMCR firm, an enhanced scope SMCR firm or a limited scope SMCR firm

solo-regulated firms commencement SI

the Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016 (Commencement No. 6 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2019 (SI 1136/2019).

statement of responsibilities

in relation to a firm and a person (AP) and in relation to:

(1)

an FCA-designated senior management function for the performance of which by AP the firm has approval under SUP TP 11A.2;

(2)

an FCA-designated senior management function for the approval for the performance of which by AP the firm is treated as having applied under SUP TP 11A.7; or

(3)

an FCA-designated senior management function for the performance of which by AP the firm believes it will have approval as referred to in SUP TP 11A.5 or SUP TP 11A.6;

a statement setting out the aspects of the affairs of the firm for which AP is responsible or, as the case may be, for which it is intended that AP will be responsible, for managing in performing that FCA-designated senior management function.

Managing has the same meaning as it does in section 60(2A) of the Act (Applications for approval).

A statement of responsibilities also includes:

(4)

a statement of responsibilities produced under SUP TP 11A.15, including under SUP TP 11A.15 as applied by SUP TP 11A.19; and

(5)

the statement required to be produced by regulation 5(4) of the solo-regulated firms commencement SI (Deemed approval to perform designated senior management functions: requirement to provide statement of responsibilities).

temporary permission pure claims management firm

a pure claims management firm that has a claims management temporary permission.

transitioned SMF manager

AP as defined in SUP TP 11A.2.1R

2Part Two: Fixed dates

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first notification date

9 September 2019

final notification date

6 December 2019

commencement date

9 December 2019

Form O start date

9 June 2019 (even though this rule was made and came into force after this date)

enhanced firm cut- off date

1 September 2019

Note: If a firm becomes a solo-regulated SMCR firm between the final notification date and the commencement date or changes category within that period, the final notification date for it is the date it becomes a solo-regulated SMCR firm or changes category.

211A.2

Conversion of existing approvals

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If the conditions set out in SUP TP 11A.2.2R are met, a pre-implementation approval in relation to a particular approved person (AP) and a particular solo-regulated SMCR firm (F) has effect on and after the commencement date as if it had been given in relation to the FCA-designated senior management function or FCA-designated senior management functions specified in SUP TP 11A.2.2R(2) and (3).

211A.2.2

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Those conditions are:

(1)

the pre-implementation approval is in effect in relation to F:

(a)

(where SUP TP 11A.2.10R applies this condition) at the firm specific date; and

(b)

immediately before the commencement date;

(2)

AP is performing an FCA-designated senior management function in relation to F on the commencement date;

(3)

the pre-implementation approval in (1) is potentially convertible into approval for the FCA-designated senior management function in (2); and

(4)

(where SUP TP 11A.2.10R applies this condition) F has notified the FCA:

(a)

between the first notification date and the commencement date;

(b)

that it considers that the pre-implementation approval will be converted into approval for the FCA-designated senior management function in (2) under SUP TP 11A.2.

211A.2.3

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(1)

A pre-implementation approval is potentially convertible into approval for an FCA-designated senior management function if a single row within the applicable part of the mapping table in SUP TP 11A.2.5R contains both:

(a)

the pre-implementation controlled function for which that pre-implementation approval was given; and

(b)

that FCA-designated senior management function.

(2)

An approval for a pre-implementation controlled function excluded from SUP TP 11A by SUP TP 11A.4.2R is not potentially convertible into approval for any FCA-designated senior management function.

(3)

An approval for a pre-implementation controlled function is not potentially convertible into approval for an FCA-designated senior management function in relation to a firm if that FCA-designated senior management function does not apply to the firm.

211A.2.4

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(1)

Part One of the table in SUP TP 11A.2.5R applies to a core SMCR firm and a limited scope SMCR firm.

(2)

Part Two of the table in SUP TP 11A.2.5R applies to an enhanced scope SMCR firm.

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Mapping table: Potential conversion of approval for existing controlled functions into approval for designated senior management functions

Part One (core SMCR firms and limited scope SMCR firms)

(1)

Pre-Implementation Controlled Function

(2)

New FCA-designated senior management function

(3)

Is notification required?

Executive functions

Director function

Executive director function

No

Chief executive function

(1) Chief executive function

(2) Head of third country branch function

(3) Executive director function (See Note 2)

No

Partner function

(1) Partner function

(2) Executive director function

No

Director of unincorporated association function

Executive director function

No

Small friendly society function

Executive director function

No

Oversight functions

Non-executive director function

Chair of the governing body function

Yes

Required functions

Apportionment and oversight function

Limited scope function

No

Compliance oversight function

Compliance oversight function

No

Money laundering reporting function

Money laundering reporting function

No

Significant management function

Significant management function

EEA branch senior manager function

No

Part Two (enhanced scope SMCR firms)

(1)

Pre-Implementation Controlled Function

(2)

New FCA-designated senior management function

Executive functions

Director function

(1) Executive director function

(2) Chief finance officer function

(3) Chief risk officer function

(4) Head of internal audit function

(5) Group entity senior manager function

(6) Chief operations function

Chief executive function

(1) Chief executive function

(2) Chief finance officer function

(3) Chief risk officer function

(4) Head of internal audit function

Partner function

(1) Partner function

(2) Chief finance officer function

(3) Chief risk officer function

(4) Head of internal audit function

Director of unincorporated association function

(1) Executive director function

(2) Chief finance officer function

(3) Chief risk officer function

(4) Head of internal audit function

Small friendly society function

(1) Executive director function

(2) Chief finance officer function

(3) Chief risk officer function

(4) Head of internal audit function

Oversight functions

Non-executive director function

(1) Chair of the governing body function

(2) Chair of the risk committee function

(3) Chair of the audit committee function

(4) Chair of the remuneration committee function

(5) Chair of the nomination committee function

(6) Senior independent director function

(7) Group entity senior manager function

Systems and controls

Systems and controls function

(1) Chief finance officer function

(2) Chief risk officer function

(3) Head of internal audit function

Required functions

Compliance oversight function

Compliance oversight function

Money laundering reporting function

Money laundering reporting function

CASS operational oversight function

Other overall responsibility function

Significant management function

Significant management function

(1) Other overall responsibility function

(2) Chief operations function

2Notes for Parts One and Two of this table

(1) All references to a new FCA-designated senior management function are to FCA-designated senior management functions brought into force for the firm concerned by the Individual Accountability (FCA-Authorised Firms) Instrument 2019.

(2) The conversion from the chief executive function to the executive director function only applies to a non-directive friendly society.

211A.2.6

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If a pre-implementation controlled function does not apply to a firm immediately before the commencement date, the applicable row of the table in SUP TP 11A.2.5R does not apply to it either.

211A.2.7

G

(1)

The general principle is that a pre-implementation approval cannot be converted to approval for an FCA-designated senior management function if that FCA-designated senior management function will not apply to the firm or to the particular approved person on the commencement date.

(2)

For example:

(a)

If none of the FCA-designated senior management functions in a row of the table in SUP TP 11A.2.5R apply to a firm on the commencement date, that row does not apply to the firm.

(b)

An example of (a) is that the row applying to the limited scope FCA-designated senior management function only applies to limited scope SMCR firms.

(c)

The convertibility of the partner function to the executive director function in Part One of the table only applies to an overseas SMCR firm that is a partnership.

211A.2.8

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Another example of the principle in SUP TP 11A.2.7G is that if:

(1)

the result of SUP TP 11A.2 would otherwise be that an approved person is deemed to be approved to perform the other overall responsibility function or the other local responsibility function; and

(2)

that approved person is deemed by SUP TP 11A.2 to be approved to perform any other FCA-designated senior management function for the same firm,

that approved person’s pre-implementation approval will not be converted into approval for the other overall responsibility function or the other local responsibility function (whichever is applicable)..

211A.2.9

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(1)

A notification to the FCA is not to be taken into account for the purposes of SUP TP 11A.2.2R(4) so far as it concerns a particular approved person if the firm does not include a statement of responsibilities about that approved person with the notification when required to do so by SUP TP 11A.11.

(2)

A notification to the FCA is not to be taken into account for the purposes of SUP TP 11A.2.2R(4) if the firm does not include a management responsibilities map with the notification when required to do so by SUP TP 11A.12.

211A.2.10

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SUP TP 11A.2.2R(1)(a) and SUP TP 11A.2.2R(4):

(1)

apply to an enhanced scope SMCR firm; and

(2)

do not apply to a core SMCR firm or a limited scope SMCR firm except in relation to a pre-implementation approval for which there is a notification obligation under SUP TP 11A.5 or SUP TP 11A.6.

211A.2.11

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SUP TP 11A.2.2R(4)(a) (together with SUP TP 11A.5 and SUP TP 11A.6) means that if a firm is required to submit a Form K:

(1)

a failure to submit a Form K before the final notification date is a breach of the requirements of SUP TP 11A; but

(2)

despite that breach, the pre-implementation approval can still be converted into an approval for the applicable FCA-designated senior management function as long as it is received between the first notification date and the commencement date.

211A.3

Effect of conversion

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(1)

Where, immediately before the commencement date, a pre-implementation approval is subject to a suspension, condition or limitation imposed under section 66(3) of the Act (Disciplinary powers), that suspension, condition or limitation is to be treated as if it were imposed in respect of the converted approval from the beginning of the commencement date.

(2)

This rule applies whether or not the FCA has given a warning notice or a decision notice under:

(a)

section 63 of the Act (Withdrawal of approval); or

(b)

section 63B of the Act (Procedure and right to refer to tribunal); or

(c)

section 67 of the Act (Disciplinary measures: procedure and right to refer to Tribunal).

211A.3.2

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Anything done under section 63 of the Act (Withdrawal of approval) in respect of a pre-implementation approval before the commencement date continues to have effect on and after that day in respect of the converted approval.

211A.4

Lapse of existing approvals and special provisions about appointed representatives

211A.4.1

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Subject to SUP TP 11A.4.2R, any pre-implementation approval that is in effect immediately before the commencement date that is not converted under SUP TP 11A.2 ceases to have effect as from the beginning of the commencement date in relation to the controlled function concerned.

211A.4.2

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(1)

SUP TP 11A does not apply to a pre-implementation approval that has effect under SUP 10A.1.15R to SUP 10A.1.16AR (appointed representatives).

(2)

However SUP TP 11A does apply to a pre-implementation approval in (1) for a firm that will fall under SUP 10C Annex 1 7.1R(4) (an appointed representative that has a limited permission) when it comes into force on the commencement date.

(3)

(2) does not apply to a pre-implementation approval for the customer function. SUP TP 11A does not apply to such a pre-implementation approval.

211A.4.3

G

An approval excluded from SUP TP 11A by SUP TP 11A.4.2R continues in force and is not affected by SUP TP 11A.

211A.5

Notification to the FCA: Initial notification

211A.5.1

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(1)

A firm must notify the FCA of:

(a)

each pre-implementation approval that it considers will be converted into approval for an FCA-designated senior management function under SUP TP 11A.2 (assuming that the firm complies with the applicable notification requirements in SUP TP 11A);

(b)

the approved person in respect of whom that pre-implementation approval was given; and

(c)

the FCA-designated senior management function referred to in (a).

(2)

A firm must make the notification in (1) between the first notification date and the final notification date.

(3)

This rule applies to:

(a)

an enhanced scope SMCR firm; and

(b)

a core SMCR firm and a limited scope SMCR firm in relation to a pre-implementation approval to which column (3) of Part One of the table in SUP TP 11A.2.5R applies the notification requirement in this rule.

211A.5.2

G

SUP TP 11A.10 explains how the firm should make the notification.

211A.5.3

G

(1)

This paragraph (SUP TP 11A.5.3G) gives examples of things that a firm should not include in a notification under SUP TP 11A.5.1R.

(2)

A firm should not include a pre-implementation approval for the customer function. This is because there is no need to notify a pre-implementation approval if it is not potentially convertible into any FCA-designated senior management function.

(3)

A firm should not include a pre-implementation approval if:

(a)

it is potentially convertible into an FCA-designated senior management function; but

(b)

the firm considers that the approved person will not be performing that FCA-designated senior management function on the commencement date.

(4)

Therefore, a firm should not include an approved person who plans to resign before the commencement date if it is intended that they will have left the firm before then.

(5)

A firm should not include a pre-implementation approval if SUP TP 11A.4.2R says that SUP TP 11A does not apply to it.

211A.5.4

G

If the firm considers that some of an approved person’s pre-implementation approvals will be converted and some will not be, the firm’s notification should:

(1)

include the approved person; but

(2)

exclude the approvals that will not be converted.

211A.6

Notification to the FCA: Revision of initial notice

211A.6.1

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(1)

This rule applies if, before the commencement date:

(a)

a firm receives a pre-implementation approval after the initial notice under SUP TP 11A.5; and

(b)

the firm would have been required to notify the FCA under SUP TP 11A.5 if that approval had been in force at the time of that initial notification.

(2)

This rule also applies if, before the commencement date:

(a)

there is any other change relating to information given in or accompanying a notification that the firm has previously made under SUP TP 11A.5 (or a notification given under SUP TP 11A.6); or

(b)

the firm giving the notice discovers that any part of the information referred to in (1) or (2) is inaccurate.

(3)

Where circumstances described in (1) or (2) occur before the final notification date, the firm must submit a revision of the notice referred to in (1) to the FCA before the final notification date.

(4)

Where circumstances described in (1) or (2) occur between the final notification date and the commencement date, the firm must submit a revision of the notice referred to in (1) or (2) to the FCA before the commencement date.

211A.6.2

G

SUP TP 11A.10 explains how the firm should make the revised notification

G

(1)

This paragraph SUP TP 11A.6.3G gives examples of when a firm should revise its SUP TP 11A.5 notice under SUP TP 11A.6.

(2)

A firm need not include in a notification under SUP TP 11A.5 an approved person who plans to leave the firm before the commencement date. However that plan may change and as a result the firm may later conclude that the approved person will carry on with their job after the commencement date. If so, the firm should revise the notice.

(3)

If, after the notice to the FCA, the FCA grants an approval under section 59 of the Act (Approval for particular arrangements) to someone who did not have any such approval for the firm at the time of the notice, the firm should revise its notice by including that new approved person and that new pre-implementation approval.

(4)

If, after a firm has given the notice to the FCA, the FCA grants a new approval under section 59 of the Act to someone who already was an approved person for the firm when the firm gave the notice to the FCA, the firm should revise its notice by including that new pre-implementation approval.

(5)

If a firm includes an approved person in a notification under SUP TP 11A.5 and the firm later concludes that that person’s pre-implementation approval will no longer qualify for conversion because that person will not be performing the relevant FCA-designated senior management function for the firm on the commencement date, the firm should revise its notice. Possible reasons for this include:

(a)

the approved person leaves the firm;

(b)

the approved person tells the firm they are going to leave the firm before the commencement date; or

(c)

the approved person’s job changes so that it will no longer involve performing an FCA-designated senior management function on the commencement date.

(6)

There is no need to include information about the matters set out in SUP TP 11A.5.3G.

211A.6.4

G

If a firm gives a notification to the FCA under SUP TP 11A.5 about an approved person and that approved person later leaves the firm or gives up performing some of their pre-implementation controlled functions before the commencement date, the firm should notify the FCA using Form C or Form E under SUP 10A as well as a Form K under SUP TP 11A.6 and SUP TP 11A.10.

211A.7

In-flight applications: Conversion

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(1)

A pre-implementation application by a firm that has not been determined or withdrawn by the commencement date is to be treated, on and after the commencement date, as if it had been made for the corresponding FCA-designated senior management function or FCA-designated senior management functions (if there are any).

(2)

If a firm is required to notify a pre-implementation application to the FCA under SUP TP 11A.8, (1) only applies to a corresponding FCA-designated senior management function if the firm has included in that notification details of:

(a)

that pre-implementation application; and

(b)

that FCA-designated senior management function.

211A.7.2

R

An FCA-designated senior management functioncorresponds” to a pre-implementation controlled function if approval for the latter is potentially convertible into approval for the former and “corresponding” must be interpreted accordingly.

211A.7.3

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(1)

SUP TP 11A.7.1R is subject to any amendment the firm may make to the application after the first notification date and before the commencement date to specify that on the commencement date

(a)

the pre-implementation application is to lapse; or

(b)

the pre-implementation application is to be treated as only being for some of the FCA-designated senior management functions.

(2)

The firm must also notify any such change in accordance with SUP TP 11A.8 if it applies.

211A.7.4

G

SUP TP 11A.8.3G explains what FCA-designated senior management functions are covered by SUP TP 11A.7.1R(2).

G

(1)

SUP TP 11A.7.3R is not the only way a firm may change the effect of SUP TP 11A.7.

(2)

After the commencement date a firm is free to amend its application in accordance with the Act and the FCA Handbook.

(3)

Before the commencement date, a firm is free to amend its application in accordance with the Act and the FCA Handbook by changing the pre-implementation controlled function for which it is applying. That will affect the corresponding FCA-designated senior management function. If the firm amends its application in this way it should notify the FCA under SUP TP 11A.8 as well as under SUP 10A.

211A.7.6

R

Subject to SUP TP 11A.7.7R, a pre-implementation application lapses on the commencement date unless it is continued in force by SUP TP 11A.7.

211A.7.7

R

SUP TP 11A does not apply to a pre-implementation application if the pre-implementation approval that would result if it was granted would be excluded from SUP TP 11A by SUP TP 11A.4.2R.

211A.8

In-flight applications: Notification requirements

211A.8.1

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A firm must, between the first notification date and the final notification date, notify the FCA of every pre-implementation application if:

(1)

it has not been determined or withdrawn at the time of the notification;

(2)

it is not excluded under SUP TP 11A.7.7R; and

(3)

the firm would be required to notify the FCA under SUP TP 11A.5 if that application had been granted and the approval was in effect immediately before the date of the notification in SUP TP 11A.8.1R.

211A.8.2

R

The information about a pre-implementation application that the notification must contain is the information that the firm would be required to give the FCA in a notification under SUP TP 11A.5 if:

(1)

that pre-implementation application had been granted; and

(2)

the resulting approval was in effect immediately before the date of the notification in SUP TP 11A.8.1R.

211A.8.3

G

SUP TP 11A.8.1R and SUP TP 11A.8.2R mean:

(1)

In general only an enhanced scope SMCR firm needs to make the notification

(2)

A core SMCR firm and a limited scope firm should not make a notification except in relation to an application to perform the non-executive director pre-implementation controlled function.

(3)

The information to be notified to the FCA about a particular pre-implementation application includes each FCA-designated senior management function that meets the following conditions:

(a)

approval for the pre-implementation controlled function for which the pre-implementation application is being made is potentially convertible into approval for that FCA-designated senior management function; and

(b)

the firm considers that the approved person concerned will be performing that FCA-designated senior management function on the commencement date if the pre-implementation application is approved before then.

(4)

A firm should not notify the FCA about a particular pre-implementation application if the firm considers that even, if the application were approved before the commencement date, the approved person will not be performing on the commencement date any of the FCA-designated senior management functions into which the applicable pre-implementation approval would be potentially convertible. This might be because the firm intends that the candidate will only be in post for a short time.

211A.8.4

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(1)

This rule applies if, before the commencement date:

(a)

a firm makes a pre-implementation application after the initial notice under SUP TP 11A.8.1R; and

(2)

(b)

the firm would have been required to notify the FCA under SUP TP 11A.8.1R if that application had been made before the date of that initial notification.

This rule also applies if, before the commencement date:

(a)

there is any other change relating to information given in or accompanying the initial notice under SUP TP 11A.8.1R (or a notification given under SUP TP 11A.8.4R), or

(b)

the firm discovers that any part of the information referred to in (1) or (2) is inaccurate.

(3)

Where circumstances described in (1) or (2) occur before the final notification date, the firm must submit a revision of the notice referred to in (1) or (2) to the FCA before the final notification date.

(4)

Where circumstances described in (1) or (2) occur between the final notification date and the commencement date, the firm must submit a revision of the notice referred to in (1) or (2) to the FCA before the commencement date.

211A.8.5

G

SUP TP 11A.10 explains how the firm should make the notification.

211A.8.6

G

If a firm notifies the FCA under SUP TP 11A.8 of a pre-implementation application and that application is granted or refused before the commencement date, the firm should revise its notification under SUP TP 11A.8.4R and, if applicable, SUP TP 11A.6.

211A.9

In-flight applications: Supplemental material

211A.9.1

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(1)

This rule applies if, in relation to a pre-implementation application continued in effect after the commencement date under SUP TP 11A.7, the FCA has before the commencement date:

(a)

imposed a requirement under section 60 of the Act (Application for approval);

(b)

given a warning notice under section 62(2) of the Act (Applications for approval: procedure and right to refer to tribunal) or a decision notice under section 62(3) of the Act to the interested parties referred to in section 62(5); or

(c)

taken any step in connection with giving a warning notice or decision notice under section 62.

(2)

The requirement, notice or step in (1) is to be treated, on and after the commencement date, as having been imposed, given or taken in relation to the application as affected by SUP TP 11A.7.

211A.10

Procedure for notification

211A.10.1

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A firm must only make a single notification under SUP TP 11A.5 and SUP TP 11A.8.1R and must do so on the same notification form.

211A.10.2

R

A firm must make a notification under SUP TP 11A.5, SUP TP 11A.6 or SUP TP 11A.8 by completing Form K (SUP TP 11A.25.1R).

211A.10.3

R

A firm must make a notification or submit a document to the FCA under SUP TP 11A in accordance with SUP 10C.15.11R(1) and (3) (Method of submission: electronic submission).

211A.10.4

R

(1)

A firm making a notification under SUP TP 11A.10.2R in accordance with SUP 10C.15.11R(1) must use the version of Form K made available on the electronic system referred to in SUP 10C.15.11R, which is based on the version in SUP TP 11A.25.1R.

(2)

A firm making a notification under SUP TP 11A.10.2R in accordance with SUP 10C.15.11R(3) and SUP 10C.15.14R must use the version of Form K in SUP TP 11A.25.1R.

211A.10.5

G

If a firm discovers after the commencement date that any information it has given under SUP TP 11A is inaccurate it should notify the FCA as described in SUP 15.6 (Inaccurate, false or misleading information). If SUP TP 11A.17.6R applies, the firm should notify the FCA under that rule instead.

211A.11

Statements of responsibilities

211A.11.1

G

The table in SUP TP 11A.11.2G explains when a firm is required to prepare a statement of responsibilities as part of the transitional arrangements in SUP TP 11A and whether it is required to send it to the FCA.

211A.11.2

G

Table: Preparing statements of responsibilities and sending them to the FCA

2Scenario

Core SMCR firm and a limited scope firm

Enhanced scope SMCR firm

Is a firm required to prepare a statement of responsibilities for their transitioned SMF managers

Yes. The solo-regulated firms commencement SI requires this.

A firm should have prepared it within five days of the commencement date.

Yes. See SUP TP 11A.11.3R.

Is a firm required to send it to the FCA?

No

Yes. See SUP TP 11A.11.3R.

Is a firm required to prepare a statement of responsibilities for a pre-implementation application by the firm that has been or will be converted into an application for approval for the performance of an FCA-designated senior management function under SUP TP 11A.7?

Yes. The Act and SUP TP 11A.11.4R require this.

Yes. The Act and SUP TP 11A.11.3R require this.

Is a firm required to send it to the FCA?

Yes. See SUP TP 11A.11.4R.

Yes. See SUP TP 11A.11.3R.

Is a firm required to prepare a statement of responsibilities for an application under SUP TP 11A.15?

Yes. The Act and SUP TP 11A.15 require this.

Yes. The Act and SUP TP 11A.15 require this.

Is a firm required to send it to the FCA?

Yes. The details are in SUP TP 11A.15.

Yes. The details are in SUP TP 11A.15.

211A.11.3

R

A notification to the FCA under SUP TP 11A.5, SUP TP 11A.6 or SUP TP 11A.8 by an enhanced scope SMCR firm about an approved person or candidate must be accompanied by a statement of responsibilities about that person and the FCA-designated senior management function included in the notification in relation to that approved person or candidate.

211A.11.4

R

A core SMCR firm and a limited scope firm must, within five business days beginning with the commencement date, give the FCA a statement of responsibilities for each candidate who is the subject of a pre-implementation application by the firm that has been converted into an application for approval for the performance of an FCA-designated senior management function under SUP TP 11A.7.

211A.11.5

G

A statement of responsibilities should comply with all the rules and directions in the FCA Handbook that will apply to statements of responsibilities prepared by the firm (see SUP TP 11A.16).

211A.12

Management responsibilities maps

211A.12.1

R

SUP TP 11A.12 applies to an enhanced scope SMCR firm that will be required under SYSC 25 (Senior managers and certification regime: Management responsibilities maps and handover procedures and material) to have a management responsibilities map when that chapter comes into force on the commencement date.

211A.12.2

R

A notification to the FCA under SUP TP 11A.10.1R must be accompanied by a management responsibilities map.

211A.12.3

G

If a firm makes a revised notification under SUP TP 11A.6 or SUP TP 11A.8.4R it should include a management responsibilities map with the notification because anything that requires a revised notification is likely to mean that the firm should update the management responsibilities map.

211A.12.4

G

A management responsibilities map should comply with all the rules and directions in the FCA Handbook that will apply to a management responsibilities map prepared by the firm (see SUP TP 11A.16).

211A.13

Supplemental material about statements of responsibilities and management responsibilities maps

211A.13.1

R

A statement of responsibilities and a management responsibilities map submitted to the FCA under SUP TP 11A must be prepared as of the commencement date.

211A.13.2

D

SUP TP 11A.13.1R also applies to a management responsibilities map or statement of responsibilities prepared under a direction.

111A.13.3

G

The effect of regulation 5(4) of the solo-regulated firms commencement SI is that a statement of responsibilities that a core SMCR firm and a limited scope firm should prepare should also be prepared as of the commencement date.

111A.13.4

G

(1)

If there has been a change relating to a statement of responsibilities or a management responsibilities map submitted to the FCA under SUP TP 11A, the firm should submit a revised version.

(2)

This is the effect of SUP TP 11A.6 and SUP TP 11A.8.4R.

(3)

SUP TP 11A.13.4G(1) does not cover changes that happen after the commencement date. These are dealt with by the Act and the provisions of the FCA Handbook that apply after the commencement date.

211A.13.5

G

A firm should not assume that the FCA has reviewed a statement of responsibilities or a management responsibilities map submitted to it for completeness, quality or accuracy. It is the firm’s responsibility to ensure that they have been prepared in accordance with the FCA’s rules and the Act.

211A.14

Criminal record checks and employment references

211A.14.1

R

SUP 10C.10.16R (Criminal record checks) does not apply to any pre-implementation application continued in effect by SUP TP 11A.7.1R after the commencement date.

211A.14.2

G

SUP 10C.10.16R (Criminal record checks) applies to any application for approval made under SUP TP 11A.15.

211A.14.3

G

SYSC TP 7.4.2R (Transitional provisions about regulatory references) has transitional provisions about regulatory references in relation to a pre-implementation application continued in effect by SUP TP 11A.7.1R and applications for approval made under SUP TP 11A.15. SYSC TP 8 adapts these provisions for certain claims management firms.

211A.15

Applications of approved persons to take effect from the commencement date

211A.15.1

D

(1)

A firm may, before the commencement date, apply under section 60 of the Act (Applications for approval) for the FCA’s approval under section 59 of the Act (Approval for particular arrangements) for the performance of an FCA-designated senior management function which comes into effect (as respects the firm) on the commencement date.

(2)

Any application may only be made after the first notification date.

(3)

Any such application is made on the basis that it is treated as being made on the commencement date.

(4)

The application must be made using the version of Form A or Form E applicable from the commencement date and in accordance with the other requirements to be in effect on that date.

211A.15.2

G

The rest of SUP TP 11A will not apply to an application under SUP TP 11A.15. In particular, it is not a pre-implementation application and the application should not be included in the firm’s Form K.

211A.15.3

G

Any such application should be accompanied by a statement of responsibilities and, if SYSC 25 (Senior managers and certification regime: Management responsibilities maps and handover procedures and material) will apply, a management responsibilities map.

211A.15.4

G

A firm does not have to make an application under SUP TP 11A.15. It can make an application for an existing controlled function before the commencement date under the rules and directions in force at the time of the application. SUP TP 11A will apply to such applications.

211A.16

Application of ongoing requirements to converted approvals and conversion documents

211A.16.1

R

(1)

The rules of the FCA Handbook apply to a converted approval, as they do to approvals granted after the commencement date.

(2)

The rules of the FCA Handbook apply to a pre-implementation application that is continued in force under SUP TP 11A after the commencement date as they do to applications for approval of the performance of an FCA-designated senior management function made after the commencement date.

(3)

This paragraph is subject to the other provisions of SUP TP 11A.

211A.16.2

R

(1)

A statement of responsibilities (including one revised under SUP TP 11A.6 or SUP TP 11A.8) must comply with all the rules and directions in the FCA Handbook that will apply to statement of responsibilities as from the commencement date.

(2)

(2) applies even if the firm is not required to submit the statement of responsibilities to the FCA.

211A.16.3

R

A management responsibilities map submitted to the FCA under SUP TP 11A must comply with all the rules and directions in the FCA Handbook that will apply to the firm’s management responsibilities map as from the commencement date.

211A.16.4

D

SUP TP 11A.16.1R to SUP TP 11A.16.3R apply to directions in SUP 10C in the same way as they do to rules.

211A.16.5

G

The table in SUP TP 11A.16.6G gives examples of how SUP 10C and other parts of the FCA Handbook apply to converted approvals.

211A.16.6

G

Table: Examples of how ongoing requirements apply to converted approvals

2Requirement in Handbook

Summary of the requirement in column (1)

How SUP 10C applies

Revised statements of responsibilities

SUP 10C.11.7D

Submission of revised statement of responsibilities

The effect of the Act and of the solo-regulated firms commencement SI is that section 62A of the Act (Changes in responsibilities of senior managers) applies to a statement of responsibilities. This means that if after the commencement date there has been a significant change in a transitioned SMF manager’s responsibilities in relation to their converted designated senior management functions, the firm should submit a revised statement of responsibilities. This applies even if there was no requirement to send the original statement of responsibilities to the FCA. It should also submit a Form J unless SUP 10C.11 says that it is not required.

Varying an approval

SUP 10C.11.10D

Statements of responsibilities

The powers and requirements in the Act and in SUP 10C about variation of approvals at the request of a firm and at the initiative of the FCA apply to converted approvals.

If a transitioned SMF manager ceases to perform a designated senior management function but continues to perform a converted designated senior management function, the firm should submit a revised statement of responsibilities document under SUP 10C.11.12R.

SUP 10C.11.12R

Ceasing to carry on some functions

SUP 10C.13

Other material about variations

Single statement of responsibilities document

SUP 10C.11.13D

One statement of responsibilities for each SMF manager for each firm

Applies to statements of responsibilities in the same way as it applies to statements of responsibilities. For example:

(1) If after the commencement date a firm applies for the FCA’s approval for a transitioned SMF manager to perform another FCA-designated senior management function, the statement of responsibilities prepared for that application should be combined with the statement of responsibilities into a single document.

(2) If:

(a) after the commencement date a transitioned SMF manager is approved by the FCA to perform another FCA-designated senior management function; and

(b) later there is a significant change in the transitioned SMF manager’s responsibilities;

the firm should notify the FCA and submit a single revised statement of responsibilities document, whether the change relates to the converted designated senior management function or to the additional FCA-designated senior management function.

Complete set of statements of responsibilities

SUP 10C.11.20R

Complete set of current statements of responsibilities

Applies to statements of responsibilities in the same way as it does to statements of responsibilities.

In particular this means that a firm should retain copies of statements of responsibilities prepared under regulation 5 of the solo-regulated firms commencement SI (Deemed approval to perform designated senior management functions: requirement to provide statement of responsibilities) even though the firm does not have to send them to the FCA.

Ceasing to carry on functions

SUP 10C.11.12R

statements of responsibilities to be included in notification

Applies to ceasing to carry on a converted designated senior management function after the commencement date.

SUP 10C.14.5R

Notification of ceasing to perform the function

SUP 10C.14.7R

Qualified Form C

Form D

SUP 10C.14.13R

Changes to details

Applies to a transitioned SMF manager and to changes of any details relating to the converted designated senior management function.

SUP 10C.14.15R says that a firm should not submit a Form D to the FCA if the firm is required to notify the FCA under section 62A of the Act (Changes in responsibilities of senior managers) or SUP 10C.11 (Statements of responsibilities). This also applies if the firm is required to notify changes under section 62A of the Act as applied by regulation 6 of the solo-regulated firms commencement SI (Application of section 62A of FSMA to statement of responsibilities under regulation 5).

The Form D requirements also apply to a candidate whose application is continued in force by SUP TP 11A.

Before the commencement date, the existing requirements of SUP 10A apply to changes in a candidate’s fitness.

SUP 10C.14.15R

Changes to arrangements

SUP 10C.14.18R

Fitness

Notifications under the Act

SUP 10C.14.22R

Notifications under the Act

Applies to notification about a transitioned SMF manager.

General

Requirements referring to a current approved person approval

Apply to a converted approval.

Requirements referring to a current approved person approval held within the last six months

Also applies to:

(1) a converted approval that ends after the commencement date;

(2) an approval for a controlled function abolished after the commencement date;

(3) an approval that ceased to have effect under SUP TP 11A for some other reason;

(4) an approval given up within the last six months before the commencement date even if the controlled function ceases to exist after the commencement date.

FCA-prescribed senior management responsibility (a)

Responsibility for a firm’s performance of its obligations under the senior managers regime

Includes compliance with the requirements about statements of responsibilities

SYSC 25

Preparation of management responsibilities maps

A management responsibilities map should include a transitioned SMF manager and their converted designated senior management functions

211A.17

Making sure that the Financial Services Register is accurate

Existing notification requirements

211A.17.1

R

(1)

If before the commencement date a firm is required to notify the FCA using Form C or Form D or under SUP 10A.14.10R, that obligation continues to apply after the commencement date if the firm has not complied with that obligation before then.

(2)

(1) applies whether the deadline for reporting expires before or after the commencement date.

(3)

(1) applies to a firm even if it is obliged to report the same facts under a Form K.

(4)

(1) does not apply to the customer function (unless the customer function continues to apply after the commencement date under SUP TP 11A.4.2R) if the deadline for reporting expires after the commencement date. Instead, the obligation to report no longer applies.

Notification required from non-notifying firms in certain cases

211A.17.2

R

(1)

This rule applies to a core SMCR firm and a limited scope firm (F) in relation to a particular approved person (AP) if:

(a)

F has pre-implementation approval for the performance by AP of a pre-implementation controlled function;

(b)

that pre-implementation approval is potentially convertible into an FCA-designated senior management function; and

(c)

F believes that that pre-implementation approval will not be converted into approval for the performance of that FCA-designated senior management function.

(2)

If F is not already required to notify the FCA of the facts that would mean that the pre-implementation approval will not be converted as described in (1)(c), it must notify the FCA of those facts using Form C in accordance with SUP 10A before:

(a)

the final notification date; or

(b)

(if the facts in (1) first arise after the final notification date) the commencement date.

211A.17.3

G

(1)

The most likely reason for the situation SUP TP 11A.17.2R to arise is that, before the commencement date, AP resigns or gives up their controlled function or plans to do so.

(2)

In most cases F will already be required to notify the FCA under SUP 10A. If so, SUP TP 11A.17.2R will not apply.

(3)

An example of circumstances in which SUP TP 11A.17.2R will apply is if:

(a)

AP is going to remain in post after the commencement date; but

(b)

their job does not come within the definition of the FCA-designated senior management function in SUP TP 11A.17.2R even though their job comes within the pre-implementation controlled function.

211A.17.4

G

SUP TP 11A.17.2R does not apply to an enhanced scope SMCR firm. The FCA will rely on its Form K instead.

Checking the Register

211A.17.5

R

A firm must, in the month beginning five business days after the commencement date, check whether the Financial Services Register:

(1)

correctly records who are the firm’s SMF managers;

(2)

correctly records the FCA-designated senior management function for the performance of which by its SMF managers the firm has approval;

(3)

does not include incorrect information about the firm’s SMF managers and does not omit information about them that it says it includes;

(4)

includes everyone performing an FCA-designated senior management function for the performance of which the firm should have obtained approval; and

(5)

includes all the FCA-designated senior management functions for which the firm should have obtained approval in relation to persons in (3).

211A.17.6

R

(1)

If:

(a)

the Financial Services Register does not correctly do all the things in SUP TP 11A.17.5R; and

(b)

the firm is not already required to notify the FCA of the facts giving rise to (1)(a) or to apply for the necessary approvals under section 59 of the Act (Approval for particular arrangements);

the firm must (by the end of the one month period in SUP TP 11A.17.5R) notify the FCA of that fact using the applicable form in SUP 10C.

(2)

The applicable form in (1) is, in relation to a particular person (P) and firm, whichever one or more of the following forms in SUP 10C applies:

(a)

Form A (short form) where P is not, but should be, included in the Financial Services Register or where the Financial Services Register omits some of P’s FCA-designated senior management functions for which the firm has approval; or

(b)

Form C where P is, but should not be, included in the Financial Services Register or where the Financial Services Register shows an approval for P to perform an FCA-designated senior management function that the firm does not have; or

(c)

Form E where both (1) and (2) apply; or

(d)

Form D in any other case.

211A.17.7

G

The requirement to check the Financial Services Register is particularly important in a case where the firm is not under a notification obligation in SUP TP 11A.5 and SUP TP 11A.6 because:

(1)

the FCA will update the Financial Services Register based on the information it has; but

(2)

the FCA may not have sufficient information to tell whether all the conversion conditions in SUP TP 11A.2.2R have been met.

211A.17.8

G

(1)

In practice it is unlikely that SUP TP 11A.17.6R will normally apply because the firm will already be required to notify the FCA of the matter or apply for approval. For example:

(a)

if the Financial Services Register does not include a person performing an FCA-designated senior management function because the firm has not yet applied for approval, the firm should apply for approval using Form A (long or short) or Form E as soon as possible;

(b)

if the Financial Services Register includes a person who left the firm before the commencement date or who stopped performing their pre-implementation controlled function before then, the firm should report that using Form C (see SUP TP 11A.17.1R);

(c)

if a core SMCR firm or a limited scope firm has approval for someone to perform a pre-implementation controlled function but that approval is not converted into approval for a designated senior management function as described in SUP TP 11A.17.3G(3), the firm should report that under SUP TP 11A.17.2R (which means that SUP TP 11A.17.6R does not apply).

(2)

SUP TP 11A.17.6R may apply for example if the firm has made all the notifications (if any) required by SUP TP 11A and other parts of the FCA Handbook but:

(a)

the Financial Services Register does not include one of the firm’s approved persons even though their pre-implementation controlled function was converted under SUP TP 11A; or

(b)

the Financial Services Register includes one of the firm’s approved persons even though none of their pre-implementation controlled functions were converted under SUP TP 11A.

211A.18

The 12-week rule

211A.18.1

G

(1)

SUP 10C.3.13R (The 12-week rule) allows a firm to appoint someone (P) to perform a function which would normally be an FCA-designated senior management function without needing to apply for the FCA’s approval under section 59 of the Act (Approval for particular arrangements) where P is filling in for someone who is absent unexpectedly or temporarily. There is a maximum period for which P’s appointment can last.

(2)

When calculating the maximum time period in (1), the firm need not take into account any time spent by P before the commencement date performing what will become the FCA-designated senior management function in (1).

211A.18.2

G

(1)

SUP 10C.3.13R only applies where P (as referred to in SUP TP 11A.18.1G) is providing cover for an SMF manager whose absence is temporary or reasonably unforeseen.

(2)

SUP 10C.3.13R may still apply if the absence referred to in (1) began before the commencement date.

211A.18.3

G

SUP TP 11A.18.1G and SUP TP 11A.18.2G may apply even if:

(1)

before the commencement date P was taking advantage of SUP 10A.5.6R (the equivalent of SUP 10C.3.13R under SUP 10A); and

(2)

approval for the controlled function disapplied by SUP 10A.5.6R is potentially convertible into approval for the FCA-designated senior management function in SUP TP 11A.18.1G and SUP TP 11A.18.2G.

211A.19

Application for permission

211A.19.1

D

(1)

This direction applies to a pre-implementation application that is made by an authorisation applicant:

(a)

between the first notification date and the commencement date; or

(b)

before the first notification date if it is still outstanding on the first notification date.

(2)

A pre-implementation application in (1)(a) must comply with the requirements (if any) of SUP TP 11A that apply to a pre-implementation application by a firm:

(a)

of the type that the authorisation applicant will be if the authorisation application is granted or otherwise succeeds; and

(b)

for an approval by the FCA for the performance of the same pre-implementation controlled function.

(3)

An authorisation applicant must, between the first notification date and the final notification date, revise any of its pre-implementation applications covered by (1)(b) to the extent necessary to meet the requirements in (2).

211A.19.2

R

SUP TP 11A.7 and SUP TP 11A.9 apply to a pre-implementation application in SUP TP 11A.19.1D.

211A.19.3

D

SUP TP 11A.15 applies to an authorisation applicant.

211A.20

Prohibition orders

211A.20.1

R

The first notification period under SUP 15.11.13R (Timing and form of notifications: conduct rules staff other than SMF managers):

(1)

a warning notice or a decision notice under section 57 of the Act (Prohibition orders: procedure and right to refer to tribunal); or

(2)

a prohibition order;

which is given or made before the commencement date.

211A.21

Reporting under SUP 15.11

211A.21.1

R

The first notification period under SUP 15.11.13R (Timing and form of notifications: conduct rules staff other than SMF managers):

(1)

starts on the commencement date; and

(2)

ends on the last day of:

(a)

(in the case of a firm falling within SYSC 23 Annex 1 6.7R (credit firms with limited permission)) the first financial reporting period referred to in SUP 15.11.13R(3)(a)(i) ending after the commencement date; or

(b)

(for any other firm) the following August.

211A.21.2

G

SUP TP 11A.21.1R(2)(a) applies however short the resulting reporting period may be.

211A.22

Calculations for retail intermediaries

211A.22.1

R

This section applies to a firm to which SUP 15.15 (as set out in the Individual Accountability (FCA-Authorised Firms) Instrument 2019) applies.

211A.22.2

R

SUP 15.15 (Enhanced scope SMCR firm retail intermediaries) (as set out in the Individual Accountability (FCA-Authorised Firms) Instrument 2019) applies before the commencement date.

211A.22.3

R

The first averaging period (as referred to in SUP 15.15) for which a firm must carry out the calculation is the most recent one whose final reporting period has a reporting date that falls on or before the enhanced firm cut-off date.

211A.22.4

R

The notification obligations in SUP 15.15 do not apply in relation to the calculation for the first averaging period as described in SUP TP 11A.22.3R.

211A.22.5

G

The reason for SUP TP 11A.22.4R is that the firm will be required to give the FCA a Form K instead if it meets the relevant qualification condition for being an enhanced scope SMCR firm.

211A.22.6

G

SUP TP 11A.22.4R does not affect the definition of “reporting date” for the purpose of the calculations for SUP TP 11A.23 or SYSC 23 Annex 1.

211A.22.7

G

(1)

The result of a calculation subsequent to the one under SUP TP 11A.22.3R but made before the commencement date may be that the firm meets the relevant qualification condition. In that case the firm should notify the FCA in accordance with SUP 15.15 as applied by SUP TP 11A.

(2)

(1) applies even though SUP TP 11A.23.3R(2) means that the firm will not be treated as an enhanced scope SMCR firm for the purposes of SUP TP 11A.

(3)

A firm should also notify the FCA if it ceases to meet the qualification condition before the commencement date.

(4)

Where (3) applies, the firm may also need to withdraw its Form K.

211A.23

Deciding which category a firm is in

211A.23.1

R

(1)

Before the commencement date, the question of:

(a)

whether a firm is a solo-regulated SMCR firm for the purposes of SUP TP 11A; and

(b)

(if it is) into which category it falls;

is determined in accordance with SYSC 23 Annex 1 (as set out in the Individual Accountability (FCA-Authorised Firms) Instrument 2019) even though the relevant parts of that chapter are not in force for other purposes.

(2)

(1) does not apply to a firm that is already an SMCR firm before the commencement date. Such an SMCR firm cannot be a solo-regulated SMCR firm for the purposes of SUP TP 11A.

(3)

(1) is subject to the rest of SUP TP 11A.23.

211A.23.2

G

(1)

The effect of SUP TP 11A.23.1R(2) is that if a PRA-regulated SMCR firm changes its permission in a way that would turn it into a solo-regulated SMCR firm, the conversion arrangements in SUP TP 11A will not apply to it.

(2)

SUP TP 11A.15 will however apply and the firm can use this to apply for the approvals it needs because of its change of category.

211A.23.3

R

(1)

Subject to SUP TP 11A.23.5R, Part Ten of SYSC 23 Annex 1 (When a firm becomes an enhanced scope SMCR firm) is adjusted for the purposes of this Annex so that a firm is an enhanced scope SMCR firm at any time if at that time it meets one of the qualification conditions in that Annex, not one year after it first meets the relevant condition.

(2)

If:

(a)

a firm does not meet a qualification condition for being an enhanced scope SMCR firm in Part Eight of SYSC 23 Annex 1 (Financial qualification condition for being an enhanced scope SMCR firm) at the enhanced firm cut-off date; but

(b)

meets that qualification condition at any time thereafter before the commencement date;

the firm is treated as not being an enhanced scope SMCR firm for the purpose of SUP TP 11A unless it is an enhanced scope SMCR firm because it meets another qualification condition.

211A.23.4

G

The result of SUP TP 11A.23.3R(2) is that a firm will not be treated as an enhanced scope SMCR firm under Part Eight of SYSC 23 Annex 1 for the purposes of this Annex unless it meets the relevant conditions at the enhanced firm cut-off date.

211A.23.5

R

(1)

This rule modifies the rules for making an election to become a core SMCR firm or an enhanced scope SMCR firm in accordance with the procedure set out in SYSC 23 Annex 1 (as set out in the Individual Accountability (FCA-Authorised Firms) Instrument 2019) for the purposes of SUP TP 11A.

(2)

A firm may make such an election on or after the Form O start date.

(3)

The version of Form O in SUP TP 11A.25 replaces the version in SYSC 23 Annex 2R.

(4)

The election takes effect for the purposes of this Annex on the first notification date or, if it is made after that date, immediately.

(5)

If the election is made on or after the first notification date the firm must at the same time make the following notifications and applications (based on the type of SMCR firm it has elected to become):

(a)

any notification required by SUP TP 11A.5, SUP TP 11A.6 or SUP TP 11A.8; and

(b)

any applications under SUP TP 11A.15 if the candidate is to perform the relevant function on the commencement date.

211A.23.6

R

Part Eleven of SYSC 23 Annex 1 (When a firm stops being an enhanced scope SMCR firm) is adjusted for the purposes of SUP TP 11A so that a firm ceases to be an enhanced scope SMCR firm on the date it ceases to meet the last qualification condition that it met (as referred to in Part Eleven), not one year after that date.

211A.23.7

G

If a firm changes from being an enhanced scope SMCR firm to a core SMCR firm or a limited scope SMCR firm after it has sent the FCA its Form K, it should notify the FCA as described in SUP 15.6 (Inaccurate, false or misleading information).

211A.23.8

R

If a firm revokes its election to be a core SMCR firm, Part Twelve of SYSC 23 Annex 1 (Opting up and opting down) is adjusted for the purposes of SUP TP 11A so that a firm ceases to be a core SMCR firm immediately after the FCA receives the notice, not one year after that date.

211A.23.9

G

If a firm revokes its election to be an enhanced scope SMCR firm, SUP TP 11A.23.6R means that the revocation takes effect immediately after the FCA receives the notice, not one year after that date.

211A.23.10

G

SYSC TP 7.7 (Qualification conditions for FCA-authorised firms) explains how this section affects the period after the commencement date.

211A.24

Claims management firms

Applications for approval

211A.24.1

G

(1)

A claims management firm may make an application under SUP TP 11A.15 (Applications of approved persons to take effect from the commencement date).

(2)

Both a claims management firm that gets full authorisation before the commencement date and one that still has a claims management temporary permission may make such an application.

(3)

SUP TP 11A.15 applies to applications under section 59 of the Act made before the commencement date. If a claims management firm makes an application under section 59 of the Act after the commencement date, it should make the application under SUP 10C (FCA senior managers regime for approved persons in SMCR firms).

211A.24.2

D

SUP TP 11A.15 applies to a temporary permission pure claims management firm on the basis that the application referred to in SUP TP 11A.15.1D(1) is treated as made on the commencement date or, if later, the date that the firm becomes an SMCR firm.

211A.24.3

D

SUP TP 11A.15 does not apply to a temporary permission pure claims management firm if:

(1)

that firm has not made a relevant application as referred to in article 82 of the Claims Management Order (Duration of temporary permission); or

(2)

the FCA has not yet set a last application date that applies to the firm (see article 82(3) of the Claims Management Order); or

(3)

the opening date applicable to the firm has not yet arrived (see article 82(9) of the Claims Management Order).

211A.24.4

G

A firm should not make an application for approval under SUP 10C (FCA senior managers regime for approved persons in SMCR firms) in the circumstances described in SUP TP 11A.24.3D(1) to (3).

Pure claims management firms with temporary permission: Applicability of this Annex

211A.24.5

G

Most of SUP TP 11A will not apply to a pure claims management firm the firm will not have or need to have any approved persons under SUP 10A. It will therefore not have any pre-implementation approvals or pre-implementation applications to be converted.

In-flight applications for authorisation

211A.24.6

G

(1)

In certain circumstances, a person who has made an application for authorisation under the Compensation (Claims Management Services) Regulations 2006 is treated as having made an application for authorisation under the Act.

(2)

This paragraph applies to a person in (1) who would be a pure claims management firm if the application were granted by the FCA.

(3)

Where article 41(4) of the Claims Management Order (Applications for authorisation made to the Regulator: authorisation by the FCA) requires the person to submit a further application form and fee to the FCA, the applicant should not make an application under section 59 of the Act (Approval for particular arrangements) until it has complied with those requirements.

The 12-week rule

211A.24.7

G

SUP TP 11A.18.1G (The 12-week rule) applies to a pure claims management firm that still had a claims management temporary permission on the commencement date as if references to the commencement date were to the date it becomes fully authorised.

Reporting under SUP 15.11

211A.24.8

G

The first notification period of a pure claims management firm under SUP 15.11.13R (Timing and form of notifications: conduct rules staff other than SMF managers) if it still has a claims management temporary permission on the commencement date:

(1)

starts on the day it becomes fully authorised; and

(2)

ends on the last day of the following August.

211A.24.9

G

SUP TP 11A.24.8G applies however short the resulting reporting period may be.

Short Form A

211A.24.10

D

(1)

This direction applies to a claims management firm that is required to submit to the FCA the annex to the application for a Part 4A permission called “Annex to application for part 4A permission to carry on claims management activity during temporary permission – The Individual Form” (a “TIF”) about a person (X) in relation to the firm.

(2)

This direction adds an additional circumstance to SUP 10C.10.8AD (How to apply for approval) in which the firm must use Form A (shortened form).

(3)

If the firm must make an application under section 59 of the Act (Approval for particular arrangements) for the performance of an FCA-designated senior management function by X in relation to the firm using Form A, it must use Form A (shortened form) if:

(a)

the firm has submitted the TIF about X:

(i)

at the same time as the application under section 59; or

(ii)

within the previous nine months; and

(b)

there have been no matters arising in relation to the fitness and propriety of X which mean that the information provided to the FCA in the TIF regarding the fitness and propriety of X may have changed since the date on which the TIF was submitted to the FCA.

(4)

This direction applies to an application under:

(a)

SUP TP 11A.15 (Applications of approved persons to take effect from the commencement date);

(b)

SUP TP 11A.15 as applied by SUP TP 11A.24; and

(c)

SUP 10C (FCA senior managers regime for approved persons in SMCR firms).

211A.25

Forms

211A.25.1

R

Form K

Conversion Notification Form – FCA Solo Regulated Firms (Form K)

211A.25.2

R

Form O

Notification of change to firm classification under the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (Pre-Commencement version) (Form O)