Status: Please note you should read all Brexit changes to the FCA Handbook and BTS alongside the main FCA transitional directions. Where these directions apply the 'standstill', firms have the choice between complying with the pre-IP completion day rules, or the post-IP completion day rules. To see a full list of Handbook modules affected, please see Annex B to the main FCA transitional directions.


Status: This chapter was amended on 31 December 2020 as a result of Brexit. However, it is subject to the FCA Prudential Transitional Direction, which means that firms should not comply with these provisions yet. Instead, firms must follow this link and continue to comply with pre-IP completion day requirements https://www.handbook.fca.org.uk/handbook?date=31-12-2020&timeline=True (unless specified otherwise in the Direction). To see a full list of Handbook modules affected, please see Section B of the Annex to the Direction.

SYSC 19A Annex 1 Detailed provisions on voiding and recovery (SYSC 19A.3.53AR and SYSC 19A.3.54R)2

Rendering contravening provisions of agreements void

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1Any provision of an agreement that contravenes a prohibition on persons being remunerated in a way specified in a rule to which this rule2 applies (a "contravening provision") is void.2

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A contravening provision does not cease to be void because:

(1)

the firm concerned ceases to satisfy any of the conditions set out in SYSC 19A.3.54R (1B) to (1D); or

(2)

the member of Remuneration Code staff concerned starts to satisfy both of the conditions set out in SYSC 19A.3.54R (3)(a) and (b).

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A contravening provision that, at the time a rule to which this rule2 applies was made, is contained in an agreement made before that time is not rendered void by 1R unless it is subsequently amended so as to contravene such a rule.

2

3

G

The effect of 2R, in accordance with sections 137H and 137I of the Act, is to prevent contravening provisions being rendered void retrospectively. Contravening provisions may however be rendered void if they are contained in an agreement made after the rule containing the prohibition is made by the FCA3 but before the rule comes into effect.3

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(1)

A pre-existing provision is not rendered void by 1R.

(2)

In this Annex a pre-existing provision is any provision of an agreement that would (but for this rule) be rendered void by 1R that was agreed at a time when either:

(a) the firm concerned did not satisfy any of the conditions set out in SYSC 19A.3.54R (1B) to (1D); or

(b) the member of Remuneration Code staff concerned satisfied both of the conditions set out in SYSC 19A.3.54R (3)(a) and (b).

(3)

But an amendment to, or in relation to, a pre-existing provision is not to be treated as a pre-existing provision where the amendment is agreed at a time when both:

(a) the firm concerned satisfies at least one of the conditions set out in SYSC 19A.3.54R (1B) to (1D); and

(b) the member of Remuneration Code staff concerned does not satisfy both of the conditions set out in SYSC 19A.3.54R (3)(a) and (b).

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For the purposes of this chapter it is immaterial whether the law which (apart from this annex) governs a contravening provision is the law of the United Kingdom, or of a part of the United Kingdom.

Recovery of payments made or property transferred pursuant to a void contravening provision

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In relation to any payment made or other property transferred in pursuance of a contravening provision other than a pre-existing provision,2 a firm must take reasonable steps to:

(1)

recover any such payment made or other property transferred by the firm; and

(2)

ensure that any other person ("P") recovers any such payment made or other property transferred by that person.2

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Paragraph 5R continues to apply in one or both of the following cases:

(1)

the firm concerned ceases to satisfy any of the conditions set out in SYSC 19A.3.54R (1B) to (1D);

(2)

the member of Remuneration Code staff concerned starts to satisfy both of the conditions set out in SYSC 19A.3.54R (3)(a) and (b).

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The rule in 5R(2) would, for example, apply in the context of a secondment. Where a group member seconds an individual to a firm and continues to be responsible for the individuals remuneration in respect of services provided to the firm, the firm would need to take reasonable steps to ensure that the group member recovers from the secondee any remuneration paid in pursuance of a contravening provision.

Replacing payments recovered or property transferred

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(1)

A firm must not award, pay or provide variable remuneration to a person who has received remuneration in pursuance of a contravening provision other than a pre-existing provision2 (the "contravening remuneration") unless the firm has obtained a legal opinion stating that the award, payment or provision of the remuneration complies with the Remuneration Code.

2

(2)

This rule applies only to variable remuneration relating to a performance year to which the contravening remuneration related.

(3)

The legal opinion in (1) must be properly reasoned and be provided by an appropriately qualified independent individual.2

2(4)

Paragraph (1) continues to apply in one or both of the following cases:

(a) the firm concerned ceases to satisfy any of the conditions set out in SYSC 19A.3.54R (1B) to (1D);

(b) the member of Remuneration Code staff concerned starts to satisfy both of the conditions set out in SYSC 19A.3.54R (3)(a) and (b).

Notification to the FCA3

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The FCA3 considers any breach of a rule to which this annex applies to be a significant breach which should be notified to it3 in accordance with SUP 15.3.11 R (Breaches of rules and other requirements in or under the Act). Such a notification should include information on the steps which a firm or other person has taken or intends to take to recover payments or property in accordance with 5R.