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.

TC 1.1 Who, what and where?

Who and what?

TC 1.1.1 R RP

3This sourcebook applies to a firm where its employee carries on an activity in TC App 1 for retail clients, customers or consumers (subject to the limitations set out in TC App 3).

TC 1.1.1A R RP

4The application of this sourcebook is modified for:5

  1. (1)

    a MiFID investment firm and a third country investment firm by the provisions in TC 4.1 where its employee carries on an activity in TC App 1 which is also an activity in TC 4.1.2R; and5

  2. (2)

    a firm carrying on insurance distribution activities by the provisions in TC 4.2.5

TC 1.1.1B G RP

4 ESMA has issued guidelines specifying criteria for the assessment of knowledge and competence (3 January 2017 ESMA71-1154262120-153 EN (rev))6.


TC 1.1.2 R

The territorial scope of this sourcebook is set out in TC App 2.


TC 1.1.3 G RP

The competent employees rule is the main4 requirement relating to the competence of employees. The purpose of this sourcebook is to support the FCA's supervisory function by supplementing the competent employees rule for retail activities.

Meaning of competence

TC 1.1.4 G RP

In this sourcebook, competence means having the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to discharge the responsibilities of an employee's role. This includes achieving a good standard of ethical behaviour.

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TC 1.2 Actions for damages

TC 1.2.1 R RP

2A contravention of the rules in TC does not give rise to a right of action by a private person under section 138D of the Act (and each of those rules is specified under section 138D(3) of the Act as a provision giving rise to no such right of action).