Firms issued with a s166 Requirement Notice need to select one of the available providers from the published panel to carry out the Skilled Persons review.

As from 1 April 2013, Bovill was appointed to the Skilled Person Panel in the following areas:

  • Client Assets
  • Conduct of Business
  • Financial Crime
  • Prudential (Investment Firms, Intermediaries and Recognised Investment Exchanges).

Under section 166 of FSMA (s166), the regulator has the power to require a firm to appoint a Skilled Person to produce a report on specified matters. For example, a review of past business in a particular area or sales of a particular product; a review of a firm’s compliance with the client money and asset rules; or a review of a firm’s systems and controls. Firms issued with a s166 Requirement Notice can only select one of the available providers from the published panel to carry out the review. You can see the Panel in full on the FCA and PRA websites.

We’ve got extensive s166 experience having been appointed as Skilled Person on numerous occasions to carry out detailed reviews and produce a report that meets both the target firm’s and regulator’s satisfaction. Some examples:

  • a suitability review of debt consolidation mortgage sales
  • an extensive review of CASS compliance at an asset management services firm
  • a review of the suitability of the private client wealth management offering of a large discretionary manager
  • a post-remedial review of CASS compliance for a firm holding client money and safeguarding assets
  • a review of complaints handling and past business review of a national IFA network
  • a post-remedial review of the suitability of a wealth management service offering
  • a past business review of sales of certain ‘high risk’ products made by an IFA firm
  • a ‘shadow s166’ review of suitability for a major wealth management group
  • a past business review of the sales of small cap stocks made by a private client stockbroker.

We take pride in doing a thorough and considered job and providing a report that is accurate, balanced and fair. Any issues identified in our reports are accompanied by practical and proportionate recommendations. We keep everyone in the loop as we do the work, and ensure findings are fully discussed before our final Skilled Person report is issued.

If the regulator has told you to appoint a Skilled Person, or you think they might be considering doing so, give us a call to see how we can help.

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