FCA Restrictions on CMC Charges

FCA Restrictions on CMC Charges

16:53 08 December in General
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CMC charges for financial products and services claims

The FCA has set out new rules for claims management companies (CMCs) to protect consumers against excessive charges. Some of the major changes include:

  • Restricting the fees CMCs charge for managing claims about non-PPI financial products and services through a fee cap.
  • Require firms to provide consumers important information in the pre-contract stage

Focus of the FCA

  • The FCA is focused on consumer outcomes and looking to become a more innovative, assertive and adaptive regulator
  • The FCA will annually monitor whether average fees by product type calculated from your regulatory return data and existing estimates of value from CP21/1 suggest significant excessive charging

How does this affect you?

  • As a regulated firm, you will need to review your charging structure to ensure your fees are not higher than necessary to deliver value to customers
  • You have until 1 March 2022 before the new rules are required

The full FCA Policy Statement can be viewed at: https://www.fca.org.uk/publication/policy/ps21-18.pdf