In a leading case, the Court examined the extent of the duty of care that a bank owes to its customers when executing their orders.

By Andrea Monks and Nell Perks

On 30 October 2019, the UK Supreme Court dismissed Daiwa’s appeal in the case of Singularis Holdings Ltd (In Official Liquidation) v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited [2019] UKSC 50. The decision marks the first successful claim for breach of the Quincecare duty that banks owe to their customers. Latham & Watkins expects to see further examination of the duty as instances of fraud continue to rise and the courts consider the degree of responsibility that banks should bear for stopping financial crime.

The Quincecare duty, which Justice Steyn set out in 1992, refers to an implied term of the contract between a bank and its customer that the bank will use reasonable skill and care in and about executing the customer’s orders. A bank will be in breach of this duty if it executes an order that it knows to be dishonestly given, shuts its eyes to the obvious fact of the dishonesty, or acts recklessly in failing to make reasonable enquiries.

All firms should take note of the FCA’s latest feedback on SMCR implementation.

By Rob Moulton, Charlotte Collins and David Berman

In its latest piece of feedback on firms’ implementation of the SMCR, the FCA indicated that firms must improve their implementation of the Certification Regime and, most particularly, the Conduct Rules. While the FCA’s review focused on SMCR implementation within banks, which have been subject to the regime for more than three years, the findings are relevant to all firms, whether already subject to the SMCR or due to become so this December.

The FCA observes that firms are taking the regime seriously, and focusing on the spirit of the regime. Generally, there is a correlation between size, resources and regulatory interaction, and how mature firms are in their approach to the SMCR. However, the FCA has found that some firms seem to have been less successful in embedding the regime below senior manager level. The FCA considers that there is some room for further progress on the Certification Regime, and that there are potentially more significant weaknesses in the implementation of the Conduct Rules.

The Italian Securities Commission asks banks and investment firms in Italy and the UK to inform customers of Brexit consequences promptly.

By Isabella Porchia

On 12 March 2019, the Italian Securities Commission (CONSOB) issued a warning notice to UK and Italian banks and investment firms providing investment services and activities in Italy and the UK, respectively, requesting that they inform their clients of Brexit consequences as a matter of urgency, especially in case of a “no deal”. CONSOB stressed that a no deal could lead to the loss of the European passport for the provision of investment services throughout the European Union.