Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2013

43.

Bank’s power to direct redress for customers.

43.— (1) Where the Bank is satisfied—

( a) that there have been widespread or regular relevant defaults by a regulated financial service provider, and

( b) that, in consequence of the relevant defaults, customers of the regulated financial service provider have suffered, are suffering or will suffer loss or damage,

the Bank may give the regulated financial service provider a direction requiring the making of appropriate redress to the customers.

(2) In subsection (1) “relevant default” means—

( a) charging a customer an amount which the regulated financial service provider is not entitled to charge,

( b) providing a customer with a financial service which the customer has not agreed to receive,

( c) providing a customer with a financial service which was not suitable for the customer at the time when it was provided,

( d) providing a customer with inaccurate information which influences the customer in making a decision about any financial service,

( e) a failure of any system or controls of the regulated financial service provider, or

( f) a prescribed contravention.

(3) In subsection (1) “appropriate redress” means such monetary or other redress as is specified in the direction and (in the case of redress for pecuniary loss) as does not exceed the amount of the loss suffered or anticipated to be suffered, together (where appropriate) with interest at such rate as is so specified.

(4) A direction given under subsection (1) may require the costs of the Bank in giving the direction to be met by the regulated financial service provider to whom the direction is given.

(5) The fact that a regulated financial service provider has made redress in compliance with a direction given under subsection (1) shall not, of itself, constitute for any purpose an admission of liability by the regulated financial service provider.

(6) A decision by the Bank to give a direction under subsection (1) is an appealable decision for the purposes of Part VIIA of the Act of 1942.

(7) The provisions of a direction given under subsection (1) have effect from the date specified in the direction in relation to them.

(8) A direction given under subsection (1) shall set out—

( a) all terms of the direction, including any specification of a date by which, or a period within which, any provision made by it is to be complied with, and

( b) any incidental, consequential or supplemental provisions for implementing the direction and securing that it is fully and effectively carried out.

(9) The Bank may publish a direction given under subsection (1) in any such manner as the Bank considers appropriate.

(10) Where the Bank is considering a complaint, or investigating any other matter, for the purpose of deciding whether to give a direction under subsection (1) it may publish notice that it is doing so in any such manner as the Bank considers appropriate.

(11) The duty imposed on the Bank by section 57BX(11) of the Act of 1942 to refer a complaint to the Financial Services Ombudsman does not apply in relation to a complaint if the Bank has dealt with the complaint by giving a direction under subsection (1) or during any period when the Bank is considering the complaint for the purpose of deciding whether to give such a direction.

(12) The duty imposed on the Financial Services Ombudsman to investigate a complaint does not apply if the Bank has dealt with the complaint by giving a direction under subsection (1) or during any period when the Bank is considering the complaint for the purpose of deciding whether to give such a direction.

Annotations

Modifications (not altering text):

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References to the Financial Services Ombudsman construed as Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman (1.01.2018) by Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Act 2017 (22/2017), s. 29(3), S.I. No. 524 of 2017.

References in enactments

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(3) References to the Financial Services Ombudsman, the Deputy Financial Services Ombudsman or the Pensions Ombudsman in any enactment (other than this Act) or any instrument made under such an enactment shall, on and after the establishment day, be construed as references to the Ombudsman.