Client Assets Technical Committee

Assist the industry in identifying key issues arising from the need to protect customer assets without increasing costs, complexities and time

Industry challenge

Regulated firms that hold client money are required to follow the FCA Client Assets sourcebook (CASS) guidance and provide regular CMAR returns. Firms may be fined large sums for not having adequate CASS systems and controls in place, which could lead to both financial and reputational damage, and cause concern to consumers.

Group purpose

The Client Assets Technical Committee helps firms to comply with the requirements from the FCA Handbook for Client Assets under Business Standards, which are designed to ensure that customers assets are fully protected and that firms have adequate systems and controls in place. This requires evidencing and continual maintenance which must then stand up to scrutiny from external annual audits. The rules can be complex and regulatory expectations are high in ensuring there has been no consumer detriment.

Areas of focus

  • Improving consumer access to financial guidance.


Client Money and Asset Return (CMAR) Best Practice

Group strategy

The TISA Client Assets Technical Committee serves the needs of those individuals and member organisations represented by TISA for a meeting point where best operating and technical practice can be shared, and common challenges debated. It acts as a centre of expertise for TISA with regard to the operational and technical aspects of issues relating to Client Assets and Money, including regulatory matters, which specifically impact their administration and procedures. With member attendees from a range of sectors within the financial services industry, the group informs engagement with policymakers and regulators.

Participating member firms

A J Bell Securities
Aegon UK
Allfunds Bank S.A.U
Alpha FMC
Arbuthnot Latham & Co
Ashurst Risk Advisory LLP
Aviva Investors
Aviva plc
Aviva UK Insurance
Baillie Gifford & Co
Bank of Ireland
Barclays Wealth
Baringa Partners LLP
BNY Mellon
Bovill Limited
Brooks Macdonald
Burges Salmon
Canada Life Ltd
Cazenove Capital
Charles Stanley & Co Ltd
Close Brothers Asset Management
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Computershare Investor Services plc
Coutts & Co
Cushon Money Limited
Delta Financial Systems
Digital Moneybox
EFG Private Bank
Elavon Financial Services
Embark Platform
Ernst & Young
Evelyn Partners
Fidelity International
Financial Software
Halifax Share Dealing
Hargreaves Lansdown
Interactive Investor
Investec Wealth & Investment Limited
JM Finn & Co
JPMorgan Asset Management
JPMorgan Chase

L & G plc
LGT Wealth Management UK LLP
Link Group
Lloyds Banking Group
M&G Investments
Maitland Administration Services
Merian Global Investors
Nedbank Private Wealth
Northern Trust
Novia Financial Plc
Nucleus Financial Group Limited
Orbis Investments (U.K.) Limited
Parmenion Capital Partners LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP
Platform One Limited
Prin10 Limited
Quilter (formerly Old Mutual Wealth)
Quilter PLC
Raymond James Investment Services Limited
RBC Brewin Dolphin
RBC Investor & Treasury Services
Redmayne Bentley
Rowan Dartington & Co Ltd
Royal Bank of Scotland
Santander Asset Management UK Limited
Saxo Capital Markets UK Limited
Scottish Widows Plc
Seccl Custody Limited
SEI Investment (Europe) Ltd
Seven Investment Management
SS&C Financial Services Europe Limited
St James’s Place Wealth Management
Standard Life PLC
T Rowe Price
T. Rowe Price UK Limited
Thesis Asset Management
Vanguard Asset Management
Virgin Money
Walbrook Partners
Walker Crips Investment Management Limited
Wesleyan Assurance Society
Winterflood Securities Limited

Lisa Laybourn,
Head of Technical Policy and Regulation leads on this work at TISA

Chair: Nick Kinseley, RBC

Deputy Chair: Jonathan Ford, Lloyds Bank

If you are a TISA member who would like to get involved with the Client Assets work, please get in touch

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