FCA Application Support
For firms looking to become directly authorised with the FCA – either as a new venture or because they are leaving a Network – then the team offer a highly efficient and cost-effective application service. We frequently get calls from advisers who are considering going directly authorised; it's a huge decision to make and that's why we offer firms comprehensive and bespoke support through this process. We provide ongoing support once the application has been submitted to the FCA (as part of the application we ask firms to name Paradigm as their professional contact which means we can react swiftly and offer rapid assistance to firms in relation to any queries raised by the FCA). Our team has a very high record of successful authorisations being achieved well within the statutory timelines.
The FCA can take up to 6 months to process an application, although applications which do not include investment permissions can be quicker. Read our Top 5 practical tips for FCA Applications below.
The journey starts with the FCA application and the following top tips will help smooth the process…
Not sure what to expect as you go through the FCA authorisation process? Read our Case Study below about one firm that we provided with bespoke FCA Application support. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
The firm in question found themselves sinking more and more under the compliance and administration burden applied by the Network. Activity with clients was becoming secondary and the firm were disgruntled at the heavy fees they were paying to the Network.
We sat down with the firm initially and mapped out what the likely costs of both FCA authorisation (FCA application fee, PI insurance premium and data protection registration fee) and on-going regulatory (FCA/FOS/FSCS) fees would be and the firm were astonished at the amount they could potentially save compared to Network membership.
We then guided the firm through accessing the FCA Connect system and assisted with the building of the firm’s application pack. The firm were also supplied with Paradigm’s guide to completing the FCA application and we assisted the firm in completing the application pack and bespoking all of the required supporting documentation, templates of which had already been prepared by Paradigm.
Once the application was complete, we conducted a final ‘sense check’ of the application before the firm submitted the application to the FCA, but our support didn’t finish there. We were also on hand to assist the firm with the queries raised by the Regulator as part of their checking of the firm’s application and we also assisted the firm with the novation of agencies once the firm had been notified of their authorisation by the FCA.
Since becoming directly authorised, the firm has flourished and, with Paradigm’s support and guidance, the firm now has full autonomy over its business including total control of its clients and their assets. Paradigm has helped the firm put in place a robust compliance structure and ethos which is appropriate to the size and nature of the firm’s activities and this freedom from over burdensome regulation has enabled the firm to spend more time than ever with clients which in turn has resulted in more deeper, meaningful and productive relationships between the firm and its clients.