Regulatory Risk Trends in June 2024: A Comprehensive Overview

As we move through 2024, the landscape of regulatory risk continues to evolve, presenting both challenges and opportunities for businesses worldwide. The latest report from Pinsent Masons, “Regulatory Risk Trends - June 2024,” provides an in-depth analysis of current and emerging risks. This blog post summarises key insights from the report, highlighting the major trends and their implications for businesses.

Key Regulatory Risk Trends

Operational Resilience

The Bank of England’s focus on operational resilience remains a cornerstone of regulatory scrutiny. Firms are required to demonstrate their ability to withstand and recover from significant operational disruptions. The Financial Policy Committee’s macroprudential approach underscores the need for robust operational risk management frameworks.

Consumer Duty

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has intensified its efforts to enforce the Consumer Duty, which mandates that firms must act to deliver good outcomes for retail customers. This involves ensuring fair treatment of customers, providing clear and transparent information, and fostering an environment where customers can pursue their financial objectives effectively.

Financial Promotions and Influencers

The FCA has been particularly vigilant regarding financial promotions, with a crackdown on misleading advertisements and unauthorised financial advice from social media influencers. Recent enforcement actions highlight the need for firms to ensure their promotional materials comply with regulatory standards and do not mislead consumers.

Money Laundering Regulations

HM Treasury’s consultation on improving the effectiveness of money laundering regulations signals ongoing governmental focus on combating financial crime. The consultation aims to enhance regulatory frameworks to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing, ensuring that the UK’s financial system remains robust and secure.

Vulnerable Customers

The FCA has issued finalised guidance on the fair treatment of vulnerable customers, emphasising the need for firms to take into account the diverse needs of their customer base. This guidance outlines practical steps for firms to ensure that vulnerable customers are not disadvantaged and can access the financial services they need.

Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)

The FCA’s review of the treatment of PEPs aims to strike a balance between preventing financial crime and ensuring that PEPs are not unfairly discriminated against. This ongoing review seeks to refine the regulatory approach to PEPs, ensuring compliance while mitigating undue burdens on these individuals.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

With the increasing reliance on digital technologies, cybersecurity and data protection have become paramount. Regulatory bodies are pushing for enhanced measures to protect sensitive data and prevent cyberattacks, requiring firms to implement rigorous cybersecurity protocols and regular assessments.

Implications for Businesses

Businesses must stay ahead of these regulatory changes to mitigate risks and ensure compliance. Here are some practical steps firms can take:

Enhance Operational Resilience: Develop and regularly test robust business continuity plans to handle potential disruptions.

Prioritise Consumer Duty: Foster a customer-centric culture and ensure that all customer interactions are fair, transparent, and beneficial.

Monitor Financial Promotions: Implement stringent compliance checks for all promotional materials and be cautious when using social media influencers.

Strengthen Anti-Money Laundering Measures: Stay updated on regulatory changes and enhance internal controls to prevent financial crimes.

Support Vulnerable Customers: Train staff to identify and support vulnerable customers, ensuring they receive appropriate services and advice.

Review PEP Policies: Balance compliance requirements with fair treatment of PEPs, avoiding unnecessary restrictions while maintaining security.

Invest in Cybersecurity: Regularly update cybersecurity measures and conduct vulnerability assessments to protect against data breaches.


The regulatory landscape is becoming increasingly complex, and businesses must remain vigilant to navigate these changes successfully. By understanding and addressing these regulatory risk trends, firms can build trust and resilience in their operations. The insights from Pinsent Masons’ June 2024 report provide a valuable roadmap for navigating this dynamic environment.

For more detailed information, you can access the full report here.