Final Notice

On , the Financial Conduct Authority issued a Final Notice to Columbus Legal Limited



For the reasons set out in this Final Notice, the Authority hereby takes the following
action against CLL.

The Authority issued to Columbus Legal Limited the Decision Notice which notified
CLL that for the reasons given below and pursuant to section 55J of the Act, the
Authority had decided to cancel CLL’s Part 4A permission.

CLL has not referred the matter to the Tribunal within 28 days of the date on which
the Decision Notice was given to it.

Accordingly, the Authority has today cancelled CLL’s Part 4A permission.


The definitions below are used in this Final Notice:

“the Act” means the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000;

“the Authority” means the Financial Conduct Authority;

“CLL” means Columbus Legal Limited;


“CLL’s Part 4A permission” means the permission granted by the Authority to CLL
pursuant to Part 4A of the Act;

“the Decision Notice” means the Decision Notice issued by the Authority to CLL
dated 13 April 2023;

“the Overdue Balance” means the outstanding sum of £1,188.38 owed by CLL to
the Authority comprising an invoice dated 18 August 2020 for regulatory fees and
levies for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 which was due for payment by
16 November 2020;

“the Principles” means the Authority’s Principles for Businesses;

“the suitability Threshold Condition” means the threshold condition set out in
paragraph 2E of Schedule 6 to the Act;

“the Threshold Conditions” means the threshold conditions set out in Schedule 6 to
the Act;

“the Tribunal” means the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber); and

“the Warning Notice” means the Warning Notice issued by the Authority to CLL
dated 17 March 2023.


On the basis of the facts and matters and conclusions described in the Warning
Notice, and in the Decision Notice, it appears to the Authority that CLL is failing to
satisfy the suitability Threshold Condition, in that the Authority is not satisfied that
CLL is a fit and proper person having regard to all the circumstances, including
whether CLL managed its business in such a way as to ensure that its affairs were
conducted in a sound and prudent manner.

CLL has failed to pay the Overdue Balance and it has not been open and co-
operative in all its dealings with the Authority, in that CLL has failed to respond to
the Authority’s repeated requests for it to pay the Overdue Balance, and has
thereby failed to comply with Principle 11 of the Principles and to satisfy the
Authority that it is ready, willing and organised to comply with the requirements
and standards of the regulatory system.

These failings, which are significant in the context of CLL’s suitability, lead the
Authority to conclude that CLL has failed to manage its business in such a way as
to ensure that its affairs are conducted in a sound and prudent manner, that it is
not a fit and proper person, and that it is therefore failing to satisfy the Threshold
Conditions in relation to the regulated activities for which it has had a Part 4A


The decision which gave rise to the obligation to give this Final Notice was made by
an Authority staff member under executive procedures.


This Final Notice is given to CLL in accordance with section 390(1) of the Act.



The Authority must publish such information about the matter to which this Final
Notice relates as the Authority considers appropriate. The information may be
published in such manner as the Authority considers appropriate. However, the
Authority may not publish information if such publication would, in the opinion of
the Authority, be unfair to CLL or prejudicial to the interest of consumers.

The Authority intends to publish such information about the matter to which this
Final Notice relates as it considers appropriate.

Authority contact

For more information concerning this matter generally, please contact Funmi Ojo
at the Authority (direct line: 020 7066 1354).

Jeremy Parkinson
Enforcement and Market Oversight Division


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