Final Notice

On , the Financial Conduct Authority issued a Final Notice to Russell Blakey


Dated: 29 June 2016


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

The Authority issued to Mr Blakey the Decision Notice which notified him that for
the reasons given below and pursuant to section 55J of the Act, the Authority had
decided to cancel Mr Blakey’s permission.

Mr Blakey has not referred the matter to the Tribunal within 28 days of the date
on which the Decision Notice was issued to him.

Accordingly, the Authority has today cancelled Mr Blakey’s 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;

“the Decision Notice” means the Decision Notice issued to Mr Blakey dated 6 May

“Mr Blakey” means Russell Blakey;

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

“the Return” means the CCR007 return for the period ended 31 July 2015, which
Mr Blakey was due to submit to the Authority by 14 September 2015;

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

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

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


On the basis of the facts and matters and conclusions described in its Warning
Notice issued to Mr Blakey dated 7 April 2016 and in the Decision Notice, it
appears to the Authority that Mr Blakey is failing to satisfy the suitability
Threshold Condition, in that the Authority is not satisfied that Mr Blakey is a fit
and proper person having regard to all the circumstances, including whether Mr
Blakey managed his business in such a way as to ensure that his affairs were
conducted in a sound and prudent manner.

This is because Mr Blakey has failed to comply with the regulatory requirement to
submit the Return. Mr Blakey has not been open and co-operative in all his
dealings with the Authority, in that Mr Blakey has failed to respond adequately to
the Authority's repeated requests for him to submit the Return, and has thereby
failed to comply with Principle 11 of the Authority's Principles for Businesses and
to satisfy the Authority that he is ready, willing and organised to comply with the
requirements and standards under the regulatory system.

These failures, which are significant in the context of Mr Blakey’s suitability, lead
the Authority to conclude that Mr Blakey has failed to manage his business in
such a way as to ensure that his affairs are conducted in a sound and prudent
manner, that he is not a fit and proper person, and that he is therefore failing to
satisfy the Threshold Conditions in relation to the regulated activities for which Mr
Blakey has had a permission.


The decision which gave rise to the obligation to give this Final Notice was made
by the Regulatory Decisions Committee.


This Final Notice is given to Mr Blakey in accordance with section 390(1) of the


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 Mr Blakey 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 Jade
Flaherty at the Authority (direct line: 020 7066 2072).

John Kirby
Enforcement and Market Oversight Division


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