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67 Directors, etc, not to accept commissions in connection with loans.U.K.

(1)This section applies to any person who holds office in or is employed by a building society as director, secretary, chief excecutive, manager, solicitor, surveyor or valuer or in connection with the assessment of the adequacy of securities for [F1loans] secured on land.

(2)No person to whom this section applies shall (in addition to the remuneration prescribed or authorised by the rules or any resolution of the society) accept from any other person any commission for or in connection with any loan made by the society.

(3)If a person to whom this section applies accepts a commission in contravention of subsection (2) ab ove—

(a)both he and, subject to subsection (4) below, the person who paid it shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale; and

(b)if, having been convicted of an offence under paragraph (a) above, the person accepting the commission fails to pay over to the society the amount or value of the commission, as and when directed to do so by the court which convicted him, he shall be guilty of an offence under this paragraph and liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

(4)No offence under paragraph (a) of subsection (3) above is committed by the person who paid the commission unless he did so knowing the circumstances that constituted the offence under that paragraph on the part of the person who accepted it from him.

(5)Where—

(a)a charge upon a policy of life assurance is given as additional security for [F2a loan] made by a building society, or

(b)a building society makes [F2an additional loan] to enable payment to be made of a premium on a policy of insurance, or

(c)any policy of insurance is taken out so as to comply with the terms on which [F2a loan] is made by a building society, whether by way of insuring the property given as security for [F2the loan] or otherwise,

and the policy is effected through the building society, or the society nominates or selects a person by whom the policy is to be issued, it shall be unlawful for any person to whom this section applies, in connection with the effecting of the policy, to receive any commission from a person by or through whom the policy is issued.

(6)A person who pays, and a person who accepts, any commission which subsection (5) above makes it unlawful to receive shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(7)In this section—

  • charge upon a policy of life assurance”, in relation to [F3a loan] secured on land in Scotland, means an assignation in security in respect of such a policy;

  • commission” includes any gift, bonus or benefit;

  • solicitor”, in relation to England and Wales, includes [F4any person who, for the purposes of the Legal Services Act 2007, is an authorised person in relation to an activity which constitutes a reserved instrument activity (within the meaning of that Act)].

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F1Words in s. 67(1) substituted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 25(1); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II(w)(z)(xiv)

F2Words in s. 67(5) substituted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 25(2); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II(w)(z)(xiv)

F3Words in s. 67(7) substituted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 25(3); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II(w)(z)(xiv)

F4Words in s. 67(7) substituted (1.1.2010) by Legal Services Act 2007 (c. 29), s. 211(2), Sch. 21 para. 71 (with ss. 29, 192, 193); S.I. 2009/3250, art. 2(h)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 67(1)(7) amended (E.W.) (1.1.1992) by S.I. 1991/2684, arts. 2(1), 4 Sch. 1

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