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[F1404EMeaning of “consumers”E+W+S+N.I.

(1)For the purposes of sections 404 to 404B “consumers” means persons who—

(a)have used, or may have contemplated using, any of the services within subsection (2); or

(b)have relevant rights or interests in relation to any of the services within that subsection.

(2)The services within this subsection are services provided by—

(a)authorised persons in carrying on regulated activities;

(b)authorised persons in carrying on a consumer credit business in connection with the accepting of deposits;

(c)authorised persons in communicating, or approving the communication by others of, invitations or inducements to engage in investment activity;

(d)authorised persons who are investment firms, or credit institutions, in providing relevant ancillary services;

(e)persons acting as appointed representatives; F2. . .

(f)payment service providers in providing payment services.[F3 or

(g)electronic money issuers in issuing electronic money.]

(3)A person (“P”) has a “relevant right or interest” in relation to any services within subsection (2) if P has a right or interest—

(a)which is derived from, or is otherwise attributable to, the use of the services by others; or

(b)which may be adversely affected by the use of the services by persons acting on P's behalf or in a fiduciary capacity in relation to P.

(4)If a person is providing a service within subsection (2) as a trustee, the persons who have been, or may have been, beneficiaries of the trust are to be treated as persons who have used, or may have contemplated using, the service.

(5)A person who deals with another person (“B”) in the course of B providing a service within subsection (2) is to be treated as using the service.

(6)In this section—

  • accepting”, in relation to deposits, includes agreeing to accept;

  • consumer credit business” has the same meaning as in the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (see section 189(1));

  • credit institution” has the meaning given by section 138(1B);

  • engage in investment activity” has the meaning given by section 21;

  • [F4electronic money” has the same meaning as in the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 and any reference to issuing electronic money must be read accordingly;]

  • payment services” has the same meaning as in the Payment Services Regulations 2009;

  • payment service provider” means a person who is a payment service provider for the purposes of those regulations as a result of falling within any of paragraphs (a) to (e) of the definition in regulation 2(1);

  • relevant ancillary services” has the meaning given by section 138(1C).]

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F1Ss. 404-404G and preceding cross-heading substituted (12.10.2010) for s. 404 and preceding cross-heading by Financial Services Act 2010 (c. 28), ss. 14, 26(3); S.I. 2010/2480, art. 2

F2Word in s. 404E(2) omitted (9.2.2011 for certain purposes and 30.4.2011 otherwise) by virtue of The Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (S.I. 2011/99), regs. 1(2)(a)(xv)(b), 79, Sch. 4 para. 2(4)(b)(i) (with reg. 3)

F3S. 404E(2)(g) and preceding word inserted (9.2.2011 for certain purposes and 30.4.2011 otherwise) by The Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (S.I. 2011/99), regs. 1(2)(a)(xv)(b), 79, Sch. 4 para. 2(4)(b)(i) (with reg. 3)

F4S. 404E(6): definition of "electronic money" inserted (9.2.2011 for certain purposes and 30.4.2011 otherwise) by The Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (S.I. 2011/99), regs. 1(2)(a)(xv)(b), 79, Sch. 4 para. 2(4)(b)(ii) (with reg. 3)

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