Retail Financial Services

Legal services for consumer-facing financial services

Selling financial advice to the public is a tricky business. Each day customers look to you to steer them through complex investments, transactions and financial products. The FCA expects you to comply with an ever-growing handbook. Competitors large and small look to snap up a bigger share of the market.

And somewhere within it all, you need to run a business which turns advice into profit.

But who advises the advisors? That’s where we come in. We know the retail financial services industry from your side and we have lawyers dedicated to helping IFAs and restricted advisers do their job.

Why choose Foot Anstey

As lawyers we work with financial advisors and service providers every day.

You might be an investment manager, a consumer credit firm, an insurance broker, an investment platform, a P2P platform or a retail Islamic investment bank. Whatever your niche in the market, if you’re in the business of selling financial services to the public, we can help you.

We know how to help you meet the need to innovate, through new ventures and models of delivery. We know how to manage the pressures that regulation puts on you – both the ongoing compliance burden and the disruption of regulatory scrutiny. And we also know that financial services firms face the same legal issues all businesses do – people, property, structure, agreements and disagreements to name a few.

When you work with us, you’ll be partnered with a senior lawyer who understands financial services and the way bodies like the FCA work. We’ll draw on our experience giving legal advice to financial services firms to help you identify problems – and opportunities – as well as the strategy to meet them. And we won’t shy away from giving straightforward advice which helps you meet your commercial objectives.

Related services


Corporate projects demand legal advice at the speed of business.

Whatever your needs, goals or ambitions our team work hard to tailor services which help deliver our clients’ ambitions at every stage of a company’s journey.


Whether or not your company has an in-house legal function, running a business today presents many complex challenges. 

We think it’s important that we genuinely get to know our clients businesses – that’s how we can deliver value that goes beyond just the monetary.


Having the right people in the right place, displaying the right behaviours through the right processes can be just as hard as it sounds.

Our experienced team of experts are able to provide you with timely, commercial advice for day-to-day advice to project support.

Islamic Finance

Islamic finance already attracts huge investment to the UK – investment which grows by the day thanks to the UK’s progressive attitude toward shariah-compliant structures.

It’s an exciting time for Islamic finance in the UK. We can help you be part of it.


For over a decade, the industry has seen a wave of cheap lending and savings apathy, founded on a base rate which refuses to rise above one percent.

In our banking legal services team, we mix speed and precision to get deals over the line and make sure lenders’ funds are efficiently deployed and borrowers can focus on their business goals.


At Foot Anstey, we’ve invested in our team of finance experts. We hire, develop and retain lawyers with deep specialisms in specific areas of finance law – because we know you need and want more than a jack of all trades.


Fraud is big business. It costs the UK economy over £100 billion a year. It creates holes in your finances. It sows distrust among your colleagues and partners.

The threat of fraud will never cease. Which is why we’ll always be ready to act.

Our people

Our team of retail financial services lawyers have expertise covering all aspects of the financial services industry. Our key services include regulatory advice, risk, liaising with the FCA, corporate deals, commercial and technology agreements, customer-facing documents and advising firms and directors on alleged conduct issues.