Exemptions from licensing – personal directorships

12th June 2023

On 5 June 2023, the Regulation of Fiduciaries etc (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023 were made by the Policy & Resources Committee (the “Committee”). These Regulations, which are to be laid before the States meeting on 5 July and which come into operation on 8 July, expand the available licensing exemptions for certain categories of personal directorship activity. The Regulations take forward the original proposals made in the Commission’s December 2022 consultation paper and, based on consultation responses received, provide for further categories of exemption. The Committee has also made Regulations for the implementation of the new Director Registration Regime which, subject to receipt of approval at the States meeting on 5 July, would also come into operation on 8 July.

The two sets of regulations are connected insofar as the introduction of new, additional categories of licensing exemption will reduce the number of individual directors using the 'up to six directorships' exemption who would be required to register. In line with its normal practice, the Commission will publish a consultation paper feedback statement and at the same time issue supporting guidance for directors to help them understand their respective positions and obligations regarding licensing, licensing exemption and registration. The Commission can be contacted with any comments or questions in advance of 8 July using the following email address: [email protected].