Becoming Directly Authorised

Considering direct authorisation?

Charter a course to direct authorisation with Compliance First.

For some firms, becoming directly authorised may be the best fit for their business, however, if this is not something you have previously done, we appreciate that the prospect can seem a little overwhelming - but this need not be the case.

Make the Journey

No one knows the route better than we do - and no one provides support to more directly authorised firms than we do. Our expert team can guide and support you every step of the way and we will even help with your application to the FCA.

So, relax, spread your wings, and let us take care of everything.

Our Business Development team will assist you in completing your FCA application to the highest specification ensuring the process is as smooth as possible. You can use our online tracking facility to monitor the status of your application and contact your Business Development Manager at any time to discuss the progress of your application.


Enhanced support, as and when you need it.

As part of the UK’s largest supporter of directly authorised advisers, nobody can match the breadth of expertise and support that we offer – and we keep winning awards to prove that! We have an expansive team all dedicated to supporting the firms that we serve. Going DA with Compliance First, doesn’t mean a reduction in service, more that you will have the freedom to choose, as and when you need, from our comprehensive range of enhanced support for:

  • Regulatory support
    Our support is designed to help you spend less of your valuable time on compliance processes and more with your Clients. We help you to create efficiencies in your business to allow you that time.
  •  Learning and development
    Access to the largest events programme in the industry, with over 500 face to face and virtual events covering a whole host of learning and insight
  • Technology and digital support 
    There are many demands that come with running an adviser firm, that’s why we know it’s crucial you have access to quality business solutions.
  • Proposition support
    We offer a relevant selection of propositions to help you provide your clients the best service, whether you choose to advise, refer or outsource.



We are committed to ensuring our Clients have the right support and tools at their disposal. We won’t tell firms what to use, we will simply provide a selection of market-leading solutions and access to a highly experienced team to call upon as and when they are required.

To find out if direct authorisation is suitable for you contact one of our experienced team for an informal chat on 0141 433 8214.

Click here for your guide to becoming directly authorised.