The ongoing regulatory investigations into the manipulation of LIBOR have prompted much speculation about the possibility of claimants bringing private law actions against banks based on the regulators’ findings. In the first cases to come before the UK courts, the Court of Appeal has recently granted permission to appeal two High Court decisions as to whether LIBOR-based claims could be introduced into existing actions alleging mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.

In light of those decisions, this briefing considers the prospects of such LIBOR claims in the mis-selling context and identifies substantial obstacles claimants will face in seeking to ‘piggyback’ off the regulatory actions.

A copy of our Banking Litigation Briefing is available here.