What does Lloyds/HBOS tell us about sections 90 and 90A of FSMA?

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP have published an article in Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law considering how the findings in Sharp v Blank [2019] EWHC 3078 (Ch) (also known as The Lloyds/HBOS litigation) may be of assistance in interpreting sections 90 and 90A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Lloyds/HBOS is the only securities … Read more

High Court upholds financial institution restructuring unit’s exercise of its powers under facility agreement following borrower default, finding there was no “relational contract” and rejecting claims for intimidation and economic duress

The High Court has dismissed the most recent claim to reach trial arising from the actions taken by a lending bank’s restructuring unit following a borrower’s default under a facility agreement during the global financial crisis. The court rejected all claims that the bank failed to discharge its duty to provide lending services with reasonable … Read more

Banking Litigation Podcast Episode 12: SPECIAL EDITION – The Lloyds/HBOS Litigation: the outcome, implications and litigation top tips

In this special edition of our banking litigation podcast, we consider the first judgment in a shareholder class action in England & Wales in Sharp v Blank [2019] EWHC 3078 (Ch) (also known as The Lloyds/HBOS Litigation). Also listen on Apple or Spotify. In rejecting the claim brought by a group of shareholders against Lloyds relating to its acquisition … Read more

Court of Appeal decision in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton: clarification of “advice” vs “information” distinction when applying the SAAMCO principle

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the claimant’s appeal in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton UK LLP [2019] EWCA Civ 40, an important decision on the application of the decision in South Australia Asset Management Corpn v York Montague Ltd [1997] AC 191 (SAAMCO) to cases involving an adviser’s negligence. The decision will be … Read more

Do we need a new duty of care in financial services?

On 17 July 2018, the FCA published a paper on its Approach to Consumers (the Approach), accompanied by a discussion paper DP18/5 (the DP) on the possible introduction of a new duty of care and other alternative approaches (a New Duty). The Approach sets the FCA’s vision for well-functioning markets that work for consumers, and builds on … Read more