Court of Appeal decision in Adams v Options: the meaning of “advice” and potential implications for financial product mis-selling claims

In the context of an investor’s claim against the provider of his self-invested personal pension (SIPP) under s.27 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA), the Court of Appeal has provided guidance on the question of what constitutes “advice” on investments for the purpose of article 53 of the Financial Services and Markets Act … Read more

High Court finds that a claimant’s “awareness” of a representation is an essential prerequisite to a claim for misrepresentation

In an important decision for financial institutions, the High Court has confirmed that a claimant’s awareness of a representation is an essential prerequisite to a claim for misrepresentation, by striking out implied fraudulent misrepresentation claims in relation to LIBOR against a defendant bank. The claimants had failed to plead that the alleged representations were actively … Read more

Financial product mis-selling claims against banks: the increasing willingness of the English courts to strike out allegations of fraud in “appropriate” cases

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP have published an article in Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law on the increasing willingness of the English courts to deal with opportunistic claims against banks (and other third parties) involving allegations of fraud without the need for a full trial, in “appropriate” cases. Traditionally, in a financial product … Read more