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

High Court strikes out two IRHP mis-selling claims on the grounds of abuse of process, limitation and underdeveloped allegations of fraud

The High Court has dismissed two IRHP mis-selling claims by claimant investors against various defendant banks for losses alleged to have been suffered as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation or a unlawful means conspiracy: Boyse (International) Limited v Natwest Markets Plc and The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc [2020] EWHC 1264 (Ch); and Elite Properties … Read more

Impact of latest “SAAMCO” decision on financial services litigation

The Court of Appeal has recently had the opportunity to consider, once again, the so-called “SAAMCO” principle in AssetCo plc v Grant Thornton UK LLP [2020] EWCA Civ 1151. While many reported decisions considering the SAAMCO principle arise in the audit and accountancy sector (including the present case), it is often a key and difficult issue … Read more

High Court strikes out claimants’ representative action due to failure to meet “same interest” requirement under CPR 19.6

The High Court has struck out the representative element of a claim purportedly brought on behalf of large numbers of claimant individuals and communities seeking remediation for damages. In doing so, the court has emphasised the strict limits to the representative action procedure under CPR 19.6, which effectively acts as a ‘opt-out’ class action regime … Read more

High Court requires claimant investors to disclose their investment history to show their level of sophistication and appetite for risk

In a recent decision in the group litigation brought in respect of the Ingenious Media film partnerships the High Court has ruled that each claimant should provide disclosure in relation to their investment history, as this may be relevant to: (a) their financial sophistication and risk appetite, which may in turn inform the scope of … Read more