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Media Interest

As a leading City of London Litigation Law Firm we’re regularly approached by national and international media to provide legal comment, particularly in relation to our clients’ high-profile litigation cases. We’re adept at public relations and managing media, parliamentary and other interest groups.

Strategic Litigation Results.

We’re seasoned litigation lawyers. We’ve acted on thousands of litigation matters in England & Wales. Our solicitors and barristers strive to win. Therefore our legal cases have attracted significant media interest. Our litigation has been referenced by the leading UK broadcast and print media. Our legal comments have been debated in the House of Commons and published in journals and books.

BBC Panorama

Featured and advised BBC One Panorama for their documentary “Britain’s New Banking Scandal” about major bank mis-selling of complex financial derivatives (eg interest rate swaps). Our client was offered £0 by Lloyds Bank Plc. Once retained, we forced the bank to pay over £1m. Also featured in The Times. [YouTube]

ITV News at Ten

Our client and senior partner interviewed by Laura Kuenssberg on the dilatory litigation tactics of major UK banks designed to allow legal rights to become time-barred. We subsequently obtained multi million pound redress for the client featured in this national broadcast. (Press Statement) [YouTube]

Times Lawyer London Litigation

The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times reported twice* on the largest ever publicly disclosed settlement in bank swaps litigation.

We took on Lloyds Bank Plc, which refused compensation when approached by other lawyers. Once instructed, we applied strategic litigation pressure to force the bank to pay out £4.6m. *(1) (2)

Sky News: Jeff Randall Live

Jeff Randall, Daily Telegraph Editor-at-Large, discusses the latest in international business affairs, Live on Sky News from the Gherkin.

Following the LIBOR fraud rate-fixing scandal, our senior partner, M Ali Akram was interviewed at the Sky News Gherkin studio. We explained the complexity of swaps and that £millions/billions of redress was owed. We issued and settled more litigation claims for mis-sold IRHPS than all other law firms combined. [YouTube]

BBC Radio 4: The Report

The Report delivers ‘original insight on major news stories and topical investigations‘.

Barclays mis-sold a financial instrument causing a family business to face financial ruin. Other lawyers advised the company would lose and be wound-up. However, we litigated and pressed the bank into a large out-of-court settlement. Play below or on BBC iPlayer.

Also reported: Sky News, BBC News, Standard.

Financial Times

RBS CEO Ross McEwan quizzed by the FT in relation to High Court litigation pursued by our client, winner of the Queen’s lifetime achievement award for enterprise promotion. FT

Shredded – Inside RBS

Our comments on RBS featured in “Shredded: Inside RBS: the Bank that Broke Britain” by Ian Fraser. The book quotes and cites our employed chancery barrister.

Sky News

Watchdog Hunts Banks Over ‘Business Victims’. Article Quotes our senior partner, M Ali Akram. We comment that redress and limitation warnings are not set out by the FSA. Our client was on the Sky News Rolling Bulletin: [YouTube]

Law Society Gazette

Quoted in an article about the FSA damning report on mis-sold interest rate hedging products: 

‘Steer clear of CMCs, financial watchdog warns bank litigants’

London Evening Standard

Case study on our client: ‘We sold my grandmother’s gold to keep up with Barclays loan payments’.

We successfully fought off a winding-up petition, LPA receivers and auctioneers. Ultimately we forced Barclays Bank to compensate our client. Print PDF version

BBC News

All main BBC television bulletins featured our client as ‘FSA finds banks guilty of mis-selling to small firms’.

Our client obtained full compensation from Barclays Bank plc after we issued litigation.

International Business Times

We’re interviewed about litigation as a strategic tool to obtain compensation: ‘EXCLUSIVE: Mis-Selling Derivatives Victims Look to Bypass FSA’s Bank Agreement’

Sky News Sunrise

Our partner was interviewed on Sky Breakfast News alongside our client (who later won her litigation) discussing “BREAKING NEWS: MIS-SELLING SCANDAL” [YouTube]

The Lawyer

We’re quoted in leading industry trade publication The Lawyer warning UK businesses about the limitation period of six years: ‘Raft of firms win roles as mis-selling crisis hits Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and RBS’

International Business Times

We’re interviewed about a litigation case being described in the international media as the UK’s LIBOR test case: ‘Barclays’ Libor Fixing and Mis-Selling Derivatives: Guardian Care Homes Faces a Legal Minefield’

Daily Mail

The UK’s most popular national newspaper reported on our firm’s success and our client’s case against the Royal Bank of Scotland Plc whose GRG recoveries division and WestRegister sister company took control of 80% equity in a family bowling chain costing the owners £50m loss while RBS profited £9m [Article].

Reuters

We’re interviewed about the prospect of Libor litigation which may ensue against the rate setting banks which manipulated Libor such as Barclays and UBS: ‘Lawsuits cast darker shadow over banks than Libor fines’

The Times

National Newspaper Report on our Bank Litigation team’s success against a major UK bank who sold a multi-cancelable swap to our celebrity client.

Our client’s original lawyers failed to obtain compensation. We gave fresh advice on the legal prospects and commenced High Court proceedings. The bank instructed major litigation firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP but we still forced Lloyds to pay £1m. 

Litigation Lawyers in London High Court

BBC Parliament

Our interview in the IBTimes, results in a question being raised in the United Kingdom Parliament by The Rt. Hon. Tessa Munt MP for Wells (PPS to The Rt. Hon. Vince Cable MP). Response by The Rt. Hon. Andrew Lansley MP, Leader of the House. [YouTube]

International Business Times

We’re interviewed about the flaws in Barclays Bank’s FSA Review process: ‘Mis-Selling Derivatives Exclusive: Barclays’ Lawyers Accused of Breaching Code of Conduct’

Law Gazette

First swaps mis-selling case heads to Rolls Building“. The Law Society Gazette reported, as did the national print media, on our client’s claim against Barclays Bank Plc. The claim centred on complex financial swaps instruments, credit limit utilisation and consequential losses.

Reuters Complinet

We’re interviewed in-depth by Reuters for their article: “Banks gamed FCA-supervised interest-rate swap redress scheme; Complaints Commissioner found systemic issues

Civil Justice Council

Our senior partner invited to the Civil Justice Council’s seminar reviewing Part 2 of LASPO 2012. The UK government asked the CJC to convene the seminar to consider the DBA reforms & extent to which they meet legislative objectives. Senior judiciary and government ministers and civil servants in attendance and receptive to the need for legislative change.

BBC News

Our litigation client, Tracy Standish of Bowlplex, featured in BBC News TV report on leaked FCA RBS GRG Westregister misconduct report. 92% of viable business customers put into GRG “experienced some form of inappropriate action by RBS”. Case: Tracy Standish & Others v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc and Another [2018] EWHC 1829 Ch

The Times

Sunday Times article on our demands against the BBC, RBS and the FCA: “Lawyers demand BBC releases leaked report on RBS case clients“. We also ask why the FCA has not reported on RBS GRG for 4 years and criticise the FCA as a trade union for bad banks.

The Lawyer

Article on our client The Wenta Group reporting on their High Court derivatives claim against RBS. Titled: ‘Charity gains ground in RBS and NatWest mis-selling claim

Solicitors Journal

Our partner, Kumaran Sivathillainathan, writes in Solicitors Journal on admissibility of expert evidence in bank litigation. Case: Darby Properties v Lloyds Bank

HM Parliament

We contributed to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Banking report titled Fair Business Banking For All – improving access to justice for businesses in financial services disputes. Conclusion: A Financial Services Tribunal is a must for SMEs.

High Court Litigation Lawyers in London UK

Law360

Legal industry publication Law360 reported on our clients’ High Court litigation as follows:

[1] “Small Biz Owners Accuse Barclays Of ‘Predatory’ Misselling” and

[2] “Barclays Faces Landmark Interest Swaps Misselling Claim“.

4 News

Our clients’ £50m GRG litigation case, Bowlplex v RBS, featured on on Channel 4 News: ‘RBS losses rise‘. [YouTube]

Solicitors Journal

The pursuit of High Court litigation against Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest by Wenta, our not-for-profit client, is just one example of the growth in the importance of ‘no win, no fee’ agreements for SME claimants.

The Times Brief

The Times Law The Brief reports on SME incubator, The Wenta Group calls for the FCA to support a #FinancialServicesTribunal

London Evening Standard

Our client’s £50m litigation claim #Bowlplex vs @RBS in tonight’s London @EveningStandard via @SignorBow – #RBS #GRG review scheme slammed.

The Times

Banking Litigation: Barclays sued for £4m by GPs by Times Law reporter Kiki Loizou. Alleged the bank mis-sold them a complex financial product that ended up costing their practice millions of pounds. The case settled.
Litigation News Article | Times Newspaper

GEO TV News

International broadcast and print media reported on our legal work for one of our high-profile clients connected to former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s conviction appeal case: What’s in Judge Arshed Malik’s Video: UK forensic report?

IBTimes TV

Interviewed by International Business Times’ Lianna Brinded at Westminster discussing litigation against the 4 major UK banks. “Mis-Selling Derivatives Lawyer Q&A: Ticking Timebomb of Legal Rights” [YouTube]

BBC News

BBC Business Correspondent, Joe Lynam, obtained a leaked regulatory report from a confidential source. We advised and provided managed access to our clients.

Our client’s case was featured as rolling news on all major bulletins from the BBC and across the BBC home pages:

[1] RBS accused of mistreating businesses in leaked report [2] RBS restructure client: ‘I became suicidal’

New Law Journal

Unnatural selection in financial mis-selling
The courts, not defendants, should be shaping case law in financial mis-selling litigation, says our partner, Kumaran Sivathillainathan, writing in the NLJ, a leading UK law journal.

Sky News

Comet Group collapse – Our insolvency litigation partner interviewed by Sky News anchor Joel Hills live at the Gherkin. See our article: http://wp.me/p2MQoC-jq

Also interviewed by Sky News’ Business Correspondent, Poppy Trowbridge, on the potential inequitable liquidation outcome and government policy reform. [YouTube]

The Times

Jonathan Ames, Times Law reporter writes about one of our bank litigation cases which made legal history: “Couple sue Barclays over costly complicated mortgage

High Court Litigation Lawyers in London UK

Law360

Legal industry report on our LIBOR case: “Lloyds, Investors Stay Suit To Decide Swaps Mis-selling Claim“. The High Court in London has stayed a claim against Lloyds Bank PLC until March to allow the British lender and three property investors to enter into talks to resolve the dispute out of court. Lloyds has until March 31 to settle the dispute with three property investment companies, which specialize in buying and renting property in the U.K., that are suing the bank for allegedly selling swaps linked to rigging of the London Inter-bank Offered Rate, or Libor.

Litigation Lawyers in London High Court

HM Parliament

LEXLAW were the only law firm referenced in a Parliamentary backbench motion on RBS’s Global Restructuring Group’s (GRG) systemic failure to protect SMEs. RBS was criticised for its “extraordinarily aggressive” approach to litigation and bullying SMEs into submission. The Rt Hon Kate Green MP said:

LEXLAW has detailed other cases where RBS failed to provide full disclosure to the court and the claimant. That is clearly not how litigation should be conducted.

Hansard Parliamentary Record | Article

Shredded – Inside RBS

Shredded – Inside RBS: The Bank That Broke Britain” by leading investigative journalist Ian Fraser. Our litigation solicitors & barristers are mentioned in the preface and elsewhere in this book. Covers the rise and fall of the Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, whom, alongside our clients, we have litigated against on many occasions.

LIMITATION ACT 1980 – WARNING

The Limitation Act 1980 sets out strict statutory deadlines within which you must bring litigation claims. Your legal rights will become irreversibly time-barred if you fail to take legal action (or defend a claim on time). Therefore, you should seek specific legal advice about your legal dispute at the very first opportunity so that you understand the time you have left. Failure to take advice or delay in taking action can be fatal to your prospects of success.