The Sunday Times: ‘Lloyds pays up on rate swap wrangle’

Kiki Loizou, of The Sunday Times, reports on our Financial Services Litigation team’s recent successful settlement of a swaps mis-selling litigation case.  A multi-cancellable swap was sold to a Care Home operator by Lloyds Bank. The bank refused to compensate their customer via the FCA-backed IRHP Review Scheme. Litigation forced the bank to pay out £4.6m for it’s wrongdoing to this customer. 

Lloyds Banking Group has settled a claim with a care home operator over the mis-selling of an interest rate swap (Sunday Times)
Lloyds Bank settles another claim with LEXLAW client (Coin Group) over mis-selling of interest rate swaps (The Sunday Times, 26 July 2015)

A BUSINESSMAN has settled a two-year legal dispute with Lloyds Banking Group over the mis-selling of an interest-rate “swap”.

Errol Bland of Buckinghamshire-based care home operator Coin Group has won a £4.6m claim, which covers a multimillion-pound break fee on a 30-year interest rate hedging deal the bank advised him to take on a £1.7m four-year loan. The case was settled out of court two weeks ago.

“Not only have we had to put our business growth plans on hold for the past 5½ years, but we have had to incur legal and professional costs to defend ourselves against something that was mis-sold to us,” said Bland, 50.

He will be reimbursed the £900,000 he made in interest payments and £200,000 for his legal costs.

About £3.5m will cover the sum needed to cancel the contract. Lloyds denied any wrongdoing. “We are pleased that this now concludes the matter for the bank and the customer,” it said.


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