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Barclays' Libor 'swaps' trial

Barclays is to face a full trial on 'swaps' based on Libor rates. A Wolverhampton-based care home operator will take on the banking giant in a landmark case at the High Court over claims it was mis-sold complex financial products.

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Small business concern over length of Barclays case

As Barclays goes to trial over the mis-selling of interest rates to Guardian Care Homes, John Walker, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said:

Today’s outcome between Guardian Care Homes and Barclays is an unfortunate situation. This is likely to lead to a lengthy process through the courts which could have been avoided if an independent scheme were in place. The FSB has been calling for an independent scheme to be set up to avoid the route of litigation. This legal battle will be watched carefully by the thousands of small businesses affected by mis-selling who may decide to take a similar route. We are concerned that this will just extend the time it takes to get redress for small firms and be very costly.

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