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Litigants face an uphill battle

Barclays settling with Guardian Care Homes in the recent Libor-linked court case is not a big surprise.

7 May 2014

I think the Libor element was a tactical lever to get the bank’s senior execs into the witness box and force Barclays to settle – the bank was never going to allow cross-examination because of the potential adverse publicity (on top of three ex-Barclays employees being prosecuted by the SFO). And Graiseley Properties was probably happy to extract a favourable commercial settlement.

Interestingly, the case had been consolidated with another brought against Deutsche Bank by Unitech Global Ltd. Unitech was granted permission to run the Lib...

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