The FSA yesterday confirmed that some of the largest banks in the country could be facing significant claims in relation to the latest mis-selling scandal to hit the UK.

With banks already preparing to pay out more than £10billion as redress to victims of Payment Protection Insurance (‘PPI’) mis-selling, they won’t be overjoyed to hear that the FSA believes a significant proportion of the 173 cases they have reviewed will result in more compensation payments.

In the summer of 2012, the FSA discovered “serious failings” with regards to the selling of these types of financial instruments and speculation suggests that up to 40,000 interest rate swaps and similar products have been mis-sold to commercial customers over the past decade.

Included in the review were the sales of swaps by Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS together with the Clydesdale Bank, the Co-Operative Bank and Santander UK. The UK’s “big four” (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and RBS) have apparently agreed to start reviewing cases internally with a view to providing customers with compensation. It is suggested that the cost of compensating these customers could be as high as £1.5billion.

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