WhenThursday, April 1st from 6pm to 8pm UK time
WhereOnline symposium via Zoom.
FormatThere'll be a great line-up of speakers plus ample scope for discussion and debate.
Why you should attend
In 2012, after sustained lobbying of MPs and campaigning in the press by individual victims and support groups and stakeholders, the Financial Services Authority (pre FCA) revealed its preliminary investigation into this huge scandal had discovered there was hard evidence to strongly demonstrate that high street banks had not observed the applicable Rules when selling well over 30,000 Interest Rate Hedging Products (IRHPs) to over 30,000 small and medium-sized British businesses.
The FSA also revealed that a further 100,000+ UK SMEs might also be negatively affected by IRHPs as a result of banks selling them Tailored Business Loans (TBL).
At the time, conservative estimates were that redress and compensation would cost the banks well in excess of £10 Billion.
However, after notable lobbying by the banks and interventions by HM Treasury Ministers to introduce what many think of as wholly inappropriate ‘sophistication’ criteria and classifications, the subsequent FCA Review & Redress Scheme resulted in less than £3Bn in awards. Obviously, this has been a “highly controversial” matter ever since – there’s a rather large difference between £10 Billion and £3 Billion.
Essentially, the key issue is whether those that haven’t been properly compensated have been treated unfairly; and if so who’s to blame.
Our symposium on Thursday is all about shining the bright light of truth and evidence on that question. We intend to expose the truth about the Interest Rate Hedging Investment scandal, the underlying fraud of hidden / undisclosed margin credit facilities and other very serious issues including inappropriate “mark to market” accounting.
Perhaps the most potent questions we’ll be delving into are:
- Is there hard evidence of balance sheet fraud?
- Is there hard evidence of catastrophic regulatory failure?
- Is there hard evidence of regulatory negligence?
- Is there hard evidence of an attempted cover-up?
Commentary will also be made on the expert evidence submitted to John Swift QC and what his pending investigation and report on the critically flawed FCA Scheme might reveal and mean for the FCA and indeed the Financial Ombudsman Service.
We’ll also be shining the bright light of truth and evidence on other issues impacting thousands of UK SMEs and businesses who have experienced matters such as:
- Inexplicable problems or defaults on their credit files and rating
- Extremely challenging issues with Insolvency Practitioners and Land and Property Act Receiver
- The sale of Tailored Business Loans
We’ll even be seeking to get to grips with the harms caused by:
- The shockingly scandalous workings of the RBS Global Restructuring Group “abattoir”
- The arguably even more shockingly scandalous Lloyd’s Business Support Unit
- The other misleadingly named business banking ‘support / special measures / restructuring / recovery’ units.
Here's the programme and timings so far...
Welcome to the symposium, introductions and initial exploration of the main issues; by
Founder, Transparency Task Force; Governor, Pensions Policy Institute; Chair, Secretariat Committee, APPG on Pension Scams; Chair, Secretariat Committee, APPG on Personal Banking and Fairer Financial Services
Presentation #1, for 5 minutes
Presentation #2, for 15 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Chief Adviser, BankConfidential
Presentation #3, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
FX, Financial Markets & Banking Consultancy
Presentation #4, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Presentation #5, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
The “Just a minute”-round
Inspired by the BBC Radio 4 programme, we have asked a selection of our attendees to spend just a minute sharing their thoughts on what has been covered during the symposium. But unlike the Radio 4 programme our speakers won’t be penalised for hesitation, repetition or deviation!
MD, Windsor Actuarial;
Author, “The Whole Truth: How Banks Weaponised Lending, Accountants Monetised Ignorance, and we ended up in a Sub 1% Economy”
Director, Briar Grove Developments Ltd
BBC Economic Correspondent, Panorama Producer
General discussion and Q&A, 25 minutes
Final conclusions; and suggested next steps and close to the formal proceedings.
However, for those that want it…
8:00pm BST until 108:30pm BST
….informal, unstructured networking and informal conversation; a “fireside chat”
*The programme will continuously evolve so is subject to change.