In our 2015 Banking Report: Lifting the lid off lending, we discussed how RBS had appointed one of its panel solicitors, Clifford Chance, to complete a ‘thorough and independent review’
of whether the bank’s GRG Division was guilty of setting out to defraud customers. The review, published in April 2014, found that there was no evidence to suggest that RBS or its GRG Division had done so. This was in stark contrast to allegations made in
the Tomlinson report, by many clients of berg who had first-hand experience of both RBS and the GRG Division, and by RBS, who has since had to admit that the GRG Division is a profit centre. Clifford Chance’s report is continuing to be scrutinised as to its
As reported in the Lawyer on 28 September 2015, the Clifford Chance report finds itself in the spotlight again after RBS looked to distance themselves from it by applying to the High Court to have references to the report removed from their Defence
in a claim brought by Property Alliance Group. Dentons act as the bank’s solicitors in this case. This comes after it was revealed that Dentons, CMS Cameron McKenna and PWC had been appointed to complete a further independent review of the bank’s GRG Division.
This suggests a shift in RBS’s reliance on the Clifford Chance report whilst they gear up to release a new report or response to the s.166 Investigation by the FCA.
Source: The Lawyer article:
For information in relation to berg’s investigation of clients’ experience in GRG, please see our
Banking Report 2015 which can be downloaded here.
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