The problem with fixed rate business loans
If you have taken out a business bank loan you may have a claim for compensation for the mis-selling of that loan if the risks of the loan were not properly explained.
This particular mis-selling applies to cases where the interest on the loan was fixed for a period of time. Eg you agree to pay the bank 6% interest fixed for 10 years on your business bank loan.
This means that if interest rates (Bank of England base rates) fall, then you don’t benefit from this fall as you have agreed the fixed rate.
The other risk is that if you try to pay off the loan early, then typically there are high repayment (or break) costs if you want to do this. Again, these break costs should have been properly and fully explained to you at the point of sale.
Which banks have been affected?
Most of the main UK high street banks have sold fixed rate business loans at some point in time over the last 10-15 years. We have been winning claims against:
- Lloyds Banking Group (Lloyd Bank, Bank of Scotland, AMC)
- Clydesdale Bank
- Yorkshire Bank
- Barclays Bank
- Natwest/RBS/Ulster Bank
- Bank of Ireland
- Allied Irish Bank.
The sales process of fixed rate loans
In order to make a claim, the loan does not need to still be running; so you could have already paid off the loan early, refinanced or just let the loan run its course and still have a claim. What is important is whether the risks of the fixed rate loan were explained at the point of sale. We have been claiming for loans sold after 2001 that matured some time ago.
How big is the problem?
The FCA estimates that more than 60,000 SMEs could have been mis-sold fixed rate loans. We are seeing many instances of these loans being sold to the dentistry and healthcare industries.
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