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The legal consequences of the rise in online fraud

Online fraud is on the rise, and solicitors, with transactional money passing through their accounts, are an obvious target. At MBM, we have spent a great deal of time and effort putting enhanced security protocols in place to help guard against fraud and we keep them continually under review. When fraud takes place, it can have enormous and traumatic impact on the individuals defrauded. The most obvious culprits, the fraudsters themselves, are usually long gone, their cash safely withdrawn or transferred to a jurisdiction where the money cannot be traced. In practical terms, they are beyond reach. So who else...
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Levelling the playing field : achieving fair business banking

On Thursday 27 th April 2017, the Dispute Resolution Team at MBM Commercial held the third in their series of annual conferences. Building on the success of the previous two, which looked at the changing banking landscape, and at particular financial challenges for entrepreneurial businesses, this year’s conference theme addressed the need to level the playing field in terms of achieving fair business banking. The conference looked at both the worst and the best in fair business banking. If there’s a spectrum of bank behaviour, our first speaker, from Nikki Turner, had definitely experienced the worst, as one of the...
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Where there is a will, there is a lawsuit: Third Party Funding of Litigation in Scotland

Throughout 2016 the Dispute Resolution have been looking at innovative ways to help clients pursue claims, and litigate where necessary. Increasingly, this has seen the team working with a number of different litigation funders, and as their recent and successful seminar on litigation funding demonstrated, there is no shortage of interest in this area. Mr Carlyle was no exception. What allowed him to have his day in court was the involvement of third party litigation funders. The Carlyle case is far from complete, however. The issue which the Supreme Court had been asked to consider was simply that of liability:...
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Banking in the wake of a crash - how do we move forward? What do businesses want and need from a commercial banking relationship?

Banking in the wake of a crash - how do we move forward? What do businesses want and need from a commercial banking relationship?
The following text is from a speech recently given by Heather Buchanan, Director of Policy at the APPG on Fair Business Banking – reproduced with kind permission of Heather and the APPG. “Having spent the last two years examining the pitfalls of the relationships between businesses and their banks, it is impossible to pin down exactly what can be, if anything at all, that magic bullet that will help create a level playing field and stabilize commercial relationships. Businesses are, on the whole, poorly served by both regulation and law, and one thing is certain, an overhaul of banking culture...
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Bank Misconduct and Economic Crime: Guest Blog by Nikki Turner, Director of SME Alliance

On Tuesday 24th May, I was invited to share a platform at an event at Westminster with Nikki Turner, director and co-founder of SME Alliance . The event was hosted by the APPG on Fair Business Banking and the topic under discussion was whether a financial tribunal system could kick-start cultural change in banking. I wrote about the evening in a recent blog which you can read about here . Nikki Turner has kindly given me permission to re-produce the text of her speech, which focussed very much on the human cost of bank misconduct, and with grateful thanks her...
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