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In recent years motor insurance fraud has undoubtedly become more prevalent and litigation in this area continues to rise. Given the current economic climate, this trend is likely to continue.

Dere street Barristers understands the needs that both Insurers and Solicitors (whether they be acting on behalf of an Insurer or a claimant) have for barristers with knowledge of such claims. In response we have set up a specialist Civil Motor Insurance Fraud Team which comprises members who also have expertise in all types of personal injury cases where fraud is suspected, whether it is related to liability or quantum.

The team deals with:

  • staged accidents
  • organised fraud rings
  • induced ”slam on” accidents
  • fictitious accidents
  • phantom passenger claims
  • low velocity impacts
  • grossly exaggerated injuries out of proportion to the extent of the impact
  • alleged or suspected malingering
  • committal for contempt of court against dishonest claimants/witnesses
  • third party costs orders
  • the drafting of pleadings

Acknowledging that the credibility of witness evidence is crucial to the success or failure of many of these suspected claims members of the team are regulary instructed to advise in conference on the strength of such evidence. Conference facilities are available at our Newcastle and York premises along with video conferencing facilities where practicalities or cost make this more appropriate.

For all queries in relation to any aspect of Civil Motor Insurance Fraud, please do not hesitate to contact our clerks.