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The traditional model of operating a claimant personal injury law firm has long gone. Squeezed margins as a result of the fixed costs changes have impacted profit margins and, therefore, the viability of a number of claimant law firms.
Case review 2019-11-28
Gavin Alexander v Gary Wheeler [18.10.2019]. In this case, the claimant’s personal injury claim for damages originally pleaded in excess of £800,000, was dismissed on the grounds of fundamental dishonesty. Kennedys were instructed to act on behalf of the defendant’s insurer, esure.
On 31 October 2019, Deputy District Judge Lalas found that Mr Williamson’s discontinued claim against Sunderland County Council was fundamentally dishonest. He has been ordered to pay the Council’s costs on the indemnity basis, which are likely to exceed £19,000.
In the second installment of our Claims Farming series we explore the modus operand. How does claims farming work? Who are the parties involved? What are the behaviours it creates in claims? Who is gaining financially? And what is the impact of the practice?
We are pleased to announced that a team of motor and general insurance lawyers from Withers KhattarWong in Singapore has joined us, making us one of the largest local providers of volume defence work and one of the largest motor insurance teams at any law firm in the country.
“He cannot recall one lie from another” says Judge, as claimant is found fundamentally dishonest in Mr Wahab Khan v Mr Mindaugas Gudauskas & Premier Insurance Company Limited [July 2019].
Technology has always been an enabler of fraud and this is an interesting development in mandate fraud, also known as ‘Friday Frauds’.
In 2017, Arfon MP Hywel Williams lead a debate in Westminster on the issue of instances of failed retrofit cavity wall insulation in Wales (after years of campaigning) because many of his constituents had suffered from damp and mould as a result. In addition, there have also been numerous press articles about CWI being a scandal and a blight on homes.
Some insurance fraud is organised and sophisticated. Other claims; not so much. Here are some of our favourite attempts by fraudsters to explain away their failure to get their story straight.
Shoshana Mather explores the lengths claimants are willing to go to for whatever financial gain they can make.