Fraud

Fraudulent claims are a serious problem, although estimates of its impact vary widely.

The ABI (Association of British Insurers) detected £841 million of general insurance fraud in 2009. The U.K. Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) estimates undetected general insurance fraudulent claims total £1.9bBillion a year adding on average £44 to the annual costs individual policyholders face.

Clearly this is a problem that needs tackling.

Every claim we handle is considered to see whether there are signs of fraud. In motor claims for example, this can take many different forms. Some cases may involve staged accidents, bogus passengers and others may relate to exaggerated damage and loss.

The challenge in these cases is to identify correctly instances of fraud and once identified to deal with it is a cost effective way. We have found that many cases of fraud can be challenged along traditional lines by denying liability or defending issues of causation and loss and without a large rise in costs. Where this is not possible and fraud needs to be specifically pleaded we will advise our clients on the implications arising at all times.

Meet the team

Bethany Blamire
Partner
Insurance Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0549
07500 935 694
Insurance Litigation
Kelvin Farmaner
Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution Group
Insurance Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0527
07500 935 553
Insurance Litigation
Sarah Wheadon
Partner
Health & Safety and Regulatory
Southampton
023 8082 0485
07881 343975
Health & Safety and Regulatory
Chris Whiteley
Managing Partner
Personal Injury
Salisbury
01722 426921
07884 184 580
Personal Injury
James Braund
Senior Associate
Personal Injury
Poole
01202 339014
07887 525 415
Personal Injury
James Parsons
Consultant Solicitor
Insurance Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0455
07970 191 514
Insurance Litigation
Andrew Boba
Paralegal
Insurance Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0495
Insurance Litigation
Julie Helling
Paralegal
Insurance Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0521
Insurance Litigation
Victoria Barrington
Legal Secretary
Insurance Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0520
Insurance Litigation
Angela Fraser
Legal Secretary
Insurance Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0517
Insurance Litigation

First person - Insurance litigation

Kelvin Farmaner