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3 Insurance Fraud 9 St John St are one of the best, most reliable chambers, with barristers who understand the issues and get to the heart of matters with fraud issues. The barristers are easy to engage with/ approachable and very user friendly with clients. A real asset to instruct. Lorraine Carolan, Partner/National Head of Claims Validation Team, Beachcroft LLP Keoghs Counter Fraud Services have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with 9 St John St fraud team for many years. Chambers combine years of expertise with pragmatism and always work with their instructing solicitor as part of a team in the fight against fraud. Avrom Topperman, Partner, Counter Fraud Services, Keoghs LLP Our instructing solicitors are serious about fraud work. That is why they instruct 9 St. John Street Chambers for insurance fraud, whether that be warehouse arson, a non-disclosure issue on a household policy or a staged road traffic accident. Our expertise is in serving the insurance market through our instructing solicitors, though we will of course accept instructions for claimants or the insured. Members of our chambers have led the market in partnership with our instructing solicitors on fraud rings, the tort of deceit, exemplary damages, and low velocity impact. We are proud to have been proven a leading chambers nationally on these issues and more. The diversity of insurance fraud issues should not be overlooked. The 9 St. John Street team have counsel who have experience and expertise in the following areas: Staged accidents/rta fraud. High value malingering PI cases. Permanent Health Insurance, PPI. Property insurance (from arson to staged burglaries) Non-disclosure/misrepresentation issues. Exaggerated policy claims. Technical issues concerning the Road Traffic Act and MIB. You can expect good quality service from our clerking team. Our clerks actually understand what insurance fraud is about. They have received training from our barristers on the different classes of case and so are better placed to recommend appropriate counsel. Our qualities are what solicitors conducting insurance fraud work actually need: an ability to deal with technical legal points, an ethical approach, capacity for objective frank advice and, most of all, advocacy that is both skilled and robust in court. Costs cannot be ignored. We ensure that we offer good value. Our fees are predictable and sensible. We provide our specialist fraud services both to those insurers on whose panels we feature and to those insurers for whom we are an off-panel choice. Please contact the senior civil clerk, Tony Morrissey, for more details of how we can assist you service your clients needs better on or Chris Kennedy QC (Head of Group) Brian McCluggage (Group Secretary) TOP TIER SET 2014 TOP TIER SET 2013
4 NICK HINCHLIFFE QC 1980, Middle Temple LLB (Hons), Manchester University Nick has acted for insurers with great success in civil fraud claims over a number of years. He is particularly adept at analysing evidence and identifying weaknesses in false claims. He brings to cases a strong Court performance and Solicitors have frequently been impressed by his forensic skills and determined crossexamination. In addition he has advised insurers in respect of recoverability of costs and damages paid under the Road Traffic Act provisions.
5 MARK MONAGHAN 1987 LLB (Hons), Sheffield University Mr Monaghan s practice was initially (and for over 10 years) one of general common law including civil and criminal trials, before becoming more concentrated upon criminal and regulatory work, including individual frauds, conspiracy to defraud and cases involving vehicles and RTAs. His fraud work has included cases relating to staged accidents. Mr Monaghan has substantial experience of conducting contested hearings before Judges, juries and regulatory panels. He is an experienced and confident trial advocate, and an effective cross examiner of both lay and expert witnesses. He is used to advising in conference at an early stage and drafting documents of all types
6 CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY QC 1989, Gray s Inn BA (Hons), Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University Professional Negligence Bar Association Health and Safety Lawyers Association Very easy to deal with, he goes the extra mile and is extremely approachable. Calm and considered, he s absolutely on the point when cross-examining witnesses. Chambers & Partners 2015 Chris has been defending insurers against fraudulent claims for nearly 15 years. He successfully represented two insurers in the first case which went to trial, where damages were obtained from the organisers of a fraud ring. In doing so he helped establish a template for this kind of action. More recently, both as a junior and in silk, he has assisted in dealing with several fraud rings where the sums claimed amounted to between 1 million and 2 million. He is used to identifying the client s objectives and advising on the appropriate strategy to meet them. He particularly enjoys being involved with the collation and presentation of evidence and works well in the team environment which they generate. He is also very experienced in advising on the various sensitive issues which cases of this sort often throw up.
7 Nigel Grundy 1983, Middle Temple MA Jurisprudence, Pembroke College, Oxford Professional Negligence Bar Association Nigel Grundy is a firstclass advocate, who offers refreshingly robust opinions and can assimilate vast amounts of information very quickly. Chambers & Partners 2011 Skilful, very well thought of. Legal Nigel Grundy clients hail him as a star One of the best you could hope to hear in court, he is a force to be reckoned with on restrictive covenants, discrimination and industrial disputes amongst others. Chambers & Partners 2010 Nigel Grundy is one of the best speakers around and an outstanding force to be reckoned with ; an advocate with an impressive grasp of the details of a case. Chambers & Partners 2009 Is a popular choice for local authority work Legal APPOINTMENTS Recorder of the Crown and County Courts Nigel Grundy has been involved in insurance fraud cases for over 20 years. He has seen the development of many different types of and more sophisticated individual frauds and fraud rings. He has experience and expertise in advising and dealing with all types of RTA fraud, property insurance fraud (Arson), permanent health insurance fraud, personal injury fraud (exaggerated claims). He represented Airtours PLC in a dispute about a large claim brought by a pilot under a PHI policy [ ; Appeal 2002 EWCA Civ.1659]. Recently he has been involved in advising and defending claims arising from minibus fraud rings. He is renowned for his attention to detail and cross-examination skills. He has had recent success in exposing and defeating fraudulent RTA claims before Swift J in Nottingham and for Keoghs in a fraud claim heard in Cardiff. Nigel Grundy has a good manner with clients and knows his way round a tribunal. Chambers & Partners 2007
8 ALISTAIR BOWER 1986, Inner Temple LLB Hons University of Manchester Alistair has had considerable experience in the broad spectrum of motor insurance fraud litigation. He has dealt with a variety of claims involving fraud issues, including: Low velocity impact issues. Exaggerated claims. Staged or induced collisions. Phantom passenger claims. Alistair regularly receives instructions to defend fraudulent claims on behalf of major insurance companies. He is experienced in dealing with the issues arising in such cases. He strives to maintain an approachable style while ensuring clear consideration of the issues. Alistair regularly advises pre-proceedings in conference and in writing in addition to drafting pleadings as required. He regularly attends Court to defend trials both at fast track and multi-track level in addition to dealing with interlocutory matters. Alistair aims to provide a prompt turnaround of paperwork and reliable advocacy.
9 DR ANTHONY HOWARD 1992 LLB (Hons) Lancaster University MB ChB Manchester University MSc (Ortho. Eng.) Cardiff University Awards & Scholarships Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholar, Inner Temple APPOINTMENTS Assistant Deputy Coroner Anthony Howard has been dealing with fraud issues for in excess of 15 years and enjoys a wealth of experience at both County and High Court Level. This experience encompasses everything from fictional accident and passengers to exaggerated claims. Anthony practices as a Doctor and has undertaken research in Orthopaedic Engineering, which has been internationally recognised. This additional knowledge gives him a truly unique ability to challenge and interrogate both medical and engineering evidence alike; a powerful resource for dealing with medical causation and low velocity impact claims. Anthony prides himself on dealing with papers promptly and is keen to work as a member of the legal team during case preparation; encouraging calls from instructing solicitors when difficulties are encountered or when informal input is required. Anthony spent a year on secondment working for Johnson, Stokes and Master in Hong Kong; the largest Solicitors firm in Asia. This experience gave him insight into the challenges and demands made on solicitors, which is of great benefit to those who instruct him. Anthony offers an insightful and pragmatic approach to litigation, robust approach in court and is meticulous in his preparation, all of which make him a value asset in fraud litigation.
10 KARIM SABRY 1992 Inner Temple BA( Hons) University of Central Lancashire Karim is a highly experienced advocate who is well-versed in the full spectrum of fraud issues arising in road traffic liability claims, including: induced and staged collisions phantom passenger claims low velocity impact arguments exaggerated injury and loss fraudulently damaged vehicles challenging expert engineering and medical evidence withdrawal of indemnity individual and large scale fraud investigations, including police operations indemnity cost issues and general procedural matters Karim regularly advises at the pre-proceedings stage both in writing and in conference with witnesses and clients. His written work includes advising on liability and quantum, along with the preparation of Defences and Part 18 Requests. A prompt turnaround of all paperwork is guaranteed. Karim regularly attends court on all interlocutory matters arising in fraud cases, as well as defending trials at Fast-Track and Multi-Track level as well as on Appeal.
11 JAMES HURD 1994 Gray s Inn LLB (Hons) University of Birmingham APPOINTMENTS Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) appointed 2007 and re-appointed 2010 Legal Assessor to the Health and Care Professionals Council (2010) James was described as a Leading Junior on the Northern Circuit, in the 2014 Legal 500, for personal injury work: He makes well-timed decisions to meet the needs of the situation. James is very experienced in dealing with fraud cases. In road traffic litigation James frequently advises and appears at Court in cases involving the following issues: Low velocity impact/causation defences, Phantom passengers, Contrived or staged accidents Exaggerated or inconsistent damage cases. He is very familiar with, and frequently advises in relation to evidence in fraud investigations, including the use of social media and surveillance evidence. James regularly advises in relation to exaggerated claims/malingering, arising from orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries, as well as fraudulent/exaggerated claims for special damages, such as loss of earnings, credit hire and bogus physiotherapy/treatment charges. James also deals with other areas of fraud work, including employer s liability and public liability claims. He recently obtained a finding of fraud and indemnity costs, in respect of a tripping claim by a prisoner, litigating against the Prison Service, relying on anonymous intelligence evidence.
12 MICHAEL LEMMY 1994, Middle Temple LLB (Hons), Queen Mary College, University of London Mike Lemmy specialises in representing insurance companies in relation to fraudulent claims. He conducted his first fraud trial over 10 years ago and since then has accumulated a wealth of experience relating to all aspects of this particular type of litigation. He has been recommended in personal injury litigation by the Legal 500 since Mike Lemmy regularly advises and represents insurance companies on complex fraud rings, technical insurance points including breach of contract and utmost good faith, appeals, staged accidents and phantom passenger claims. Notable recent achievements include obtaining a Third Party Costs Order that a Credit Hire Company do pay the costs of an unsuccessful claim on the basis that the claim for hire was entirely false and successful appeals to the Designated Circuit Judge against refusals to set-aside Judgment in Default in suspected fraudulent claims. Mike Lemmy has also been successful in obtaining awards of exemplary damages in counterclaims arising out of both phantom passenger claims and fraud rings. Mike Lemmy is very proactive in the development of strategies to resist fraudulent claims and has given a number of high profile presentations to the Insurance Fraud Bureau and the Insurance Fraud Investigators Group. He regularly provides seminars to the leading law firms on all aspects of fraud litigation and plays an active role in 9 St John Street s own programme of seminars.
13 BRIAN McCLUGGAGE 1995, Middle Temple MA (Hons) Law, Cambridge University LLM, University of Toronto Middle Temple Fox Scholar PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS British Insurance Lawyers Association Employment Lawyers Association He is technically very good and his strategic advice is always spot-on. He is definitely leading the way, particularly in terms of complex fraud rings: he just gets it. Chambers & Partners 2015 He s pragmatic, personable and proactive. Chambers & Partners 2014 is impressive with clients and experts. Legal Brian McCluggage has a broad practice which encompasses employment and insurance law alongside his personal injury caseload. Chambers & Partners 2013 one of the best juniors in Manchester Legal Absolutely superb Chambers & Partners 2012 APPOINTMENTS Fee paid Employment Judge (2010) Attorney General s Panel Provincial ( Treasury Counsel ) (2002) Brian McCluggage s practice covers general insurance law issues, with an emphasis on cases involving allegations of dishonesty. Mr. McCluggage enjoyed a solid grounding in insurance law at the outset of his career, having studied insurance law at the University of Toronto as a post-graduate student and undertaken an insurance pupillage in London. He has maintained traditional insurance policy work within his practice, involving non-disclosure/misrepresentation, policy construction and other legal/technical points in property, PHI, PPI, motor and other policy types. Mr. McCluggage is however best known for his expertise in dealing with fraud issues in insurance law. He has been at the forefront of advancing insurers interests in property and motor insurance cases in particular through the torts of deceit and conspiracy, exemplary damages, and in general litigation in the High Court and County Courts. Having been instructed in fraud cases for some 15 years, he holds a considerable body of experience in this field. Though he is interested in technical points, his instructing solicitors value him most for his courtroom advocacy, particularly crossexamination skills. regional pain syndrome, ME and fibromyalgia and he has assisted his instructing solicitors in cutting 7-figure sums off such claims. Recent example cases include: Operation Orion : (leading Ben Morris) in Britain s largest motor insurance civil fraud case acting on behalf of 7 insurers suing some 60 defendants in the torts of deceit and conspiracy, recovering almost 400,000 in damages including 92,000 exemplary damages. Zurich v. Dean & Catley: the case leading to the imprisonment of the proprietor of Nationwide Car Care. 90,000 damages including 30,000 exemplary damages in this serious fraud recovered by the insurer. The Shipwrecked Frauds (2010): findings of fraud in multi-party action in Liverpool, including against TV reality show winner of Channel 4 s Shipwrecked. Operation X: fraud ring involving large numbers of suspected fraudulent accidents involving the travelling community in Northamptonshire. Instructions for paperwork are accepted by prior arrangement. Please contact Mr. McCluggage s clerks to discuss requirements. Instructions are not accepted in LVI or Fast Track matters. He is regularly instructed to advise, draft papers and conduct advocacy in cases of strategic or commercial importance to insurers. He has significant experience of conducting and advising in substantial fraud ring cases. His expertise extends to defending exaggerated personal injury claims. Mr McCluggage is instructed in high value suspect malingering cases involving conditions such as chronic 2013
14 DAVID CALVERT 1995 BA (Hons) St. Catherine s College, Oxford Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship for Bar Finals Northern Circuit David adopts a no nonsense approach to litigation and is first and foremost a trial advocate. He is a tenacious cross examiner and relishes dealing with factually complex cases. He has been instructed by Defendant insurers for over 15 years and has substantial experience in claims involving staged accidents (whether RTA or otherwise), LVI claims and exaggerated claims. He has a wide experience of representing many types of Defendants from individuals, large companies and insurers to local authorities. A substantial part of his practice is multi-track work and he is happy to advise from very early on in a case so as to ensure maximum success at trial. David also has considerable appellate court experience and is not afraid to advice clients on the merits, or otherwise, in taking a case to appeal. David regularly gives seminars to Defendant solicitors and insurers, particularly on the practicalities and tactics in dealing with litigation. He also recognises the need for a swift turn around in paperwork and aims to achieve the same within 7 days.
15 KATIE NOWELL 1996, Lincoln s Inn LLB, Cardiff University Employment Law Bar Association Professional Negligence Bar Association Katie has considerable experience in a broad range of fraud and fraud related litigation, working predominantly for Defendants and Third Party Insurance Companies, including: Concocted accidents; Bogus passenger claims; Low Velocity Impact claims; Exaggerated claims; and Fraudulent damages claims. Her experience includes advising in conference and on paper; drafting of all Court paper work including but not confined to Defences, Part 18 requests, Part 35 questions, Applications and accompanying witness statements; and advocacy up to and including fast track and multi track trials.
16 CHRIS TAFT 1997 AND QUALIFICATIONS LLB (Hons) Manchester University Jules Thorn Memorial Scholarship (Middle Temple) Northern Circuit Employment Law Bar Association Chris acts for insurance companies in cases involving allegations (or suspicions) of fraud and has dealt with cases involving the full range of allegations including staged accidents, phantom passengers, LVI, false injury claims and malingering. He is not afraid to plead fraud where the evidence justifies such a step and he enjoys the work involved, both before and at trial, which is required to prove the contention. Chris understands the importance of careful and detailed preparation in such cases, and the importance of robust cross-examination. In 2015 Chris spoke on the subject of Fraud in Personal Injury Claims at a major insurer s annual fraud seminar.
17 KATHRINE MALLORY 1998, Inner Temple BA (Hons), The University of Leeds Trinity & All Saints College Kathrine is regularly instructed on behalf of Insurance Companies both in an advisory capacity and in providing advocacy from the interlocutory stage through to final hearing. She continues to develop a strong practice and regularly appears in court in claims involving issues as: (i) phantom passengers; (ii) low velocity impact; (iii) exaggerated claims; (iv) staged accidents. Kathrine offers a friendly and approachable service whilst at the same time delivers clear advice in a down to earth and straight forward manner. Kathrine is happy to advise in conference and on paper. She further offers a high quality drafting service whilst endeavouring to provide a quick turn-around of papers.
18 LUCINDA LEEMING 1999, Middle Temple BA (Hons), Oxford Brookes Lucy joined chambers in 1999 as a specialist criminal practitioner. She quickly developed a Crown Court practice and conducted trials daily on behalf of the prosecution and defence. She was frequently led in lengthy trials involving a range of the most serious offences from money laundering allegations to serious gang violence including drugs and murders. After maternity leave Lucy returned to chambers in order to pursue a practice in the area of personal injury. Now firmly established, Lucy practices exclusively in that field. Given her wealth of trial experience Lucy is particularly well placed to represent defendants at trial. She is able to adapt her skills in order to suit the needs of each case. Lucy appreciates the incremental approach necessary in RTA fraud cases where it is often the sum of the smaller points which gives it is overall indicator of fraudulent activity. In respect of fraudulent claims based on allegations of employer s liability, however, Lucy is acutely aware of the need to focus the court s attention on the true issues upon which the claim will stand or fall as opposed to a simple, rather unsophisticated, approach which involves using all possible ammunition with the same force. Lucy firmly believes that, unless absolutely warranted, this approach serves only to loose the focus of the case and threaten to divert the court s attention (just as it would have a jury.) fraud. The Insurance industry recognise Lucy s commercial approach to this new dimension within litigation. Lucy enjoys fostering close working relationships with her instructing solicitors in order to pursue the claim in the most effective way. She believes that counsel should offer their instructing solicitors an open door relationship so that each case is discussed thoroughly at an early stage in order that the difficulties are anticipated well in advance and prepared for. Of course, whilst, she is extremely comfortable to vigorously and robustly pursue a case to trial, Lucy understands the importance of assessing each case through realistic eyes in order not to waste costly time. Her approachable manner means that her instructing solicitors are assured of an excellent service and know they can discuss any aspect of the case without hesitation or apprehension. Lucy is recognised by both instructing solicitors and other members of the bar as a skilled and highly experienced trial advocate. Her style, intellect, cross examination techniques and powers of persuasion are acknowledged as being highly effective at trial. Lucy accepts instructions in all matters in which there are concerns as to the veracity of the claim or, indeed, actual fraud and is always happy to discuss matters over the telephone. When representing the defendant in any matter, and especially in light of the recent funding changes Lucy is always aware of the potential burden on the insurer s pocket. She already has experience of pursing costs arguments for a finding of fundamental dishonesty against the claimant so that any costs order can be enforced. Lucy recently successfully argued the point on credibility issues which arose during trial despite the Defence not being pleaded as a
19 Zoë Thompson 1999, Middle Temple LLB (Hons), London School of Economics (1st Class) profile Zoë is described by the Legal 500 as tenacious on her feet and understanding of her clients and by Chambers and Partners as conscientious and direct. She has appeared in the House of Lords, the Court of Appeal and in the High Court. Zoë has over 10 years experience in fraud work. This experience ranges from advising and conducting trials in high profile fraud ring cases, staged and induced accidents, phantom passenger claims, and low velocity impacts. She is regularly instructed in fraud cases by the UK s leading insurers. Zoë has recently been involved in cases which have resulted, after the civil trial, in successful criminal prosecutions for conspiracy to defraud. She has also had cases result in awards of damages being made to insurers who have sued in the torts of conspiracy and deceit. She has also had a series of cases in which the courts have made non-liability declarations in the context of road traffic fraud. Zoë also undertakes work for Claimants and Defendants in personal injury cases involving exaggeration, including deliberate exaggeration as well as psychogenic pain.
20 HELEN REDMOND 1999, Gray s Inn LLB 1997, The University of Liverpool (1st Class) LLM 1998, The University of Liverpool (Distinction) AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS John Patterson Award 1996, Conkerton Memorial Award 1996, Lace Mawer Prize 1996, Davies Wallis Foyster Prize for Land Law 1997, British Academy Scholar 1997, Lord Justice Holker Scholar, Gray s Inn 1998 Helen is regularly instructed on behalf of the major insurance companies with regards to defending all aspects of fraudulent insurance claims. Helen acts in cases relating to the following matters: Staged and contrived road traffic accidents. Phantom passenger claims. Exaggeration of orthopaedic injuries and associated losses. Low velocity impact claims. Credit hire. Breach of insurance contracts. Actions in the tort of deceit and claims for exemplary damages. Misrepresentation and recovery claims. Helen has a wealth of experience in advising insurers in terms of the tactical and strategic measures to employ. She is frequently instructed to meet with clients in conference to gauge credibility and merits. Helen has an excellent knowledge of procedural law and receives many instructions to act in contentious interim hearings where important issues in the litigation are at stake. She adopts a thorough and meticulous approach and consistently turns around her paperwork quickly. Helen is adept at dealing with difficult issues in relation to evidence, tactics and disclosure in cases linked to fraud rings. At the successful conclusion of proceedings in which she has acted, Helen has secured the referral of a number of dishonest Claimants to the Department of Public Prosecutions.
21 Matthew Haisley 1999 Lincoln s Inn APPOINTMENTS Junior Counsel to the Crown Regional Panel ( Treasury Counsel ), appointed 2010 AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln s Inn), Tancred Studentship (Lincoln s Inn), Sir Thomas More Bursary (Lincoln s Inn) LLB (Hons) University of Birmingham Professional Negligence Bar Association Matthew Haisley stands out for his total commitment to the case. Legal Praised for his meticulously detailed approach to litigation. Chambers & Partners 2011 Matthew Haisley is a strong and reliable junior Legal Matthew is recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading junior on the Northern Circuit. He specialises in defending many of the UK s leading insurers against fraudulent claims, including: fraud rings; staged and induced accidents; phantom passengers; LVI claims and exaggerated claims. 2013
22 VICTORIA RIGBY 2000 Middle Temple BA (Hons) French & Spanish, Emmanuel College, Cambridge Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Nottingham Trent Law School PRIZES Diplock Scholar (Middle Temple) Pegasus Scholar (Middle Temple) Victoria has over six years experience in dealing with insurance fraud litigation. She has acted for both Defendants and Claimants. In relation to road traffic accidents, she has considerable knowledge of the following: Low velocity impact collisions Induced and staged accidents Phantom Passenger claims Exaggerated injury and loss claims Indemnity costs In addition, Victoria has general experience representing Defendants in fraudulent personal injury claims including tripping and slipping where she has had considerable success at Court. Victoria can be relied upon for her frank, straight talking approach, whether that be advising in conference, drafting pleadings or in Court. She is prepared to take a robust view when appropriate whilst being sensitive to the concerns of her clients in what can be difficult and testing litigation.
23 MATTHEW SNARR 2001, Inner Temple LLB (Hons), University of Manchester Employment Law Bar Association Health and Safety Lawyers Association Employment Lawyers Association He s a very determined litigator, who is very able, particularly when handling complex areas of law Very clever, very thorough and good on the detail. Chambers & Partners 2015 He s very clever, thorough, good on the detail, a good negotiator and very good on his feet He is exceptionally well prepared. Chambers & Partners 2015 He is approachable and accessible. He is someone in whom you have confidence. Legal He stands out for his enthusiasm, application and commitment, his understanding of issues, and his eagerness. He brainstorms and tries to get the best possible angles Chambers & Partners 2014 thorough, accurate and intuitive Legal APPOINTMENTS Junior Counsel to the Crown (North West) Treasury Counsel (since 2007) Matthew is recognised nationally as one of the leading practitioners in the arena of fraud litigation. Matthew s practice is concentrated in multitrack litigation. He is adept at handling high value litigation claims exceeding six figure sums. He is frequently instructed in liability disputes at trial where complex crossexamination or technical legal submissions are involved. Matthew has particular expertise in the following areas: 1. Fraud Rings Matthew has been instructed to act in some of the biggest civil litigation fraud rings in the country on behalf of most of the major insurance companies. Matthew acted on behalf of Allianz Insurance plc in Operation Genarch resulting in the conviction of over 25 individuals. A particular sub-specialism of his practice involves tort of deceit actions involving claims for exemplary damages. 2. High Value Claims Matthew frequently acts in large loss cases involving exaggeration and a malingering. Such cases include chronic regional pain syndrome, faked psychiatric disorders and dishonest exaggeration of orthopaedic injuries. Matthew is adept at dealing with video evidence disclosure issues and tactical use of medical expert evidence. Matthew is also familiar at handling self-employed loss of earnings claims and loss of business cases where false accounting is an issue. 3. Insurance & Tort Law Matthew is often instructed to advise on strategy and policy approaches to developing points of insurance law. He has been instructed to act in disputes between insurers involving principles of subrogation and recoverability of loss. He has acted in actions involving breach of insurance contracts and especially breach of the duty of utmost good faith. He has experience of acting in declaration of non-liability proceedings on behalf of insurers. Matthew successfully argued the application of the doctrine ex turpi causa non oritur damun in the case of Acheampong. NOTABLE CASES R (on the application of Bodycote HIP Ltd) v HM Coroner For Herefordshire  EWHC 164 (Admin) Fresh inquests into the deaths of two employees were ordered where the coroner had failed to direct the jury suffi ciently as to the law relating to unlawful killing by way of gross negligence where it had been asserted that the gross negligence concerned was that of a corporate entity. Smyly Acheampong v Allied Manufacturing (London) Limited  Central London County Court Acted for the successful party in arguing that a large credit hire claim ought to be disallowed on the basis of anticipated illegal conduct in the future. PUBLICATIONS Author of Financially Entwined New Law Journal 13th August 2010 p Co-Author of Proving it in Reverse 13th March 2009 p , Crash course in Low Velocity Impact claims New Law Journal 27th Jan 2006 p and Restoring Disorder New Law Journal 8th Dec 2006 p