Civil Fraud


For over a decade, our team of specialist barristers have been instructed by leading solicitors and insurers to defend against claims involving suspected personal injury insurance fraud.

Whilst motor insurance fraud has historically featured heavily, dishonest claims have increasingly been recognised in wider areas of personal injury litigation. Chambers has a depth of experience at all levels, including ranked individuals. Members of Chambers have:

  • dealt with the full range of fraud and Fundamental Dishonesty (FD) in both motor and other personal injury claims.
  • successfully defended claims involving staged accidents, fraud rings, phantom passengers, late-notification, low-velocity impacts and every variety of exaggerated or fabricated injury and credit hire claim.
  • marshalled open-source intelligence, social media, engineering evidence, dash cam footage, telematics and ANPR in support of fraud allegations.
  • provided advice and advocacy at every stage, from an initial assessment of whether to plead fraud through to effective cross-examination at trial.
  • conducted contempt of court and committal proceedings.
  • obtained findings of rehabilitation invoice fraud against a physiotherapist.
  • obtained wasted costs against a physiotherapist company and a Claimant’s solicitors.
  • saved insurers many thousands of pounds by preventing them having to pay out for fabricated and exaggerated claims, and allowing them to recover the costs of defending such claims by securing numerous findings of FD.

The combined skills of Chambers, can provide a complete service in defending against Civil Fraud, whether for motor claims, casualty claims, costs and credit hire.

Civil Fraud Expertise

Notable Cases

  • Khan v Aviva, Oxford County Court [2022] 11 WLUK 663 DJ Lumb
  • Blake & oth v Advantage Insurance & oth (June 2022) Warwick CC
  • Elvidge v Covea [2021] 1 WLUK 576
  • Zaib v Cole (2020)
  • Ghani v Advantage Insurance 1.10.20, 26.3.21 Burnley County Court
  • Rehman v Aviva UK Insurance (Birmingham County Court, Recorder McLoughlin, 1 November 2019)
  • Akotiah v Piskorz (Clerkenwell & Shoreditch County Court, District Judge Bell, 16 August 2019)
  • Aviva UK Insurance v Lawrence, (Oxford County Court, HHJ Clarke, 10 April 2018)
  • Brighthouse Ltd v Tazegul​ [2016] EWHC 2277 (QB)

Civil Fraud Barristers

Juniors (15 years +)

Gaurang Naik

Call 1985

Maurice Rifat

Call 1990

Johnathan Payne

Call 1997

Roger André

Call 1999

Dr Russell Wilcox

Call 2000

Simon Trigger

Call 2000

Ian Stebbings

Call 2001

Andrew Spencer

Call 2004

Bernard Pressman

Call 2004

James Byrne

Call 2006

Roderick Abbott

Call 2006


Robert Parkin

Call 2009

Tom Collins

Call 2010

William Dean

Call 2011

Conor Kennedy

Call 2011

Ella Davis

Call 2013

Kerry Nicholson

Call 2015

Max Melsa

Call 2015

Dominique Smith

Call 2016

Richard Collier

Call 2016

Thomas Yarrow

Call 2018

Henk Soede

Call 2019

Anirudh Mandagere

Call 2019

Thomas Clarke

Call 2022



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Director of Clerking & Business Development

Senior Clerks

Clark Chessis

Senior Clerk

David Barrow

Joint Deputy Senior Clerk

Jaime Brooks

Joint Deputy Senior Clerk

Practice Managers

Ellie Brand

Practice Manager

Phillip Austin

Practice Manager

Assistant Practice Managers

Matthew Shepherd

Assistant Practice Manager

Jamie Moylan

Assistant Practice Manager

George Housden

Assistant Practice Manager

Jay Levell

Assistant Practice Manager

Junior Clerks

Cameron Baker

Junior Clerk

Ronnie Scarlett

Ronnie Scarlett

Junior Clerk

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