Alice Dobbie

Call 2007

dobbie@exchangechambers.co.uk

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Practice Overview

Alice is a specialist in civil fraud, negligence and costs. Her multi-track work includes clinical negligence, personal injury, insurance disputes, credit hire, costs litigation and CICA claims.

She has substantial experience in claims arising out of employer’s liability, occupier’s liability, product liability and public liability.

In 2019, she was one of the youngest barristers to be appointed a Recorder.

Civil Fraud

Alice is most commonly instructed by Defendants in complex cases where fraud is suspected. These range from uncrystallised concerns about exaggeration through to cases where fraud is explicitly pleaded in the defence and applications for committal are made. Her usual caseload has claims involving alleged holiday illness, staged accidents, phantom passengers, exaggeration, low velocity impact and committal applications.

She provides CPD training to major insurers and solicitors’ firms on how to manage suspected fraud from inception through to pleadings, applications, litigation tactics and trial. Where grounds for fraud allegations emerge late, she is often instructed to re-draft defences or to advise on the appropriate applications to make in response. Her extensive case experience includes instances where fraud allegations attached to solicitors and experts as well as claimants.

Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

Alice is regularly instructed by Defendants in high value cases, particularly those involving subtle brain injuries.

Her cases often involve substantial future losses, disability on the labour market and future treatment (including where the Claimant is still an infant or where the Claimant was at the beginning of a career). Many of the cases require forensic accountants and she has represented Defendants in claims where, for instance, the Claimant is an entrepreneur and alleges a causative link between an injury and the failure of a successful business.

Cases

Civil Fraud cases

N v A Borough Council (2019) Liverpool County Court: acted in case where a Claimant discontinued a claim following investigation into alleged exaggeration. Despite the discontinuance, a finding of fundamental dishonesty was later made.

M v NW (2019) Birkenhead County Court: acted for Claimant, in unusual multi-day case where Claimant alleged fraud by Defendant. Experts instructed for Claimant included a handwriting expert. Claim succeeded.

B v M (2019) Birkenhead County Court: acted for Defendant. Claim dismissed by Judge following trial of low velocity impact issue; additional claims were discontinued as a result of the judgment.

Holiday Company v J, W, W and W (2018) High Court: Application for committal following fake holiday sickness claims. All four Defendants received prison sentences.

S v B (2018) Watford County Court: acted for Defendant. Allegation of fraud attaching to consultant orthopaedic spinal surgeon, which only crystallised following extensive and successful disclosure application; successful application to require surgeon’s attendance at trial for cross-examination.

Personal Injury cases

S v A NHS Spinal Surgeon (2019) Newcastle County Court: acting for the Defendant surgeon who allegedly performed an operation negligently, leaving a Claimant with permanent disability. Case ongoing, listed for multi-day trial.

R v M (2019) Manchester County Court: acting for Defendant in £1m subtle brain injury case. Claimant was an entrepreneur at the time of the accident. Multiple experts for both sides, including neuropsychologists and forensic accountants. Case ongoing, listed for multi-day trial.

M and Others v An International Airport (2019) Manchester County Court: acted for Defendant in safety dispute, following injuries to multiple Claimants. Expert evidence instructed for both sides included technical airfield designers. Case listed for multi-day trial. All issues were resolved in favour of the airport and the airport’s costs were recovered.

N v E (2019) Liverpool County Court: acting for Defendant in £1m claim by junior doctor following serious injury with likely future handicap in the employment market. Experts for both sides include gynaecologists and forensic accountants. Case ongoing, listed for multi-day trial.

K v NHS (2019) Liverpool County Court: acting for Defendant in £1m claim for injury leading to permanent loss of employment and indefinite future care. Case ongoing, listed for multi-day trial.

M v Y (2018) Manchester County Court: acted for Claimant in high value infant case arising out of an accident that severely damaged several teeth. There was expert dispute around whether removal of the non-vital teeth was appropriate. There was additional argument around the cost of periodic orthodontic treatment, including future implant replacement.

J v F (2018) Preston County Court: acted for Claimant in multi-track case involving severe, permanent lower-limb injury. Defendant alleged fraud. Following a liability trial win (with no contributory negligence deduction), quantum settled.

K v B (2018) Liverpool County Court: acted for Claimant in high value case, where young male Claimant had been left with a disfiguring scar across his face following an accident at work. Damages negotiated on basis of 100% liability.

Saunderson and Ors v Sonae (2015) EWHC 2264: acted for 16,626 Claimants in largest group litigation ever to have taken place in the North West (arising out of a factory fire). 12 experts from 6 separate disciplines gave evidence, covering medical and scientific issues.