Alice Dobbie

Call 2007

dobbie@exchangechambers.co.uk

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Practice Overview

Alice is a specialist in civil fraud, costs, negligence and contract law. 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.

Alice is regularly instructed by Defendants and Claimants in cases involving substantial future loss, disability on the labour market, future loss of earnings and future treatment (including where the Claimant is still an infant). Many of her cases involve forensic accountants.

She is also instructed in high value cases involving subtle brain injury, permanent cosmetic defect, complex regional pain syndrome and chronic pain. She is regularly instructed by national insurers, especially where multiple fields of expert evidence are involved.

Civil Fraud

Alice tends to act for the party alleging the fraud. She is particularly experienced in this field and her usual caseload has claims involving alleged holiday illness, staged accidents, phantom passengers, exaggeration, low velocity impact and fundamental dishonesty.

She provides CPD training to national 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 pleadings and 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.

She is also able to advise on the making of applications for committal arising out of fraud and undertakes committal trials.

Credit Hire

Alice is familiar with all aspects of credit hire enforceability, impecuniosity evidence and failure to mitigate allegations. She is instructed in high value cases that cannot be managed within the Portal.

She is familiar with all the arguments arising out of case law, particularly the outlying decisions such as Irving v Sindall [2018], McBride v UK Insurance [2017], Zaker Ali v Spirit Motor [2014]. She regularly deals with allocation disputes about high value credit hire.

Cases

Civil Fraud cases

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

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.

W v A Supermarket (2018) Crewe County Court: acted for Defendant in employer’s liability case. Judgment for Claimant, but with a finding of 40% contributory negligence, even though Defendant’s working practices were found to have been unsafe and even though a risk assessment would probably have prevented the accident.

B v B (2017) Walsall County Court: acted for Defendant landlord in Defective Premises Act claim arising out of serious injuries sustained when a glass shower door fell and shattered. Legal arguments included whether the Occupiers Liability Act could be invoked to provide a co-extensive cause of action. All issues resolved in favour of Defendant. Claim dismissed.

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.

Credit Hire cases

R v T (2018) Manchester County Court: acted for Defendant in case where Claimant brought significant credit storage and loss of use claim, piggybacking on minor personal injury. Issues included enforceability, the construction of Consumer Credit Regulations and the Consumer Credit Act, and the interface between domestic legislation and human rights. In particular, the Defendant argued that the Claimant could not purport to affirm the contract in dispute in order to render it enforceable, thus circumventing the enforceability issues. Judge agreed with Defendant. Entirety of credit storage and loss of use of claim dismissed.