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.
Civil Fraud Cases
D v L (2021) Leeds County Court: acted for Defendant in fraudulent PI claim. The claim was discontinued, but the Defendant’s application for determination of fundamental dishonesty was allowed (notwithstanding that the notice of discontinuance had not been set aside), and subsequently the court found the allegation of fundamental dishonesty to be proven.
JB v An Insurer (2020) Birmingham County Court: acted for Defendant in fraudulent PI claim. The Defendant’s counterclaim for exemplary damages succeeded and the Defendant recovered its costs of the claim as well as the counterclaim.
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.
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.