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In July 2022, it was reported that Zurich UK saw a 25% increase in fraudulent property claims, with the increase in the cost of living believed to be driving a range of fraudulent behaviours ranging from using insurance policies to make money to the inception of policies to cover life’s losses after the fact.
Opportunistic claimant attempts to defraud the public purse – a reminder of the benefits of fraud strategies
Kennedys were instructed by a local authority to defend a claim brought by the son of a tenant, who had suffered burns following allegedly negligent maintenance works carried out by an agent of the authority.
Unrepresented claimants using the Official Injury Claim (OIC) portal are doing better than those with lawyers, according to our analysis of the system’s first year.
In this blog article, we turn to the emphasis placed on telling the truth when presenting and responding to a claim in the Official Injury Claim (OIC) together with some comments on the latest data released by the Ministry of Justice.
We have added a leading organised fraud specialist to strengthen our team and help safeguard clients from the rising cost of fraudulent claims. James Stevens is a former director and head of organised fraud at DWF Law, where over the last 11 years he has become well-known for his work relating to organised insurance fraud.
In a surprise to the personal injury sector, the UK Government has ditched plans for further reform of the whiplash claims process. Here, we look at the Ministry of Justice's response to issues within Part Two of the ‘Reforming the Soft Tissue Injury Claims Process’ consultation and what this means for fraudulent claims.
The use of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) has exploded in recent years. SPACs are an increasingly popular way for private companies to become publicly traded without undergoing a traditional initial public offering.
In this report, Kennedys experts highlight key legal and regulatory developments, and provide an overview of 12 topics to watch under four main topic groups which insurers and corporates should consider as they plan for operational resilience in the new financial year.
Kennedys were instructed by the insurer of a steel fabrication company to defend a personal injury claim brought by an employee following an accident at work in July 2017. The Claimant had sustained a genuine injury, but grossly exaggerated their claim, resulting in a discontinuance at trial and savings of over £100,000 for our insurer client.
Palmer v Mantas and Liverpool Victoria Insurance – A reminder of the hurdles to be jumped by a defendant seeking to prove a claimant is fundamentally dishonest
The claimant received an award for damages in excess of £1.6 million for a minor traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and a somatic symptom disorder suffered after a high speed accident. Here, we look at this case from the perspective of allegations of fundamental dishonesty.