Deans Court Chambers

Motor Insurance Fraud Department

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Deans Court Chambers possesses expertise in claimant and defendant-side representation that spans a breadth of motor fraud cases. Members are frequently sought out to handle matters involving complex factual and legal questions and arguments of fundamental dishonesty. The set offers further capabilities in contempt of court proceedings.

Client service: "The clerking service is fantastic." "They are all excellent, right from the very juniors all the way up to the senior clerks. They do their utmost to accommodate all your enquiries." Matthew Gibbons leads the clerking team.


James Paterson

Boasts an impressive track record of achieving findings of fundamental dishonesty in a broad range of motor insurance fraud cases. He is routinely instructed by insurers for the defence of claims involving exaggerated injury, phantom passengers and staged accidents.
Strengths: "Experienced, knowledgeable and very approachable."
Recent work: Acted for Highways Insurance in a successful appeal to the High Court in connection with a claim for personal injuries, culminating in a finding of fundamental dishonesty and removal of QOCS protection.


Simon McCann

An experienced junior specialising in motor insurance fraud claims. He has advised on all aspects of fraud, including contempt proceedings, and is also deeply involved in assisting insurers and local authorities on how best to investigate and uncover fraud rings. He has notable trial experience.
Strengths: "He has an excellent manner and will assess the prospects of a case and give it to you straight with sound, fair advice. He brings utmost technical excellence as well." "He's been on the circuit for a long time and is a good insurance fraud barrister."
Recent work: Represented AXA in a contempt of court case in connection with a claim in excess of £250,000 from injuries during a road traffic accident.