Temple Garden Chambers

Motor Insurance Fraud Department

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Temple Garden Chambers offers unrivalled expertise and bench strength in insurance disputes involving serious allegations of fraud. Members of the set represent a strong choice for insurers facing matters involving exaggerated personal injuries, staged accidents, credit hire frauds and fabricated documentation. Peers consider Temple Garden Chambers to be "genuinely the top-tier chambers in the area."

Client service: "The clerking is really good. They're very responsive and get back to emails within minutes." Dean Norton is the senior clerk.

Alex Glassbrook

His work in the motor insurance field features a strong emphasis on handling dishonest claims on behalf of insurance companies. He is skilled in handling digital evidence and technology development issues.
Strengths: "He is a knowledgeable, reasonable and schooled opponent." "A very good, very thorough barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a case arising from a minor collision between the defendant's car and the claimant's moped. The claim for personal injury and damage to moped were found to be fundamentally dishonest.

Edward Hutchin

Possesses a wealth of expertise handling fraudulent insurance matters, including motor, personal injury and public liability claims. He is frequently instructed by insurers in claims where fundamental dishonesty is suspected.

Strengths: "A terrific advocate who is very knowledgeable and experienced. You can go to him for ad hoc advice, and his drafting skills are brilliant and defences are really detailed."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant insurers in an appeal which clarified the law relating to fundamental dishonesty and qualified one-way costs shifting.

George Davies

A junior whose experience at the Bar is bolstered by his former career as a City solicitor handling international fraud litigation. He has a range of motor fraud expertise that he applies to cases involving staged accidents, bogus passengers and fraud rings. He is also an expert in personal injury.
Strengths: "He's very experienced, thinks very well on his feet in court and just seems to know what to expect. He also understands the key issues and the client relationship." "He's really good on paper and very good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for Aviva in a multi-track claim for vehicle damage and credit hire charges in which the repairing garage was found to be fraudulent.

James Laughland

Has a practice that focuses on personal injury and costs litigation alongside motor insurance fraud. He demonstrates a notable talent for cases that rely on the exposure of wider fraud networks, and acts for a range of insurance clients. Laughland also adroitly handles cases involving the exploitation of genuine accidents and collisions.
Strengths: "He's meticulous in preparation and very well suited to this type of work. He's also great to work with and clients really like him." "He's impeccable in court and does a lot of high-profile fraud cases." "He's experienced in the area and a safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Acted for defendant insurer in a claim where it was alleged that the claimant had braked deliberately in order to induce a collision, with the claimant ultimately ordered to pay defendant’s costs with QOCS disapplied.

Marcus Grant

Leading junior for motor insurance fraud cases, particularly those that involve contempt of court. He is knowledgeable when it comes to credit hire and fundamental dishonesty issues.
Strengths: "He continues to stand out as a trailblazer in the area." "A known name in the market with a good reputation."

Paul McGrath

Demonstrates considerable expertise in a range of motor fraud cases, including those relating to exaggerated claims, fundamental dishonesty and staged accidents. He is also noted for his strength in handling credit hire and personal injury matters.
Strengths: "He is good in court and has a good reputation in the market." "He's very competent and well thought of."
Recent work: Represented LV in a High Court action seeking committal of a defendant for contempt of court in connection with presenting false statements with a false claim for injury.

Tim Sharpe

Acts for claimants and defendants in motor insurance fraud cases, including those concerning induced and staged collisions, fraud rings and contempt of court. He also offers experience in credit hire and is well versed in the costs aspects of cases.
Strengths: "The quality of his advice is second to none. He's very pragmatic and provides a safe pair of hands." "His pleadings are competent and well argued."
Recent work: Represented CIS General Insurance in committal proceedings in connection with a fundamentally dishonest claim for £80,000 loss of earnings involving fabricated documents.