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Civil fraud

We are nationally renowned for our civil-fraud work, with unparalleled depth and breadth of experience and an outstanding national reputation for defence work within the insurance sector.

The team

Civil fraud work currently forms all or the greater part of the practices of many members of our civil team, and all are briefed on a very regular basis. There are 35 barristers in our civil fraud team, and we may be unique in having some who work exclusively in this field. Three members of the civil fraud team (Peter Wilson, Matthew Smith and Judy Dawson) were recognised in the 2013 edition of the Legal 500, with the civil fraud team’s ‘national following’ amongst insurers being noted. We are instructed on a nationwide basis, regularly appearing in courts in London and the South West as well as in all courts in the North.

“Park Square Barristers is unparalleled in terms of fraud expertise” – The Legal 500 (2016)

“Expertise includes staged accidents, low velocity impact matters and exaggerated losses cases.” — The Legal 500 (2015)


We handle all types of insurance fraud cases, including road traffic liability (including organised fraud rings), public liability and employer’s liability cases. The members of the team are particularly experienced in cases involving staged accidents (‘crash for cash’), induced/contrived accidents, low-velocity impact (LVI) matters, bogus passenger claims, credit-hire fraud, and exaggeration of loss. We also have experience of fraud in the context of travel and home-insurance claims. Our barristers are experienced in cases which involve careful liaison with the police and other authorities.

Work with insurers

Fraudulent insurance claims have become endemic within society, but Park Square Barristers is very well-placed to help the insurance industry and their solicitors in presenting a strong stance against this growing problem. We have been advising most of the leading insurance companies and solicitors’ firms ever since awareness of road traffic fraud began to grow, and we continue to work with insurers in formulating strategies for dealing with criminal gangs. Our contacts within insurer fraud departments ensure that we are made aware of developments within the sector as they happen, including changes in trends relating to the way in which false claims are presented by fraudsters.

Fraud rings

Certain barristers on our fraud team have extensive experience with fraud-ring cases, including those involving criminal gangs, and are used to handling fraud-ring-linked cases on behalf of multiple insurers, obtaining orders for consolidation and the hearing together of claims arising out of purportedly unrelated accidents, and dealing with high volumes of data and similar fact evidence.


Our civil fraud barristers provide pre-litigation advisory services and have excellent reputations for drafting complex and robust defences, undertaking client/expert conferences and presenting cases at trial. We also offer a mediation service.

Public Access

Please contact us if you would like to instruct a barrister directly, without a solicitor as an intermediary.

Contact our civil clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

The team