Amy Philipson regularly acts for leading insurers in both an advisory and advocacy capacity, defending fraudulent personal injury and other civil claims. Her experience includes:
- Low-velocity-impact (LVI) road-traffic collisions resulting in no injuries or exaggerated injuries
- Bogus passenger claims in road-traffic claims
- ‘Slam-on’ allegations
- Credit-hire fraud
- Staged & fabricated accidents in road-traffic claims
- Exaggeration of injury and consequential loss in employers’ liability claims
- Staged or fabricated accidents at work
- Tort of deceit proceedings
Amy’s approach throughout the litigation process is meticulous. Once instructed, through written advice and in conference, Amy leaves no stone unturned and then employs evidence with great success. Examples include analysis of financial records, cross-referencing of medical records, surveillance evidence, coincidence of geography, and association, interpretation and understanding of police-held records.
Amy’s dedication and ability to swiftly identify the issues in a case mean that she is able to offer tactical advice at an early stage and prepare comprehensive defences and complex counter-schedules at very short notice. Amy is noted for always providing a short view on the prospects of the case at the time of drafting any defence to ensure that the tactical advice can follow on throughout the litigation. However, in many cases, claims are withdrawn by claimants after the defence has been served.
Defeating fraud claims
In addition to advisory and drafting work, Amy regularly appears in court at both interlocutory and final hearing stage, and her skilful cross-examination frequently results in claims being defeated. In road traffic cases in particular, Amy is highly regarded by instructing solicitors in the area of credit hire, regularly obtaining excellent results for clients by defeating claims for hire on enforceability grounds and by forensic interrogation of their means and circumstances. In many cases, her cross-examination on hire has led to the entire claim being dismissed due to the undermining of credibility.
Amy repeatedly receives instructions in employers’ liability claims where there are suspicions of fraud. This is usually in the form of fabricated accidents where it is known to the claimant that there has been a breach of statutory duty or cases involving exaggeration of injury and consequential damages where the accident was trivial. Amy has an excellent understanding of the unique issues of quantum and liability which arise in this area of fraud defence and adopts the same meticulous approach to undermine claimants and defeat claims.
Amy is happy to be consulted by email, telephone, video conference and on client premises and she also accepts direct access instructions.
Amy is available to present seminars on all topics in this field including:
- Credit hire update
- Fraud & costs – QOCS and manifestly dishonest
- Employers’ Liability Fraud: The changed landscape – practice post-1 October 2014
Amy Phillipson may accept Public Access work, where she can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.