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Camilla Buck

Year of call:
University of Bristol, BA (Hons) Philosophy (2:1)
The College of Law, Bloomsbury, Graduate Diploma in Law (commendation)
The College of Law, Bloomsbury, BVC (‘very competent’)
Advisor, Citizens Advice Bureaux, Battersea
Advocate, Lyons Davidson Solicitors, London
Pupil at Sovereign Chambers, Leeds
Tenant at Sovereign Chambers, Leeds
Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers
Freelance lecturer/examiner on the BPTC (BPP College of Professional Studies, Leeds)
North Eastern Circuit Deputy District Judge
North Eastern Circuit
Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholarship
The College of Law, Bloomsbury, Alternative Dispute Resolution prize)
North Eastern Circuit, Louise Godfrey QC moot finalist

Camilla deals with all aspects of Civil fraud including holiday sickness claims, false rehabilitation claims, staged or contrived accidents, low velocity impact cases, bogus passenger claims, credit hire and exaggerated credit hire, personal injury and exaggerated personal injury claims regarding s.57 Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and all otherwise dishonest claims. Camilla is well versed in fraud patterns and live to developing trends.

Camilla specialises in private prosecution of civil fraud claims. She was junior to Mr David Dixon (now HHJ Dixon) in the first private prosecution by a motor insurer, R v Penny and Ors. She undertakes advisory work regarding the prospects of success, case strategy, cost implications and wider public relations impact of potential private prosecutions. Camilla has been instructed in a variety of private prosecutions relating to fraudulent civil claims.

Camilla has experience of multi-track and fast-track trials, complex applications including applications to set aside judgment and resile from previous admissions of liability, relief from sanctions applications, costs and case management conferences, case management conferences and general interim hearings.

Camilla has experience in drafting Part 18 and Part 35 questions and she regularly settles pleadings addressing the complexities and inconsistencies within a case where fraud is or may be an issue. She is confident and experienced in offering advice regarding procedure and to how to manage a case. Camilla has a thorough understanding of fraud rings and the complexities of costs consequences in civil fraud matters.

Camilla joined Chambers after working in-house as an advocate for a national solicitors firm where she represented clients at Court, advised on quantum and liability and settled pleadings. She has a number of years’ experience in civil and civil fraud advocacy, regularly appearing in Courts across the South Eastern and North Eastern circuits. Camilla undertook a Civil Fraud first six pupillage under the supervision of Mr Richard Paige, at an early stage in her career this has enabled her to develop on her previous experience of civil law and specifically civil fraud.

Notable Case

Service Underwriting Insurance Company Limited v Jake Penny and Ors 2016

Won “Outstanding case of the year” at the Personal Injury Awards (as awarded 24.11.2016).

Led by David Dixon (now HHJ Dixon) acting for Service Underwriting Insurance Company Limited.

First Private Prosecution by an insurance company of a road traffic fraud.

Advised the insurer client and Keoghs regarding the civil claims process and the fraudulent claims made by 20 Defendants.

21 Defendants involved in a staged bus crash, all pleaded guilty. 20 have been sentenced to total of just under 30 years’ imprisonment.

Yorkshire Evening Post

Insurance Business

Daily Mail

Aviva -v- Farida Ashraf

Farida Ashraf walked into a supermarket in Bradford with two accomplices who surreptitiously moved a large pallet of orange juice cartons into the aisle. She purported to stumble over the same. Cleverly (or so she thought) Miss Ashraf delayed sending a letter of claim to the supermarket for 8 months and then claimed for injuries and consequential losses which could have cost Aviva, the insurer involved, almost £60,000. Unfortunately for her, an eagle-eyed employee had not only spotted the incident on CCTV but had carefully retained the footage “just in case”. Miss Asraf received a suspended sentence of 21 months.

Public Access

Camilla may accept Public Access work, where she can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Camilla’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250