Chris is an experienced fraud practitioner. He regularly acts for most major insurers in relation to road traffic claims where fraud is suspected or explicitly alleged. He is well-known for his robust approach to such cases, and is routinely called upon to assist at all stages of litigation, from pre-action advice, conferencing and settling pleadings, through to trial advocacy.
Chris has extensive experience of multi-track and fast-track cases involving complex indemnity issues, staged accidents, ‘stooge’ vehicles, low-speed impact (LSI), phantom passengers, exaggerated and high-value credit hire and exaggerated personal injury claims that require consideration of Section 57 Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.
In addition to trial advocacy, Chris is well-versed in dealing with interlocutory applications including applications to set aside judgment, resile from previous admissions of liability, costs and case management conferences, costs-only proceedings and relief from sanctions applications.
Chris provides regular training on all aspects of motor insurance fraud, particularly in respect of novel and developing trends within this sector.
His fraud work also extends to employer liability, public liability and holiday sickness claims.
Chris has particular expertise in high-value claims involving credit hire. As an area of law which continues to develop in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, Chris is always alive to recent developments. He regularly publishes articles and provides bespoke training on this topic.
Chris is particularly familiar with the legal arguments surrounding the enforceability of credit hire agreements. Despite the implications of the recent decision in Irving v Morgan Sindall PLC 
EWHC 1147 (QB), Chris is frequently successful in arguing that hire agreements are unenforceable on the basis of fraudulent misrepresentation.
- RS v PML  – Acting for Defendant insurer in respect of a claim for hire charges in excess of £87k. Claim ongoing.
- IH v MW  – The Claimant suffered a genuine accident but failed to disclose a subsequent and significant road traffic accident that occurred 6 days prior to his medico-legal examination. Finding of fundamental dishonesty obtained.
- SH v VS  – Successful LVI defence in a claim brought by a credit controller who was a senior employee of the solicitor firm acting on his behalf. The Judge found that the Claimant had deceived numerous medical experts. Finding of fundamental dishonesty obtained.