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Richard M Paige

Year of call:
University of Oxford, BA (Hons) Physiological Sciences (2:1)
City University, London, Diploma in Law
Inns of Court School of Law, BVC (‘very competent’)
Kings College, London, MA Medical Law & Ethics (Merit)
Pupil at 3 Raymond Buildings, London
Tenant at New Bailey Chambers, Preston
Tenant at Sovereign Chambers
Tenant at Park Square Barristers
Civil Recorder Appointment, North Eastern Circuit
North Eastern Circuit Personal Injury Bar Association Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Ranked in Tier 1 for Personal Injury and clinical negligence – The Legal 500 (2019)

“Robust and tenacious.” – Chambers and Partners (2020)

“Very experienced in clinical negligence matters involving allegations of fraud.” – The Legal 500 (2019)

Richard practises in civil insurance fraud. He was a founding member of the civil fraud team at Sovereign Chambers before the merger which formed Park Square Barristers. Richard is instructed by most of the country’s leading firms specialising in civil insurance fraud and many of the UK’s insurance companies.

Richard has extensive experience in all areas of civil fraud including employer’s liability and public liability, but mainly in relation to road traffic accidents. He has been instructed on numerous occasions in cases involving fabricated, staged and induced (‘slam-on’) accidents, bogus passengers and phantom witnesses, low-velocity impacts (LVIs), and exaggerated personal injury and damage claims.

He has expertise in dealing with individual frauds, group and family frauds, and wider criminally organised fraud rings.

“Recommended for multi-track personal injury cases” – The Legal 500 (2017)

Richard is head of the holiday sickness claims team and has been at the forefront of defending such claims. He has provided training to firms and holiday companies to assist in identifying fraudulent claims and strategies to improve success rates. He regularly advises and represents many of the larger holiday companies.

Richard is able to advise at the pre-proceedings stage and to conduct conferences with clients and witnesses to test the strength of their evidence in cases where credibility is crucial. He uses his extensive forensic skills when preparing and drafting the detailed defences essential in civil fraud cases, as well as appropriate part 18 requests and applications for specific disclosure. He deals with all interlocutory applications which might arise in civil fraud cases, and has defended many cases at trial both on the Fast Track and multi-track.

Following the introduction of qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS), Richard has advised and represented clients in many cases where a finding of Fundamental Dishonesty has been sought.

Richard is a contributor to Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service.

Notable Cases

  • Bain v Zurich (Lawtel) – one of the earlier cases which resulted in a finding of Fundamental Dishonesty. Having found that the Claimant was not injured in the accident as alleged the trial judge declined to make a finding of Fundamental Dishonesty. Richard advised the Defendant insurer to appeal, which was successful.
  • Evans v Aviva (Lawtel) – Richard secured a finding of Fundamental Dishonesty following the Claimant’s failure to prove his claim in a low velocity impact case.
  • Cross v Black Bull – Following the issuing of a claim on the cusp of limitation with an artificially reduced statement of value and court fee, Richard advised the Defendant to apply to strike out the claim as an abuse of process. The application was successful.
  • Ennis v Tuson – Issues relating to the nature of “admissions” made within a counter-schedule of loss and the extent to which a Defendant was bound by them.
  • Paul v Connell – Case in which the Claimant had no recollection of the accident and relied upon expert reconstruction evidence, which contradicted the lay evidence of a number of witnesses. Richard advised the Defendant to apply for summary judgment, resulting in the Claimant discontinuing her claim.

Lecturing in civil fraud

Richard also lectures and presents seminars on all areas of law relating to civil insurance fraud.

Public Access

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

Contact Richard’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Daniel Highfield on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246


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