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Dishonest claimant sent to prison for 7 months


A dishonest claimant who tried to claim almost £75,000 in credit hire charges was sent to prison for 7 months following a committal application in the High Court by the defendant insurers, represented by Edward Hutchin and Clyde & Co.

The claimant claimed damages for personal injury and credit hire charges of almost £75,000, After disclosing CCTV contradicting his account and documents showing that his credit hire claim was false, he discontinued his claims. Edward represented the insurers in their successful application for a finding of fundamental dishonesty, and in the subsequent application to commit the claimant for contempt of court.

Giving judgment HHJ Wall, sitting as a judge of the High Court, observed that insurers were not ‘fair targets’, and insurance fraud not ‘victimless’, and concluded that appropriate punishment could only be achieved by an immediate custodial sentence.

For further details please see the case report here.

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Edward Hutchin

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