AXA v Reid
Represented AXA in these High Court committal proceedings. The claim started life in the County Court, where Tim provided advice and drafted an Amended Defence to plead Fundamental Dishonesty when material was located that demonstrated that Mr Reid was in fact known to the allegedly independent witness (contrary to his assertions in his witness statement, signed with a statement of truth). Tim later appeared at the application hearing to gain permission to rely on that Amended Defence and subsequently advised on and drafted the proceedings in the High Court committal case.
Mr Reid admitted contempt and consented to permission being given to commence the committal proceedings. At the full committal hearing, Mr Reid was committed to prison for a period of 8 weeks, the court (Mrs Justice Eady) noting that “this is a case involving both a high level of culpability and significant harm” and observing: “I have taken account of the hardship that will be suffered by the defendant’s family in reducing the term to the degree that I have but I would be failing in my duty to do justice more generally if I did not impose an immediate custodial sentence in this case.”