Ismailpour v Mountain & Aviva
Edward Hutchin, instructed by Katie Lomax of Keoghs, represented the successful Defendants in this major fraud ring case.
After a trial in Mansfield County Court, involving oral evidence from witnesses but also detailed consideration of evidence in linked claims in which findings of fraud had been made, the judge rejected the Claimant’s evidence, accepting the Defendants’ case that the Claimant, operating in conjunction with a lead vehicle, had deliberately caused a collision. In addition he accepted that there were strikingly similar features with a number of cases featuring in a major fraud ring trial which was heard in Nottingham County Court by HHJ Godsmark QC in late 2015. The judge found that this case too was a fraudulent attempt to claim compensation, and commented that the Claimant’s claim for damages would in any event have been dismissed because of the Claimant’s unreliable evidence. The claims were dismissed and judgment entered for the Defendant on its counterclaim, with indemnity costs in favour of the Defendant.