Liverpool Victoria v. Bashir & Others – (Fraud)
 EWHC 895 (Admin) Sir John Thomas, Silber J
Dishonest injury litigant committed to prison for contempt of Court
Marcus Grant (instructed By Greg Lloyd of Clyde & Co) appeared for the Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company in a committal action in the Divisional Court for contempt of court in respect of signing a statement of truth on one or more documents that the signatories knew to be untrue in such a way as likely to interfere with the course of justice. This was the first contrive collision claim to come up from the County Court on a committal application. The first four Defendant’s gave Queen’s Evidence explaining how they had been lured into the fraud, what they were paid, how they were asked to use a crib sheet and gave the Court a detailed insight into the way that such claims are run. Notwithstanding the fact that the Defendants were ‘mere foot soldiers’ in a wider conspiracy, and despite the fact that the wife was still breast feeding a 4 month old child, the younger two Defendants were imprisoned for 6 weeks; the elder two defendants, both in their 70’s and in poor health were given suspended sentences. Thomas LJ and Silber J delivered a judgment explaining the sentence.