News & Resources

Seven fraudulent ‘slam-on’ claims defeated following a 5-day trial involving telematics ‘black-box’ data.


16th January 2015

James Henry, instructed by Karen Mann of Greenwoods and Hastings Direct, represented the successful defendant at a 5-day fraud trial in Manchester.

Seven claimants who targeted an off-duty female Police Officer in Manchester by slamming on their brakes have had their claims for injury, credit hire, storage and recovery charges dismissed following findings of fraud.

The case is one of the first of its kind to deploy ‘black-box’ telematics data in court to support the defence that the claimants deliberately slammed on their brakes to induce a collision.  The defendant applied for specific disclosure of telematics data collected by a black-box fitted in the claimants’ vehicle.  There were two important data packages.  Firstly, a GPS tracker showed that the claimants had driven up and down the same stretch of road for c.40 minutes before the collision.  Secondly, the black-box was also fitted with an accelerometer that showed the severity and duration of the claimants’ braking in the seconds before the collision.  After hearing evidence from the claimants’ insurer as to the purpose and effect of the telematics data, Mr Recorder Mcloughlin found that the data supported the defendant’s case that the braking manoeuvre was sudden, and not slow or gradual as contended by the claimants.

The claims were dismissed and the claimants have been ordered to pay the defendant’s costs on the indemnity basis.





Related Barristers

James Henry

James Henry
Year of Call: 2010


Close X

TEMPLE GARDEN CHAMBERS is a market leading set with recognised excellence in a myriad of practice areas with awarded leaders in twelve specialist areas. TGC has the privilege of being well placed in the Temple and The Hague with superb facilities.

Currently consisting of 17 silks and 60 juniors with outstanding leadership and a long established clerking team acknowledged for their exceptional client services and business development, we are keen to expand upon our key areas.

To accommodate the growth in our core practice areas we are inviting applications from established practitioners and/or teams to further enhance our excellent reputation in the following fields:

• Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
• Inquests & Inquiries
• Health & Safety
• Costs & Litigation Funding

TGC is widely recognised for its friendly ethos and its commitment to Equality & Diversity and Wellbeing. We are especially keen to encourage applications from underrepresented groups at the bar – women, people with disabilities, those from ethnic minority groups and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Applications will be treated with the strictest confidence and should be addressed to the Head of Chambers, Keith Morton QC kmorton@tgchamber.com

In advance of any formal application both Keith Morton QC and Dean Norton (Senior Clerk) would be delighted to have a confidential discussion. To arrange a meeting please contact Dean on 020 7842 8641 or dnorton@tgchambers.com