Ben has over ten years’ experience in dealing with fraudulent personal injury claims and is a qualified solicitor. Following the Jackson reforms he has sought to develop and implement robust strategies in respect of Late Notified Claims and claims layering. As a result, Ben has been at the forefront of Keogh’s award winning Late Claims strategy which won the Claims Initiative of the Year award at the 2016 BIAs and the Independent Fraud Investigation Team of the Year at the 2016 Insurance Fraud Awards.
Notably, Ben successfully case managed a group of cases in which the insurer successfully applied for a finding of fundamental dishonesty following the filing of notices of discontinuance by claimants in respect of Late Notified Claims. He also case managed a cross industry piece of group litigation relating to fraudulent claims for physiotherapy and CBT resulting in a cohort of cases being discontinued and wasted costs being paid by the claimant solicitors in excess of £180,000.
Further to Late Notified Claims, Ben has expertise in dealing with organised fraud rings and is responsible for ensuring that the very best approaches are deployed by the fraud rings team to ensure successful outcomes against both claimants and their enablers.
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With Late Notified Claims (LNC) continuing to plague insurers we take a look at the strategies that could be employed when dealing with such claims.
Recently the battle to push through Late Notified Claims has seen some claimant solicitors seeking to use Pre-Action Disclosure Applications to obtain call recordings prior to the submission of medical evidence.
The Keoghs Late Notified Claims team celebrated a double victory recently after winning ‘Claims Initiative of the Year’ at the British Insurance Awards and ‘Independant Fraud Investigation Team of the Year’ at the Insurance Fraud Awards. Following this success, and given recent data revealed by the Fraud Index, Ben Leech who heads up the team, discusses what can be learnt from Keoghs’ robust, award winning approach.
Costs have been awarded to LV= following fraudulent personal injury claims brought up to 23 months after the accident.