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.
Latest Insights by Ben Leech
News And Events 23/03/2021
Keoghs and Admiral Insurance have secured a successful contempt of court ruling as CCTV footage revealed that an alleged driver involved in a road traffic accident wasn’t even at the scene of the incident. The judgment has seen the fraudster receive an immediate custodial sentence of eight months whilst his colluding partner, who was actually driving the vehicle, awaits sentencing in April.
In July’s blog, I identified differing types of late notified claims which have plagued insurers following COVID-19. However, insurers are now facing a fresh challenge in ‘the new normal’ from a specific type of whiplash claim arising out of minor road traffic accidents. These Coronaclaims or Lockdown Farmed Claims (LFCs) are submitted into the MOJ Portal and quickly followed with a medical report prepared remotely, taking advantage of MedCo temporarily lifting the ban on such examinations. They often arise out of innocuous accidents in car parks at low speed in which injury is unlikely.
With insurers seeing an increase in Late Notified Claims since lockdown, Counter-Fraud Partner Ben Leech takes a look at key considerations for detecting fraudulent LNCs.
News And Events 18/03/2020
Investigations by Keoghs counter-fraud and LV= General Insurance (LV=GI) have exposed a claimant’s exaggerated symptoms, leading to £100k savings.
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.