Louisa’s practice encompasses a substantial volume of fraudulent insurance litigation. She is a panel barrister for several major insurers and is regularly instructed by specialist Defendant firms of solicitors.
Louisa is involved in these cases from the early stages and has particular expertise in assessing the quality of the available evidence relating to possible fraud, drafting the defence setting out allegations of fraud (where appropriate), amending previously drafted defences to plead fraud in light of new evidence and testing witness evidence in conference. She is an advocate of paperless working and will happily accept instructions to conduct conferences via video link in appropriate cases.
Louisa has specific expertise in the defence of fraudulent insurance claims arising from alleged road traffic accidents encompassing:
- staged accidents
- deliberately induced accidents
- “stooge car” cases
- “bogus” passenger claims
- low velocity impact cases
- exaggerated personal injury claims
- cases where the claimant has been fundamentally dishonest
In recent years, Louisa has been instructed by a leading firm of solicitors to advise and prepare upwards of 30 bespoke defences in claims connected to a fraud ring, which is the subject of criminal investigation by West Midlands Police.
Aside from her regular instruction by specialists in road traffic litigation, Louisa has seen increasing instruction by specialist solicitors and insurers concerned with fraudulent claims in the context of both employers’ liability and public liability accidents.
Louisa understands the importance of a robust, clear, fully pleaded defence where fraud or fundamental dishonesty is alleged or where the claimant’s credibility is called into question. Louisa is diligent and prides herself on her ability to turnaround paperwork promptly.
Outside of work, aside from spending time with her family, Louisa is a keen photographer (a hobby which she combines with her interest in travel) and an avid reader. She also enjoys swimming for relaxation and plays the piano.
Personal Injuries Bar Association
MA (Hons) (St John’s College, Cambridge)