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Insurance Law Research Group

Insurance fraud

The law of insurance fraud has undergone major developments in recent times. The Insurance Act 2015, the Supreme Court precedent in The DC Merwestone and the Insurance Fraud Task Force report were all products of 2016.

Professor James Davey was an invited member of the Insurance Fraud Task Force, a government Task Force which produced its report in early 2016, with recommendations on how to tackle insurance fraud. His article on insurance fraud in LMCLQ, co-authored with Katie Richards, was cited extensively in argument in the Supreme Court in The DC Merwestone.

The Supreme Court hearing in that case inspired ILRG to arrange a symposium, inviting Professors Jay Feinman, Adam Scales and Rick Swedloff from Rutgers University in the USA for a day of discussions of what the law of insurance fraud is, and should be, in light of developments such as big data. A collection of papers from the event is forthcoming.

Dr Johanna Hjalmarsson commented on the outcome in The DC Merwestone in Lloyd's List. In the course of the year, she also completed her doctoral thesis on insurance fraud which addresses issues such as the burden and standard of proof for insurance fraud.

For a list of publications related to insurance fraud, click here.

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