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Friday, April 07, 2006

7 April 2006


Commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs is helping to clamp down on insurance fraud throughout the Northwest by establishing a specialist claims validation team in Manchester.

Led by partner, Michael Suddards, the team will focus on eradicating the large number of non- genuine claims that continue to plague insurance firms across the region, and increase consumers' premiums.

"Advanced fraud detection techniques have unveiled a huge amount of fraudulent claims over the last three years," says Suddards. "Not only is this costing the industry £millions, but it can have a negative affect on genuine compensation claims.

"One of the main reasons behind our new team is the increasing number of 'staged motor accidents' here in the Northwest. There are literally hundreds of 'professional claimants' in our region who are using innocent motorists to set up a motor accident, so that they can then claim for damages.

"Unfortunately this is another indication that the claims culture is still thriving in the UK, so we need to look for new ways to help address this. By utilising our litigation expertise and working closely with the insurance industry, we can help eliminate these fraudulent claims. Importantly, this will also ensure that genuine claimants do not miss out on the compensation they deserve."

Currently the team consists of four specialist lawyers in Manchester, including Frances Hickey and Kate Singleton who join the firm this month from Keoghs and Horwich Farrelly.


For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editors:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (Manchester, London, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firms delivers integrated legal services to clients in four main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial services (including the insurance industry); and technology, media and telecommunications.

Chambers UK 2005 recognised 56 Beachcroft Wansbroughs partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in Legal 500 2005, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award.

On 1 May 2006, Beachcroft Wansbroughs will become Beachcroft LLP, a move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm. For further information, please visit: www.bwlaw.co.uk


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