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Damian Rourke

Damian Rourke

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  • Casualty

  • Fraud

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

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Damian advises on fraud risk and strategy in all types of civil / criminal fraud cases, including motor, personal and commercial property, employers' and public liability, personal accident cover and professional liability.

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With over 18 years' fraud experience, Damian is a well known and respected practitioner in the field. His work ranges from single policyholder frauds to complex, highly organised cross-insurer fraud rings.

He acts for a range of professional clients, from household name insurers, retailers and large-scale fleets to local authorities and self-insured publicly listed and private companies.

Damian contributes to industry debate and awareness through regular public speaking, workshops, published articles and involvement with industry groups; including being a member of the FOIL SFT.

He is responsible for the day-to-day management of various insurer client accounts, managing a dedicated team based in the Manchester office.

Damian is an experienced litigator and has advised various insurers with drafting of precedent repudiation documents for claims pre-issue and assisted in setting up/implementing initial claims validation strategies including KFI checklists.

Experience
  • Developed our Project Martello strategy for dealing with exaggerated claims across all lines of business using fundamental dishonesty arguments – a strategy that has saved our insurer clients more than GBP 9m to date.
  • Led a claim involving a fraud ring where we successfully brought committal proceedings for contempt of Court against an accident management company director – who was jailed as a result.
  • Dealt with a number of fraud rings in the Liverpool and East London area for major insurers.
  • Assisted IFED with providing evidence in relation to a large scale and complex fraud ring operation that led to the arrest and charging of the largest number of people in a single investigation.
  • Assisted a large insurer in drafting and implementing a pilot repudiation strategy for motor claims throughout the UK.
  • Successfully defended a GBP 650,000 claim arising from a road traffic accident – with the claim being dismissed on the grounds of fundamental dishonesty.
  • Successfully brought the first private prosecution for a public liability claim – the claimant receiving a 21-month prison sentence for staging a tripping claim.
  • Successfully brought the first action for contempt of Court against the director of an Accident Management company.
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Sectors

  • Casualty

  • Fraud

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

Services

Services

  • Private Prosecutions

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