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Hill Dickinson and Europcar Disrupt Organised Fraud

London, February 2015 – Hill Dickinson Counter Fraud Group (HDCFG) and Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, have successfully disrupted the activities of claims management company director, Mark Richardson of ‘Richardsons’, for his involvement in staged motor accidents; despite not being party to the original court case.  All claims related to the case, totalling over £150,000 were dismissed.

 

The court case centred on a staged collision between a family’s vehicle and a car hired by them from Europcar.  Seven members of the family subsequently submitted personal injury claims through Richardsons. The involvement of a hire car along with inconsistencies in witness statements, incorrect details entered on the Claims Notification Forms, the high number of passengers and the involvement of Mr Richardson, all combined to raise Hill Dickinson’s suspicions. Investigating the claim, the firm interrogated cross sector data in its Netfoil claims database and identified links between the lead claimant and Mr Richardson, who had submitted claims together for three previous traffic accidents.

 

In court the Judge concluded: “I found Richardson’s evidence staggering…  I watched him carefully in evidence and I state with certainty that he was telling bare-faced lies.”

 

The case follows on from the success of Hill Dickinson’s rental sector data sharing initiative in 2014. David Croot, Senior Associate at Hill Dickinson said: “This victory for Europcar sends a clear message to fraudulent claimants, professional enablers and solicitors that deception and fraud will be detected and rigorously pursued.  Justice has been achieved and this case further demonstrates the clear benefits derived from data sharing and industry collaboration.”

 

Ken McCall, Managing Director of Europcar UK Group added:  “Bogus insurance claims present a serious risk to the rental industry as a whole, with additional, unnecessary costs having to be passed on to our customers.  We therefore aim to take robust action against any fraud.  Hill Dickinson provides invaluable support in this respect, not only by leading industry-wide data sharing initiatives but by applying its extensive expertise to pursuing fraudulent claims.  This case should send a very clear signal to any individual or organisation considering insurance fraud.”

 

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For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office Ed McCambridge, Madeleine Roles or Wendy Harrison on 020 8977 9132.  europcarukteam@harrisonsadler.com

 

About Europcar Group:

Europcar is one of the leading mobility players in Europe. Present in over 140 countries, the group provides customers with one of the largest vehicle rental networks through its own operators, franchisees and partnerships.

Europcar operates worldwide its own brands Europcar® and InterRent, which is its low cost brand.

The group puts customers at the heart of its mission whether it is innovation or service. All the employees of the group are committed to delivering customer satisfaction.

Europcar is actively promoting Corporate and Environmental social responsibility. Europcar has been awarded again in 2013 for the 5th consecutive year, by the World Travel Awards.

Europcar is owned by Eurazeo,one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe.

 

For more information: www.europcar.co.uk

 

About Hill Dickinson

  • Hill Dickinson LLP is a leading and award-winning international commercial law firm with more than 1,300 people including 180 partners, with offices in Liverpool, Manchester, London, Sheffield, Piraeus, Singapore, Hong Kong and Monaco.
  • The firm delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum, from non-contentious advisory and transactional work to all forms of dispute resolution.
  • Hill Dickinson prides itself on fostering the strongest client relationships and adding value through innovation. The firm acts as a trusted adviser to businesses, organisations and individuals within a wide range of specialist market sectors: including transport and logistics and international trade, through to retail, insurance, marine, health, education, manufacturing, public sector and banking and financial services.
  • The firm work with the Community Foundation Network, to raise vital funds for a number of charities.

 

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