Howard Cohen

He is user-friendly and has a fine eye for detail...You always feel you are on the front foot when he is on your side.

Chambers and Partners 2018

Fraud

Howard is regularly instructed by large insurer clients to defend claims where there are suspicions of fraudulent conduct, usually within the context of road traffic litigation. He was recently instructed to represent an alliance of insurance companies against a swathe of claims arising out of a “fraud ring” in East London. This resulted in each of the claims being either struck out or discontinued.

He is an expert in the area of exemplary damages, which he now seeks and often wins against fraudulent Claimants.

When successful Defendant insurers wish to take matters further, Howard has a detailed knowledge of the new CPR 81 dealing with contempt of court proceedings. He recently successfully defended the first application ever made to bring committal proceedings under that provision against a suspected fraudulent Claimant.

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Notable Cases


Tasneem v Morley (2014)
Won exemplary damages for successful Defendant insurer against a total of 16 fraudulent Claimants involved in a fraud ring comprising 9 separate road traffic accidents.

Royal & Sunalliance Insurance Company Ltd v Kosky (2013)
Successfully defended the first ever application for permission to bring committal proceedings for contempt of court under the new CPR 81 in the High Court.

B v Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (2013)
Represented applicant in appeal to First Tier Tribunal after he was awarded £1,500 at first instance following sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a former teacher at his school. Drafted a full Schedule of Loss and following submissions before the Tribunal, the applicant was awarded in excess of £105,000.

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Taylor v Taylor (2013)
Represented the Defendant in a multi-track trial involving a Claimant who was claiming in excess of £100,000 for lost earnings following a road traffic accident. Following 2 days of detailed cross-examination revealing the true extent of the weaknesses in the Claimant's case, the matter settled globally (including costs) for £42,000.

Deegan v (1) Thompson (2) Motor Insurer's Bureau (2013)
Led by Alan Jeffreys QC. Instructed by MIB in a claim arising out of a road traffic accident that was pleaded in excess of £6 million. Drafted Counter-Schedule, following which the matter settled at a JSM for just over £1 million.

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If you would like to instruct Howard Cohen or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

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Appointments & Memberships


  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit

Education & Qualifications


  • Winner of Wilfred Getz Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law, London
  • M. Phil (Criminology), Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • MA Hons, Jurisprudence, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford
  • City of London School for Boys