Howard Cohen

He's very prepared, thorough and nimble in the way he thinks things through. He's excellent on his feet and gets great results.

Chambers and Partners 2021

Civil Fraud

Howard has vast experience of dealing with fraudulent claims and claims in which fundamental dishonesty is alleged. He is ranked as a Leading Junior in the Motor Insurance Fraud section of Chambers and Partners 2018 and recently went to the Court of Appeal in the case of Ogiehor v Belinfantie [2018] EWCA Civ 2423 arising out of an allegation of fraud.

Howard successfully defended the Respondent in the first application for contempt of court arising from the new CPR 81 in the case of RSA v Kosky [2013] EWHC 835 (QB) and regularly advises insurers on issues relating to surveillance, fundamental dishonesty, Section 57, exemplary damages and contempt of court.

He also has experience of defending against fraud rings, acting for a co-operative of insurers in the case of Tasneem v Morley [2014] LTL, 28/1/14 against a total of 16 Claimants alleging injury following 9 separate road traffic accidents.

Each claim was struck out with exemplary damages awarded.

Howard regularly gives seminars and training on issues arising from fraudulent claims to solicitors, insurers and local authorities.

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Notable Cases

Ogiehor v Belinfantie [2018] EWCA Civ 2423
Successfully defended 2nd appeal by litigant in person against an Unless Order and related costs award, resulting in Defendant's costs being awarded of over £110,000.

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.

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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.

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 Chief Executive/Director of Clerking, Paul Cray. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at

For more information about our clerking team, please click here for the clerks page.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Appointed Recorder in June 2020
  • 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

Directory Quotes

Howard Cohen predominantly acts for defendants in high-value personal injury cases and is well regarded for his expertise in claims arising from railway accidents. His personal injury practice is complemented by his recognised expertise in motor insurance fraud.

“Skilled at drafting robust counter schedules and is a pragmatic and skilled negotiator in joint settlement meetings.” “He is absolutely great and adds meaningful value to a case. He is responsive, always available, timely and prompt.”

Chambers UK 2022 – Ranked in Personal Injury & Motor Insurance Fraud, Tier 1

“He’s very prepared, thorough and nimble in the way he thinks things through. He’s excellent on his feet and gets great results.” “A very good and busy insurance fraud practitioner.”

Chambers UK 2021 – Motor Insurance Fraud Tier 1

“He deals with cases very quickly and efficiently.” “A very practical and sensible opponent.”

Chambers UK 2021 – Personal Injury