Civil Fraud

Joel has extensive experience of cases involving dishonesty / fraud, and has secured numerous findings of fundamental dishonesty against untruthful claimants. He has also successfully represented a significant number of claimants, against whom dishonesty has been alleged, and secured damages for them.

Joel’s experience in this area includes low velocity impacts, staged accidents, induced collisions, occupancy issues, fabricated/exaggerated injuries and fabricated/exaggerated heads of loss. He has a sound knowledge of the relevant statutory provisions, case law and Civil Procedure Rules. He wrote a commentary on the leading cases on fundamental dishonesty of Howlett v Davies & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 1696 and LOCOG v Sinfield [2018] EWHC 51 (QB) for the Farrar’s Building Personal Injury Newsletter

Joel prides himself on the thorough preparation of a detailed and carefully planned cross-examination, which he sees as being of particular importance in these types of cases.

A few recent examples of Joel’s work include:

  • Obtaining a finding of fundamental dishonesty against a claimant who had exaggerated her loss of earnings claim, and securing the dismissal of her entire claim pursuant to s.57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015
  • Persuading a judge to make a finding of fundamental dishonesty against a claimant who had given an untruthful account of a road traffic accident
  • Securing a finding that a personal injury claimant had suffered no injury at all with the inevitable consequence that he was found to be fundamentally dishonest
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Appointments & Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Free Representation Unit
  • Education Law Association

Education & Qualifications

Prizes and Awards

2017       South Eastern Circuit scholarship to attend the Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Florida

2013       Certificate of Honour for Results in the BPTC, Middle Temple

2013       The Times Law Award essay competition:  Runner Up

2013       The Kingsland Cup national mooting competition: Runner Up (final held in the Supreme Court in front of Lord Carnwath JSC)

2012       Blackstone Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple

2011       Jules Thorn Scholarship, Middle Temple


2012 – 2013     BPTC, BPP Law School, London: Outstanding

2011 – 2012     GDL, City University, London: Commendation

1999 – 2003     MA (Hons) History, University of Edinburgh: First Class

Previous Employment

Before converting to law Joel was on the Civil Service Fast Stream. Joel’s experiences in Whitehall included training MPs on the new parliamentary expenses system, drafting a Cabinet paper, working in the private office of a Secretary of State, and advising Ministers on the development of Government policy.

Prior to that, Joel led and managed cultural tours of Western Europe for groups of multi-national clients, giving lectures on the history of the countries and guided tours of a number of cities, including Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam and London.

Personal Interests

Joel and his wife have recently started a family but he still makes time for cycling, theatre, travel, cooking, and playing football and tennis. He also has a keen interest in history and politics.