Neil Hughes (2013)

Neil Hughes (2013)

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Qualified in 2013

Profile

General Information

Neil joined Clerksroom in April 2014 after having spent 8 years as a Solicitor (the last 2 years as a Solicitor-Advocate).  During his time as a Solicitor, Neil worked at both Hill Dickinson and DWF, where latterly he was an Associate in charge of one of the Complex Fraud Teams.

Neil transferred to the Bar in 2013 and enjoys a general civil practice, with particular emphasis on insurance, personal injury and fraud.

Neil is based in Liverpool, but, is happy to travel nationwide.

Fraud:-

Neil is a specialist fraud counsel, with over 8 years’ previous experience in this area as a Solicitor.  During his career Neil has dealt with the whole array of fraud claims, encompassing:

·                     LVI

·                     Bogus passenger claims

·                     Induced accidents

·                     Staged accidents

·                     Fraud rings

·                     Fraudulent credit hire claims

·                     Actions in the tort of deceit

·                     Claims for exemplary damages

·                     First Party Fraud (Property Insurance; Protection Insurance (MPPI; PPI; PHI; IP and Personal Accident)

·                     Road Traffic Act and Article 75 Liability

Neil is able to assist in the drafting of Particulars of Claim, Defences raising allegations of fraud and, Replies to Defences where fraud has been alleged.

Neil believes that early conferences are crucial in cases where fraud is or, is about to be alleged and is happy to assist in this regard.

Road Traffic Accidents:-

Neil’s paper practice encompasses the whole array of RTA personal injury work dealing with Advice on liability, quantum (including, loss of earnings, care and infant settlement) and evidence; drafting of pleadings; Part 18 Requests for Further Information and Part 35 Questions to Experts.

Neil also has experience in relation to all of the usual arguments pertaining to credit hire, including:-

·                     Rate, need and period of hire;

·                     Enforceability;

·                     Fraudulent credit hire claims;

·                     Ex turpi causa

Insurance:-

Neil’s insurance practice covers motor insurance; property insurance and, protection insurance (MPPI, PPI, PHI; IP and Personal Accident) in relation to:

·                     Misrepresentation and non-disclosure

·                     Breaches of the duty of good faith

·                     Interpretation of policy wording

·                     Coverage disputes

·                     Fraudulent claims

·                     Illegality

·                     Dual Insurance

·                     Subrogation

·                     Complaints before the Financial Ombudsman

Neil is able to advise on paper, in conference or attend interlocutory hearings

International Claims:-

Neil has an interest in claims with a foreign element, in particular those involving the Package Travel and Rome II Regulations and the Montreal and Athens Conventions.

Qualifications:-

Law LLB (hons) 2:1 (2002)

Admitted as a Solicitor (2006)

Solicitor-Advocate (2012)

Called to the Bar (Middle Temple) (2013)

 

Testimonials

Testimonials

CPD

Neil is happy to attend firms to undertake CPD training and in-house help. Contact Neil directly using hughes@clerksroom.com to request further information or speak to the clerks on 0845 083 3000 to fix a date.

Fees and Feedback

Fees and Feedback

FEES:

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SERVICES:

Please see “profile” tab for description of the legal services provided by this barrister.

We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.

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