On 19th October 2020 Matthew Snarr appeared in the High Court (Nottingham District Registry) on behalf of One Insurance Limited in committal proceedings for contempt of court against Mr Patrick Beasley.
The Court heard evidence and accepted upon admission by Mr Beasley that following a road traffic accident on 8th December 2014, Mr Beasley had presented an exaggerated claim for personal injury which involved on two occasions hiring a wheelchair and presenting as wheelchair bound to medical expert witnesses during examination.
Mr Beasley’s presentation was contradicted by surveillance evidence demonstrating him assembling his wheelchair shortly before a medical examination, putting it away after a medical examination, returning the wheelchair to the hire shop and on another occasion, lifting bags of topsoil at a garden centre.
His Honour Judge Godsmark QC, passing sentence, found that the case was “one of the most blatant” that he has seen as his time as a Judge involving exaggeration by a Claimant and that the deceit had been calculated, planned and organised involving “a campaign to deceive the medical experts”.
The starting point for sentence was nine months, mitigated down to six months sentence with immediate effect.
Matthew Snarr was instructed by Ms Anne-Marie Kirkbride of OCL Solicitors on behalf of One Insurance Limited.