Raj is a partner and the department manager of our Defendant Personal Injury team. He qualified as a solicitor in May 2007 and having spent 6 years as a specialist fraud lawyer at DAC Beachcroft LLP, Raj is now a key figure in leading the team here at Flint Bishop LLP.
Raj was recruited to head up the Counter Fraud team when he initially joined Flint Bishop and this area of the business has grown from strength-to-strength, with the Counter Fraud team now consisting of six experienced and highly-skilled fraud lawyers. Within previous roles, Raj was part of a Claims Validation team, which dealt exclusively with fraudulent motor claims. This involved defending litigated road traffic accident claims on behalf of a number of market-leading insurance companies, where it was suspected that the claims presented were fraudulent. Raj dealt with cases involving staged accidents, semi-staged/induced accidents, contrived accidents, phantom passenger claims and low-speed impact claims. In addition to these stand-alone fraud types, Raj was also a part of the Ringed Fraud team, who dealt exclusively with defending claims involving suspected organised fraud rings.
Once at Flint Bishop, Raj quickly recognised the potential for growth and identified certain areas of the defendant personal injury market, whereby Flint Bishop could make a difference. Raj has been instrumental in growing the team of eight in 2015, to now 30 lawyers and support staff, making the department one of the largest in the East Midlands. Within the Defendant Personal Injury department, Raj has created specialist teams that deal with individual areas of the work, including fraud and credit hire, as well as volume claims, catastrophic injury, recoveries, indemnity and costs.
As well as creating a strong team, Raj has developed a bespoke case management system to deal with the work, which is tailored to each work type and has the ability to produce accurate and solid management information to assist clients.
His attention to detail and techniques have resulted in him being able to develop unique processes and strategies tailored to individual needs, allowing the Defendant Personal Injury team to efficiently deal with the work they undertake, for which they have received excellent praise amongst the insurance industry.
Work highlights and impressive successes
- Defendant personal injury claim involving a road traffic accident. The claim was pleaded at over £500k, however, it was successfully settled at £98k.
- Leading the Fraud team who are managing to achieve more than a 55% repudiation rate across all fraud types.
- Leading the Credit Hire team who are managing to achieve more than a 65% savings rate across instructions in this field of work.
- Running a number of ringed fraud operations for an existing insurer client.
Contact Raj Sumal
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