Horwich Farrelly, the UK’s leading legal advisers to the insurance and commercial sectors, has expanded its operations in Ireland with a new location opening in Dublin. The office provides Horwich Farrelly with the ability to do cross border litigation and defend claims anywhere in the UK and Ireland.
The office is headed up by partner Eva Bashford, who joined Horwich Farrelly in 2021 and has over 15 years’ experience in personal injury and insurance litigation in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. She has been instructed in road traffic claims, employer’s liability, public liability and occupier’s liability cases and also delivers training to insurers, brokers and claims management companies on litigation in the Republic of Ireland. She is frequently instructed at an early stage in order to provide strategic advice and guidance and to facilitate early investigations.
TIME FOR INSURANCE CLAIM REFORM IN IRELAND
Ireland has a reputation for high injury damages and high legal costs, and for insurance fraud seeming to go unpunished. Insurance reform is one of the key aims of the current Irish government and a number of significant reforms have been introduced to reduce injury awards and to deter insurance fraud. Horwich Farrelly has significant experience of identifying fraudulent claims and providing strategies to defeat them, expertise built on strategies that have successfully been honed over many years in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland with an enviable reputation in the counter-fraud arena.
As part of the expansion, and in the company’s innovative tradition that sets it apart from its competitors, Horwich Farrelly is also delighted to introduce its award-winning HOLT product to Ireland. The solution is a game changing tool in the fight against fraud with strategies to deal with LSI, phantom passenger, late notification and induced claims. HOLT will enable claims handlers to make an early assessment of the merits of defending the claim in-house at an early stage.
Ronan McCann, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner at Horwich Farrelly, said: “For many insurers in the UK, defending cross border claims can prove be difficult with many added complexities. The Irish claims landscape is undergoing a lot of major changes which makes it an excellent time for us to enter the market to service both UK and Irish based clients. We want to challenge the status quo and to apply our innovative counter fraud strategies that have served us well in the UK market to the Irish jurisdiction. Our expansion in Ireland allows insurers to work with people they already know and trust who, together with our Belfast office, are dual qualified with experienced litigators on both sides of the border who can deal with jurisdiction disputes cases seamlessly.
“We believe that our experience and approach to challenging fraudulent claims will offer insurers a new approach and we’re not afraid of running cases in court when it is appropriate to do so. We have high expectations of our Dublin office, and we look forward to it growing exponentially over the coming months and years.”