Ruling has been given in the case of ASD Metals Ltd -v- Jeremy Heffer.
After a 2 day trial in the High Court, Exeter District Registry, HHJ Cotter QC sentenced the Respondent, Jeremy Heffer to 3 months for contempt of court after Mr Heffer was revealed, through video surveillance evidence, to have dishonestly exaggerated the extent of his injury arising from an accident in 2009 and to have made false statements in documents verified by a Statement of truth. Philip Turton, of Ropewalk Chambers, represented the Applicant, ASD Metals Limited and its insurer, QBE. Judge Cotter said, in passing sentence:
“Fraudulent claims have wide repurcussions … and stand in the way of others obtaining proper and just compensation … Here, the Applicant sought damages of £400,000 - £600,000. Anyone who dishonestly exaggerates a claim to that extent must expect to go to prison”.