Hill Dickinson first law firm to access national fraud database

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Hill Dickinson has become the first law firm to gain access to the National Fraud Database, which will allow it to confirm whether suspected insurance fraudsters have been involved in fraud in other sectors.

“This gives us the ability to cross-fertilise insurance claims data with data related to fraud in the financial sector, which opens up other avenues of investigation,” said Peter Oakes (pictured), head of fraud at Hill Dickinson.

“It doesn’t automatically follow that because somebody has committed a fraud in one space that their insurance claim is fraudulent, but it’s certainly something you’ll want to investigate further.”

To get access to the data as a CIFAS member, Hill Dickinson will feed information into the database about fraud litigations it has successfully pursued for its insurer clients.

The National Fraud Database, managed by CIFAS, is the largest shared database of confirmed frauds across multiple sectors and fraud types in the UK.

Hill Dickinson plans to use its CIFAS membership with its own Netfoil database of 200 million claims records and 10 million accidents to probe suspected frauds for insurer clients.