Proposals to axe juries in complicated fraud cases could cut insurance fraud, an expert from Weightmans has said.

Earlier this week the Lord Chancellor told the Financial Times that some extremely technical fraud cases were too complex for juries.

Instead, Lord Irvine said the government was likely to give judges the option of hearing such cases with two experts assisting them.

He said the change was expected to form part of the government's proposals, due in summer, on the implementation of Lord Auld's review of the criminal justice system.

Weightmans fraud expert Andrew Cox said such a move could improve conviction rates in serious fraud cases, particularly business fraud.

"[It] may also improve serious insurance fraud prevention, both through recovery via conviction and general deterrence," he said.