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Keoghs insurance fraud team strengthens ranks with two major appointments


Top 40 law firm, Keoghs, has reinforced its market-leading fraud division with two high profile appointments.

Gary Petterson and Stuart Clemson both join as Partners from Plexus and bring with them a wealth of expertise across all areas of insurance fraud.

They join a department which has spearheaded the fight against insurance fraud for over two decades, with a team of 14 Partners and more than 200 specialists boasting 1,600 years of experience, who resolved almost 6,000 matters in the last 12 months alone.

Gary was Head of Fraud at Plexus, where he worked for 12 years. He has a varied practice including motor and employers’ & public liability claims, with particular experience in grossly exaggerated complex injury claims. He also advises clients on indemnity and coverage issues where dishonesty is suspected.

On joining the team, Gary said:

‘I am delighted to have joined Keoghs. The gravitational pull of the biggest, and in my opinion the best, defendant legal counter-fraud team was too much to resist. I am excited about what the future holds!’ 

Stuart has over 19 years of counter-fraud experience working for a number of major defendant insurance firms. He deals with all aspects of motor claims and handles complex indemnity issues, along with recovery actions following successful claims for tort of deceit and conspiracy, whilst also having lead several private prosecutions.

Stuart commented:

“This is a big opportunity to work for one of, if not the, biggest counter-fraud teams in the country; a chance I had to grasp. I have also personally come full circle as it was Keoghs who inspired me to begin a career in law, back when I worked for a major insurance client. I’m thrilled to be here.”

Head of Fraud, Damian Ward, added:

“I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Gary and Stuart to the team. Both have an exceptional reputation throughout the industry, and their appointments underline Keoghs’ commitment to the market. As fraudulent claims continue to diversify, their decades of experience can only reinforce the industry-leading strategic support we deliver to our clients in the fight against insurance fraud.”

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