A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 19th September 2019

Keynote Address by Michael D’Arcy TD,           
Minister Of State for Financial Services and Insurance

This one day conference will explore why Ireland’s claims figures are constantly increasing, and will explore what can be done to reduce these claims. The conference will shed light on a number of different aspects of the process, including the legalities, highlighting recent case law, proposed changes and expert opinions. You will hear about fraudulent and exaggerated claims and the evidence required in these cases, you will hear how personal injury claims are directly linked to fraudulent motor claims and learn how our current claims culture in Ireland is stifling business.

If you are involved in the claims process in some capacity, this one-day CPD event is a must-attend. You will hear from some of the leading experts on a number of aspects, and you will gain the chance to meet and network with other professionals in your field.

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5 Structured CPD Points




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Chairperson & Opening Remarks:
Brendan Barrett, Media & Communications Consultant


Real Cases Discussed – How our current personal injury culture is stifling business and voluntary groups?

Speaker: Peter Boland, Director of the Alliance for Insurance Reform

  • How is the insurance crisis manifesting itself at ground level  
  • What are the consequences for SMEs, voluntary groups and society?


Recent High Court & Court of Appeal Decisions and the Book of Quantum

Speaker: Mark Curran, Accredited Mediator, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • Overview of recent personal injuries decisions in the High Court and the Court of Appeal
  • Proportionality when making an award of personal injuries
  • The Book of Quantum  
  • Future Developments for personal injuries awards in Ireland


Medical consultant(s) – expert opinion

Speaker: Mr. Cormac Joyce FRCS (Plast), Consultant Plastic, Aesthetic and Hand Surgeon, St. Vincent’s University Hospital

  • Hand injuries and specific percentage loss of function for many specific injuries
  • Amputation of digits, portion of hands etc 
  • Injuries such as soft tissue, vertebral injuries and fractures
  • Personal Injuries Litigation – The Role of Expert Witnesses
  • Duties of Expert Witnesses
  • Assessment of Expert Evidence in non-specialist / complex cases
  • Objective Bias / Conflict of Interest & Expert Witness Fees


Q&A Session


Coffee break and chance to network


Keynote Address

Update on where we are on tackling the cost of insurance

Speaker: Michael D’Arcy TD, Minister Of State for Financial Services and Insurance

  • Overview of Cost of Insurance Working Group to date
  • Major challenges in trying to bring down the cost of insurance
  • Impact of work to date on cost of insurance
  • Work programme going forward


Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury cases and the ‘date of knowledge’ test

Speaker: Niamh O’Sullivan, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library


Q&A session


Lunch and chance to network


Fraudulent / Exaggerated Claims – What evidence is needed in these cases

Speaker: Detective Inspector Mel Smyth, Garda National Economic Crime Bureau

  • Evidence – the criminal standard of proof
  • Direct and Circumstantial evidence
  • Poofs in a Criminal Trial
  • Proving the falsity of a claim
  • Possible offences
  • What the Insurance Industry can do


How personal injury claims are directly linked to fraudulent motor claims

Speaker: Paul Corcoran, Director at Fraud Works Ireland Ltd. and body shop owner

  • Aviva Canada fraud report 2017, an effective fraud detection model  
  • Step by step, how a claim can be easily exaggerated 
  • The process of exaggerated claims, from crash to personal injury
  • Poorly handled claims – How the insurance companies allow the claimant to justify committing fraud
  • How motor claims fraud can be detected and prevented


Competition Law & the Insurance Industry – an update on recent regulatory investigations

Speaker: Ronan Dunne, Partner, Head of EU & Competition Law, Philip Lee

  • Competition law as it applies in the insurance industry
  • The European Commission’s ongoing investigation into Insurance Ireland’s data pooling system
  • The CCPC’s investigation into the motor insurance sector
  • The CCPC’s recently initiated study into the public liability insurance market


Q&A session


Conference close

The conference content and advice will relate to all involved directly or indirectly in the claims management process and personal injury claims from solicitors, barristers, regulators, government departments, semi-state agencies, insurers, employers, healthcare professionals, corporate firms and consultants.

Paul CorcoranPaul Corcoran

Director of Fraud Works Ireland Ltd. and body shop owner

Paul Corcoran is a body shop owner based in Co. Donegal.

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He started his career in the crash repair business over 30 years ago, during which he has managed and owned body shops throughout Ireland, the UK and the United States. During his time in the business, Paul has gained a vast knowledge of motor claims fraud. He has recently set up a company, Fraud Works Ireland Ltd, which aims to tackle motor insurance fraud through extensive training with motor claims staff to detect and prevent fraud at the onset.

Mel SmythDetective Inspector Mel Smyth

Garda National Economic Crime Bureau

Mel Smyth is the Detective Inspector in charge of the Serious Economic Crime Investigation Unit (SECIU) and the Anti-Corruption Unit at the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB).

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He has worked in frontline policing throughout his career and is the Senior Investigating Officer with responsibility for the investigation of serious and complex economic crime in his current position. The GNECB also provides advice and support to members of An Garda Síochana throughout Ireland who are investigating allegations of insurance fraud.

Niamh O'SullivanNiamh O’Sullivan

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Niamh is a practising barrister with a civil law practice, with a particular focus on personal injuries litigation and tort law. 

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She holds a law degree from University College Cork, a first-class honours masters in law from Trinity College Dublin and was called to the Irish Bar in 2012. Niamh has previously lectured in DIT and TCD and is currently a lecturer in Tort law in the Honourable Society of King’s Inns.

Ronan DunneRonan Dunne

Partner, Head of EU & Competition Law, Philip Lee

Ronan is a partner specialising in competition and commercial contract matters and leads Philip Lee’s EU, Competition and Regulated Markets group.

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Ronan advises a wide range of clients, in both the public and private sectors, on contentious and advisory questions of EU law, commercial vertical agreements (including distribution and supply agreements, particularly in the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors), merger control, State aid, and other competition law related matters.

Ronan regularly provides ongoing advice to clients on their competition law compliance policies. This involves the provision of training as well as the update of written policies to ensure compliance with best practice. In addition, he has significant litigation experience in the context of complex competition law cases.

Ronan joined Philip Lee in 2017. He previously worked for over eleven years in one of Ireland’s leading law firms between Dublin and Brussels. Ronan is a fluent French speaker. He regularly presents at conferences and publishes in journals on competition law related matters. He is also the Irish correspondent for the prestigious European Competition and Regulatory Law Review.

Michael D’ArcyMichael D’Arcy

Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform

Michael D’Arcy is Fine Gael TD for Wexford and in June 2017 was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance.

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Michael D’Arcy was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2007. He served as a Senator from 2011 to 2016 where he was appointed the Government Spokesperson on Finance in the Seanad and served on the Oireachtas Banking Enquiry.
He is a graduate of University of London.

Mark CurranMark Curran

Accredited Mediator, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Mark Curran is a practising barrister and has a broad civil practice with a particular emphasis on personal injuries law, employment law and regulatory litigation.

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Mark is an experienced mediator and also sits as an adjudicator for the GAA Disputes Resolution Authority and the Leinster Rugby Disciplinary Panel.

Mark graduated from University College Dublin with a First Class Honours Degree in Business and Law and subsequently completed an LLM at the University of Cambridge specialising in commercial litigation. Mark is a member of the New York State Bar having completed the New York State Bar Exam in 2014.


Cormac JoyceCormac Joyce

Consultant Plastic, Aesthetic and Hand Surgeon, St. Vincent’s University Hospital

Cormac Joyce FRCS (Plast) is a Consultant Plastic, Aesthetic and Hand Surgeon working in St. Vincent’s University Hospital.

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He is one of the two consultants who run the Hand Clinic in St. Vincent’s which sees up to 80 patients every week. This multi-disciplinary clinic treats a variety of hand injuries as well as elective hand surgery patients. Cormac is heavily involved in clinical research and has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and is currently finishing his MBA.

Peter BolandPeter Boland

Alliance For Insurance Reform

Peter’s background is primarily in marketing and communications in the food & drinks industries, having worked for businesses such as Bulmers, Beamish & Crawford and Supermac’s before going out on his own as a small-scale wine merchant over a decade ago.

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In his role as Marketing Director in Supermac’s, he was heavily involved in the Alliance for Insurance Reform Mk. 1 in 2002/03 and was asked by policyholders to reform the Alliance when it became clear another crisis had developed in 2018. Born and bred in Dundalk, Peter is married with three daughters in Clarinbridge, Co Galway and dedicates much of his spare time to camogie and hurling, wonderful sports his Dundalk upbringing ensures he knows very little about.

Brendan BarrettBrendan Barrett

Media & Communications Consultant

Brendan has been involved in Media and Communications for over 40 years.

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He started his career in The Irish Times and was a founder Director of Dublin’s first free newspaper, Southside. He was a Director of the Sunday Tribune. He runs his own sales training and consultancy business and has worked extensively with buisness leaders dealing with the media. He lectures in Ireland and the UK on Business Communications.

There will be 5 CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service.

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

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