Helen Laight - DAC Beachcroft

Helen Laight's Expertise


Helen Laight

Helen has over 15 years of litigation experience and specialises in insurance fraud.  

Helen joined DAC Beachcroft in 2011 and is now an Associate within the DACB Casualty Counter Fraud Team. She manages the Team in Newcastle, which deals exclusively with the defence of Casualty Fraud Claims arising from Employers Liability and Public Liability claims.

Helen is involved in business development and the management of successful client accounts, ensuring each has dedicated resource, a strategy tailored to their specific objectives and counter fraud solutions for each individual insurer. She regularly delivers training on all aspects of Casualty Fraud to both insurer clients and public bodies.

Relevant experience includes:

  • Securing an interlocutory strike out of a claimant’s claim as an abuse of process pursuant to the Supreme Court’s decision in Summers v Fairclough Homes Ltd [2012] 1 WLR 2004. After reviewing the evidence available at the application hearing, the Judge commented that “the picture presented by the Claimant to all his experts is a false one” and that the Claimant “had forfeited the right to continue any part of his claim as a result of his abuse of the process in misleading the experts and bringing a dishonest claim”. The case resulted in savings in excess of £175,000 on the pleaded case; in the absence of the appropriate and tactical fraud investigations, the potential value of the claim may have exceeded £1million.
  • Advising on, and representing the applicant, in respect of an application for permission to bring contempt proceedings following the dismissal of the Claimant’s claim and a finding of fundamental dishonesty at Trial.
  • Investigating and advising a client in respect of an ongoing organised casualty fraud operation involving 20+ claims against their employer.
  • Delivering a presentation on Organised Casualty Fraud at the IFB Advanced SPOC Training event in October 2019.



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