2 June 2015
Law Society dismisses retailers' concerns regarding spurious & bogus insurance claims in shops
Law Society has responded to RGDATA saying retailers' concerns about bogus or spurious claims are misplaced. CEO Mr Ken Murphy claims the Law Society can “hardly remember” investigating a complaint in relation to a Solicitor involved in taking a spurious or bogus case.
Tara Buckley Director General commented:
"While we have a number of cases involving Solicitors that we can proceed to bring to the attention of a number of authorities, we need to hear more from our retailers on this issue. If you have been the victim of a bogus or spurious claim please let RGDATA know so that we can raise these matters with the Department of Justice and the Gardai directly.
Buckley continued "It would seem that the Law Society will not be proactive in weeding out Solicitors who are knowingly advancing claims which are try ons, spurious or dubious and almost want to be presented with a book of evidence before they get involved".
RGDATA is also meeting with the Insurance Federation shortly to outline issues highlighted by members in relation to large insurance payouts and the reason for them. Tara Buckley added "The persistent complaint from retailers is that insurance companies are too eager to settle claims for a nuisance value and do not vigorously resist claims that are spurious or bogus. It is important that insurers invest in resisting claims, rather than settling them for a nominal or nuisance value".
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