Partner and Head of Motor, Fraud and Costs teams at DWF.
Having worked with major insurers for over 20 years, Nigel has an in-depth knowledge of client issues and is the trusted point of contact for a number of insurers on defendant motor claims. Working within the industry, Nigel’s strategic focus is around motor issues, including policy and indemnity issues and fraud. Nigel’s technical experience is in high-value personal injury motor claims with a speciality in large loss and chronic pain.
Nigel sits on the National Executive Committee of FOIL and through his involvement he has given evidence before the Transport Select Committee on the extent of fraudulent/exaggerated whiplash claims. He is also the current President of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers and a Director of MedCo, the industry body set up to oversee the improvement of the quality of medico-legal reporting in low value claims.
As a principal voice within the insurance industry, Nigel regularly contributes to industry debates such as the development of the MOJ Protocols, Whiplash and the Civil Justice reforms.
FOIL Vice President
As well as the broad corporate governance aspects of his role as partner, Stephen has responsibility for the Dispute Resolution department, including strategic and business development. With extensive advocacy and litigation expertise, including costs, commercial, property and personal injury, Stephen has been involved in numerous high profile, high value and complex cases such as Kilby v Gawith  1 WLR 853, Solomon v Cromwell Group Ltd  1 WLR 1048, Dockerill & Healey v Tullett  1 WLR 2092, Bamrah v 1) Gempride Ltd and 2) Lawlords of London Ltd .
- Advises on insurance policy wording (both initial drafting and general interpretation)
- Provides training: both internal and external, including compensator file handlers on legal developments, best practice and litigation strategy
- Acted as an advisor to the Association of British Insurers
- Audits (internal and external as to SLA compliance, best practice and costs)
Outside of practice, Stephen is a governor at his children’s school, holding the positions of Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body and Chair of the Finance, Staffing and Resourcing committee. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, playing squash and keeping abreast of developments in science and technology.
Direct dial: 01256 466 354
Laurence is the CEO of FOIL a position he has held since 2009.
Working alongside the President and the Executive Committee, he is responsible for long term strategy and the infra structure of the organisation.
“With over 35 years insurance claims experience, in the UK and overseas, I understand the industry and the pressures that claims managers and handlers face. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Managing Director of C-Mas, (Claims Management Advisory Services) and a Director of TopQuotes Insurance Brokers. I am a life-long Manchester United fan and am working hard to get my three young daughters versed in the benefits of being a red.”.
A qualified solicitor with over 30 years’ experience working in London and the North West, Shirley has experience of handling a wide range of disputes, from Public Liability to Clinical Negligence, Commercial Litigation and Costs.
Through Shirley Denyer LLP, Shirley has been involved in FOIL since 2007, as a non-practising solicitor. She was appointed to the newly created position of Technical Director in 2016, taking on a role in developing FOIL’s strategy and focus. She has responsibility for all of FOIL’s technical publications and the work of the eighteen Sector Focus Teams. Working with the SFTs and the National Committee she also handles FOIL’s consultation responses.
Shirley is based in Manchester. Outside work, despite the weather, she gets outdoors as much as possible, playing tennis and cycling.
Immediate Past President
Direct dial: 01962 705525
Duncan is a Solicitor Advocate with rights of audience in all higher courts. He has specialised in personal injury litigation since 1988 and has handled a wide range of RTA, EL and PL claims, including clinical negligence, disease and complex and high value claims. He also has wide experience of Health & Safety prosecution work.
He now deals almost exclusively with catastrophic injury claims, particularly those relating to brain and spinal injury. He heads DAC Beachcroft's Catastrophic Injury Group. Duncan is ranked by Chambers as a leader in personal injury litigation. His cases include Roebuck v Mungovin (House of Lords), Kane v New Forest District Council (Court of Appeal), Aer Lingus v Gildacroft et al (Court of Appeal) and Howell-Williams v Wood et al (Court of Appeal).
He is a member of the Advisory Council of Trust Mediation. Duncan Rutter ... is highly regarded for his expertise in claims involving devastating brain and spinal injuries. He is described as "very intelligent and switched-on."Chambers and Partners UK 2014 Edition, Personal Injury, UK Wide - See more at: http://www.dacbeachcroft.com/people/directory/duncan-rutter#sthash.nVOCPsoX.dpuf