DWF appoints national head of counter fraud

National legal business DWF has appointed partner Lorraine Carolan as the firm's national head of counter fraud. Lorraine joins DWF in August 2015 from DAC Beachcroft where she was head of the national claims validation team and prior to that, the firm's head of litigation. Based in Birmingham, Lorraine will work with DWF's 900-strong national insurance team to deliver increased value to the firm's client base of major insurers.

Lorraine has extensive expertise in defendant personal injury work, specifically focused on handling motor and casualty fraud. She also has experience in handling multi-track claims, minimal impact/significant trauma cases and staged cases, noise induced hearing loss, whiplash injuries and credit hire fraud, as well as advising on technical and policy issues. She has advised a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors, ranging from large general insurers to Lloyd syndicates, self-insured, retailers and corporates and across all lines of business including personal, commercial, high risk and aggregator sourced.

Lorraine commented: "There are a number of opportunities available to pursue within the fraud market, and DWF's investment in their systems and intelligence provide a strong platform on which to explore these opportunities and deliver improved legal services to clients. DWF's commitment to innovation is a key differentiator in this market and I look forward to working with the team to further raise profile, increase engagement with clients and expand the firm's fraud and intelligence offerings across the business."

DWF's Head of Insurance, Paul Berry, added: "Lorraine brings outstanding fraud and intelligence expertise and a strong track record of leadership that will allow us to further invest in and develop our team, expand our fraud capability and strengthen relationships with existing and potential clients. Her innovative approach to helping clients combat fraud and address business challenges through the delivery of comprehensive legal and intelligence services, and the development of a range of fraud products, is a strong match for DWF and our commitment to delivering added value to our clients."

Lorraine’s appointment to the insurance team follows DWF’s recent merger with niche insurance practice Watmores, strengthening DWF’s insurance, rail and local authority sector capabilities and deepening relations with the firms’ shared clients.

Lorraine Carolan

Partner - National Head of Counter Fraud

I am the National Head of Counter Fraud and a Partner in the Insurance team based in Birmingham


Paul Berry

Partner - CEO of Insurance Services

I am the CEO of Insurance Services at DWF.