New advice follows ABTA’s campaign
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has issued new warnings to law firms over false holiday sickness claims, following ABTA’s Stop Holiday Sickness Scams campaign.
Paul Philip, SRA chief executive, said: “This issue is still very much a concern. While the number of claims has fallen, it’s important that solicitors are aware of the pitfalls, especially at peak holiday season.”
“Anecdotally, ABTA Members are reporting a drop in the numbers of holiday sickness claims,” said Luke Petherbridge, ABTA senior public affairs manager. “This is a tribute to the success of the Stop Sickness Scams campaign launched in 2017 by ABTA and our Members, and there is now much greater public awareness about the scale of the problem and the severe penalties that can result from pursuing a false claim.“
Earlier in the year, Jadeep Singh, 34, of Salford, was fined £10,000 after falsely claiming he fell ill on a Tui holiday in Mexico. Roy Eccles, 23, of Eccles, was fined £6,000 after his fake sickness claim against Jet2. ABTA.com
ABTA’s Claims Handling in Travel seminar takes place in Manchester on October 31