BLM expands fraud offering with new head of operations

16 Jan 2019

Insurance risk and commercial law firm, BLM has appointed Jason Potter as head of fraud operations. Jason, who joins BLM from the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), will be based at the firm’s Birmingham office; the central hub for its fraud offering.

Following two and a half years at NFU Mutual, Jason joined the Insurance Fraud Bureau as Head of Investigations where he remained for almost three years. His experience includes leading operational delivery at the IFB, engaging with insurers and fraud managers to create counter fraud strategies. Jason sat at the heart of the IFB, working collaboratively with law enforcement agencies and key industry stakeholders to detect, fight and reduce fraudulent activity.

Jason’s role at BLM will include supporting the fraud team as it delivers operational promises to its clients, underpinning the work the team undertakes in a new operational environment. This comprises working in an entirely paperless environment, offering clients technology to enable them to access ongoing cases online.

Commenting on Jason’s appointment, Sarah Hill, head of fraud at BLM, said: “Jason has a formidable reputation in the insurance industry for the work he has undertaken both at large national insurers and more recently, at the IFB. His strong media profile has also worked wonders in shining the light on fraud detection. His appointment comes at a time when our fraud team is approaching operational delivery in a more innovative way and I have no doubt that his experience will be invaluable.

Jason said: “BLM has always had a strong reputation in the market for its success in identifying and fighting spurious claims. It has also led the way in detecting new patterns of fraud, in new industry sectors, most recently leading a campaign to tackle the rising cost of all-inclusive holiday sickness claims. This is what attracted me to the firm and I’m excited to start working with Sarah and the team.

Matthew Harrington, BLM senior partner, said: “It’s no secret that fraud continues to evolve and fraudsters diversify into new areas. Having a broad skill set within the team, with experienced lawyers and fraud intelligence experts, allows us to adapt quickly and respond to the needs of our clients. Jason is a great addition to the team and I have no doubt that, with wider industry support, he will help us do just that.

Whilst diversifying into new areas of law continues for BLM with the recent creation of commercial, private wealth and white collar crime teams, the firm continues to grow its core insurance offering with new appointments. Towards the latter part of 2018, BLM appointed a new head of London Market, Damian Cleary; head of reinsurance, Gavin Coull; casualty partner, Adrian Marston; and health and safety partner, Peter James. This year, the firm appointed Gary Wicks from Plexus to its professional and financial risks group.

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