Mark Aitken


  • I work closely with insurers who monitor the increase in fraudulent property claims at both the claims and underwriting stages to detect and defend such claims.
  • In 2018, the ABI recorded just under 100,000 fraudulent property claims – there’s never been a more important time for property sector insurers to be vigilant. 
  • You can see my thinking about tackling property fraud in the May 2020 edition of Insurance Day
  • I have worked in the insurance sector for over 25 years and have extensive experience of high value and complex property fraud claims involving arson, staged theft and other deliberate or exaggerated damage.
  • In addition to property and commercial claims involving fraud, I also specialise in related policy coverage issues.
  • I regularly advise insurers preparing responses to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Significant reported cases

Bate v Aviva Insurance [2014] EWCA Civ 334
Yeates v Aviva Insurance [2012] EWCA Civ 634
Aviva Insurance v Brown [2011] EWHC 362 (QBD)
Joseph Fielding Properties (Blackpool) Ltd v Aviva Insurance [2010] EWHC 2192 (QBD)
Direct Line Insurance v Khan [2001] EWCA Civ 1794, [2002] Lloyd's Rep IR 364



Contact Details

+44 20 7029 4210


‘Mark Aitken is an extremely capable insurance litigator, specialising in complex commercial insurance disputes (especially property and general liability). He has a real flair for investigating a claim and marshalling evidence for insurers.'

Legal 500 - 2022 - Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation

‘Mark Aitken stands out as market leading when it comes to fraud investigation. Some fantastic recent results in cases. He has a wealth of experience in this area. A safe pair of hands.'

Legal 500 2022 - Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation

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