Zoe Hallam, 48, claimed to be injured following a crash in 2011

A police inspector has been sacked after Quantum Enquiries & Surveillance obtained covert footage of Zoe Hallam whilst on holiday with her husband and son in the South of France. The 48 year old inspector who had been an officer for 25 years told colleagues that she was unable to sit and could not drive for more than 15 minutes, yet managed to travel to a campsite in South Brittany where she was filmed lifting mountain bikes off the back of her camper van without any obvious disability.
Zoe Hallam was later filmed during the five day surveillance; cycling, carrying chairs over uneven surfaces to the beach and even carrying an inflatable dingy on her head before lying across the bows and rowing it forwards using her arms in a front crawl position.Nottinghamshire police also caught her sending messages to a photographer at a Northern Soul night asking him not to take pictures of her dancing as she was ‘at war’ with her employers who believed she should be in a wheelchair.
The hearing heard how Hallam who sought medical retirement with an enhanced pension, had told officers that her injuries affected her mobility in her neck, back and arms and that she was unable to sit at a computer for long periods or drive.
Mr. Torr, who chaired the misconduct panel for four days said it was clear Hallam had ‘provided excellent service to the public’. but ‘following the accident, that all changed’.
He said it was a ‘sustained effort to deliberately mislead and exaggerate’.
He added: ‘The public of Nottinghamshire expect officers to maintain the highest standards, and inspectors must be at the heart. The appropriate outcome is dismissal without notice.’

Both Hallam and her husband Inspector Phil Hallam were arrested in 2013 on suspicion of: fraud by false representation and assisting fraud by false representation, misconduct in a public office respectively. But no charges were ever brought against either of them.

Inspector Phil Hallam was completely exonerated and will not face any internal proceedings in relation to this matter.

On 13 April 2015 ss57-61 Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 came into force. These provisions contain the Government’s latest assault on fraud within the personal injury claims industry and s57 is of particular interest in that it requires the Court to strike out a personal injury claim in its entirety where it is satisfies that a claimant has been fundamentally dishonest.

A Curzon Ashton footballer who found himself paying £11,000 in costs after being one of the first findings of fundamental dishonesty in a case which did not reach trial.

Gary Burnett, 24 a semi-professional footballer was queuing at a McDonald’s drive-thru on 28 October 2013 in Birkenhead Merseyside. The driver in front of him had overshot the food ordering intercom and reversed his vehicle a short distance into the front of Burnett’s stationary van causing very little damage to either vehicle. The driver admitted it was his fault straight away and no injuries were reported at the time so it came as a great shock when only a couple of days later Burnett submitted a claim for £2000. Burnett who also worked as a part-time window cleaner, claimed he had suffered injuries to his back and neck leaving him unable to play for Cheshire-based Northwick Victoria for approximately 4 weeks. After launching an investigation Aviva uncovered the true extent of Burnett’s abilities and discovered that in fact he had played in a match the very next day 29 October.

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Burnett had Tweeted on his own social media “Nice little trek to Kendal later for footy” He went on to play several more times during his sick period, scoring for his team and picking up Man of the Match. His publicly assessable Twitter account showed him bragging about knocking higher ranked team Nantwich Town out of the FA Trophy with a second half goal. Aviva’s solicitors Horwich Farrelly served this evidence on the claimant and the trial was discontinued. However, as the case had not gone to trial the claimant automatically benefitted from QOCS-protection. Aviva by this point had incurred significant costs in defending this claims and were not prepared to just let the matter drop. An application was made to have the Qocs-protection removed and for a finding that the claim was fundamentally dishonesty. On 13 July 2015 the application was listed at Wigan County Court where Burnett failed to attend the hearing and the Judge ruled Burnett to pay Aviva’s costs of £11,028 after finding him fundamentally dishonest.

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