CIVIL CONTEMPT

In the first of its type, Craig Barlow represented the First Defendant in a multi handed trial lasting 8 weeks in the High Court. Seven car hire rate experts who had worked for the now defunct company “Autofocus” between 2004 - 2009 each faced specimen counts of civil contempt for the intentional interference with the administration of civil justice for their roles in the dishonest production of false evidence verified by statements of truth. They were all found by Supperstone J to have fabricated 'spot hire rate' reports in "industrial proportions” and were each sentenced to terms of imprisonment. The Court was successfully prevailed upon to discount the jail terms by one third due to the long passage of time between commission and trial. 

Accident Exchange Ltd v Nathan Broom & Others [2017] EWHC 1096 Admin