Dominic Clayden – once the bête noire of claimant lawyers – is returning to a high-profile role within the personal injury world after he was named as the new chief executive of MIB (the Motor Insurers’ Bureau as was).
He succeeds well-known figure Ashton West, who is retiring. In 2015, he received an OBE for services to road safety.
Mr Clayden, who also joins MIB’s board as an executive director, takes over on 14 May, and he will work with Mr West over the coming months “to support an orderly transition”, the organisation said in a press statement.
The solicitor joins from QBE Insurance, where he was group chief claims officer from 2013. But it was as Aviva’s claims director that he became notorious for stoking the costs wars of the 2000s by attacking the fees claimant solicitors were charging and mooting highly technical challenges to conditional fee agreements.
He actually started his legal career in private practice as a claimant solicitor before moving to defence work.
Mr Clayden said: “MIB is an organisation that is close to my heart having served as a non-executive director on the board. As chief executive I am determined to build on the success that MIB has achieved to date, working with a strong leadership team to reduce uninsured driving on Britain’s roads.”
MIB’s three goals are to reduce the level and impact of uninsured driving, compensate victims of uninsured and untraced drivers fairly and promptly, and to provide “first-class data asset management and specialist claims services”.
It is frequently in the courts; last year, the Court of Appeal ruled that an injured party had the right to pursue a right of compensation against a body – such as MIB, an insurer or a tour operator – rather than the actual wrongdoer and still claim qualified one-way costs shifting.
MIB also provides back-office support for the likes of MedCo.
Steve Maddock, chairman of MIB, said: “Succession planning is a key area for the board and I’m delighted to have someone of Dominic’s calibre joining MIB to continue to drive our strategy.
“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Ashton for the contribution that he has made over the last 15 years. Under his outstanding leadership, MIB has achieved an incredible amount to tackle uninsured driving.”
Mr West added: “It has been a privilege to play a part in the development of MIB to the organisation it is today. Working in partnership with insurers, government, police and DVLA, MIB has made a significant impact to reducing levels of uninsured driving.”