David Melville QC succeeds for Homes for Haringey in the widely reported case of Homes for Haringey v Fari.

David Melville QC succeeds for Homes for Haringey in the widely reported case of Homes for Haringey v Fari.


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This case arose from Mrs Fari’s attempted personal injury claim of more than £750,000 compensation from a housing management organisation after a fall.

On 31st October 2013 at the Royal Courts of Justice Mr Justice Spencer found Mr and Mrs Fari guilty of contempt of court by interfering with the due administration of justice in relation to Mrs Fari’s personal injury case, and by making false statements verified with a statement of truth.

The judge found proved to the criminal standard that Mr and Mrs Fari had dishonestly pretended to the defendant’s medico-legal expert that she required a crutch and her husband’s constant care when this was disproved by surveillance evidence shortly after the exam. The Faris verified materially dishonest and false witness statements in support of her claim and she verified 3 misleading schedules of loss. The Faris contested the defendant insurers’ proceedings for contempt, and were cross-examined by David Melville QC over 2 days. The judge found them to be dishonest and unscrupulous. On 8th November Mr Justice Spencer sentenced Mrs Fari to an immediate sentence of three months imprisonment and her husband to two months suspended. On 25th November 2013 Mrs Fari abandoned her stated intention to appeal. She will serve one half of the term imposed upon her.


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