MEET THE TEAM
- FCilex - Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
- LLM (Merit) - International & Comparative Commercial Law, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
- LLB Law Hons (2:1), Kingston University
- Credit Hire
- Personal Injury
- Joint Ventures
- Commercial and Civil Litigation
- Commissioner for Oaths
- Criminal Defence
In his free time Hakan is an avid 5 a side football and tennis player. Whilst at School Hakan was ranked number 1 in the borough of Hounslow’s school league which was sponsored by Midland Bank.
020 3500 1122
Hakan is a director at Bentley Sterling & Co Solicitors and specialises in complex credit hire and personal injury litigation. He undertakes instructions on behalf of Claimants and Defendants.
Hakan started his legal career working for a national law firm dealing with major composite insurer Clients undertaking work ranging from property damage and escape of water claims to road traffic accidents and credit hire litigation where Hakan found his niche.
He then moved to a Tier 1 ABI GTA registered accident management company for two years as the head of credit hire and was instrumental in the formation of an in-house claims/litigation credit hire recovery department. The department attained up to a 200% increase in turnover since its inception.
Hakan then moved to a leading regional firm known for their credit hire and RTA work in Ascot, for three years. Working alongside one of the directors of the firm who was renowned for his credit hire litigation, Hakan secured and managed a portfolio of major worldwide and nationwide credit hire companies to undertake their claims recovery work. Hakan devised a bespoke case management system for major Clients during his tenure there. Hakan also undertook breach of contract claims and Road Traffic Defence cases.
Hakan has been involved in a number of high profile cases both from a Claimant and Defendant perspective. Hakan has dealt with an extensive portfolio of cases where there are complex credit hire and personal injury issues in dispute. Hakan is the main point of contact for such cases of these nature and adopts “a hands on”, detailed and meticulous approach for which he is well known for. Hakan is a prominent figure in the credit hire industry and is often utilised and consulted by nationwide organisations for claims strategies and dealing with the most difficult and complex cases which other Solicitors reject.
- Mahmood v Aviva (2016): Acting for the Claimant where the Defendant argued loss of profit on taxi hire. Obtained full hire at Trial. Judgment in PDF.
- Accident Exchange v Lea (2016): Acting for the Defendant on a credit hire claim. Proceeded to trial with case being dismissed against the Defendant. Judgment in PDF.
- Accident Exchange v Yusuf (2016): Acting for the Defendant on a credit hire case where the Claimant discontinued following the filing of my Clients Defence. Pursued costs to provisional assessment. Beat the Claimants offer and recovered more than the amount on the bill of costs.
- Murtaza v AXA Insurance UK PLC (2018): Acting for the Claimant on a credit hire case where the Defendant’s Solicitor disclosed an Intelligence report, circa 150 pages (6 weeks before Trial) against the Claimant inferring that he was dishonest, by disclosing social media searches, claims searches etc. An immediate application was made to call the analyst to Trial. The Court heard the application before Trial and commented within the Order that the report disclosed was “irrelevant, improper, embarrassing to the proper disposal of the claim and verifying on the abuse of the Court’s processes”. The Defendant’s Solicitor were ordered to redact most of the statement which were irrelevant within 24 hours. Shortly after serving the redacted statement the Defendant settled the Claimant’s claim with costs.
- Mahmood v Zurich Insurance PLC (2018): A case which was transferred from a previous Solicitor who had been intervened by the SRA. Hakan successfully defended an application for strike out against the Client also seeking his costs for this. Thereafter allegations of fraud/ deceit and threat of committal proceedings made against the Claimant who Hakan was acting on behalf of. The case was transferred to the Multi-Track and subsequently settled in favour of the Claimant also obtaining Multi-Track costs.