Nicholas Bevan

Biography

Nicholas Bevan is an award winning senior solicitor with over 20 years’ experience as a personal injury lawyer acting on behalf of claimants and a number of major insurance companies. Nicholas was senior counsel at Bond Pearce (now Bond Dickinson) where he advised both the insurance and personal injury departments and was responsible for firm-wide training. His specialist expertise is in pursuing claims against uninsured drivers, industrial disease, and catastrophic injury.

Nicholas is a Fellow of APIL. He is a legal consultant, CEDR accredited mediator and legal commentator. He writes regularly for the New Law Journal and the Journal of Personal Injury Law. He is a well established speaker and presenter.

In August 2013 he was consulted by the Law Commission who sought his advice on his proposals for reforming the Road Traffic Act 1988, the European Communities Rights Against Insurers Regulations 2002 and both the Uninsured and Untraced Drivers Agreements.

Nicholas is particularly well known for his campaign to alert claimant road traffic practitioners to the many unlawful statutory and extra-statutory provisions that are supposed to guarantee the compensatory entitlement of motor accident victims but which all too often fail them. His criticism of both the Department for Transport’s policy in this area and of a number of Court of Appeal decisions have been vindicated by a recent clutch of European Court of Justice rulings.

He orchestrated responses to the Department for Transport’s review of the MIB Agreements and he instituted his Nota Bene campaign blog. When the Minister failed to deliver on his promised reform, he filed his own official infringement complaint at the European Commission citing over forty instances where our UK law breaches the minimum standards of compensatory protection required under European law. This is under active investigation.

Nicholas was amongst the first to advocate extensive use of periodical payments as a means of accurately and reliably compensating future loss. He wrote the first text book on the subject: Future Loss in Practice: periodical payments and lump sums, which is still published by Lexis Nexis Butterworths. He is also the author of the quarterly bulletin for Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service, which reviews key cases and developments in personal injury practice.

In November, Nicholas was awarded the top prize at the Personal Injury Awards 2008 for outstanding achievement for his campaigning activities for law reform both in industrial disease and uninsured driver claims.