Dr Nicholas Bevan

Business Development Partner

Dr Nicholas Bevan

Business Development Partner

t: 01823 288121

e: nicholas.bevan@broomhead-saul.co.uk

Nicholas Bevan is a civil litigation specialist and a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution.  He is also a multiple award-winning solicitor, academic, lecturer and successful law reform activist.  He was admitted in 1998. 

Formerly senior counsel at top 20 international law firm Womble Bond Dickinson. 

He is acknowledged as a ‘mover and shaker’ by the prestigious New Law Journal.

He is interested in history, enjoys classical music and good wine.  He has two daughters, lives in Taunton. He is a trustee of Citizens Advice Taunton.

  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Business development
  • Modernising private client legal services.
  • Regulatory compliance
  • In January 2021 Nicholas incepted the nation’s first Park Up Law Service to help vulnerable members of the public access important legal services from the safety of their vehicles during the pandemic.
  • In July 2020 he administered the first cross-border remotely witnessed Will from his office in Taunton for an expat client in Crete; setting an international precedent.
  • In June 2020 he initiated a highly effective snap campaign.  His letter to the minister and his research paper challenging the Law Commission’s views,  persuaded the Government to issue good practice guidance in July 2020, sanctioning, during the pandemic, the use of video conferencing to witness a testator’s signature.  The official guidance, was followed by emergency legislation in September, to clarify s9 of the Wills Act 1837. 
  • In May 2020 Nicholas set a new legal precedent to help a self-isolating client to execute his Will in the safety of his home, 150 miles away, using video conferencing technology after undertaking  ground breaking and controversial research paper, Why Video Witnessing is Valid, exposed flaws in the Law Commission’s 2017 report, Making a Will.

Nicholas has considerable experience in high value and complex personal injury claims.  His specialist expertise in technical motor claims led to him being instructed by ITT London & Edinburgh Insurance, AXA Insurance and Direct Line Insurance. 

Between 2005 and 2015 he was the general editor of Butterworths Personal Injury Quarterly Bulletin.  He was also an editor of Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service from 1999 to 2015.

In 2019 he was accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers as a Senior Fellow, after an assessment based on the same criteria for Queens Counsel.  Only a handful of lawyers attained this level of peer recognition.

He is a widely published author and commentator with a track record of accurately predicting significant rulings and precipitating law reform through his bold analysis and sometimes controversial critiques. 

He is acknowledged internationally for his expertise in motor liability, motor insurance law, European law and on the proper role of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. 

His New Law Journal double feature, Driverless vehicles: a future perfect? Parts 1 & 2, 16 and 30 November 2018 exposed a major flaw in the Department of Transport’s flagship reform, the Automated & Electric Vehicle Act 2018, later remedied by statutory instrument in 2019.  His other New Law Journal articles laid the groundwork for the landmark ruling based on his research in Lewis v Tindale v MIB in 2019. 

Between 2012 and 2019 his research and activism, including his internationally acclaimed blog (Nota Bene) brought about a range of important reforms to motor insurance law through a multifaceted campaign that included a wide-ranging judicial review action in RoadPeace v Secretary of State for Transport & The Motor Insurance Bureau 2019 which decided that the Road Traffic Act 1988 did not conform with the minimum standards of protection mandated under EU law.  He acted pro bono throughout. 

Nicholas has also been consulted by Queens Counsel and law firms in complex technical motor claims.  He was consulted by the Law Commission for its triennial programme in 2013.

In 2017 he received a doctorate in law from the University of Exeter for his research paper on insurance law and European law that exposed the UK’s systemic breaches of EU law minimum standards of compensatory protection and opened up new routes to redress for thousands of injured claimants.

His textbook Future Loss in Practice, published by Lexis Nexis in 2007, accurately anticipated the Court of Appeal’s landmark ruling in Tameside & Glossop Acute Services NHS Trust v Thompstone [2008] EWCA Civ 5 which transformed the attractiveness of periodical payments by index linking future payments. 

2019Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year, Legal Awards, winner PI Lawyer of the Year, Finance Monthly Global Awards, nomination
2018Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year, Finance Monthly Awards, winner Halsbury Award for Rule of Law, Lexis Nexis, finalist
2016Best Article Prize, Journal of British Insurance Law, winner Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year, Finance Monthly Awards, winner Outstanding Achievement Award, Modern Law Awards, finalist
2008Outstanding Achievement Award, Eclipse Proclaim Law Awards, winner
1998Innovation Award, Society of Computers and the Law Awards, finalist