Dr Nicholas Bevan

Senior Solicitor

Dr Nicholas Bevan

Senior Solicitor

t: 01823 288121

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Nicholas Bevan is a civil litigation specialist and a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution.  Nicholas 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 retired as a partner of this firm in April 2022, having just won the firm a Highly Commended Award in the Lexis Nexis Awards 2022 for his Wills Act reform work.

Nicholas Bevan 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. His list of publications.

  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Business development
  • Modernising private client legal services.
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Nicholas was awarded a BSC level 3 in Marketing in July 2021 and is pursuing a BSC course in Digital Marketing.
  • 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 which challenged the Law Commission’s findings,  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. He used video conferencing technology for the first time in this jurisdiction to witness the execution of the Will. It was his ground breaking research, published in his paper, Why Video Witnessing is Valid, that made this possible as it which exposed flaws in the Law Commission’s 2017 report, Making a Will that had wrongly asserted that a testator’s signature cannot be witnessed online.

Nicholas Bevan 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 Nicholas 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 Nicholas 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.

Nicholas Bevan 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 and award winning blog (Nota Bene) helped bring about a range of important reforms to motor insurance law through a multifaceted campaign that included a wide-ranging judicial review action. he was behind the landmark ruling in RoadPeace v Secretary of State for Transport & The Motor Insurance Bureau 2019 where the court ruled that the Road Traffic Act 1988 failed to conform with the minimum standards of protection mandated under EU law.  He acted pro bono throughout. 

Nicholas Bevan 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. 

2022Highly Commended for legal innovation in the Lexis Nexis Awards
2021Highly Commended in The Law Society Excellence In Law Awards
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