Nicholas Bevan
Nicholas Bevan, solicitor, mediator,legal consultant, legal trainer, personal injury claims, employers liability, serious injury, catastrophic injury, road traffic accident 1988, motor insurers bureau, MIB claims, uninsured drivers, untraced drivers, european motor insurance directives, law reform

Solicitor, mediator, consultant and trainer

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My November 2011 article: Why the Uninsured Drivers Agreement 1999 needs to be scrapped.

My February 2013 opinion piece: Asleep at the Wheel.

For cutting edge commentary

Campaign for reform 

 

Nicholas' was first to expose the extent to which the statutory and extra-statutory provision relating to third party motor insurance is systemically defective.  His activism has resulted in extensive reforms and his research has opened up new cause of action for motor accident victims who are wrongly excluded from the protection afforded by compulsory motor insurance cover.

 

The need for reform

It is not possible to determine the legal entitlement of third party motor accident victims from wording of the Road Traffic Act 1988. This also applies to the two government schemes for victims of uninsured and unidentified drivers. This lack of legal certainty is bad for victims and for insurers alike. It also flouts the European law it is supposed to implement, it also undermines the original Parliamentary intention that inspired it to make motor insurance compulsory

 

Recent reform successes

Nicholas has been behind the most far reaching review of the UK’s provision for motor insurance since 1937.  His campaigning work produced major reforms to the Uninsured Drivers Agreement in July 2015 and the RoadPeace judicial review, that he was behind, which has exposed the extensive non-conformity with the EU Directive (2009/103/EC) on motor insurance along.  It forced the government to introduce significant reforms to the uninsured and untraced drivers compensation schemes as well as officially conceding that its legislation does not comply with the Directive in several important respects.


His recent chapter in the Encyclopedia of Insurance Law presents the case for a completely new cause of action against the Motor Insurers' Bureau based on its vicarious liability under European law for the government's infringements of the Directive. This highly controversial theory became the new orthodoxy in October 2017, following the Court of Justice's ruling in  Farrell  Case C-413/15. This opens up thousands of potential claims.  See Perfect Timing.


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PI Lawyer of the Year

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Encyclopedia of Insurance Law

 Sweet & Maxwell

For Outstanding Achievement