Nicholas is APIL accredited as a Senior Fellow. He has decades of experience in personal injury litigation. He is an award-winning solicitor, formerly senior counsel at Bond Peace LLP; now a legal consultant specialising in motor liability and insurance law with a special interest in the legal implications of automated vehicle technology. He is an author and editor of the Encyclopaedia of Insurance Law and a regular New Law Journal columnist.
He has successfully campaigned for law reform in this area and is advising in several public law actions arising out of the government’s failure to amend the Road Traffic Act 1988, the EC Rights Against Insurers Regulations 2002 and both MIB schemes to bring them into line with the minimum standards of compensatory protection mandated by the EC Motor Insurance Directive. He was behind the recent RoadPeace judicial review.
His criticism of the new Untraced Drivers Agreement 21017 resulted in it being withdrawn and substituted within 2 days of the first version coming into force. His legal activism also resulted in the illegal terrorism exclusion being excised from both schemes, opening the way for some of the Westminster Bridge and London Bridge victims to pursue claims against either the motor insurers involved and in default, the MIB or Secretary of State for Transport.
The recent landmark decision in Lewis v Tindale & MIB that fixes the MIB with state liability to compensate victims affected by the government’s failure to implement EU law was predicated on his research and published articles. He has a long track record of anticipating important developments and rulings in his published work. Nicholas was awarded a doctorate in law from the University of Exeter in 2017.