New Appointment to head up Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Team.

Bevirs Law is excited to announce the new appointment of Nicola Heales, Consultant Solicitor, who joins us to head up our Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence team.

Nicola qualified as a Solicitor in 1985 and is a personal injury and clinical negligence specialist, and her expertise is recognised by her accreditations with both the Law Society and APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers). Nicola has been successful in a number of significant Personal Injury and clinical negligence cases during her career. Nicola has particular expertise in acting for people who have suffered brain and birth injuries as well as representing clients at inquests.

Nicola said: “I am delighted to be joining such a dedicated team at Bevirs Law. It is absolutely clear that the team all work hard together for the benefit of their clients. We are more than happy to travel and make home visits so we can advise people across the region. I think there is great potential for Bevirs Law to continue to grow its services to people who have experienced clinical negligence or suffered a personal injury across the South West and beyond.”

Nicola has also achieved a Band 1 ranking with Chambers, where individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1 (highest)-6 (lowest). Being ranked in any band is a significant achievement.

Chambers UK states:

Nicola Heales in an experienced operator in the market and is active on serious head injury claims arising from RTAs. A client describes her as “excellent in every respect” adding that she is “caring and professional, with an eye for detail”.

Nicola has previously been appointed as a Visiting Lecturer with Birmingham University and the University of Gloucestershire and is also a Lay Member of the Medical Research and Ethics Committee for Wales.

Stuart McNeil, Senior Partner, said: “Nicola Heales brings unique expertise to Bevirs Law and is highly motivated to do justice for her clients. Nicola comes with a high level of personal injury and clinical negligence expertise and a highly approachable manner, which is crucial for this complex type of work.

Anyone who has suffered serious, life-changing injuries as a result of mistakes deserves the best representation without having to leave Wiltshire. We are absolutely delighted that Nicola is joining us and helping us to continue our growth across the region”.

If you have suffered as a result of personal injury or medical malpractice, we are here for you. Our experienced personal injury and medical negligence solicitors will take the time to understand what you are going through, helping you with the answers and compensation you deserve.

In the first instance please contact us. We are always happy to discuss your circumstances and the prospect of a legal remedy for the loss you have incurred, without obligation and charge.

You can contact Nicola Heales, Head of our Personal/Serious Injury Department, directly on 01249 814536.

Meet Alaina Owens – Associate Solicitor, Commercial

Alaina joined the team in April 2019 and is based in our Royal Wootton Bassett office.

Alaina deals with various types of commercial work, with a particular interest in commercial property matters, including sales and purchases, leases, financing, development and pension property work. Alaina also deals with matters relating to the sale, purchase, leasing, financing and development of agricultural land and properties.

Alaina is one of three new recruits and will join our commercial department which has seen considerable growth over the last two years and will strengthen the team headed up by Sonyia Woolnough, Partner and supported by Associate Solicitors’ Zoe Tibbles and Hugh Ellins.

Welcome to Bevirs Law Alaina!

Community Interest Companies

High Ellins – Blog April 2019

Community Interest Companies

Despite the fact that Community Interest Companies have now been around for a long time, we were only recently asked to be involved in the creation of a Community Interest Company (CIC).  The first question to ask is whether the intention of those promoting the company can fall within the definition of a CIC.  In broad terms, a CIC must be a company whereby there is no intention to make profit for distribution to the investors.  The intention is that any profit is made for the benefit of the community.  There is an ability to pay shareholders but this is subject to a cap.

In many ways a CIC is similar to a charity but the principal difference is that the intention is to use commercial expertise for the benefit of the community as distinct from doing this from a charitable perspective.  I appreciate that the line between the two is blurred.  There is one important point which is if a CIC is created it cannot be converted into a charity.  Having said that, a charity can use a CIC for its commercial activities.

There may be many reasons for not creating a charity but the principal will be that the objectives are not charitable objectives.  For example, a CIC may be used to save the village pub.  Whilst many of us consider that to be a laudable and worthwhile exercise it is not, by definition, charitable.

In setting up a CIC you have to have a clear idea of the community which you are trying to benefit.  A community may either be the whole of the population or a definable group within the UK or elsewhere.  The important point is that the community must share a common characteristic and be recognisable as a section of the community.  Reverting to the example of the village pub, to describe the community as regular drinkers of the pub, or a particular type of beer within a pub, is unlikely to be acceptable.  However, if the community is described as the residents of the particular village then that should be sufficient.  In case the readers should get the wrong impression of the significance of alcohol in my life, other examples could be the running of a bus service for a community or a community centre. 

What is a community is widely drawn.  For example, the residents of a particular area, people with leaning difficulties, sufferers from a particular disease.  In all this, there has to be a wider community interest so that a company set up to benefit the employees of a particular employer will not be sufficient.  If the primary interest is to benefit the employees or ex-employees of a particular employer then the wording in the creation of the CIC will have to be carefully considered. 

Certain activities are specifically excluded from being capable of being incorporated into a CIC.  I have already mentioned charities and another is a political party.

CICs are regulated by the CIC Regulator who will have to approve the creation of such company.

Leaving aside the fact that a CIC has to be set up for the benefit of the community and not for the purpose of making a profit to be distributed to its members, the company will be the subject of the requirements of running a limited company with directors and the necessity of filing documentation.

CICs have been successfully used but merely because they are a CIC does not guarantee the success of the activity.  For example, if the CIC has been set up to run a taxi service, if there are not enough people who are prepared to be taxi drivers the project will fail.  The CIC is an interesting and useful concept which has assisted many worthwhile projects to be incepted and then progressed.

Hugh Ellins – 4th April 2019

Ridgeway and Swindon College Careers Fair

We have had a wonderful week doing both the Swindon College Career Fair and Ridgeway School which we have done for the last three years.

The Bevirs Law team always find it very valuable and it’s great to hear such positive feedback from the schools. Michelle Godwin and Michelle Bowyer, both from our Family Team, shared their love of law and their journey to law and the route they took.

It’s always lovely to hear that students have found our advice beneficial and how we have inspired them to become a successful lawyer one day.

Review of 2018

Review of 2018!

As 2018 draws to a close, we wanted to reflect on how positive our year has been.

We have seen consistent growth across all the departments and have recruited additional staff over the past 12 months to meet the demand for high quality legal services from our clients.

Our client feedback questionnaires show that many of those replying were repeat clients and we are thrilled that they chose to use us again. Thank you.
We have also seen our Trainee Legal Executives succeed in their annual exams and look forward to supporting them through the rest of their training and watching them continue to grow into exceptional lawyers.

Due to the growth within the business, we have seen numerous internal promotions to include new Partners, Associates and Legal Secretaries.

We have celebrated a merger with David Jeacock and are looking forward to working with David’s clients and indeed with David who has agreed to be a consultant.

We have invested money into community projects and we are proud sponsors of: –

Swindon Supermarine Sports and Education Trust
• Calne Bike Meet
• Calne Heritage Week
• Calne Arts and Music Festival
• Royal Wootton Bassett Christmas Trees
• Calne Rugby Club
• Royal Wootton Basset Rugby Club
• The Bevirs Law Excellence in Law prize at RWB Academy
• Tockenham Village magazine

We have sponsored, supported or taken part in many other community events such as: –

• St Bartholomew and All Saints Church, Christmas Tree Festival
• Wanborough Scarecrow Trial
• Tockenham Summer Fair
• The sale of Scout Christmas stamps
• Wroughton School Careers fair
• Sacred Heart Church
• Wessex Male Choir
• Calne Duck Race
• Supported Wiltshire Air Ambulance within the firm

We very much look forward to seeing what 2019 has in store for us and would like to wish all our clients and business colleagues a Happy New Year!

Excellence in Law awarded to local Year 13 Student from Royal Wootton Bassett

Last night Sonyia Woolnough, of Bevirs Law, attended Royal Wootton Bassett High School to present the ‘Excellence in Law’ award which Bevirs sponsor annually.

Congratulations to Emily Howse who won the award this year. Emily is a current Year 13 student studying BTEC Applied Law, Applied Business and BTEC Engineering. She is applying for University and plans to study Law at either Exeter or Worcester.

Her Law teachers had the following to say:

“She has been an exemplary student – amazing hard work displayed by her through the course of the whole year which was shown through her amazing grade in her exam in Year 12 and her coursework. Really conscientious student. “- Anthony Matthews

“I would like to add that she is an excellent role model, a real team player with a mature attitude to her studies.” – Georgina King

We look forward to working alongside Emily who, after invitation, plans to do some work experience with Bevirs in her gap year.

We look forward to having you Emily!

Bevirs entry into The Christmas Tree Festival at St Bartholomew and All Saints Church, Royal Wootton Bassett

Christmas Tree Festival at St Bartholomew’s Church!


This year Bevirs participated in the Christmas Tree Festival at St Bartholomew and All Saints Church in Royal Wootton Bassett. 39 Local businesses participated in the festival and the Church looked beautiful all lit up with so much colour.

We had such fun creating the decorations for this tree using all recycled  documents and paperwork from the office. Our staff in the Royal Wootton Bassett office did a great job. Our tree was called ‘The Reinvention Tree’.

All funds raised from the festival went to Wiltshire Air Ambulance and the Church.

Calne Bike Meet Charity Presentation Event

On 17th October, Nick Sewell was asked to attend the Calne Bike Meet AGM and Charity Presentation Event. The event was held at the Spice of Bengal in Calne where the two Charities, Free Wheelers and the Royal British Legion (Calne Branch), received their cheques. 

Freewheelers were presented with a cheque for £4,333.00 which will help them continue to offer their motorcycle courier service. Freewheelers EVS is a registered charity, which offers an out of hours and free of charge courier service to the NHS. For more information about the service they provide please see their website

The Royal British Legion were also presented with a cheque for £4,333.00 which will also help continue to run the Calne branch of RBL. For further information please see their website

It was a real pleasure for Bevirs Law to be involved with the Bike Meet this year and to present these cheques to two very worthy charities was the icing on the cake!