Welcome Delay for RTA Victims

In April 2020 the government announced that the proposed amendments to their plan to increase small claims limit for Road Traffic Accident (RTA) claims until April 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its impact on medical, insurance and legal services.

The aim of the reform is to increase the small claims limit to £5,000 for injuries resulting from RTA’s. This means that, as of the April 2021, anybody who sustained injuries in an RTA and whose likely settlement will be less than £5,000 will no longer be entitled to seek help from a solicitor on a NO Win NO Fee basis. This applies whether you are a driver or passenger in the vehicle.

Essentially, the government is working on creating a “Portal” where the injured person will be able to submit a claim directly, without having any access to legal help from a Solicitor. It will leave unrepresented injured people in a very vulnerable position if liability i.e. who is to blame for the accident, or the value of the claim is disputed as they would then have to issue small claims proceedings, possibly paying a Court fee and representing themselves at a Trial – a daunting prospect for most! There has been no guidance as to how an injured person will obtain medical evidence to support their injuries or assistance for them proving their financial losses such as lost earnings or care.

Bearing in mind, the other side will usually be an insurance company or claims handling services who train their staff with all the most up to date legal decisions and whose very job is to settle a claim with the smallest possible payments, this seems to be a huge inequity in arms.

The extension is a great news for all injured people who suffered as a result of RTAs as it means people can still to seek legal help from the solicitors on NO Win NO Fee basis, at least until April 2021. Once the reforms are implemented, Claimants will find it difficult to fund their own cases and compete against giant insurance companies who have unlimited resources.

So if you have been involved in RTA due to somebody else’s fault within last 3 years, please contact us so we can help you to get access to justice. It is important to act now before it’s too late! We offer No Win NO Fee agreements and free consultations.

If you think we can assist you, or anyone known to you, please email juliebennett@evansderry.com or call us on 0121 770 1721 to speak to one of the team.


In unprecedented circumstances when Government advice is to stay at home in a bid to limit the spread of the virus, we are very mindful that for many, home can be anything but a place of haven for people and their children.

Since the introduction of the stringent restrictions,  we are receiving calls from families in strained circumstances, living in difficult conditions, whether under self -isolation or otherwise. The uncertainty, pressures of home schooling, worries over money and  future job security are a potentially toxic combination. Based on data emerging from China and Italy over recent weeks, incidents of domestic abuse are expected to increase.

So, what can be done to stay safe? First and foremost there is help available. The Home Secretary has clarified advice to confirm victims of domestic abuse are able to leave their homes despite restrictions to seek help in refuge accommodation.

In certain circumstances a court injunction may be available to prevent a person from using or threatening violence against another or child, or to prevent them intimidating harassing or pestering them. In addition, an injunction can regulate who is able to occupy a family home. Sanctions for breaching an Order can be up to a maximum of 5 years imprisonment in the most serious cases.

The court is ensuring emergency procedures remain  in place to deal with injunctions if appropriate without notice being given to the alleged perpetrator. Legal Aid may also be available, subject to personal circumstances.

So, please do not suffer in silence or alone. Please use the following contacts for further information or advice:-

 Refuge:-  Tel : 0808 2000 247

Men’s Advice Line : – Tel : 0808 801 032 ( weekdays 9am -5pm)

Women’s Aid :– www.womensaid.org.uk

Victim Support:- 0808 1689111

For any further information or advice please do not hesitate to contact either Partner, Karen Beevers : karenbeevers@evansderry.com or Natalie Arnold , nataliearnold@evansderry.com


Written by Karen Beevers, Partner and specialist Family Lawyer and Accredited Family Mediator at Evans Derry Solicitors.

Legal Cashier Vacancy

We have an opportunity for a Legal Cashier based in our Coleshill office. Ideally, applicants will have experience of working in a law firm, but this is not essential.

The main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Receiving incoming funds and making outward payments via Barclays.net
  • Checking and processing bills
  • Checking completion statements
  • Daily banking of incoming cash and cheques
  • Financial postings to accounts system (ALB)
  • Bank reconciliations
  • Client to Office transfers
  • Month end reporting
  • Petty Cash transactions
  • Assisting Partners and staff with any accounts queries
  • File opening, closure and archiving procedures
  • Ensuring compliance with the Solicitors Accounts Rules

To apply, please send your CV to:

Mr Richard Holt

Evans Derry Solicitors

5 Church Hill



B46 3AD