Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

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Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
Founded 1990 (1990)
Focus Personal injury
Members Nearly 5,000
Mission Education, promotion and communication

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is a not-for-profit organisation comprising nearly 5,000 personal injury solicitors, barristers, academics and students.

The association was founded in 1990 by a group of barristers and solicitors who wished to improve the services provided for victims of negligence.[1] Its four founders are Rodger Pannone,[2] Michael Napier CBE,[3] John Melville Williams QC [4] and Simon Walton.[5][6]


APIL runs an accreditation scheme which assesses personal injury lawyers according to their expertise and experience. Lawyers who gain this accreditation kitemark have at least five years' experience of handling personal injury claims, and are known as senior litigators, fellows or senior fellows, depending on the amount of experience they have. The scheme is overseen by an independent Academic Quality Council.

All APIL members are bound to abide by a code of conduct and consumer charter.[7]


APIL holds regular meetings with Government ministers, MPs, civil servants and opinion formers on campaigns for reform in the law,[8] including:

  • A campaign to deter motorists from driving too close to the vehicle in front in a bid to prevent low-speed collisions and whiplash injuries. At the centre of the Back Off campaign is an animation called A Lesson In Social Graces. [9]
  • Lobbying for full and fair compensation for victims of workplace diseases.[10]

Key aims[edit]

  • Promote full and just compensation for all types of personal injury
  • Promote and develop expertise in the practice of personal injury law
  • Promote wider redress for personal injury in the legal system
  • Campaign for improvements in personal injury law
  • Promote safety standards and alert the public to hazards[11][12]
  • Provide a communication network for its members


APIL is governed by 18 elected executive committee members. The committee is led by a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

The current president is John Spencer, vice president Johnathan Wheeler, secretary Stuart Knightly and treasurer Nigel Tomkins.[13]


  1. ^ "About us". Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Rodger Pannone talks about a life in law". Manchester Evening News. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  3. ^ Wallach, Sharon (1994-05-13). "Law: On a personal matter: Michael Napier, new president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, talks to Sharon Wallach". The Independent (London). 
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  5. ^ Personal Injury Practice and Procedure in Europe: 1997: Martha Warren Neocleous
  6. ^ "Manchester's finest lawyers honoured at legal awards". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  7. ^ "APIL accreditation". APIL. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  8. ^ "APIL campaigns". Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
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  11. ^ "APIL SafetyWatch". Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  12. ^ "CA: Give children the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom". Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  13. ^ APIL Executive Committee -

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