Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

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Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
Founded1990; 32 years ago (1990)
FocusPersonal injury

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is a United Kingdom not-for-profit organisation comprising about 3,300 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][11]
  • Rebuilding Shattered lives is a campaign with a focus on putting a spotlight on the experiences of injured people. [12]
  • A campaign to reform the law on bereavement damages in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. [13]

Key aims[edit]

APIL’s vision is for a society without needless injury, but when people are injured they receive the justice they need to rebuild their lives.[14] APIL’s four strategic pillars are:

  • Rebuild public trust
  • Prevent needless injury
  • Unsure prompt and full redress
  • Drive excellence in legal representation


APIL is governed by 18 elected executive committee members. The committee is led by a president, vice presidents, secretary and treasurer.[citation needed]

The current president is Neil McKinley.


  1. ^ "About us". Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. 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.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-04-29. Retrieved 2010-04-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Personal Injury Practice and Procedure in Europe: 1997: Martha Warren Neocleous
  6. ^ "Manchester's finest lawyers honoured at legal awards". Manchester Evening News. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  7. ^ "APIL accreditation". APIL. 2010-06-10. Archived from the original on 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  8. ^ "APIL campaigns". Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  9. ^ "A Lesson in Social Graces - tailgating". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  10. ^ Hartwell, Jane. "New asbestos cancer Bill does not go far enough". Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
  11. ^ "Truck Accident Lawyer". Thursday, 19 November 2020
  12. ^ "Rebuilding Shattered Lives".
  13. ^ "Bereavement Damages".
  14. ^ (PDF) {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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