Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is a non-profit organisation that exists to help its members fight for the rights of injured people. Founded over 25 years ago, APIL now consists of 3,800 legal professionals who are committed to improving the services available to those who have suffered personal injury through no fault of their own.
What does APIL do?
APIL is a membership-based organisation with a mandate to:
- broaden expertise in the field of personal injury law
- enhance access to justice for personal injury claimants
- improve the legal and other services provided for victims of personal injury
Their work is not limited to personal injury litigation. Some of the most rewarding work APIL undertakes is carried out in tandem with specialist charities who assist people trying to rebuild their lives after serious injury or bereavement.
Legal practitioners specialising in personal injury law can apply for accreditation with APIL. Accreditation is a mark of competence. It distinguishes the solicitor from other non-specialist or unqualified providers of legal services for personal injury claimants.
Personal injury lawyers may apply for accredited status as individuals or as a corporate organisation. During the accreditation process, an independent assessment body will appraise the lawyer's work by reference to the cases they have handled. In the case of corporate accreditation, the law firm must also show a range of competencies in:
- Client care
- Training and development
- Quality assurance and monitoring
Only APIL-accredited members are allowed to display the APIL logo on letterheads, their corporate website, business cards and other marketing literature.