It is time to vote for APIL’s next treasurer as nominations for executive committee officer roles have now closed.
Having grown up in Stoke On Trent and attended a comprehensive school, I qualified as a solicitor in 1993 in Liverpool and moved to London in 1997. Throughout my career I have worked solely for victims of accidents. Whilst now based in London, my clients are based throughout the UK and Internationally. I have a varied PI caseload of generally high value cases and I am well used to the key issues that affect the PI claimant solicitor and their victims. I head the Catastrophic Injury Unit at Fieldfisher and current cases include the Westminster Bridge Terrorist attacks victims, the Finsbury Park terrorist attack victims and claims for victims against Harvey Weinstein.
In 2016 I was elected on to the Executive Committee for APIL and since that time I have worked with the committee in relation to the Jackson Reforms, the discount rate and the impact on housing alongside a review of Roberts v Johnston.
I would look forward to taking on the role of Treasurer and I would work closely with the officers in overseeing the financial affairs of the association, the annual budget and report on the year end accounts at the annual general meeting. I would also hope to have an influence on the key campaigns to be taken forward by APIL, those that are of key importance to the industry and have a real impact on victims.
As a woman in the legal profession and a full time working mother I am very alive to the issue faced by working mothers. Whilst the industry has come a long way, there is still a some way to go to encourage the next generation. I would hope to be able to use my role to highlight those issues.
I have been involved in claimant personal injury litigation for over 30 years and a member of APIL since its inception. I served on the Executive Committee from 1998 – 2001. During all this time, I have carried out Personal Injury work for trade unions and their members as well as for individuals and used all methods of funding, as times and rules have changed.
I have worked through all the various reforms of civil litigation, fighting all the time for injured clients. It is a fight I will continue, to ensure those entitled to justice receive the best possible outcome. The playing field is not level and will continue to change in the future with reforms already in the pipeline.
I believe that experience is essential to be able to adapt to this ever-changing landscape. APIL, as we are all aware, does an excellent job in fighting the activities of the insurance companies. Moreover, we are a powerful lobbying force and this work must continue so the voice of the claimant is heard.
In the position of Treasurer, I will work hard to ensure that APIL remains financially secure and strong to ensure access to justice for all who deserve and need it.
Ballot papers have been sent to all eligible members.
Please return your ballot paper or register your vote online by 5pm on Friday, 19 January 2018.
The results will be announced during the week commencing 22nd January 2018.