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APIL President - Neil Sugarman

The staff report to an executive committee of elected APIL members, which is led by a team of officers comprising the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Executive committee members work on a voluntary basis, tirelessly striving to achieve APIL’s objectives for the benefit of injured people.

Neil Sugarman


Role: President


Further details for Neil Sugarman are displayed below.

Neil qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and has practised exclusively in the field of personal injury litigation. He has been the managing partner of GLP Solicitors of Bury, Greater Manchester since 1999.


He is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, an APIL Fellow, Executive Committee member and accredited Brain Injury Lawyer. Neil has been involved closely in APIL’s work in the field of rehabilitation.


He has a special interest in conducting CICA claims on behalf of catastrophically injured shaken babies In 2009 he represented a client who is understood to have received the highest award ever made under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. He received a commendation for this work in the UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer of the Year Awards 2001. Neil is an APIL delegate to the CICA’s Policy and Equality Forum.


A contributor to a major legal text on the handling of serious personal injury claims, Neil is also an updating author to Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service. He has lectured widely to a variety of groups on the topic of personal injury and had many academic articles published.


Neil is an appointed Tribunal Judge to the First Tier Tribunal of the Social Entitlement Chamber.

The elected president is required to:

- preside over EC meetings of the association
- preside at APIL annual conferences
- preside at annual meetings with SIG/regional group co-ordinators and secretaries

(in the event of the president being unable to attend any of the above meetings, the vice-president shall preside)

- act as a leading spokesperson in the media
- host an annual dinner
- attend meetings with MP’s, government officials and other key contacts
- write a president’s page for the APIL newsletter - 6 issues per year
- attend officers sub-committee meetings (4 times per year)
- in the event of an equality of votes at EC meetings, AGM, conferences and EC meetings with co-ordinators and secretaries, the president shall have the casting vote
- act as ambassador for APIL with other organisations, where appropriate, in liaison with the Chief Executive.

Shareholdings: None

Consultancies: None

Other organisations: None

  1. APIL members may stand for election for the following:
    - Executive Committee
    - Special Interest Group Co-ordinators
    - Special Interest Group Secretaries
    - Regional Group Co-ordinators
    - Regional Group Secretaries
  2. Nominations shall be put forward to the APIL office at the appropriate time on the required form.

    Nominations must be made on APIL’s prescribed nomination form, obtained from Tanya Benjamin-Edwards, PA to Chief Executive, at the APIL office – Tel 0115 958 0585 or by email at:
  3. An APIL member becomes a registered candidate once their completed nomination form is received in the APIL offices.
  4. Candidates will be asked to submit to the APIL office a biography not exceeding 300 words, together with a photograph (headshot), in support of their candidature.
  5. The details of all candidates in any of the respective elections will be circulated together with voting options/instructions, by the APIL office or in the case of Additional Officers to the Executive Committee, by the Electoral Reform Service, to either the full membership (for EC elections) or to the relevant membership sections (for SIG and Regional Group elections).

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