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APIL Officer - Colin Ettinger

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.

The executive committee meets on a regular basis, usually between six to eight times annually. The dates for 2018 are as follows:
EC meetings
Thursday 18 January 10:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday 15 March 10:30am – 3:30pm
M/T/W 16/17/18 April Annual conference EC/SIG/REG
Thursday 17 May 10:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday 12 July 10:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday 20 September 10:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday 8 November 10:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday 13 December 10.30am – 3.30pm

Colin Ettinger


Role: Officer


Further details for Colin Ettinger are displayed below.

Colin is a solicitor and partner with Irwin Mitchell. He is head of their personal injury department at their London office and he has been practising personal injury litigation for over 35 years.  Colin is a past president of APIL.

Colin is a member of the law society's personal injury panel. He is also a senior fellow of APIL. He also holds APIL accreditation for spinal injuries and brain injuries, and has authority to assess others applying for these accreditations.

Colin is a member of the personal injury panel senior fellow of APIL. He was re-elected back on to the APIL Executive Committee in 2013.  He was also made an honorary research fellow at the School of Law at the University of Lancaster in 2007 for his ‘outstanding contribution to personal injury lawyering and the pursuit of justice’.

He is a regular lecturer on issues concerning personal injury cases including damages, aspects of health and safety at work, and, has lectured extensively on rehabilitation.

Colin is regarded in the Chambers and legal 500 directories as a leading personal injury lawyer. He has received many plaudits in these directories including being described as a "claimant's champion." And "one of the leading personal injury lawyers of his generation.

APIL since 1990
EC member 1998 - 2005
Elected back on to the EC 2013

  • attend the following meetings each year
    -  seven EC meetings which usually last a full day
    -   APIL’s annual general meeting and where necessary, other annual conferences
    -   EC meeting with SIG/regional group co-ordinators and secretaries (a full day)
    (Members of the EC are asked to achieve a 75% attendance rate throughout the year)
  • attend and actively support EC sub-committees and policy working groups, which meet at various times of the year
  • act as an EC liaison with a specified APIL special interest group and attend meetings, whenever possible
  • contribute to the preparation of APIL responses to consultation papers
  • attend regional group meetings.
  • Member of the Labour Party
  • Member of Society of Labour Lawyers
  • Patron of RoadPeace
  • Vice President of the College of Occupational Therapists
  • Member of UNITE the Union
  1. APIL members may stand for election for the following:
    • Executive Committee (officers and additional officers)
    • 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.
  3. Each APIL member (fully paid up and eligible to vote) may nominate – one candidate and/or second one candidate, in each election.
  4. APIL’s secretary will not nominate or second candidates, but will remain eligible to vote.
  5. An APIL member becomes a candidate as soon as he/she is nominated to stand in an election.
  6. Candidates will be asked to submit to the APIL office up to 300 words, including biographical details, in support of their candidature. APIL's chief executive shall have the power to edit or refuse to accept unlawful or factually incorrect details.
  7. The details of all candidates will be circulated together, by the APIL office, to either the full membership (for EC elections) or to the relevant membership sections (for SIG and Regional Group elections).
  8. No additional written material, or electronic communications may be circulated and/or distributed by, and/or in support of, a candidate in any election.
  9. If additional material is found to be in circulation or, direct or indirect canvassing identified, APIL's Executive Committee reserves the right to withdraw the candidate from the elections.
  10. Canvassing of any nature is not permitted by members who may be nominated for APIL's Annual Awards.

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