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APIL Officer - Oonagh McClure

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

Oonagh McClure

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Role: Officer

Firm: THOMPSONS NI

Further details for Oonagh McClure are displayed below.


I have practiced as a personal injury solicitor in NI since 1990 representing people who have been injured at work in areas such as education, nursing, retail, engineering and construction. During the last 10 years I have specialised in the asbestos related disease work and serious spinal and brain injury cases.

I am a member of the Belfast Solicitors Association and the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers. I have been a partner in Thompsons NI since 1999 and have had responsibility for managing the firm since 2004. I am very aware of the specific challenges facing solicitors running personal injury cases in Northern Ireland.

My aim is to always to bring personal injury cases to a satisfactory conclusion as quickly as possible and to reassure my clients that I will do my absolute best for them in whatever circumstances they find themselves.

  • 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.
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Shareholdings/directorships/partners or otherwise engaged in the management or control of claims management services, medical agencies and other organisations related to providing a service to the injured person, or in the field of personal injury.

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Consultancies related to providing a service to the injured person, or in the field of personal injury.

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Political organisations/societies/pressure groups/charities/trade unions.

The firm work for a number of Unions and we are legal partners for CBIT in Northern Ireland. UNISON, USDAW, FBU, UNITE, UCU, NASUWT, BFAWU, PCS, NAHT.

  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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