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APIL Officer - John Michael Imperato

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

John Michael Imperato


Role: Officer


Further details for John Michael Imperato are displayed below.

Michael has been acting for claimants for over 20 years. He has been a partner at large national firms, small rural firms, and is currently a partner at Watkins & Gunn, an innovative high street firm in South Wales.

Michael is recognised as a leader in the field in claimant personal injury work acting in a variety of cases for individuals and union members. He is the author of the chapter on Sports Personal Injury for the APIL/Lexis Nexis publication, ‘Personal Injury, Law, Practice and Precedents.’ He is a Fellow of APIL and for a number of years was the APIL coordinator for Wales,

Michael also heads the Public/Administrative law department at Watkins and Gunn and has undertaken a number of high profile claimant judicial review challenges. These have been mainly in respect of education law and also closures of local hospitals, schools, and libraries, acing for communities challenging local and national government.

Michael is a former president of the Cardiff & District Law Society, a member of the Law Society Civil Justice Committee, a Vice Chair of the Legal Aid Agency Special Controls Review Panel, and a visiting scholar to Swansea University. He is a longstanding school governor and a trustee of several charities.

Michael is a passionate advocate for the rights of personal injury victims and their representatives.

  • 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.

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.


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


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

Member of Labour Party

Members of two unions:

  • Community
  • Unite

  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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