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APIL Officer - David Bott

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

David Bott


Role: Officer


Further details for David Bott are displayed below.

David Bott is the senior partner of Bott & Co, which is a specialist personal injury and aviation law practice based in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

David is an executive committee member of APIL. He is also active in the promotion of good management and the business side of law. In this regard, David is executive committee member of the Legal Management Section of the Law Society. David chairs the Law Society Lexcel conference, the Law Society business development conference and regularly speaks at APIL and Law Society events.

David has written various articles on management which have appeared in the Law Society’s Gazette and the Law Society publication ‘Managing for Success’. He has been published in JPIL and written two chapters for the Law Society’s ‘Mergers Toolkit’. David writes a regular column in APIL’s PI Focus and Modern Law magazine.

Bott and Co are Lexcel and Investor in People accredited and currently employ over 70 staff.

The ethos of Bott & Co is a commitment to internal and external excellence. There is high investment in technology, staff training and wellbeing. In 2007, Bott & Co was shortlisted for the Law Society Lexcel Excellent Award.

  • 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: Joint venture partner in Trident Law, Bott & Co defendant department merged with Plexus Law and is in run off.

Consultancies: None

Other organisations: Law Society Vice Chairman of the Law Management section, APIL representative on the Law Society Council and sits on the Law Society’s Civil Justice Committee

  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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