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How do I become accredited?

APIL accreditation provides a quality mark of competence and specialist expertise for solicitors and barristers dealing with personal injury claims. This quality mark helps the consumer to recognise expertise and specialisms within the profession. The accreditation scheme demonstrates that an APIL lawyer has achieved a specific standard.

Senior litigator quality mark Fellow quality mark Senior fellow quality mark Counsel in personal injury quality mark

Accredited members can download the quality marks here.

The APIL accreditation scheme is built on standards of occupational competence. Standards of occupational competence are widely used in many fields of employment. They are based on an analysis of the main functions of a job, and state what it is the job holder must be able to do to perform effectively. That analysis enables an identification of the knowledge, understanding, know-how, skill and behaviour required for effective performance.

The standards are business tools, best used for developing staff, but can be used for recruitment and promotion. In APIL’s case the standards are being used as entry to the accreditation scheme and for the development of CPD training programmes.

Applications

Which level should I apply for?

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Which level should I apply for?

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Individual accreditation

Portal claims handler*

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Portal claims handler

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England | Wales

Litigator

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Litigator

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England | Scotland | Wales | N. Ireland

Senior litigator

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Senior litigator

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Fellow

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Fellow

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Senior Fellow

Barrister

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Barrister

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England | Wales

   
 
Specialist accreditation

Brain injury

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Brain injury

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England | Wales

Clinical negligence

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Clinical negligence

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England | Scotland | Wales

Spinal cord injury

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Spinal cord injury

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England | Wales

Occupational disease

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Occupational disease

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Asbestos disease

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Asbestos disease

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Accidents & Illnesses Abroad

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Accidents & Illnesses Abroad

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England | Wales

Corporate accreditation

Accredited practice

Accredited chambers

The Portal claims handler and Litigator Standards are to be used as development tools for APIL members. When evidence satisfying all criteria for each particular standard has been provided, successful applicants will be issued with an APIL certificate of achievement.

Only Senior Litigators, Fellows and Senior Fellows are promoted to injured people and are eligible to apply for specialist or corporate accreditation. Accredited Portal claims handlers and Litigators aspiring to these levels should work through the Portfolio (with a view to upgrade) providing evidence of competence in each function as and when it is/becomes available.

Specialist accreditation

APIL has also developed competency standards for five specialist areas – brain injury, clinical negligence, spinal cord injury, occupational disease, asbestos disease and accident & illness abroad.

Accidents and illnesses abroad specialist lawyer Asbestos disease specialist lawyer Occupational disease specialist lawyer Spinal cord injury specialist lawyer Clinical negligence specialist lawyer Brain injury specialist lawyer

These schemes are open to members holding Senior Litigator status (or above), with demonstrated competence in these fields. The schemes require assessment of an applicant’s work, by reference to cases handled, in a manner similar to that used in the new schemes for personal accreditation as Litigator, Senior Litigator and Fellow.

For further information and the application documents for all levels of accreditation, including the new specialist standards for brain injury, clinical negligence, spinal cord injury, occupational disease, asbestos disease and accidents and illnesses abroad , please see below.

Training requirements

Individually accredited members must accrue 16 hours of APIL accredited personal injury CPD training annually - Find out how to accrue APIL accredited CPD.

Members who have achieved specialist status must accrue 8 hours (50% of the requirement) of APIL accredited personal injury CPD training annually in each field.

You can report CPD to APIL by completing your online training log or downloading a training log form.

Areas of work

Accredited members may amend their areas of expertise at any time through the members’ area of www.apil.org.uk by clicking on My details.

Revalidation

All individually accredited members need to revalidate their accreditation status. Revalidation of an individual’s accreditation status is required every 5 years. Full details can be found on the Revalidation for individuals page.

*Portal claims handlers do not appear in the online 'Find an injury lawyer' search.



Robert Webb "My APIL accredited status has been extremely beneficial for me when I have mentioned it at court in costs arguments. Senior litigator status is recognised as equivalent to Grade B and fellowship as Grade A!"
Robert Webb, HSR Law

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