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APIL deals with the media on a daily basis, commenting on a variety of issues from legal reform to health and safety. We also run a SafetyWatch campaign which is designed to alert people, through the press, to potential hazards.

The press team aims to answer your query or provide you with a comment as quickly as possible. If we are unable to help, we will tell you, and try to point you in the right direction.

What we do for the media...

  • Set up interviews with our members, both nationally and locally
  • Issue press releases and statements
  • Provide general comment
  • Arrange comment pieces
  • Provide background briefings

Latest press releases

Government's 'whiplash' reforms miss the mark, MPs told APIL news
Dog attack victims deprived of justice APIL news
APIL news

People injured in traffic accidents are to be robbed of fair compensation in the deluded belief that insurance premiums will fall as a result, lawyers said in response to Government proposals for personal injury in its Prisons and Courts Bill unveiled by the Justice Secretary today.

“Data from the insurance industry* shows that since 2013, the annual cost of motor-related personal injury claims has fallen by £536million yet insurance premiums have continued to rise,” said Neil Sugarman, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) a national not-for-profit group which represents injured people.

“Expensive motor repairs and repeated hikes in insurance premium tax are both major factors in the cost of motor premiums, yet the Government is fanatical about supressing the right to claim for legitimate injuries instead,” he said.


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Pressure on the pricing of car insurance premiums and the imminent review of the discount rate03/02/2017
Chancellor’s Autumn Statement23/11/2016
Chancellor's Autumn Statement 25/11/2015
NHS Litigation Authority annual report statement22/07/2015
House of Lords third reading of the Medical Innovation Bill23/01/2015

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Letters to the press

NHS will need £50 billion to cover future negligence claims18/11/2016
Daily Mail Re: How whiplash ‘epidemic’ pushes car cover up £8228/10/2016
Regional newspapers (England and Wales) - the soaring cost of insurance premiums08/09/2016
The Times - Whiplash claims bump up car insurance costs19/08/2016
Daily Mail - Crackdown on whiplash scourge, begs Aviva chief05/08/2016

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Currently in the news

"Since reform to the personal injury system three years ago, insurers have saved a billion pounds yet premiums continue rise. Insurers reneged on their promise to pass on savings to consumers," said APIL president Neil Sugarman in response to insurer rhetoric in the Daily Mail about how much whiplash claims cost consumers through their premiums... "Cold calling for personal injury claims is exploitative, tasteless and intrusive," said Neil Sugarman. "Solicitors are not allowed to do it, for these very good reasons. But some claims management companies continue to hound people in this way and we want the Government to put a total ban on the practise"...

For more information on any of these issues, contact Jane Hartwell on 0115 943 5416, email

Head of Public Affairs
Lorraine Gwinnutt
0115 958 0585

Press & Communications Officer
Jane Hartwell
0115 943 5416