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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

Injured people ‘victimised’ by Government reforms APIL news
Good citizens urged to step up in snowy weather APIL news
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Injury lawyers have welcomed a judge’s rejection of a callous attempt by the insurance industry to continue to avoid paying full compensation to seriously injured people.  

“For far too long, people with life-long and life-altering injuries have faced running out of compensation, or had to risk their compensation on uncertain investments to try to make up the shortfall because insurers do not have to pay the full amount needed,” said Neil Sugarman, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

A discount is applied to compensation payments to offset the accumulation of interest (net of income tax and inflation) from the investment of the compensation, such as in a bank or building society. The rate has not been reviewed or altered since 2001 when interest rates were much higher than in recent years. Under the current rate, too much is deducted from compensation payments meaning severely injured people have lost millions of pounds.


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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
House of Commons Transport Select Committee - Driving premiums down: fraud and the cost of motor insurance04/07/2014

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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