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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

Lawyers welcome regulator's assurance on cold calling APIL news
Whiplash reforms 'set aside' APIL news
APIL news

Fast-track compensation must also be the right amount of compensation for babies injured by the NHS at birth, lawyers have warned today (17 October).

Reacting to news that the Government is to consult on a ‘rapid resolution and redress’scheme, Neil Sugarman, president of APIL, said: “Compensation for these catastrophic injuries has a very clear purpose and, in these cases in particular, it is critical that the right amount of compensation is made available to injured children to ensure they receive the care they desperately need.

“We have yet to see the details of the consultation, but we will be reminding the Department of Health that children suffering cerebral palsy and brain damage at birth need round-the-clock medical care, specialist equipment and support for the rest of their lives.  


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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
APIL response to Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill written ministerial statement16/06/2014

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Letters to the press

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
Regional newspapers - Cold calls are "more than a bugbear"08/04/2016
The Times re: Public hit by 12 m daily nuisance calls from ambulance chasers22/03/2016

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Currently in the news

“Legal costs reflect the work put in when the NHS is often obstructive,” said APIL president Jonathan Wheeler, ahead of the Department of Health consultation on fixing lawyers' fees in medical negligence claims... 

Banning cold calls for personal injury claims would curb fraud and restore some credibility to the claims industry, APIL chief executive Deborah Evans told insurers at a recent industry event. Deborah warned that claims management companies will jump at the business opportunity posed by the Government's proposals to increase the small claims track for PI to £,5000... 

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