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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

New demands for cold calling ban as peers debate Financial Guidance and Claims Bill APIL news
Insurers reap profits over personal injury discount rate APIL news
APIL news

A senior lawyer has warned that removing off-road vehicles from the scope of motor insurance would eliminate injured people and bereaved families from the justice system.

The European Commission is consulting on options for reform of compulsory motor insurance requirements. The Government favours an option to amend the Motor Insurance Directive so that insurance is only required when vehicles are used “in traffic”.

“A pedestrian could be seriously injured by a car on private land and there would be no available route to redress for him or his family, because the car would not need to be insured,” explained Brett Dixon, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).


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Discount rate reduction from 2.5% to -0.75% for personal injury claims: Statement from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)27/02/2017
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 Statement25/11/2015
NHS Litigation Authority annual report statement22/07/2015

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Letters to the press

Re: Daily Mail 'Crash payouts for UK drivers are 17 times higher than other nations'06/07/2017
RE: Compensation culture is 'fault of lawyers' (The Times)12/06/2017
The Sunday Times - Re: We have the weakest necks in Europe, says insurance boss (21 May 2017)21/05/2017
Regional newspapers - Who is responsible for insurance?10/05/2017
The Times RE: Cost of car insurance to increase by 8%21/04/2017

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Currently in the news

“Since the correction of the discount rate the insurance industry has to pay full compensation to catastrophically injured people for the first time in years,” said Brett Dixon, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers...

...The number of new clinical negligence claims against the NHS has fallen by eight per cent in the last three years...

... APIL urges for spam calls and texts about personal injury claims to be banned. Proposed whiplash reforms are "looking down the wrong end of the telescope".  

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