Why are APIL courses more expensive than some of the other providers?
APIL is a not-for-profit organisation which relies on its training income to fund the many other services that APIL provides.
Our courses have not increased in price for a number of years and we offer reduced rates for everyone employed within a corporate accredited firm. The subsidised member rate is substantially increased for those who are not members of APIL in the hope that they will join if eligible.
Without this income, APIL would not be able to lobby the Government and respond to consultations, thus fighting for the rights of injured people.
Why aren’t there more courses in Scotland, Wales and other areas of the country that you don’t currently tend to cover?
APIL events need to be financially viable in order to run. In the past we have taken our training to the more remote locations and also delivered more training in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, due to the number of members in some areas it is unlikely that we shall have an attendance of more than 10, particularly with specialist training, and APIL cannot afford to run courses which are loss leaders. From time to time, we organises events at vastly reduced rates in order to meet the needs of the membership.
APIL has increased its webinar offering over the past couple of years and this is a growth area. We hope to deliver our training by webinar for our members who cannot get to our courses. APIL has also introduced a quarterly review, delivered by our president and chief executive, which is free of charge for APIL members and provides four hours of CPD annually. The quarterly reviews cover developments over the past three months and highlight forthcoming activity in cases of impending reforms and legislation.
For those members in firms that are close to other firms in the region, APIL will provide consortium training. Details on how this works can be found here: www.apil.org.uk/consortiums
Why aren’t there more advanced courses for the experienced practitioner?
APIL provides personal injury and clinical negligence update training for the more experienced practitioners. The PI updates run in the Spring and the Autumn, the clinical negligence updates usually run in May and June.
APIL also runs a number of specialist conferences covering particular areas of personal injury.
Why aren’t there more specialised in depth courses?
APIL is focussing on ensuring that there is adequate training for the more experienced practitioner. In addition to the annual advanced brain and spinal cord injury and clinical negligence conferences, APIL runs one day conferences in the specialist areas of abuse, military claims, and asbestos. This year we are introducing a conference covering accidents abroad and travel claims.
Why are some of the courses repeated each year?
Courses are repeated according to demand and the courses covering brain injury and clinical negligence claims in particular are very popular. APIL runs personal injury updates twice a year due to this rapidly changing area of the law.