Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

About accreditation

The APIL accreditation scheme has been running since 1999, so it is well-established, with great credentials.

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It’s really important that the lawyer you choose is the right lawyer for you – so look out for the APIL quality mark logo.

APIL members are accredited individually and by firm. To be accredited, they must satisfy specific and extensive criteria providing evidence of their competency and experience in handling personal injury claims.


Many accredited members specialise in particular types of case, such as brain injury, fatal accidents, spinal cord injury, clinical negligence, occupational disease, asbestos disease, or accidents abroad. It’s really important that, when you search for a lawyer, you tell us what kind of injury you have suffered, so you can get the right lawyer working for you as quickly as possible.

Maintaining accreditation

Accredited individual members promise to keep up to date with all the latest legal developments to help deal with their cases successfully. They commit to 16 hours of APIL accredited training a year, APIL accredited specialists must accrue 50% of their training hours in each specialist field. Each member’s training log is rigorously vetted, along with the quality of the training to ensure that it meets APIL’s standards.

Accredited members must confirm they continue to meet the accreditation standards every five years.

If a firm is accredited, it must renew its accreditation every three years. A qualified and accredited professional must work at each accredited branch of a firm. APIL carries out visits to accredited firms by independent assessors to ensure that all criteria are being adhered to.

If individuals and firms do not comply with the above, they lose their accreditation.


For information on what to do should you have a complaint about an APIL member, please click here.

Personal injury lawyers interested in gaining accredited status can find further information on our benefits of accreditation page.