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Accidents and illnesses abroad specialist application documents - Scotland

An Accredited Accidents and Illnesses Abroad Specialist is a person who has achieved APIL Senior Litigator status and who has demonstrated further competence in the specialist field of accidents and illnesses abroad. He or she is able to manage and progress a claim arising from an accident or illness abroad, and/or which involves consideration of another jurisdiction and/or a foreign applicable law, so as to establish, assert and enforce, in an effective and efficient manner, the rights of a client damaged or disadvantaged by the negligence or breach of another party. He or she is competent to take, without supervision, key decisions on accepting cases, assessing risks, evaluating offers and issuing proceedings in the UK or out of jurisdiction.

Anyone wishing to apply to be an Accredited Accidents and Illnesses Abroad Specialist should read the guidance notes on how applications can be assessed.

To apply for Specialist accreditation you must be individually accredited at the level of Senior Litigator or above.

For information about the Senior Litigator Standard, please click here.

Do you meet both of the following criteria?

  • Concluded at least 50 accidents and illnesses abroad cases, of which at least 20 will have involved the consideration and application of foreign local standards and law, either in relation to liability, quantum or both, and at least 1 will have been taken to trial
  • Accrued at least 24 hours of accredited accidents and illnesses abroad training in the last three years
Yes No

Download the Portfolio document and complete the candidate sections.

Continue to gather accidents and illnesses abroad experience and training. If you would like to discuss the Specialist criteria, please contact Holly Humphreys, Membership Development Officer, on (0115) 943 5400.


Do you have a qualified specialist assessor in-house? List of assessors

Yes No

Liaise in-house with your chosen assessor.

Contact Holly Humphreys, APIL, to arrange for an assessor to visit you: [email protected] or (0115) 943 5400.

The cost of the assessment is £450 (plus VAT if appropriate), payable directly to the assessor for their time. Any additional expenses to be agreed between the applicant and the assessor.

Yes Yes

Discuss each section of the Portfolio with assessor who completes the assessor sections.


Save or print a copy of the Portfolio to retain in-house. Delete the ‘case names’ column before printing/copying, signing and sending the Portfolio to APIL along with your training log for the last three years.


Accidents and Illnesses Abroad Specialist Standard 

Guidance notes for assessors and candidates 

Short note regarding portfolio completion post GDPR 

Expanded note regarding portfolio completion post GDPR