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

Litigator application documents

A Litigator acts for the victims of accidents, disease and injury, and seeks to establish, assert and enforce their rights through negotiation, mediation or litigation.

A Litigator is a lawyer dealing with a case in a legal framework where there are rules, duties and obligations to be observed, and where all work must be to a standard appropriate to a matter which could result in a court hearing. A Litigator works under supervision, may take cases to the point of negotiated settlement, but beyond the stage of issue of proceedings is likely to be subject to close guidance from a Senior Litigator. Litigators may work on both fast track and multi track cases, with many dealing predominantly with fast track matters.

For an overview of the standard, or a more comprehensive guide, please see the guidance documents below. These documents provide guidance for both candidates and assessors.

Those who gained Litigator status through the application process can upgrade to Senior Litigator status using the new abridged form.

Become an accredited litigator in 4 simple steps

Step 1
Download the Portfolio  document and complete the candidate sections.
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Step 2
Appoint an assessor. Who can be an assessor?
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Step 3
Discuss each section of the Portfolio with assessor who completes the assessor sections.
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Step 4
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.

You should also read

Standard - overview

Litigator Standard 

Guidance notes for assessors and candidates 

Short note regarding portfolio completion post GDPR 

Expanded note regarding portfolio completion post GDPR