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

Senior Litigator application documents

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A Senior 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 Senior Litigator is competent to identify liability, assess and manage risk, to be self-authorising at all key stages of litigation, and to lead and supervise the work of other PI lawyers.

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.

Become an accredited senior litigator in 5 simple steps

Step 1
Download the relevant Portfolio document and complete the candidate sections.
New applicants - Portfolio Upgrade for accredited Litigators* - Portfolio
*please note Litigators who gained automatic accreditation through Law Society PI Panel membership prior to October 2012 must apply as new applicants
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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’s sections.
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Step 4
Save or print the completed copy of the Portfolio to retain in-house.
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Step 5
Delete the contents of the 'case names' column before printing/copying, signing and sending the Portfolio to APIL.

You should also read

Standard - overview 

Senior Litigator Standard 

Guidance notes for assessors and candidates 

Upgrade guidance for assessors 

Short note regarding portfolio completion post GDPR 

Expanded note regarding portfolio completion post GDPR