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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from APIL

Welcome to APIL Covid-19 hub. On this page, you will find:

  • Links to all the essential information and contact details that you will need to run your cases over the coming weeks
  • Latest training, including complimentary webinars and group meetings
  • Additional resources to help you connect with your fellow APIL members and other stakeholders

Contents


APIL staff working from home - contact details

If you would like to contact a department directly please use the details below:

  • Training - training@apil.org.uk or 07736 272988

  • Membership - 0115 9435400

  • Press - 07808 768623 or 07768 440249

  • Parliamentary - 07703 719644 or 07768 440249

  • Legal affairs - 07711 004724 or 07525 129671

  • Accounts - accounts@apil.org.uk

  • Chief Executive Officer (Mike Benner) - 07971 591224


Best practice and limitation industry agreements

Limitation Protocol Agreements

The limitation protocol agreements for Scotland and Northern Ireland agreements continued until until 14th August 2020 after which they ceased to have effect.

The E&W agreement ceased to have effect on 30 June.

View Scotland and Northern Ireland Agreements

This document contains all three jurisdictions' agreements which were in place prior to the 2 July 2020 review:

View Limitation Protocol Agreements

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Covid-19: Best Practice for For Mutual Co-Operation

Best practice documents have been reviewed with FOIL. The England, Wales & Scotland document was reviewed and updated on 30 July 2020. All three agreements remain valid.

Each document can be viewed here:

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Scotland - Interim Agreement Supporting Case Progress in C-19

The Law Society of Scotland Courts Working Group supports a protocol which will allow parties to enter into an agreement to progress cases, which but for the current crisis and delays within the courts, would have been litigated. For the full agreement, click here: Interim Agreement Scotland

APIL and FOIL members can sign up to the agreement by clicking on this link (opens in separate window) or emailing legal.affairs@apil.org.uk and providing their contact details. A list of signatories to the agreement can be viewed here

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Daily/weekly lockdown updates

All the useful coronavirus related information and links issued so far, consolidated into one document

View the latest Update here

 


Covid-related training - future events

CONFERENCE RECORDINGS!!

We are pleased to confirm that all of our virtual conferences are available to purchase as recordings!  Click on the links below for more details!

APIL asbestos conference 2020

APIL annual clinical negligence conference 2020

APIL abuse conference 2020

PI World: Driving change in the sector


Covid-related training - on demand, recordings of past events

APIL made the decision to go continue with virtual events until September 2021.

Since then we have ran nearly 100 events virtually, ranging from one hour group meetings, up to a four day conference!

Recordings for all of our events since are available, and our newly design training area of the website should now be easier to use then ever!

Head over to https://www.apil.org.uk/personal-injury-legal-training to see what we have been up to and to see what we have coming up over the next few months.


Covid-related training - Webinars

We are contanstly revising our programme of training webinars and a number have ran in 2021 already!

By the end of 2020, APIL will ran no fewer than 90 webinars!

All of these are available to purchase as recordings that can be viewed at your leisure, whereever you may be!

Head over to https://www.apil.org.uk/personal-injury-legal-webinars to find out what's coming up, and see what's available to you on-demand!


Regional, membership, and special interest groups - virtual content

Recordings, minutes and presentations from all of APIL's recent group meetings are available through our website.

Visit https://www.apil.org.uk/groups to see which groups have been meeting virtual and to catch up with anything that you may have missed!

If you would like any recordings of past meetings, please email Megan.Pownall@apil.org.uk and these will be sent over to you!


Other Covid-related information

Urgent appeal for support for legal advice sector

An emergency national fund has been created to help support specialist free legal advice agencies which are under serious threat as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Access to Justice Foundation, along with funding partners, has set up and is administering the fund to help relieve a situation which CEO Ruth Daniel describes as ‘dire’.

“The funding model that is currently in place is restricting front-line advice funding at the worst possible time,” she said. “Many advice services rely on legal aid funding on a case basis. With courts and tribunals closed, cases are not proceeding to a point where payment can be triggered. It is predicted that one quarter of front-line legal advice centres are now at risk of permanent closure. Three quarters are facing staff losses.”  

The Foundation is seeking donations to help mitigate the situation and has pledged to match all payments made, up to a total limit of £200,000. To donate, visit the appeal page here: https://atjf.org.uk/donate/emergencyappeal 
Questions about donating or providing further support should be directed to: emergency@atjf.org.uk