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APIL President - Neil Sugarman

The staff report to an executive committee of elected APIL members, which is led by a team of officers comprising the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Executive committee members work on a voluntary basis, tirelessly striving to achieve APIL’s objectives for the benefit of injured people.

The executive committee meets on a regular basis, usually between six to eight times annually. The dates for 2017 are as follows:
EC meetings
Thursday 19 January EC 10:30am – 3:30pm
Monday 6 March EC 10:30am – 3:30pm
Monday 24 April EC 10:30am – 3:30pm
Wednesday 17 May EC/SIG/REG 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday 21 June EC 10:30am – 3:30pm
Wednesday 6 September EC 10:30am – 3:30pm
Tuesday 7 November EC 10:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday 14 December EC 10:30am – 3:30pm

Neil Sugarman


Role: President


Further details for Neil Sugarman are displayed below.

Neil qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and has practised exclusively in the field of personal injury litigation. He has been the managing partner of GLP Solicitors of Bury, Greater Manchester since 1999.


He is a  past member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, an APIL Fellow, Executive Committee member and accredited Brain Injury Lawyer. Neil has been involved closely in APIL’s work in the field of rehabilitation.


He has a special interest in conducting CICA claims on behalf of catastrophically injured shaken babies In 2009 he represented a client who is understood to have received the highest award ever made under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. He received a commendation for this work in the UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer of the Year Awards 2001. Neil is an APIL delegate to the CICA’s Policy and Equality Forum.


A contributor to a major legal text on the handling of serious personal injury claims, Neil is also an updating author to Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service. He has lectured widely to a variety of groups on the topic of personal injury and had many academic articles published.


Neil is an appointed Tribunal Judge to the First Tier Tribunal of the Social Entitlement Chamber.

The elected president is required to:

- preside over EC meetings of the association
- preside at APIL annual conferences
- preside at annual meetings with SIG/regional group co-ordinators and secretaries

(in the event of the president being unable to attend any of the above meetings, the vice-president shall preside)

- act as a leading spokesperson in the media
- host an annual dinner
- attend meetings with MP’s, government officials and other key contacts
- write a president’s page for the APIL newsletter - 6 issues per year
- attend officers sub-committee meetings (4 times per year)
- in the event of an equality of votes at EC meetings, AGM, conferences and EC meetings with co-ordinators and secretaries, the president shall have the casting vote
- act as ambassador for APIL with other organisations, where appropriate, in liaison with the Chief Executive.

Shareholdings: None

Consultancies: None

Other organisations: None

  1. APIL members may stand for election for the following:
    • Executive Committee (officers and additional officers)
    • Special Interest Group Co-ordinators
    • Special Interest Group Secretaries
    • Regional Group Co-ordinators
    • Regional Group Secretaries
  2. Nominations shall be put forward to the APIL office at the appropriate time on the required form.
  3. Each APIL member (fully paid up and eligible to vote) may nominate – one candidate and/or second one candidate, in each election.
  4. APIL’s secretary will not nominate or second candidates, but will remain eligible to vote.
  5. An APIL member becomes a candidate as soon as he/she is nominated to stand in an election.
  6. Candidates will be asked to submit to the APIL office up to 300 words, including biographical details, in support of their candidature. APIL's chief executive shall have the power to edit or refuse to accept unlawful or factually incorrect details.
  7. The details of all candidates will be circulated together, by the APIL office, to either the full membership (for EC elections) or to the relevant membership sections (for SIG and Regional Group elections).
  8. No additional written material, or electronic communications may be circulated and/or distributed by, and/or in support of, a candidate in any election.
  9. If additional material is found to be in circulation or, direct or indirect canvassing identified, APIL's Executive Committee reserves the right to withdraw the candidate from the elections.
  10. Canvassing of any nature is not permitted by members who may be nominated for APIL's Annual Awards.

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