A not-for-profit organisation
committed to injured people
A not-for-profit organisation
committed to injured people

Executive committee

Staff report to an executive committee of elected APIL members, led by a team of officers comprising the president, two vice-presidents, secretary and treasurer.

Executive committee members work on a voluntary basis, tirelessly striving to achieve APIL’s objectives for the benefit of injured people.

Lay executive committee members are recommended for appointment by the Remuneration & Appointments Committee, and their appointment is approved by the executive committee. They are the voice of the injured person on the executive committee.

The executive committee meets every quarter.

Executive committee members

Jonathan Scarsbrook


Further details for Jonathan Scarsbrook are displayed below.

I’m very proud to have been involved in working for the interests of individuals who have suffered injury for more than 20 years now. I will never understand why personal injury lawyers get such a bad press because what we do is incredibly important, something which is always borne out by those we are privileged to help and support.

I have been a partner at Irwin Mitchell for over 10 years and am today the Technical Director with particular focus on the government’s seemingly never ending law reform agenda.

I am also currently a member of the Civil Justice Committee at the Law Society.

I have been a member of APIL for many years and a member of the Executive Committee since 2018, serving as Vice President since 2020. During that time I have represented APIL on various working parties of the Civil Justice Council (CJC), Her Majesty’s Court & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) and Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

A particular focus over the last two years has been working with the Ministry of Justice (as well as the Motor Insurers Bureau and the Civil Procedure Rules Committee) around the implementation of the Civil Liability Act 2018. Whilst this legislation was aimed specifically at lower value injuries arising from Road Traffic Accidents, it was also an attack on fundamental principles such as full and individual compensation for pain, suffering and loss of amenity and the idea that claimants are best served by being represented by a skilled lawyer. Don’t get me wrong, this Act erodes the rights of injured people, but it would have been much worse had it not been for the influence of APIL and other like-minded organisations in how it was shaped and implemented.  The next job in this regard is to do all we can to influence the extension of Fixed Recoverable Costs.

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/directorships/partners or otherwise engaged in the management or control of claims management services, medical agencies and other organisations related to providing a service to the injured person, or in the field of personal injury.

Full Equity Member – Irwin Mitchell LLP (OC343897) 
Director – IMe Law Limited (08895097) 
Director – Medico-Legal Reporting (03048703)

Consultancies related to providing a service to the injured person, or in the field of personal injury.


Political organisations/societies/pressure groups/charities/trade unions.


Please provide details below of all interests that you have which may conflict with your role.  This will include whether you or your employer have, or may in the future, receive any financial payment or other benefit from the areas covered in the activities above.  In addition, you should also indicate whether any spouse, partner, colleague or family member may benefit from your involvement.  


  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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