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APIL Officer - Colin Ettinger

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 2018 are as follows:
EC meetings
Thursday 18 January 10:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday 15 March 10:30am – 3:30pm
M/T/W 16/17/18 April Annual conference EC/SIG/REG
Thursday 17 May 10:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday 12 July 10:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday 20 September 10:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday 8 November 10:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday 13 December 10.30am – 3.30pm

Colin Ettinger


Role: Officer


Further details for Colin Ettinger are displayed below.

Colin is a consultant with Irwin Mitchell.  He has been practicing personal injury work for over 40 years and led the personal injury department at Irwin Mitchell’s London office for over  20 years.

Colin has been active in APIL since its formation.  He is a life member, a senior fellow and holds APIL accreditation for spinal injuries and brain injuries and has authority to assess others applying for these accreditations.  He is a past president of APIL.  Colin was re-elected back on to the APIL executive committee in 2013.

Colin is also a visiting professor for the University of Local Personal Injury, he was made an honorary research fellow at the School of Law and the University of Lancaster in 2007 for his “outstanding contribution to personal injury law and the pursuits of justice”.

Colin is very committed to ensuring that injured people maximised recovery from their injuries by using rehabilitation process wherever possible.  His work in this areas acknowledged by being appointed vice president of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. 

Colin is regarded in Chambers and Legal 500 directories as a leading personal injury lawyer.  He has received many plaudits in these directories including “stands head and shoulders above everyone else in the country for catastrophic injury – there is no one else who has got anything like his experience or ability”.

APIL since 1990.
EC member 1998-2005.
Elected back on to the EC in 2013.

  • attend the following meetings each year
    -  seven EC meetings which usually last a full day
    -   APIL’s annual general meeting and where necessary, other annual conferences
    -   EC meeting with SIG/regional group co-ordinators and secretaries (a full day)
    (Members of the EC are asked to achieve a 75% attendance rate throughout the year)
  • attend and actively support EC sub-committees and policy working groups, which meet at various times of the year
  • act as an EC liaison with a specified APIL special interest group and attend meetings, whenever possible
  • contribute to the preparation of APIL responses to consultation papers
  • attend regional group meetings.
  • Member of the Labour Party
  • Member of Society of Labour Lawyers
  • Patron of RoadPeace
  • Vice President of the College of Occupational Therapists
  • Member of UNITE the Union
  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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