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APIL Officer - Claire Hodgson

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

Claire Hodgson


Role: Officer


Further details for Claire Hodgson are displayed below.

Claire Hodgson is a very experienced, approachable solicitor, most recently at BHP Law.

A specialist personal injury solicitor with 25 years trial experience Claire has been listed in the legal 500 and is regularly consulted by Solicitors throughout the UK on a consultancy basis. Claire qualified as a solicitor in 1991 after training at Watson Burton in Newcastle. She was a member of the Claimant's Steering Committee for the British Coal VWF Litigation (reported in 1996 & 1998) until she left Watson Burton in 2004 for Askews, where she had conduct of Kew v Bettamix on behalf of the claimant.

Claire has been a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel for many years. She was co-organiser of the Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Symposium since 1999, and has contributed to Sweet & Maxwell's Occupational Illness Litigation (Ed, Andrew Macdonald). She has also been a speaker at various courses for APIL (many years ago) and others, most recently at the NIHL Symposium in Manchester.

In addition to her work on HAVS cases, Claire has of course also dealt with Noise Induced Hearing Loss (where there is vibration, there is noise!), Asbestos, Dermatitis, Work Related Upper Limb Disorders, and workplace and other accidents, and with clinical negligence matters.

Claire has also experience of costs arguments – notably on the success fee issue in HAVS cases (Nicholls v Ransomes & Dyform), and is well versed in both restoring companies and in deferring their dissolution.

Claire is also an experienced horse owner, and can advise in relation to specialist horse related incidents or equine accidents. Finally, Claire also has experience as a company director, having been a non-executive Director of Newcastle’s post privatisation bus company, Busways, and prior to that was active in the then TGWU and the regional TUC.

  • 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.

Shareholdings: nothing to declare

Consultancies: Consultant at SC Law

Other organisations: Member of Unite the Union (formerly the TGWU) but not active

  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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