Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
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APIL Officer - Suzanne Trask

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 four times annually.

Suzanne Trask


Role: Officer


Further details for Suzanne Trask are displayed below.

Suzanne is a Partner and is head of the adult brain injury department at Bolt Burdon Kemp. She has specific expertise in complex claims involving serious brain injuries in adults and she is passionate about resolving claims swiftly and without delay.

Suzanne “impresses sources with her winning combination of technical skill and great client care” and is “highly regarded for her handling of delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis cases.” Chambers and Partners

Suzanne understands the many differing ways in which a person can be individually affected by brain injury, whether caused by traumatic injury or medical negligence. She is passionate about supporting survivors of brain injury and is recognised as a specialist head injury lawyer by Headway. She has close ties with Headway South-East London North-West Kent and The Silverlinings, for whom she is a trustee. Both of these charities provide invaluable services and support to adults who have suffered from brain injury. She also works closely with The Encephalitis Society, a specialist brain infection charity who provide support to those who have been affected by encephalitis and their families.

Suzanne is individually accredited with APIL as a senior litigator and was secretary of the clinical negligence special interest group before joining the Executive Committee. She is a member of and is an assessor for the APIL clinical negligence specialist accreditation scheme. She has worked on responses to government consultations, including that on fixed costs consultation for medical negligence claims, a subject on which she has commented on in the national and legal press.

She has delivered training to the national Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (set up by NHS England).

She is frequently invited to provide comment to the national media and legal publications on clinical negligence issues.


  • 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/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.

Equity partner in Bolt Burdon Kemp

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.

Trustee of The Silverlinings, the national brain injury charity

Member of The Patients Association, Justice, Amnesty International, Royal Society of Medicine, and London Solicitors Litigation Association.

Ambassador for Cancer Research UK.

BBK is also a panel member of several other charities.

  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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