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APIL Officer - Robert Webb

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

Robert Webb


Role: Officer


Further details for Robert Webb are displayed below.

Robert joined APIL in 1998; he became a founder litigator in 1999, a Senior Litigator in 2005 and was awarded fellowship in 2008, varied to fellowship emeritus in 2014. Full Fellowship was reinstated in July 2015.

Robert stood for election in 2010 based on his continued opposition to the NCP and third party capture, he was not elected but he stood again in 2012 and this time was successful in achieving office.

Due to medical matters to both himself and his wife Robert felt the need to stand down in 2014, health issues having improved he feels fresh to be able to stand again and fulfil his term. The main lesson Robert learnt sitting on the EC was how hard the EC members and the APIL staff work to promote and protect the rights of injured people – the most important reason in his view for being a member.

Robert maintains his dislike of third party capture, sharp insurer’s behaviour and the tick box litigation otherwise known and loved as ‘the portal’. He is anxious that the scope of portal claims should be extended no further and believes Claimants have been possibly short changed by the process to say nothing of their legal teams.

As will be seen from Robert’s 2012 profile he is very much victim driven and he will never lose sight of the fact that first and foremost we are here to serve the injured victims of negligence and bad practice. Robert’s greatest gratification from serving was the opinion of many from all walks of APIL that he opened up and paved the way for more communication between APIL and its members. This was acknowledged by the Chief Executive Officer and out-going President Mathew Stockwell at the 2014 AGM.

Robert has been published in Focus, Solicitors Journal and Young Lawyer.

  • 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: 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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