Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

APIL Officer - Richard Baker

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.

Richard Baker


Role: Officer

Firm: 7 BR

Further details for Richard Baker are displayed below.

Richard was called to the bar in 2000 and since then has acted almost exclusively for injured and bereaved individuals. Over the course of his career he has appeared in numerous important and ground-breaking cases that protect the rights of the individual and seek to ring-fence the important principle of 100% compensation (Manna v. Central Manchester Teaching Hospitals, JR v. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Thomas v. Curley, Joyce v. O’Brien). He is head of the personal injury and clinical negligence team at 7BR. He has provided training on behalf of APIL and other similar organisations.

The work that we do as personal injury lawyers in ensuring fairness to injured and bereaved people and access to justice is under threat. Richard believes that barristers and solicitors will both have a role to play not only in defending those rights but also in correcting historical injustices. He strongly believes that reform is needed to protect the bereaved and to ensure that they have funding to receive representation at inquests and to ensure that they are not subject to arbitrary and unfair restrictions on their claims for psychiatric injury.

Richard joined APIL because it serves a vital function in providing a voice to injured and bereaved people and support and education to those who stand up for them. He will utilise his experience and passion to help protect those core values.

  • 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.
  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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