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

APIL Immediate Past President - John Spencer

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
Tuesday 12th March 10:30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 15th May 4:00pm - 6:00pm
(EC meeting with SIG/REGs at the annual conference)
Thursday 20th June 10:30am - 4.30pm
Thursday 26th September 10:30am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 12th December 10:30am - 4.30pm

John Spencer


Role: Immediate Past President


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John Spencer is director of Spencers Solicitors, a leading professional personal injury firm with its principle office in Chesterfield in Derbyshire.

John is currently vice-president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and will become the president at APIL’s annual conference in May 2014.    He has been a member of APIL since 1995, a fellow since 2006 and an elected member of its executive committee since 2011. John became the APIL representative on the Law Society’s Council from April 2013 to March 2014.

He is a past chairman of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society, and was MASS representative director of the Portal Company Board until March 2013. He has been co-opted onto the Civil Procedure Rules Sub-Committee and is a member of the Civil Justice Council. 

John was appointed to the Journal of Personal Injury Law editorial Board in April 2014. He  is a member of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) and the American Association of Justice (AAJ).

A lawyer for over 25 years, John has played a leading role in the development of the PI sector. He was awarded the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ at the 2012 Personal Injury Awards which celebrated talent across the UK’s PI sector. He is a regular media contributor on a variety of legal issues, has appeared before the All Party Parliamentary Transport  Committee and actively engages in public policy development.

  • 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.

RTA Portal Co. (Director) – (MASS claimant representative)

Member of MASS

  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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