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APIL Officer - Suzanne White

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 White


Role: Officer


Further details for Suzanne White are displayed below.

Suzanne White is an experienced clinical negligence solicitor who has specialised in this area since qualifying in 1999 after training with the firm.

She has successfully secured substantial amounts of compensation for people who have suffered serious injuries a result of medical negligence and also represents families at inquests where loved ones have died as a result of negligent medical care.

She has a particular interest in birth injury claims, injuries to mothers during childbirth, orthopaedics, misdiagnosed cancers, GP errors, children and adult fatal cases, and cases involving radiological errors, but advises on a full range of clinical negligence cases.

Suzanne specialises solely in clinical negligence and run a varied caseload of complex, maximum severity claims. She is the designated inquest partner at Leigh Day and also a member of the INQUEST Lawyers Group.

Suzanne is currently working with other members to draft APIL’s response to the Department of Health’s proposed Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme. I have also assisted APIL’s Working Party with the discussion on fixed costs.

Besides being a lawyer, Suzanne is a passionate advocate of patients’ rights and recently campaigned tirelessly in opposition to Lord Saatchi’s ‘Medical Innovation Bill’ (later reintroduced by a Conservative MP in the House of Commons as the ‘Access to Medical Treatment (Innovation) Bill’). The Bill threatened to undermine patient safety by changing the legal test for medical negligence, allowing doctors to use unconventional and therefore potentially dangerous treatments in certain circumstances.

Suzanne has a medical background having initially trained as a radiographer.

Suzanne is co-ordinator of the APIL clinical negligence special interest group.

Suzanne is accredited by the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel as a specialist.

Suzanne has appeared on the national news, including ITN News, commenting on developments relating to the medical profession, and has been quoted in many articles.

  • 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.

Partner at Leigh Day

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.


Radiographer's Society

  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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