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

Individual accreditation - applicants from Scotland

The new competency standards identify knowledge, know-how, understanding, behaviour and skills. For each level, there are a number of different functions and each standard describes the main functions to bring about effective performance. Each applicant must provide evidence throughout the course of their work that each function has been fulfilled.

The standards are business tools, best used for developing staff, but can also be used for recruitment and promotion. In APIL’s case, the standards will be used as entry to the accreditation scheme and for the development of CPD training programmes.

Applying for accreditation

Applicants for accreditation should complete the candidate record sheet most appropriate to their level of expertise:

  • Litigator – usually a candidate with up to five years’ experience and running their caseload under supervision
  • Senior Litigator – usually a candidate with over five years’ experience, running their own caseload and self-authorising the key steps of litigation
  • Fellow – usually a candidate with over ten years’ experience, sharing knowledge and managing a PI department (candidates must be accredited Senior Litigators)

Candidates should complete their sections of the Portfolio and discuss these with their assessor. Assessors complete their sections of the Portfolio and submit the signed Portfolio to APIL, once confidential client information has been removed.

Candidates should read the accompanying guidance notes below for further information, and refer to the ways to accrue APIL accredited hours below, to maintain their accreditation.

Guidance notes

Individually accredited members – CPD training requirements


Senior Litigator


Senior Fellow

Specialist accreditations

Clinical negligence specialist 

Occupational disease specialist 

Asbestos disease specialist