APIL has always had PI Lawyers at its centre and that will continue to be the case because we believe that PI Lawyers have a central role in every case they take, but the journey that claimants now follow often means they interact directly or indirectly with a range of professionals contributing to their recovery. Since APIL was founded in 1990 new categories have been bolted on to respond to changes, but now is the time for APIL to become much more inclusive and to simplify our membership.
The Executive Committee has agreed to reduce the number of membership categories from the current eleven to just three categories; Legal Practitioner, Associate and Affiliate each with new declarations and a suite of benefits. This is an exciting evolution for our Association which will enable us to reflect better the changes in the sector and continue to provide a powerful and unique voice for victims of negligence.
Legal practitioner membership is for professionals who are actively engaged in the legal practice of personal injury law, including managing partners, solicitors, barristers, paralegals and junior barristers.
Associate membership is for individuals who are sympathetic to our aims and will include, for example, rehabilitation providers, experts and some barristers.
Affiliate membership will be open to individuals who are sympathetic to the aims of APIL and are currently non-practising for example, students working towards a career in law, pupil barristers, people who work for charities and support staff, such as legal secretaries.