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APIL standard recognised by Legal Aid Agency

06 Oct 2014
APIL news
Lawyers holding APIL’s clinical negligence accreditation standard will now have access to legal aid for their clients, the Legal Aid Agency has announced.
The move follows earlier recognition of the quality of the association’s accreditation scheme from the Legal Services Consumer Panel, which praised the scheme for good practice in its progress report on accreditation schemes published in April. A YouGov personal injury report also published earlier this year found that more people who pursued a personal injury claim used an APIL’s accredited lawyer than any other scheme listed.*
“We’re delighted that APIL’s accreditation scheme, and particularly its specialist clinical negligence standard, is increasingly being recognised as an important indication of a lawyer’s experience and expertise,” said APIL chief executive Deborah Evans.
“When we originally set up our accreditation scheme 15 years ago, we did so because we had always believed injured people needed the very best independent legal advice available. The continued drive to provide quality legal advice remains one of APIL’s key objectives." 


Notes to editors:

  • *For those people who indicated that they pursued a claim for a personal injury following an accident/disease, over ten per cent more people used an APIL accredited specialist than any of the other schemes listed (17 per cent compared to only four per cent for the other schemes). Source: YouGov Reports, Personal Injury Survey [24 April – 13 May 2014].
  • APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) is a not-for-profit organisation whose members are dedicated to campaigning for improvements in the law to help people who are injured or become ill through no fault of their own.
  • For more information contact APIL's press and communications officers Jane Hartwell on t: 0115 943 5416, m: 07808 768623, e:, or Tim Carter t: 0115 943 5409, e:
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