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Islington solicitor leads fight for justice

24 Apr 2015
APIL news

An Islington solicitor is stepping into the top role of a national group which campaigns to prevent needless injuries and to preserve the rights of those who are injured.

Jonathan Wheeler is the new president of the not-for-profit Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

“APIL has been fighting hard for people who have been injured or killed and, of course, their families, for 25 years this year,” said Jonathan. “So I’m proud to lead the way on some big issues. The need for change in the law on who is entitled to compensation for bereavement, for example, is currently very restrictive and excludes many grieving relatives from the justice system. The law is old and needs review.

“But I’m also passionate about raising professional standards, so that injured people and grieving families can find the best legal help available. People with a need for a solicitor are often going through a stressful time and can be feeling quite vulnerable, and an accreditation scheme like APIL’s helps to make things easier for them by showing them how to find lawyers who are continuing to raise the bar, keeping up-to-date with developments in the law, and who have their best interests at heart.

“Lastly I want to see fewer needless injuries. If there was an end to needless injuries and negligence in workplaces, on roads, in schools and hospitals, then APIL’s work would be done”.

 

Jonathan specialises in child abuse compensation claims at Bolt Burdon Kemp. 

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Notes to editors:

  •    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 assistant press and communications officer Ben Yates on t: 0115 943 5431, e: ben.yates@apil.org.uk

  •       Visit the association's website at www.apil.org.uk

  •       Follow @APIL on Twitter: www.twitter.com/APIL 

Past press releases

Extra pressure on NHS if Civil Liability Bill goes ahead, 03 Sep 2018
Bereaved relatives deserve fairness, 31 Aug 2018
Cut whiplash injuries with the headrest test, 15 Aug 2018
Grieving parents of stillborn babies fight for answers, 22 Jun 2018
Lawyers call for outright ban on cold calling for personal injury in Scotland, 01 Jun 2018
APIL, FOIL and MASS join forces for mediation project, 29 May 2018
Grieving relatives cruelly ignored by justice system, 27 Apr 2018
Car insurance injury claims lowest this decade, 23 Apr 2018

More past press releases

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