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

Put justice before profits, urges new APIL leader

29 Apr 2014
APIL news

APIL’s new president will champion for “right” and “ethical” reform to the legal system,after a barrage of change which has “left injured people the losers”.

The association will welcome John Spencer to the helm at its annual conference and annual general meeting in Newport next week.

“Politicians,doctors, lawyers, insurers - we all know what is right,” John will tell assembled delegates in his inaugural speech. “What often appears to be difficult though is actually doing what is right over what is expedient.

“So in the next year we must redouble our efforts to persuade everyone who is involved with developing and delivering legal reform finally to do the right thing for injured people. Being injured is, in itself, bad enough. What injured people need is justice and care. This is their basic right; it’s the mark of a civilised society”.

John will outline some of the association’s campaigns for the next year, which include lobbying for flexibility in the law on psychiatric harm for secondary victims,safeguarding patient safety in hospitals, and promoting rehabilitation.

“We will never cease to expose every shoddy agenda which puts profit before injured people,” he will say.

John will be supported in his presidency by new APIL vice-president Jonathan Wheeler.


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 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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