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APIL deals with the media on a daily basis, commenting on a variety of issues from legal reform to health and safety. We also run a SafetyWatch campaign which is designed to alert people, through the press, to potential hazards.

The press team aims to answer your query or provide you with a comment as quickly as possible. If we are unable to help, we will tell you, and try to point you in the right direction.

What we do for the media...

  • Set up interviews with our members, both nationally and locally
  • Issue press releases and statements
  • Provide general comment
  • Arrange comment pieces
  • Provide background briefings

Latest press releases

Prisons and Courts Bill 'robs Peter to pay Paul' say lawyers APIL news
Motorists cheated by irresponsible claims reforms APIL news
APIL news

The cost of clinical negligence claims will never fall unless the NHS Resolution’s bad practice is brought under control, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has warned.

APIL has responded to the Department of Health’s consultation Introducing Fixed Recoverable Costs in Lower Value Clinical Negligence Claims.     

“It is pointless to impose fixed costs for clinical negligence work without fixing the process first,” said APIL president Neil Sugarman. “A fixed, predictable claims process needs to be developed, rather than imposing fixed costs on the existing, dysfunctional system.


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Discount rate reduction from 2.5% to -0.75% for personal injury claims: Statement from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)27/02/2017
Pressure on the pricing of car insurance premiums and the imminent review of the discount rate03/02/2017
Chancellor’s Autumn Statement23/11/2016
Chancellor's Autumn Statement 25/11/2015
NHS Litigation Authority annual report statement22/07/2015

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Letters to the press

The Times RE: Cost of car insurance to increase by 8% 25/04/2017
NHS will need £50 billion to cover future negligence claims18/11/2016
Daily Mail Re: How whiplash ‘epidemic’ pushes car cover up £8228/10/2016
Regional newspapers (England and Wales) - the soaring cost of insurance premiums08/09/2016
The Times - Whiplash claims bump up car insurance costs19/08/2016

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Currently in the news

"Since reform to the personal injury system three years ago, insurers have saved a billion pounds yet premiums continue rise. Insurers reneged on their promise to pass on savings to consumers," said APIL president Neil Sugarman in response to insurer rhetoric in the Daily Mail about how much whiplash claims cost consumers through their premiums... "Cold calling for personal injury claims is exploitative, tasteless and intrusive," said Neil Sugarman. "Solicitors are not allowed to do it, for these very good reasons. But some claims management companies continue to hound people in this way and we want the Government to put a total ban on the practise"...

For more information on any of these issues, contact Jane Hartwell on 0115 943 5416, email

Head of Public Affairs
Lorraine Gwinnutt
0115 958 0585

Press & Communications Officer
Jane Hartwell
0115 943 5416