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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

   
Dog attack victims deprived of justice APIL news
 
Prisons and Courts Bill 'robs Peter to pay Paul' say lawyers APIL news
 
APIL news
 

Reforms to personal injury in the Prisons and Courts Bill come with a promise of lower car insurance premiums which will not be kept and aim to tackle a ‘compensation culture’ which does not exist, say lawyers.

“The Government’s so-called solution to high motor premiums is to reduce how much compensation people with genuine injuries will receive to derisory levels, and make the claims process more difficult and off-putting for the public,” said Neil Sugarman, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) a national not-for-profit campaign group for injured people.

“The entire point of compulsory insurance is to protect and help people in the event they are injured needlessly. The Government’s tactic for reform is like saving money on heating your home by having the radiators ripped out,” Mr Sugarman said. 





   
 
 
 
 
 

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Statements

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

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
Daily Mail - Crackdown on whiplash scourge, begs Aviva chief05/08/2016

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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 jane.hartwell@apil.org.uk.

Head of Public Affairs
Lorraine Gwinnutt
0115 958 0585
lorraine.gwinnutt@apil.org.uk

Press & Communications Officer
Jane Hartwell
0115 943 5416
jane.hartwell@apil.org.uk