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APIL annual conference 2018

All levels - 10 hours

(Please note that the number of CPD hours may be subject to change)

Residential package starting from only £350 + VAT

APIL is delighted to announce the FULL PROGRAMME for their 2018 annual conference, which is taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Tuesday, 17 and Wednesday, 18 April.

Kindly sponsored by Medreport, this popular residential conference has undergone a complete overhaul for 2018, bringing you a BRAND NEW FORMAT and SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Our theme of ‘Securing justice for a modern society’ will prepare you for the year ahead.  You will see that we have plenary sessions including ‘Life after injury’, ‘Law reform and litigation update, and ‘Building a sustainable future’ delivered by representatives of a number of APIL’s top PI firms, topped off with a keynote speech from The Rt Hon Lord Keen of Elie QC.

This year, we have introduced four streams of seminars into the conference programme – Business;  Disease; Road traffic collisions and Serious injury - to further educate our members in their own particular field of work.  Delegates can choose to attend 6 out of 24 seminars.

Keynote address

  • By The Rt Hon Lord Keen of Elie

APIL annual general meeting

  • Open to all APIL members

President's speech: The year ahead

  • APIL President, Brett Dixon

Life after injury

  • Speakers: Brooke Trotter
  • Neil Sugarman, Past APIL President, GLP Solicitors

Panel session: Building a sustainable future

  • Chair: John McQuater, APIL secretary, Atherton Godfrey LLP
  • Panel members: Doug Christie, Union and Client Director, Thompsons Solicitors, London
  • Greg Cox, Managing Partner, Simpson Millar Solicitors LLP, Kingston-upon-Thames
  • Colin Ettinger, Lead Partner Personal Injury, Irwin Mitchell, London
  • Dr Neil Hudgell, Managing Director, Hudgell Solicitors
  • Martin James, Senior Personal Injury Lawyer, Slater + Gordon Lawyers, Manchester
  • Vidisha Joshi, Managing Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen, London
  • Frances Swaine, Partner, Leigh Day, London
  • Jonathan Wheeler, Managing Partner, Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors

Law reform and litigation update

  • Everything you need to know to keep you up-to-speed and prepare you for the year ahead!
  • Discount rate
  • Clinical negligence
  • Small claims and LiPs
  • Court reforms
  • Gastric illness

JPIL case and comment

  • Session kindly sponsored by Thomson Reuters
  • Speakers: Colin Ettinger, Editor
  • Nigel Tomkins, Digest Editor
  • John McQuater, JPIL editorial board
  • Annette Morris, JPIL editorial board

Business seminars

  • Running a PI practice in 2018
  • What are the real costs of paying clients' disbursements
  • CLCA nursing - a unique approach to care
  • GDPR for PI lawyers: Don't panic!
  • Social media for lawyers - gold mine of minefield

Disease seminars

  • The de minimis argument in the context of noise induced hearing loss
  • Uncertainty within noise measurement - how results can vary in an investigation
  • Outdoor therapy - maintaining access to the great outdoors through provision of the right wheelchair
  • Causation
  • Work related upper limb disorders - a surgeon's view
  • Work related skin and breathing conditions

Road traffic collisions seminars

  • Credit hire - include or be sued?
  • The role of evidence based vocational rehabilitation for serious injury clients
  • Quantum - structuring a schedule of loss (employment) in RTAs
  • Small claims - can you make them work?
  • Motorcycle accident claims - a motorcyclist's perspective
  • Automated vehicles and RTA liability

Serious injury seminars

  • Fatal injuries
  • Osseointegration - pushing prosthetic boundaries
  • An innovative brace for debilitating foot and ankle injuries following serious injury
  • Amputee claims
  • How to use the Ogden tables and calculate future losses
  • Special education needs - support your client and save their money!


  • With around 50 stands showcasing their products and services

Mid-conference social evening

  • Kindly sponsored by Frenkel Topping

Fabric conference bags

  • Kindly sponsored by Personal Financial Planning Ltd

Our welcome evening and mid-conference social events will also be much more relaxed in 2018 in order to encourage delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers to stay together to network throughout the evening, meeting new contacts whilst enjoying the food, drinks and various types of entertainment.

The standard residential rate is only £445 + VAT  and due to popular demand, we have also brought back our substantially discounted ‘First-timers’ package, for any members who have never attended the annual conference before.  At only £350 + VAT for the first timers’ residential package, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Day delegate rates are also available and details can be found on the conference booking form.

*Residential package includes attendance at both days of the conference, plus single occupancy accommodation and one ticket to the mid-conference social evening on Tuesday, 17 April 2018. 


APIL member: £445 + VAT

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