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

Why choose an APIL lawyer?

All APIL members sign up to the APIL code of conduct and consumer charter when they join the association.

Why choose an APIL lawyer

Membership on its own, however, is not evidence of experience, expertise, nor competence which is why many members apply for accreditation. The APIL accreditation scheme is well established with great credentials and has been running since September 1999. Look out for the quality mark logos below.

Reasons to choose an accredited injury lawyer:

  1. Competence
    APIL accreditation provides a quality mark of competence and specialist expertise for solicitors and counsel dealing with personal injury and medical/clinical negligence claims
  2. Knowledge
    APIL lawyers must undertake at least 16 hours professional legal training every year to make sure they remain up-to-date with the latest developments
  3. Committed
    By signing up to our code of conduct APIL lawyers are committed to acting in your best interests at all times
  4. Specialists
    Many of our lawyers specialise in certain areas of injury law – look for the specialist quality marks

Accreditation is granted on an individual and firm basis.

An accredited injury lawyer will:

  • Provide you with legal assistance if you have had a personal injury or contracted an illness or disease caused by someone else’s negligence.
  • Explain how much compensation you may be entitled to and will always give you clear and honest advice with your welfare in mind.
  • Aim to restore you back to your former way of life as much as possible (dependent on the nature of your injury).

An accredited lawyer's profile will generally display one of the logos below along with their biographical details. You can also ask them about their experience in dealing with your particular type of injury.

You may wish to contact more than one accredited member; each one will be able to give you initial advice for free. You would be under no obligation at that point.


Levels of accreditation

There are different levels of accreditation which APIL lawyers can achieve depending on their experience and areas of specialisation.

Senior litigator kitemark
Fellow kitemark
Senior fellow kitemark

Senior litigators, fellows and senior fellows will usually have at least 5, 10 or 15 years’ experience respectively of handling claims.

If you see the logo, you can rest assured that you have gone to the right person.

Accredited practice
Accredited chambers

Specialisation

Many accredited members specialise in particular types of case, such as:

It’s really important that, when you search for a lawyer, you indicate what kind of injury you have suffered, so you can get the right lawyer working for you as quickly as possible.


Maintaining accreditation

As part of keeping up-to-date with all the latest legal developments accredited specialists must accrue a percentage of their training hours in each of their specialist fields. Each member’s training log is rigorously vetted, along with the quality of the training to ensure that it meets APIL’s standards.

Accredited members must also confirm they continue to meet the accreditation standards every five years.

Firms may also hold corporate accreditation. An accredited member must work at each accredited branch of a firm. Independent assessors carry out visits to accredited firms, on behalf of APIL, to ensure that all criteria are being adhered to. View current corporate accredited firms/chambers.

If individuals and firms do not comply with the above, they lose their accreditation.


What motivates our lawyers

Our lawyers are committed to acting in the best interests of injured people. Find out more about what drives them by reading our Why I became a personal injury lawyer page.


Complaints

For information on what to do should you have a complaint about an APIL member, please view our complaints process.