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25 years and counting...
Colin Ettinger | 02 Mar 2015
I have been a member of APIL since it came into existence. I had the privilege of being its president in 2004 to 2005. As with all presidents, I gave a speech at the annual conference. Two of the themes in that speech are still very relevant today. The first relates to the image of lawyers who practice personal injury law. The general view of them is not at all good. This is a great pity. All of the personal injury lawyers I know who represent injured people, are thoroughly committed to the work that they do. Securing a good outcome for such individuals is an absolute priority for them. I only hope that in the future, a much more positive view of personal injury lawyers is established.
The second concerns rehabilitation. APIL began its rehabilitation campaign in 2003. It continues to put forward the proposition that in every case consideration has to be given as to how the personal injury claims process can be used in order to ensure that there is maximum recovery for the injured person. This is the approach of most personal injury lawyers and I sincerely hope that, in the not too distant future, such an approach becomes all-embracing and that all of those involved in conducting claims will see this as the top priority.
Here’s to APIL's next 25 years.

Past blog entries

Accident and negligence: what’s the difference and why does it matter? , 02 Aug 2021
Patient safety problems risk waning public confidence in the NHS , 20 May 2021
Consumers will not benefit from Do-it-Yourself whiplash reforms, 28 Jan 2021
Effects of a change in the discount rate: what happens when a review is expected? , 16 Dec 2020
Three per cent drop in premiums does not reflect massive insurer savings, 09 Nov 2020
What help is out there for families when someone is injured?, 02 Nov 2020
Blindly heading into the unknown for injured people?, 09 Dec 2019
Lessons in looking after one another , 18 Nov 2019

About this blog

Colin Ettinger

Colin is head of their personal injury department at Irwin Mitchell's London office and he has been practising personal injury litigation for over 35 years. He is a past president of APIL and was re-elected to the executive committee in 2013. He is a regular lecturer on issues concerning personal injury cases including damages, aspects of health and safety at work, and, has lectured extensively on rehabilitation.