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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from APIL

NEW SPEAKER ADDED - HHJ BIRD
Issuing unspecified claims during COVID and the future of unspecified claims in the County Court

Added: 21 May

The large majority of unspecified claims in the County Court are for personal injury. Issuing proceedings for these types of claims in the County Court during the COVID-19 pandemic, was a significant problem.

HMCTS and the Civil Procedure Rule Committee have worked together to extend a pilot scheme in PD51S to enable practitioners to issue proceedings via an online system and receive a sealed claim form back electronically.

In this free webinar, you will hear from members of HMCTS and the CPRC sub-committee about:

  • The system extended in response to COVID-19 to enable online issuing of county court claims
  • The future developments planned for the county court unspecified claims system

There will be an opportunity to submit questions about both topics before the webinar for the panel to consider during the webinar.

Speakers:
Justice Colin Birss
, member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee
His Honour Judge Bird, Designated Civil Judge for Manchester
Brett Dixon, APIL vice president and member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee
Darren Rooke, HMCTS
Emily Wickens, HMCTS

Book your place now

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Midweek lockdown update for APIL members (plus attached document) 20-05-2020

Added: 20 May

View midweek Lockdown Update

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RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE -
APIL quarterly review 2020 - 2nd quarter (FREE webinar)

Added: 20 May

This webinar will update you on everything you need to know about the work APIL is currently doing to support our members, and to continue to campaign for injured people including the work that we are doing to help members during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The session, presented by APIL President Sam Elsby and APIL CEO Mike Benner covers all the latest happenings at APIL ofver the past 3 months.

Get the recording here

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Limitation Protocol Agreements

Added: 19 May

All three limitation protocol agreements for England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been extended until the 17th June.

This document contains all there agreements, with a link to the ABI website for details of how to sign up and a list of signatories:

View Limitation Protocol Agreements

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Covid-19: Best Practice for For Mutual Co-Operation

Added: 19 May

Best practice documents have been reviewed with FOIL and extended to the 17th June 2020. A further review of all documents will take place in the week before this date.

Each document can be viewed here:

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Main Lockdown update for APIL members

Added: 18 May

View main lockdown update

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BRAND NEW LIVE WEBINAR -
Interlocutory applications to the court:
Knowing the rules and getting them right!

Added: 18 May

At a time when most applications are going to be heard remotely, it is more important than ever that litigators know, and comply with, the rules governing making applications to court.

This webinar looks at:

  • The Rules and Practice Directions in detail so you can be sure you are complying
  • Case law and judicial observations in relation to the making of applications
  • The practical steps you can take
  • The costs of interlocutory applications and how to make sure you can recover appropriate costs

Book your place now

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BRAND NEW LIVE WEBINAR -
Cybersecurity and working safely from home 

Added: 15 May

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, this brand new webinar has been scheduled to help personal injury lawyers discover the best ways to work safely from home.

Presented by CEO of Wolfberry Security, Damon Rands, this webinar will cover:

  • How the pandemic has changed the threat landscape
  • How your home network is vulnerable to attack
  • The threats software brings
  • How phishing exploits the new landscape

Book your place now

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LIVE VIRTUAL WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL GROUP MEETING -
Getting the court to hear your case during the pandemic

Added: 14 May

APIL is bringing to members a very special live virtual meeting which is being organised by Lucy Macklin and Mike Forrester, coordinator and secretary of APIL’s West Midlands regional group.

The meeting is being held by live webinar and will be delivered on Thursday, 28 May between 15:30pm - 16:30pm., and feature the following sessions:

Introduction and APIL activity update
Lucy Macklin and Michael Forrester

Getting the court to hear your case during the pandemic
Richard Wheeler
3PB Barristers


Book your place now

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RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE -
Remote video hearings and electronic bundles

Added: 13 May

This webinar was fantastically well received and very well attended. 

Presented by APIL immediate past president Brett Dixon, HHJ Bird, and Master Cook who sits as a High Court Master in the Queen’s Bench Division at the Royal Courts of Justice, it covers practical guidance on:

  • Preparation for remote video hearings before the courts
  • How to prepare e-bundles
  • Advocacy tips for remote hearings
  • Protocol for trial using Skype
  • County Court views
  • Remote hearings in the County Court

Book your place now

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RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE -
Covid-19: Managing the impact on your firm's finances
(Aired live at noon on 11 May)

Added: 11 May

This one hour live session covers financial assistance during/after Covid, including: furlough, bank borrowing, getting better payment terms on leases, deferring tax payments implementing temporary pay reductions for staff and much more!

Book your place now

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New LIVE webinar -
Lockdown leads - Maximising your LinkedIn professional profile whilst working from home
Broadcast on 27 May at noon

Added: 5 May

This webinar is ideally suited for anyone now working from home who is looking to continue networking and generate leads and opportunities for themselves or their business

In this webinar we will:

  • Explore the key differences between profiles, pages and groups on LinkedIn. We'll explain when you might use each of them, and how all three can be used together to build a strong presence online for your organisation
  • Highlight the different groups of users that exist on the platform, how they use LinkedIn, and what they are looking for
  • Introduce some simple one-off actions that you can undertake to optimise your profile and encourage more connections and interactions
  • Invite you to share your questions and get answers to the things you want to know most about LinkedIn

Book your place now

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RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE
Data protection for PI lawyers: how the lockdown helps us to understand it

Added: 28 Apr

Data protection is a slippery subject at the best of times, and it can be difficult to grasp some of the abstract and dry concepts in the GDPR.  The changes forced on us by Covid 19 provide a new perspective through which we can make sense of it.  The crisis has thrown up some concrete issues which enable us to get a better handle on the underlying principles. This webinar, presented by Francis Dingwall, will bring you right up-to-date with all you need to know!

Book your place now

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RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE - Becoming more Covid-19 resilient

Added: 28 Apr

Presented by Professor Hugh Koch, this webinar will cover working with clients remotely, obtaining reliable medical reports and much more...

Book your place now

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Best practice - now including Northern Ireland

Added: 27 Apr

APIL and FOIL have been working together and, north of the border with MASS and the ABI, to produce a best practice document which we all hope will assist all practitioners. The Best Practice will be regularly reviewed as the situation changes or becomes clearer. Work has also begun on developing something similar for members in Northern Ireland.

APIL members and non-member

APIL FOIL Best Practice

Scotland limitation protocol

FOIL registered members

APIL FOIL Best Practice

Scotland limitation protocol

Northern Ireland

APIL FOIL Best Practice - Northern Ireland

APIL & ABI Limitation Agreement - Northern Ireland

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New LIVE webinar -
Personal injury litigators and the Coronavirus 

Added: 27 Apr

This webinar looks at the practical implications for personal injury lawyers that have arisen as a result of the coronavirus and social isolation.

Book your place now

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Recording available:
The Lockdown Toolkit: guidance on practical and tactical issues facing claimant practitioners

Added: 17 Apr

This webinar, presented by APIL Secretary John McQuater and APIL Immediate Past President Brett Dixon followed on from our recent Q and A session.

RECORDING AVAILABLE NOW - Find out more...

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International special interest group meeting recording available

Added: 17 Apr

If you missed yesterday's (16 April) international special interest group meeting, a recording is now available. Please contact anthony.lord@apil.org.uk for the link.

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Online training

Added: 6 Apr
  • Witness statements: the statements of truth and social isolation - Find out more...

  • Q & A session for members - the session will be delivered via a one hour webinar at 2.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 April. Access details will be emailed to APIL members.

  • Social media & Covid-19: Help available for personal injury lawyers during difficult times - Find out more...

  • Civil procedure and the Coronavirus: practical solutions in an uncertain time - Free for APIL members | Buy for non-members

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Urgent appeal for support for legal advice sector

Added: 9 Apr

An emergency national fund has been created to help support specialist free legal advice agencies which are under serious threat as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Access to Justice Foundation, along with funding partners, has set up and is administering the fund to help relieve a situation which CEO Ruth Daniel describes as ‘dire’.

“The funding model that is currently in place is restricting front-line advice funding at the worst possible time,” she said. “Many advice services rely on legal aid funding on a case basis. With courts and tribunals closed, cases are not proceeding to a point where payment can be triggered. It is predicted that one quarter of front-line legal advice centres are now at risk of permanent closure. Three quarters are facing staff losses.”  

The Foundation is seeking donations to help mitigate the situation and has pledged to match all payments made, up to a total limit of £200,000. To donate, visit the appeal page here: https://atjf.org.uk/donate/emergencyappeal 
Questions about donating or providing further support should be directed to: emergency@atjf.org.uk

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APIL staff are currently working from home

Added: 30 Mar

If you would like to contact a department directly please use the details below:

  • Training - 07736 272988 or training@apil.org.uk

  • Membership - 0115 9435400

  • Press - 07808 768623/07768 440249

  • Parliamentary - 07703 719644/07768 440249

  • Legal affairs - 07711 004724/07525 129671

  • Accounts - accounts@apil.org.uk

  • Chief Executive Officer (Mike Benner) - 07971 591224