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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from APIL

Welcome to APIL Covid-19 hub. On this page, you will find:

  • Links to all the essential information and contact details that you will need to run your cases over the coming weeks
  • Latest training, including complimentary webinars and group meetings
  • Additional resources to help you connect with your fellow APIL members and other stakeholders

Contents


APIL staff working from home - contact details

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

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

  • Membership - 0115 9435400

  • Press - 07808 768623 or 07768 440249

  • Parliamentary - 07703 719644 or 07768 440249

  • Legal affairs - 07711 004724 or 07525 129671

  • Accounts - accounts@apil.org.uk

  • Chief Executive Officer (Mike Benner) - 07971 591224


Best practice and limitation industry agreements

Limitation Protocol Agreements

The limitation protocol agreements for Scotland and Northern Ireland have been extended. The Scotland and Northern Ireland agreements continue until until 14th August 2020 after which they will cease to have effect.

The E&W agreement ceased to have effect on 30 June.

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

View Scotland and Northern Ireland Agreements

This document contains all three jurisdictions' agreements which were in place prior to the 2 July 2020 review:

View Limitation Protocol Agreements

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

Best practice documents have been reviewed with FOIL. The England, Wales & Scotland document was reviewed and updated on 1 July 2020. All three agreements remain valid.

Each document can be viewed here:

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Scotland - Interim Agreement Supporting Case Progress in C-19

The Law Society of Scotland Courts Working Group supports a protocol which will allow parties to enter into an agreement to progress cases, which but for the current crisis and delays within the courts, would have been litigated. For the full agreement, click here: Interim Agreement Scotland

APIL and FOIL members can sign up to the agreement by clicking on this link (opens in separate window) or emailing legal.affairs@apil.org.uk and providing their contact details. A list of signatories to the agreement can be viewed here

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Daily/weekly lockdown updates

All the useful coronavirus related information and links issued so far, consolidated into one document

View the Update here


Covid-related training - future events

Mediation on-line in personal injury and clinical negligence litigation (LIVE WEBINAR)

Long standing APIL members Paul Balen and Brian Dawson are also directors of Trust Mediation, providers of specialist mediators for personal injury and clinical negligence disputes.

In this webinar, they will cover:

  • Litigation – current issues
  • Mediation – current issues
  • On line mediation v on line RTM
  • Advantages of being on line
  • Update on sanctions
  • Preparation
  • The mediation process on line
  • Making the most of on line mediation
  • Barriers to success

Book online here


Covid-related training - on demand, recordings of past events

Interlocutory applications to the court: Knowing the rules and getting them right! - Get the recording here

Cybersecurity and working safely from home - Get the recording here

Issuing unspecified claims during COVID and the future of unspecified claims in the County Court - Get the recording now

Lockdown leads - Maximising your LinkedIn professional profile whilst working from home - Purchase the recording here

APIL quarterly review 2020 - 2nd quarter - Get the recording here

Remote video hearings and electronic bundles - Book your place now

Covid-19: Managing the impact on your firm's finances - Book your place now

Data protection for PI lawyers: how the lockdown helps us to understand it - Book your place now

Becoming more Covid-19 resilient - Book your place now

Personal injury litigators and the Coronavirus - Book your place now

The Lockdown Toolkit: guidance on practical and tactical issues facing claimant practitioners - Find out more...

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


Regional, membership, and special interest groups - virtual content

APIL spinal cord injury special interest group meeting recording available. If you missed today's (13 July) APIL spinal cord injury group meeting, a recording is now available. 

The meeting includes fascinating sessions such as:

Providing care during the covid-19 pandemic 
Maggie Sargent, Maggie Sargent & Associates

Use of technology during the covid-19 pandemic: Where are we now?
Christopher Johnston QC, Serjeants Inn Chambers
Frances McClenaghan, Serjeants Inn Chambers

Please contact anthony.lord@apil.org.uk for the link.

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APIL occupational health special interest group meeting recording available. If you missed yesterday's (9 July) APIL occupational health group meeting, a recording is now available. Please contact anthony.lord@apil.org.uk for the link.

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APIL Cymru wales regional group meeting recording available. If you missed yesterday's (8 July) APIL Cymru Wales regional group meeting, a recording is now available. Please contact anthony.lord@apil.org.uk for the link.

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International special interest group meeting recording available. 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.


Other Covid-related information

Urgent appeal for support for legal advice sector

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