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

APIL Vice President - Suzanne Trask

The staff report to an executive committee of elected APIL members, which is led by a team of officers comprising the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.

Executive committee members work on a voluntary basis, tirelessly striving to achieve APIL’s objectives for the benefit of injured people.

Lay executive committee members are recommended for appointment by the Remuneration & Appointments Committee, and their appointment is approved by the executive committee. They are the voice of the injured person on the executive committee.

The executive committee meets on a regular basis, usually four times annually.

Suzanne Trask


Role: Vice President


Further details for Suzanne Trask are displayed below.

Suzanne is a Partner and is head of the adult brain injury department at Bolt Burdon Kemp. She has specific expertise in complex claims involving serious brain injuries in adults, and is passionate about resolving claims swiftly and without delay.

She is recognised by Chambers and Partners 2022 as a key lawyer in both personal injury and clinical negligence, and they say of her: “She has excellent attention to detail and works extremely hard to get the right result for the client.” 

Suzanne understands the many differing ways in which a person can be individually affected by brain injury, whether caused by traumatic injury or medical negligence. She is passionate about supporting survivors of brain injury and is recognised as a specialist head injury lawyer by Headway. She has close ties with The Silverlinings, of which she is a trustee. Both of these charities provide invaluable services and support to adults who have suffered from brain injury.

Suzanne is individually accredited with APIL as a Fellow and was secretary of the clinical negligence special interest group before joining the Executive Committee. She is a member of and an assessor for both the APIL clinical negligence and brain injury specialist accreditation schemes. She is regularly involved in working groups on government consultations, including on fixed costs in medical negligence claims.

She is frequently invited to provide comment to the national media and legal publications


  • The vice-president shall preside over all meetings in the absence of the president
  • In the event of a vacancy in the office of president, the vice-president shall take his or her place
  • The vice-president is expected to deputise for the president, where necessary, in any work the president is unable to undertake for whatever reason.

Shareholdings/directorships/partners or otherwise engaged in the management or control of claims management services, medical agencies and other organisations related to providing a service to the injured person, or in the field of personal injury.

Equity partner in Bolt Burdon Kemp

Consultancies related to providing a service to the injured person, or in the field of personal injury.


Political organisations/societies/pressure groups/charities/trade unions.

  • Member of The Law Society
  • Trustee of The Silverlinings, the national brain injury charity
  • Member of The Patients Association, Justice, Amnesty International, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and London Solicitors Litigation Association.
  • Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Ambassador for Cancer Research UK.
  • BBK LLP is also a panel member of several other charities.
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    • Special Interest Group Co-ordinators
    • Special Interest Group Secretaries
    • Regional Group Co-ordinators
    • Regional Group Secretaries
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  3. Each APIL member (fully paid up and eligible to vote) may nominate – one candidate and/or second one candidate, in each election.
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  10. Canvassing of any nature is not permitted by members who may be nominated for APIL's Annual Awards.

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