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

APIL Vice President - Sam Elsby

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.

The executive committee meets on a regular basis, usually between six to eight times annually. The dates for 2018 are as follows:
EC meetings
Tuesday 12th March 10:30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 15th May 4:00pm - 6:00pm
(EC meeting with SIG/REGs at the annual conference)
Thursday 20th June 10:30am - 4.30pm
Thursday 26th September 10:30am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 12th December 10:30am - 4.30pm

Sam Elsby


Role: Vice President


Further details for Sam Elsby are displayed below.

Sam Elsby qualified as a solicitor in 1984.

He has undertaken personal injury work only since 1990, when he also joined APIL.

For over ten years, Sam was a partner at general practice High Street firm in Eastbourne, before leaving to set up his own practice in early 2003. In February 2018 his firm merged with Dean Wilson LLP in Brighton, where he joined their Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence team as a Consultant.

He takes on a wide range of cases, both by reference to value and cause of action. He has particular expertise in child/adolescent brain injury cases; fast-track trial advocacy and Inquests. He is also a Court of Protection Deputy.

Sam was the South East Regional Co-ordinator of APIL for 9 years. He is a Fellow of APIL.

Outside the law his main interests are amateur theatre directing and cycling.

  • 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.


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

None save that I am a Consultant at my firm Dean Wilson LLP

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

The Law Society

  1. APIL members may stand for election for the following:
    • Executive Committee (officers and additional officers)
    • Special Interest Group Co-ordinators
    • Special Interest Group Secretaries
    • Regional Group Co-ordinators
    • Regional Group Secretaries
  2. Nominations shall be put forward to the APIL office at the appropriate time on the required form.
  3. Each APIL member (fully paid up and eligible to vote) may nominate – one candidate and/or second one candidate, in each election.
  4. APIL’s secretary will not nominate or second candidates, but will remain eligible to vote.
  5. An APIL member becomes a candidate as soon as he/she is nominated to stand in an election.
  6. Candidates will be asked to submit to the APIL office up to 300 words, including biographical details, in support of their candidature. APIL's chief executive shall have the power to edit or refuse to accept unlawful or factually incorrect details.
  7. The details of all candidates will be circulated together, by the APIL office, to either the full membership (for EC elections) or to the relevant membership sections (for SIG and Regional Group elections).
  8. No additional written material, or electronic communications may be circulated and/or distributed by, and/or in support of, a candidate in any election.
  9. If additional material is found to be in circulation or, direct or indirect canvassing identified, APIL's Executive Committee reserves the right to withdraw the candidate from the elections.
  10. Canvassing of any nature is not permitted by members who may be nominated for APIL's Annual Awards.

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