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

APIL Officer - Kim Harrison

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.

Kim Harrison


Role: Officer


Further details for Kim Harrison are displayed below.

I am a Principal Lawyer at Slater & Gordon in Manchester, specialising in acting for victims and survivors of physical and sexual abuse in civil claims, human rights cases and public inquiries, as well as representing families at Article 2 inquests. I am an accredited APIL Senior Litigator. I qualified as a solicitor in 2005 at Pannone LLP, for several years undertaking general PI work, coming to specialise in industrial disease/asbestos and abuse cases, and then headed up the actions against the police team. I was made a Partner in 2011 and following the merger with Slater & Gordon in February 2014 I became a Principal Lawyer in both their abuse and disease teams, gradually moving over to abuse work full time.  I now jointly head up the abuse and public inquiries team at the firm.  I have represented clients at both the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry. 

I am a former member of the JPIL editorial board (2017 – 2021) and am currently on the executive committee of ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers. 

For APIL I have been part of working and consultation groups on various areas of personal injury law reform. I am a regular commentator on abuse and human rights issues in the media. I have written a number of case comments and articles on all aspects of PI litigation law and practice for LexisNexis, JPIL, PILJ and NLJ.  I currently chair APILs Diversity Working Group.

I can bring a strong commitment to education and training and through my proven track record of fighting for victims’ rights through the media and other lobbying I can be an effective and articulate voice for APIL members and their concerns.  I am committed to improving diversity at all levels of the organisation. 

  • attend the following meetings each year
    -  seven EC meetings which usually last a full day
    -   APIL’s annual general meeting and where necessary, other annual conferences
    -   EC meeting with SIG/regional group co-ordinators and secretaries (a full day)
    (Members of the EC are asked to achieve a 75% attendance rate throughout the year)
  • attend and actively support EC sub-committees and policy working groups, which meet at various times of the year
  • act as an EC liaison with a specified APIL special interest group and attend meetings, whenever possible
  • contribute to the preparation of APIL responses to consultation papers
  • attend regional group meetings.

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.

Director of ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers).

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.

Executive Committee of ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers).
Trade Union member UNITE

Please provide details below of all interests that you have which may conflict with your role.  This will include whether you or your employer have, or may in the future, receive any financial payment or other benefit from the areas covered in the activities above.  In addition, you should also indicate whether any spouse, partner, colleague or family member may benefit from your involvement.  

I am a Principal Lawyer at Slater & Gordon solicitors (employee).
I am not paid by ACAL for my role. 
I am not aware of any interests which may conflict with my role.

  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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