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

APIL Officer - Pauline Roberts

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.

Pauline Roberts


Role: Officer


Further details for Pauline Roberts are displayed below.

Pauline joined Hugh James in May 2014. She has over 30 years’ experience of multi-party litigation relating to medical devices, implants and pharmaceuticals.

She has also acted on behalf of claimants in all aspects of health care claims. Representing adults, children and claimants without capacity.  Handling claims of moderate value up to claims involving multi-million pound damages.

She has acted in the co-ordination of 150 individual claims in Dalkon Shield (IUCD devices).  In 1995 she was successful in achieving settlement of 24 cases of claimants infected with Hepatitis C as a result of receiving Gammogard manufactured by Baxter International Ltd. She  was a member of the steering committee in the Myodil litigation against Glaxo Laboratories Ltd,(AB & others v Glaxo) which achieved a settlement for 425 cases, responsible for setting up and co-ordination a panel of examining consultant neurologists, co-ordination of individual claims and implementing the settlement scheme.

She acted at steering committee level in the successful Human Growth Hormone/CJD litigation  and many of the passengers in the Gerona Air Crash.  She acted in the settlement of 110 Dow Corning breast implant cases and 35 Trilucent Breast Implant cases.

She acted at steering committee level in the various Metal on Metal hip group litigations.

She is currently acting for claimants pursuing compensation for Oculentis intraocular lenses which have opacified causing injury.


  • Senior Litigator (APIL) - 2018
  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives  Member of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)  - 1990 to date
  • Secretary of the Multi-Party Actions Special interest Group (APIL) -  2005 to 2020
  • Secretary of Swansea Medico-Legal Society -  2005 to date.
  • Member of Cardiff and District Law Society’
  • 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.


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


  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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