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APIL Officer - Suzanne White

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 White


Role: Officer


Further details for Suzanne White are displayed below.

Suzanne is the head of the clinical negligence department, managing both the Manchester and London offices.  For the past 2 years, she has successfully led the firm’s team of extremely experienced healthcare lawyers, maintaining their impressive and long-established track record of winning maximum compensation for claimants, and providing high standards of client care.

Suzanne herself specialises in catastrophic injury work. Initially having trained as a radiographer before becoming a solicitor in 1999, Suzanne has the added value of a medical background which gives her genuine expertise in the medical and legal issues involved in the claims she investigates and advises on. 

Suzanne’s reputation as a force in the field of clinical negligence means that she attracts the high value, complex injury work and her impressive successes in that regard are widely covered in the Press .

Suzanne also represents families at inquests. She is currently acting in the very high-profile matter surrounding the death of Mary Agyapong; the young pregnant nurse who died of Covid-19 in  Luton and Dunstable Hospital in April 2020.

Suzanne is an ardent patient rights’ campaigner and, in particular, she is passionate about women’s rights in healthcare and in recognition of her work in this area, she was nominated for the Champion of the Year at the Inspirational Women Awards 2020.

Suzanne is also on the APIL executive committee, and she is a member of the Society of Radiographers, the INQUEST Lawyers Group, and she is a council member of MASIC. She is also a Trustee for the Patients’ Association, and she was a member of the Civil Justice Council’s working group for fixed costs.

  • 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.

Partner at Leigh Day

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.

Trustee at the Patients Association 

  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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