May 1, 2014
John Spencer, director of Chesterfield law firm Spencers Solicitors, has become President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
APIL is a not-for-profit organisation that has been campaigning for improvement in the services provided to injured people for over 20 years and its 4,300 members are dedicated to changing the law to protect and enhance access to justice.
John will use his 35 years' experience of working within the legal sector to support APIL achieving its objectives of securing support and a fairer deal for the victims of all types of personal injury. He has a long association with the organisation having been an APIL member since 1995 and an elected member of its Executive Committee since 2011.
John assumes his presidency from Thursday 1st May at the APIL Annual Conference held at Celtic Manor, Newport.
As APIL's new president John has said he will champion "right" and "ethical" reform to the legal system, after a barrage of change which has "left injured people the losers". John told the assembled delegates in his inaugural speech:
"We must redouble our efforts to persuade everyone who is involved with developing and delivering legal reform finally to do the right thing for injured people. Being injured is, in itself, bad enough. What injured people need is justice and care. This is their basic right; it’s the mark of a civilised society."
John also outlined some of APIL's campaigns for the next year, which include lobbying for flexibility in the law on psychiatric harm for secondary victims, safeguarding patient safety in hospitals and promoting rehabilitation.
"We will never cease to expose every shoddy agenda which puts profit before injured people" John said.
The full content of John's presidential speech can be read on his blog at: john-spencer.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/my-apil-presidential-address.html
Read the full press release Chesterfield solicitor takes on presidential role on the APIL website.