Apil business code receives welcome from members

Personal injury lawyers have responded positively to plans for a code of conduct for their group.

According to the president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil), Caroline Harmer, the association has had entirely positive feedback from its members on the issue.

Apil has been seriously considering a code for the past six months. The executive committee is currently drafting the code and hopes it will be ready to put out to consultation before the autumn conference in November.

The code will focus on the ways in which personal injury lawyers seek to attract business and will consider the issue of advertising.

Hamer said that the code will concentrate on issues specific to personal injury lawyers and therefore will not tread on Law Society toes.

Harmer said she believed the time for a code is right.

“I am very much in favour of it, provided it has the support of our members,” she said.

She emphasised that the proposal is at a very early stage and that nothing will be implemented without the support of Apil members.

Apil hopes that a code of conduct will improve the poor public image of personal injury lawyers.

“Personal injury lawyers are taking a particularly bad knocking from the Press at the moment,” said Harmer.

“You hear politicians and even judges making negative remarks at the moment. We, and those who represent us, must cease being apologetic and put the record straight.”