Ian Walker, vice-president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil), has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Apil's US equivalent. Walker, of London firm Russell Jones & Walker, has been elected for a three-year term and will serve with Michael Napier, elected last year as the other UK governor. Walker promised he would “work hard to ensure that the rights of foreign claimants in international multi-party actions proceeding in the USA are preserved”.