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Compensation Bill, NHS Redress Bill, asbestosis… PI chambers tell Andrew Towler what the hot issues will be in the year ahead

31 March 2006

For many people April means the end of the tax year – for personal injury lawyers, it means the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’ (APIL) annual conference, a chance to meet fellow professionals to discuss the ups and downs of the preceding 12 months and what the next 12 hold.

It is also time for the new president of APIL to make an inaugural speech setting the agenda for their term in office. This year the honour switches from a barrister to a solicitor – as Allan Gore QC hands over to Richard Langton, managing partner at the Birmingham office of Russell Jones & Walker. Langton will be on home territory for his first address at next week’s conference (6-7 April) at Birmingham’s NEC.

Langton’s CV lists his specialist field as “fatal accident and maximum severity claims involving head and spinal injuries”. He has worked on many high profile cases, including 9/11 litigation, the Lockerbie air crash and the Bulgarian ski chalet fire.

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