Rebecca Huxford, senior associate in our International Injury team, has been awarded the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’ (APIL) specialist accreditation for accidents & illnesses abroad. This makes Stewarts unique amongst law firms in the UK, in that all our International Injury solicitors now hold this prestigious accreditation.

Rebecca says: “I am delighted to have received this specialist accreditation. For our seriously injured clients, finding the right lawyer to represent them at such a traumatic time is daunting. Throw in a cross-border angle to the case and it can be difficult to know where to turn for specialist advice, especially with lots of firms advertising experience in this area.

“APIL’s accreditation scheme is therefore pivotal in helping injured clients to quickly identify those lawyers who do have the relevant specialist expertise and highest competency levels to represent them in this complex area of personal injury law.”


What APIL’s accreditation means

APIL is a not-for-profit campaign organisation that has been fighting for the rights of injured people for nearly 30 years. It awards outstanding lawyers with accreditations and specialist awards for excellence within their legal practice areas, which enables the victims of personal injury to select the correct lawyer to represent them.

Their accreditations provide a quality mark of expertise for solicitors dealing with specialist types of personal injury claims. The accreditation scheme demonstrates that an APIL lawyer has achieved a high standard of knowledge, understanding, know-how, skill and behaviour.

The ‘accidents and illnesses abroad’ accreditation, which Stewarts partner Chris Deacon helped APIL devise, specifically acknowledges that a solicitor is “able to manage and progress a claim arising from an accident or illness abroad, and/or which involves consideration of another jurisdiction and/or a foreign applicable law, so as to establish, assert and enforce, in an effective and efficient manner, the rights of a client damaged or disadvantaged by the negligence or breach of another party”.

Our team also hold additional APIL accreditations for their brain and spinal cord injury expertise and their expertise in handling fatal accident claims.


Rebecca’s experience

Rebecca has considerable expertise representing clients following lifechanging international accidents, including UK residents injured overseas and foreign nationals who sustain serious injuries in the UK.

Since joining Stewarts Rebecca has:

  • represented a New Zealand national following a tragic boat accident during the America’s Cup in Bermuda involving complex, jurisdictional, applicable law and maritime law issues;
  • negotiated a £6.4 million settlement for a young client who sustained a complex spinal cord injury in France, securing a novel provisional damages award to cover a range of rare but significant spinal complications;
  • secured a high seven-figure sum for a Korean national with a severe traumatic brain injury;
  • secured a substantial settlement for an English family injured in Spain which involved complex arguments on the application of the Spanish ‘Baremo’; and
  • secured £2.4 million for an Eastern European client having pleaded and argued for earnings-related losses to be calculated at a -3% Personal Injury Discount Rate.



You can find further information regarding our expertise, experience and team on our  International Injury page.

If you require assistance from our team, please contact us.



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