Muiris Lyons, Head of Clinical Negligence, was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) at their AGM on 4th May.

Senior Fellow is the highest level of accreditation, awarded only to those who can show an outstanding contribution to, and accomplishment in, personal injury law and practice.

Muiris is only the 10th lawyer to be awarded this in the 25 year history of APIL.

The Senior Fellow assessment panel stated that Muiris clearly satisfied all the criteria by a considerable margin. Muiris has:

  • Contributed to devising and promoting the cause of the new Clinical Negligence Protocol.
  • Worked on significant and high profile cases.
  • Contributed to governance and policy development.
  • Held a range of important of roles within APIL.
  • Contributed to publications through the General Editorship of JPIL, written chapters for Jones on Medical Negligence, and contributed to Kemp & Kemp.

One member of the panel described Muiris as “An ideal candidate for Senior Fellow. His list of high-profile cases makes me feel very inadequate!”

Muiris Lyons’ Profile

Muiris has practised in the field of catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence for over 20 years and is recognised as a “clear leader in his field”.

He specialises in maximum severity clinical negligence cases including brain, spinal cord and birth injuries as well as fatal claims. He has extensive experience of all aspects of healthcare litigation and has been involved in cases in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords (Supreme Court) and the European Court of Human Rights. Over the past 20 years he has taken a lead role in a number of high profile cases involving right to life and right to die issues as well IVF-related litigation and human rights.

He was a member of APIL’s Executive Committee for 9 years and was President in their 20th anniversary year. In 2011 he was awarded Honorary Life Membership of APIL in recognition of his “outstanding contribution” to their work campaigning for the rights of injured people.

During his time as President he was heavily involved in dealing with the Jackson reforms and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

He has given evidence before several parliamentary Select Committees, met frequently with Ministers and officials regarding policy issues, given a range of high profile speeches and presentations and appeared widely on television and radio.



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