Fentons partner Karl Tonks takes on new role as APIL president

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Fentons partner Karl Tonks takes on new role as APIL president

19th April 2012

Partner Karl Tonks has been appointed as the leader of a national not-for-profit organisation for injured people.

A solicitor with more than 20 years’ experience and a specialist in workplace injuries and industrial diseases, Karl will take on the role of president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) at the group’s AGM on Thursday, 19 April 2012.

“With fundamental Government reforms to ‘no-win no-fee’ about to become law, injured people are facing an even tougher fight in trying to gain access to justice,” said Karl, who heads the Employers’ Liability department at Fentons Solicitors LLP.

“This is a serious responsibility because the rights of injured people are under threat”.

Karl has led APIL’s campaign for a fund of last resort to be established for people who are sick and dying because of exposure to asbestos at work. Sometimes they become ill many years after exposure, by which time insurance records have been lost or destroyed.

“Dying people who are entitled to compensation to see them through their remaining days are denied it because the insurers of their negligent employers cannot be traced,” he said. “It’s a dysfunctional system and insurers who have already taken premiums need to accept their responsibilities.

“It is APIL’s job - and mine as the new president - to try to get the Government to listen to the voice of injured people, and not allow their needs to be forgotten in the push for efficiency and cost savings for businesses and the insurance industry.”

Karl completed his law degree at Manchester University and then attended Guildford College of Law. He is the head of training at Fentons, responsible for the development of solicitors, and in 2011 was invited to join the Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors. Karl is an Assessor to the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and also a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association.

Link  - Law Gazette