John McQuater qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and is a partner at Atherton Godfrey, where he is head of litigation with overall responsibility for the personal injury and clinical negligence teams.
He is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation scheme, the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation scheme and of the Law Society Catastrophic Injury Accreditation scheme.
John is a solicitor-advocate with rights of audience in the Higher Courts for civil proceedings.
He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, with accredited status as a senior fellow. and is the only solicitor in South Yorkshire to hold this accolade and one of only 9 in the UK.
He was elected to the APIL executive committee in 2005 and was APIL president from 2009 to 2010.
In 2010 John joined the Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors.
He is also a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association, the Law Management Section of the Law Society, the South Yorkshire Medico-Legal Society and the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates.
John is recommended in the Legal 500 2017 for his clinical negligence work and is recommended as a leading individual for his personal injury work.
He provides professional training on a range of subjects including procedure, practice management, occupiers’ liability, contributory negligence, clinical negligence and evidence as well as regular updates on developments in the law. He has chaired sessions, and spoken, at many conferences including APIL Annual Conferences, APIL Clinical Negligence Conferences and the APIL Catastrophic Injuries Conference.
Media work includes the BBC Daily Politics Show, BBC Look North, Radio 4 and local radio.
He is the author of Model Letters for Personal Injury Lawyers and the APIL Guide to Personal Injury Claims Procedure. He is also a contributor to the APIL Guide to Clinical Negligence and the APIL Personal Injury Law, Practice and Precedents looseleaf. He has had articles published in the Journal of Personal Injury Law, the Solicitors Journal, the New Law Journal, the Legal Executive Journal and The Times.
He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Personal Injury Law.
He received the degree of LLB in 1979 and in 2007 he was awarded the LLM in Advanced Litigation and Dispute Resolution by Nottingham Law School.
In 2001 he received the APIL Newcomer Trainer of the Year award and in 2011 was named Eclipse Proclaim Claimant PI Lawyer of the Year.
He is described in Chambers UK Guide as maintaining “an excellent reputation in both clinical negligence and personal injury matters.”
He is a past president of the Doncaster and District Law Society and of the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies.