John McQuater, partner and head of litigation at Atherton Godfrey LLP, has been appointed to serve on the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC).
John, who was appointed by the Lord Chancellor, will serve as the lay consumer advice member for a 3-year-period.
The CPRC is a public body set up by the Ministry of Justice to make the rules and set out the practice and procedure that must be followed in the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the County Court.
The committee works to ensure that the rules of court are simple and easy to understand and the civil justice system is transparent, accessible, fair and efficient.
The CRPC comprises members of the judiciary, legal profession and lay advisers and is supported by a secretariat provided by the MoJ.
John qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and is a highly regarded specialist in his field. He is a solicitor-advocate with rights of audience in the higher courts for civil proceedings.
He is a member of the Law Society specialist accreditation schemes for clinical negligence, personal injury and catastrophic injury.
John is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, with accredited status as a senior fellow. He is the only solicitor in South Yorkshire to hold this accolade and one of only 9 solicitors throughout the UK.
John is recommended in the Legal 500 for both his clinical negligence work and his personal injury work.
He provides professional training on a range of subjects, including procedure, practice management, occupier’s liability, contributory negligence, clinical negligence and evidence. John also delivers regular updates on developments in the law.
He is described in Chambers UK Guide as maintaining “an excellent reputation in both clinical negligence and personal injury matters”.