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Chambers UK 2022 ranking success

Chambers UK 2022 ranking success for Atherton Godfrey.

We are very pleased to say that Atherton Godfrey is ranked in the new guide. Chambers tell us that there was a substantial increase in the number of submissions this year, making it even more pleasing that Atherton Godfrey continues to be ranked as one of the best in the region.

Congratulations to everyone in both the personal injury team and clinical negligence team who work incredibly hard to get the best results for our clients.

Congratulations also to John McQuater, Christopher Noble and Bob Allen who all received individual recognition for their expertise.

Chambers commented – “Solid Doncaster-based team with longstanding experience in a wide range of cases. Handles spinal injury and amputation claims concerning surgical negligence and delays in diagnosis and treatment. Additional strengths in brain damage and stroke claims, as well as wrongful birth cases.”

A source told Chambers: “They are efficiently run and fight their client’s corner.”

Chambers UK 2022 – notable practitioners

John McQuater is experienced in brain damage cases, as well as those arising from surgical errors and delays in treatment – “Very knowledgeable in this area.”

Christopher Noble has a wide range of expertise which includes delayed diagnosis, catastrophic spinal injury and amputation cases – “An excellent practitioner.”

Bob Allen acts on negligence treatment cases and surgical errors, including amputation claims related to surgical negligence.

Chambers is an independent research company, delivering detailed rankings and insights into the world’s leading lawyers. Experienced research analysists carry out hundreds of thousands of interviews to provide a detailed insight into complex areas of law.

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Expertise recognised in Yorkshire Legal Awards

We are delighted to announce that John McQuater, a partner and head of  our litigation department, has been nominated for a prestigious legal award, for the 3rd year running.

The Yorkshire Legal Awards, now in their 21st year, recognise and celebrate the achievements of legal professionals throughout the Yorkshire region.

John, nominated in the Partner of the Year category, has practiced law for over 35 years. He is a highly regarded solicitor and an accredited specialist in clinical negligence, fatal injuries and serious brain injury cases.

He is well known throughout the legal sector for his willingness to take on the more challenging cases and welcomes the opportunity to apply his extensive knowledge of the law and his skills as a solicitor-advocate, settling claims in excess of £1m.

The exceptional standard of John’s work is recognised by the Legal 500, where he has received recommendations since 2013. He has also been ranked in the Chambers UK directory since 2012, for both clinical negligence and personal injury.

Under John ‘s direction, the firm’s clinical negligence and personal injury work has been recognised by The Times in their Top 200 Law Firm guide for the past 3 years.

John is an accomplished author and provides extensive training for other personal injury lawyers throughout the UK.

Switalskis, our sister company has been nominated in four categories: Managing Partner, Rising Star, Large Law Firm and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 7 October at the New Dock Hall in Leeds.

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Personal injury expertise recognised

John McQuater, partner and head of litigation at Atherton Godfrey has successfully secured re-accreditation as a personal injury specialist, by the Law Society of England and Wales.

Members of the scheme are reassessed regularly to ensure that they continue to meet the stringent standards set by the Law Society.

Each member must evidence that they have extensive experience of handling cases throughout the entire claims process, including through the courts, where necessary.

Members must also be able to demonstrate considerable expertise in handling complex claims involving disputed liability and cases involving minors or protected parties.

In addition to the personal injury accreditation, Mr McQuater also holds Law Society accreditation as a clinical negligence specialist.

The Law Society accreditations complement the Association of Personal Injury Lawyer (APIL) accreditations held by Mr McQuater, which include Brain Injury Specialist and Fatal Accident Specialist.

Mr McQuater said: “There are many personal injury lawyers out there, which can make it difficult for people to know who to go to.

“These accreditations are an important kitemark for clients looking for someone to represent them. They offer reassurance that they are engaging a legal professional with solid experience in a particular and often complex field.”

Mr McQuater has practiced personal injury law for more than 30 years and is an accomplished author in the field. His expertise is acknowledged by the Legal 500 and Chambers UK legal directories, where he is recommended for both personal injury and clinical negligence.

Mr McQuater shares his expertise by providing training for other personal injury lawyers, in a range of subjects and is a regular speaker at conferences throughout the UK.





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Injury experts listed in Legal 500

The nationally recognised clinical negligence and personal injury work at Atherton Godfrey has ranked highly in the Legal 500 guide for the 7th consecutive year.

The Legal 500 is a highly regarded resource that provides world-wide coverage of recommended law firms and leading individuals within the profession. The rankings follow extensive research and in-depth analysis of capabilities and expert opinion.

The latest issue of the Legal 500 acknowledged the “multi-layered nature of the practice” that enables Atherton Godfrey to handle a very wide range of cases, from birth injury to fatalities.

The clinical negligence team is described as having “a professional, co-ordinated approach with each fee earner delivering expertise” and their ability to “instinctively pick up on the key issues” was praised.

Clients welcomed the teams approach, commenting: “the team make you feel you matter. They aren’t intrusive but are very friendly and respectful”.

Whilst Christopher Noble, head of clinical negligence, was also singled out for praise, with one client commenting that he is “fantastic at explaining legal terms and proceedings in really simple terms”.

Atherton Godfrey has strong connections to key associations and charities such as the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Association against Medical Accidents. It is one of only a few firms locally to be able to offer legal aid in birth injury cases.

Also highly rated, is the firm’s personal injury team, which handles complex cases involving life-changing injuries, fatalities and brain injuries, and was noted as a “strong force in the locale”.

John McQuater, head of litigation, was recommended as a leading lawyer. He was singled out for his “deep knowledge of the legal issues” and his “excellent communication with clients and other lawyers”.

Mr McQuater, who provides professional training for clinical negligence and personal injury lawyers throughout the UK, also holds specialist brain injury and fatal accidents accreditation.

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Teaching assistant awarded £40,000 compensation

A teaching assistant who was left in agony and ended up losing her job, has been awarded £40,000 compensation after a hospital misdiagnosed her ankle injury.

It was the end of August when Ms D injured her ankle. All she did was stand up and take a step forward. As she did, she heard her ankle crack and it gave way underneath her.

She went to her local Health and Wellbeing Centre, but was advised to go straight to A&E at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

There she was examined by the Triage nurse, who diagnosed ligament damage. Ms D was told to carry on as usual, put weight on her foot and keep her ankle moving.

A few days later, the school holidays came to an end and Ms D went back to work. The nature of her job meant that she was on her feet all day – something she found incredibly painful.

She struggled on, but by the end of September, she was in so much pain that she went to her GP, who advised her to take time off work. He prescribed painkillers, arranged for physiotherapy and also arranged for an x-ray to be taken; concerned that the hospital hadn’t already done one.

The x-ray showed no bones were broken. However, the constant pain was now having a serious effect on Ms D’s health.

When she went for the physio appointment in October, tests were carried out and as a result she was referred back to the Blackpool Victoria hospital.

It was November by the time her hospital appointment came through – 3 months after her first visit. This time, scans revealed a 3.6cm tear in her Achilles tendon.

Ms D had to wait until December for surgery to repair the damaged tendon. After the operation she needed help around the home and couldn’t drive until the following March.

Ms D explains: “I had intended to start a teaching course in the January. But after the injury I had to postpone it. I also lost my placement at the school because of the length of time I had to take off. I’ve made a good recovery from the injury itself, but I still find it painful and my ankle swells if I’ve been standing or driving for a long time.”

As medical negligence specialists in recovering compensation for delayed diagnosis, Atherton Godfrey pursued the claim on a no win no fee basis. The NHS Trust agreed to pay £40,000 compensation in an out of court settlement.


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Legal 500 leading firm recommendation for Atherton Godfrey

We are delighted to announce that Atherton Godfrey has been successful in retaining Legal 500 recommendations for both Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.

In addition to the recommendations for the firm, a number of individual lawyers also receive personal recommendations for their work.

John McQuater

  • Leading Individual
  • Recommended Lawyer – personal injury
  • Recommended Lawyer – clinical negligence

Diane Parker

  • Recommended Lawyer – personal injury

Christopher Noble

  • Recommended Lawyer – clinical negligence


“Atherton Godfrey Solicitors has a highly rated clinical negligence practice based in Doncaster, which handles claims involving birth injury, misdiagnosis, oncology, GP care and fatality, and is one of a small number of local firms with the ability to handle birth injury cases under contract with the Legal Aid Agency.

John McQuater heads the wider litigation department, which encompasses clinical negligence and personal injury; his recent work includes acting for a one-month-old child in a claim that they suffered permanent brain damage due to the incorrect fitting of an external ventricular drain.

Christopher Noble heads the clinical negligence team and has expertise covering birth injury claims and cases involving incorrect or substandard treatment in general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, accident and emergency, general practitioner care, vascular surgery and obstetric care. Noble recently acted in a claim alleging failure to carry out spinal examination or refer to the orthopaedic team for assessment, resulting in the claimant being rendered paraplegic.”


“Diane Parker heads the personal injury practice at Atherton Godfrey Solicitors, which includes highly respected litigator John McQuater. The practice’s expertise encompasses industrial diseases employers’ liability, criminal injury compensation, motor injury claims and occupational deafness.”

(Extracted from UK Legal 500 2017 Directory)