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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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Solicitors in bid to increase free legal services

Solicitors from a Doncaster law firm will be braving the weather later today in an effort to raise funds to help provide free legal services.

Solicitors from Atherton Godfrey will join others from across the region as they take part in the after work Sheffield Legal Walk.

The 10km sponsored walk around Sheffield is organised by The Yorkshire Legal Support Trust (YLST), the local arm of The Access to Justice Foundation, which raises and distributes funds to provide free legal advice services.

Diane Parker, partner at Atherton Godfrey and honorary secretary of the Doncaster District Law Society, commented: “Everyone should be able to access legal advice when they need it. Unfortunately, government funding is constantly being cut.

These legal walks are just one of the ways that the legal profession joins together to help fund access to justice for the poorest, most vulnerable and disadvantaged local people.”

The funds raised help people who find themselves facing problems such as homelessness, debt, employment, family issues, mental health problems, discrimination and injustice.