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Virtual careers fair for next generation solicitors

We took part in a virtual careers fair for the University of York this week. It was great to speak to students who are thinking of a career in law.

John McQuater who is a Partner and Head of Litigation and Diane Parker who is a Partner and Head of Personal Injury were amongst the solicitors who took part in the event.

The students who took part in the virtual event were keen to know more about a day in the life of a solicitor and asked about our solicitors’ experience and background.

John and Diane are great advocates for progression in the legal sector, as they both began with Atherton Godfrey as trainee solicitors. They now head specialist departments and work with the country’s top barristers and medical experts.

As head of litigation, John has overall responsibility for both the personal injury and clinical negligence teams.

John is a highly regarded solicitor who handles the most complex of injury cases. He belongs to a range of specialist personal injury and clinical negligence panels and is an accomplished author in the subject. He shares his expertise by acting as an assessor for several of the  accreditation panels and by delivering training for personal injury lawyers throughout the UK, as well as our own inhouse teams.

Diane has a dual role at the firm. In addition to being head of the personal injury department, Diane is also the firm’s training principal. It’s her responsibility to make sure that the firm recruits high calibre trainee solicitors. She also devises training plans and carries out supervision to make sure that our trainees get the support and guidance they need to help them develop a successful legal career.

The trainees clearly appreciate Diane’s approach, as their nominations have led to her being a frequent finalist in the Career.Net Training and Recruitment Awards and a winner of the Best Recruiter award.

Why is Atherton Godfrey such a great place for trainees?

We are a leading law practice ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK and featured in The Times Best 200 Law Firms list each year from 2019 to 2021.

We employ well over 100 staff in both legal and support roles. As one of the largest law firms based in Doncaster, we can offer a wide range of career opportunities, with excellent prospects for successful candidates.

We are committed to providing staff with the knowledge, training and guidance they need to succeed in their chosen career path.

Atherton Godfrey is now part of the Switalskis group, with offices across the Yorkshire region.

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