John McQuater qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and is a partner at Atherton Godfrey, Doncaster, where he is head of litigation with overall responsibility for the personal injury, clinical negligence, employment and dispute resolution teams.
He is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme and of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and also an assessor for that scheme. He is a member of the APIL Clinical Negligence Specialist Accreditation Scheme and an assessor for that scheme.
He 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.
He was elected to the APIL executive committee in 2005, was APIL President from 2009 to 2010, then re-elected to the executive committee in 2012 before being elected as APIL secretary in 2016.
He is also a member of the Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors, 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.
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, the APIL catastrophic injuries conference and APIL business conferences.
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 APIL Personal Injury Law, Practice and Precedents’. He has had articles published in the Journal of Personal Injury Law, the Solicitors Journal, the New Law Journal, the Legal Executive Journal, Modern Claims Magazine, Bone & Joint 360 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 was awarded the degree of LLM in Advanced Litigation and Dispute Resolution.
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 has been described in Chambers UK Guide as maintaining “An excellent reputation in both clinical negligence and personal injury matters” and as being “An encyclopaedia of up to date law and procedure”. He is described as “Widely rated” in the Legal 500. He is recommended in both Chambers and the Legal 500 as well as being in the Legal 500 list of “Elite Leading Lawyers”.
He is a past president of the Doncaster and District Law Society and a past president of the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies.