Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

APIL President - John McQuater

The staff report to an executive committee of elected APIL members, which is led by a team of officers comprising the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.

Executive committee members work on a voluntary basis, tirelessly striving to achieve APIL’s objectives for the benefit of injured people.

Lay executive committee members are recommended for appointment by the Remuneration & Appointments Committee, and their appointment is approved by the executive committee. They are the voice of the injured person on the executive committee.

The executive committee meets on a regular basis, usually four times annually.

John McQuater


Role: President


Further details for John McQuater are displayed below.

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. 

The elected president is required to:

- preside over EC meetings of the association
- preside at APIL annual conferences
- preside at annual meetings with SIG/regional group co-ordinators and secretaries

(in the event of the president being unable to attend any of the above meetings, the vice-president shall preside)

- act as a leading spokesperson in the media
- host an annual dinner
- attend meetings with MP’s, government officials and other key contacts
- write a president’s page for the APIL newsletter - 6 issues per year
- attend officers sub-committee meetings (4 times per year)
- in the event of an equality of votes at EC meetings, AGM, conferences and EC meetings with co-ordinators and secretaries, the president shall have the casting vote
- act as ambassador for APIL with other organisations, where appropriate, in liaison with the Chief Executive.

Shareholdings: None


Consultancies: None


Other organisations: None

  1. APIL members may stand for election for the following:
    • Executive Committee (officers and additional officers)
    • Special Interest Group Co-ordinators
    • Special Interest Group Secretaries
    • Regional Group Co-ordinators
    • Regional Group Secretaries
  2. Nominations shall be put forward to the APIL office at the appropriate time on the required form.
  3. Each APIL member (fully paid up and eligible to vote) may nominate – one candidate and/or second one candidate, in each election.
  4. APIL’s secretary will not nominate or second candidates, but will remain eligible to vote.
  5. An APIL member becomes a candidate as soon as he/she is nominated to stand in an election.
  6. Candidates will be asked to submit to the APIL office up to 300 words, including biographical details, in support of their candidature. APIL's chief executive shall have the power to edit or refuse to accept unlawful or factually incorrect details.
  7. The details of all candidates will be circulated together, by the APIL office, to either the full membership (for EC elections) or to the relevant membership sections (for SIG and Regional Group elections).
  8. No additional written material, or electronic communications may be circulated and/or distributed by, and/or in support of, a candidate in any election.
  9. If additional material is found to be in circulation or, direct or indirect canvassing identified, APIL's Executive Committee reserves the right to withdraw the candidate from the elections.
  10. Canvassing of any nature is not permitted by members who may be nominated for APIL's Annual Awards.

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