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

Executive committee

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.  He is a director of Switalskis Solicitors Limited and Head of Litigation at Atherton Godfrey (which is part of the Switalskis Group), with responsibility for the Atherton Godfrey personal injury and clinical negligence teams. 

He is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme and a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme (as well as being an assessor for that scheme).  He had, whilst the scheme was operation, Catastrophic Injury Accreditation from the Law Society.

He is an APIL Accredited Clinical Negligence Specialist, an APIL Accredited Brain Injury Specialist and an APIL Accredited Fatal Accident Specialist (also being an assessor for each of those schemes). He is a solicitor advocate, with rights of audience in the Higher Courts for all 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 the APIL President from 2009 to 2010, re-elected to the Executive Committee in 2012, became APIL Secretary in 2016 and re-elected as APIL President in 2022.

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 was a member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee from 2019 and has been on the Law Society Civil Justice Committee from 2020.

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 the APIL Annual Conference, the APIL Clinical Negligence Conference, the APIL Brain and Spinal Injury Conference and the APIL Business Conference.  

Media work includes the BBC Daily Politics Show, BBC Look North, BBC Radio 4, local radio and Talk 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, the APIL Personal Injury Law, Practice and Precedents and the 5th and 6th Editions of Medical Negligence by Michael Jones.  

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 the Deputy Case Digest Editor, and on the editorial board, of the Journal of Personal Injury Law (published by Thomson Reuters).

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, in 2011 was named Eclipse Proclaim Claimant PI Lawyer of the Year and in 2017, 2018 and 2021 shortlisted for Partner of the Year in the Yorkshire Legal Awards.

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 has been described as “widely rated” in the Legal 500.  He is highly recommended in Chambers UK 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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