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Atherton Godfrey Solicitors

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Partner and head of litigation with overall responsibility for the personal injury, clinical negligence and employment teams. Solicitor/advocate with rights of audience in the high courts for civil proceedings. Undertakes complex personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Also provides professional training on a range of legal subjects


Trained Atherton Godfrey, qualified 1983; made partner 1985; past president of Doncaster & District Law Society; past president of the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies; past president of APIL; Eclipse Proclaim Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year 2011. Publications of note: Model Letters for Personal Injury Lawyers; APIL Guide to Personal Injury Claims Procedure; Contributor to the APIL Guide to Clinical Negligence; contributor to the APIL Personal Injury Law and Precedents loose leaf; member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Personal Injury Law


Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme; Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme; Accredited Senior Fellow with Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; APIL Executive Committee; FOCIS


King Edward VII School, Sheffield; Leicester Polytechnic, Nottingham Trent University (1979 LLB, 2007 LLM)

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Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

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John McQuaterAtherton Godfrey Solicitors

Atherton Godfrey Solicitors’ personal injury practice sits within the firm’s overall litigation department, together with clinical negligence and the new complex injury team, which was created to reflect the growth in this area. The team routinely provides advice in employers’ liability, industrial disease, accident at work and motor accident cases; in addition, complex cases involving fatalities or significant injuries are also handled. The majority of the team holds APIL accreditation, with hugely experienced litigation head John McQuater sitting on the APIL executive committee and acting as assessor for the APIL personal injury accreditation scheme.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

The clinical negligence offering at Atherton Godfrey Solicitors is part of the larger litigation department, which also includes a complex injury team. The multi-layered nature of the practice, headed by John McQuater (litigation), Christopher Noble (clinical negligence) and Stephanie Veysey (complex injury), enables the firm to take on a wide spread of cases, covering claims relating to obstetric and general practitioner care to birth injury, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and beyond. The team has strong connections to key associations and charities such as the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Action against Medical Accidents and the Legal Aid Agency.