John McQuater

Personal Injury

John McQuater

Director and Solicitor Advocate

John has over 43 years’ experience in the legal sector. He is Joint Head of the Personal Injury department.

Personal Injury

Switalskis Solicitors Ltd
In the DB Cargo Building
Lakeside Business Park
Carolina Way

John is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence solicitor with particular expertise in:

  • Fatal accidents
  • Amputation claims
  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Claims which involve both personal injury and clinical negligence
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Accidents at work

John 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.

John was a member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee from 2019 and has been on the Law Society Civil Justice Committee from 2020, becoming Chair of that committee in 2023.

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.

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


John aims to bring his experience, over many years, to every client’s case as well as providing support and guidance for other team members. 


John has been involved in a number of reported cases, directly or indirectly, over many years including:

  • Gibbons v Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust [2019] 6 WLUK 677
  • Astbury v Manchester Airport Holdings [2019] 11 WLUK 247
  • Faulkner v Secretary of State, Business and Industrial Strategy [2020] EWHC 296 (QB)
  • Seabrook v Adam [2021] EWCA Civ 382
  • Doyle v M & D Foundations & Building Services Limited [2022] EWCA Civ 927
  • University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust v Harrison [2022] EWCA Civ 1660 (on behalf of APIL)

“John McQuater and his team were absolutely amazing helping my family deal with a fatal personal injury claim. Especially at such a difficult and traumatic time in our lives, they guided us all the way. He fought extremely hard and was able to secure a substantial amount of compensation. John was very compassionate throughout, we cannot recommend him enough.”

Zoe Sims
Personal Injury Client


Yorkshire Legal Awards 2023 Winners of Law Firm of the Year LargeYorkshire Legal Awards finalist Personal Injury and Clinical Neglgience 2023
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