Medico Legal information

Mr Hawthorne has been providing independent medical reports in a wide range of cases for almost 31 years, on behalf of claimants, defendants and as a single joint expert. He has provided expert opinion in clinical negligence cases in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Africa and acts as an expert in over 200 medico-legal cases each year.

Mr Hawthorne fully understands the requirements of instructing solicitors, in particular the restricted timescales for civil litigation, the limitations of expertise, and the absolute need for independent, balanced consideration. Furthermore, Mr Hawthorne has a scientific, analytical and logical approach, a sound grasp of legal principles and the Civil Procedure Rules and ensures that the key points of a case are grasped, summarised & presented effectively.

Mr Hawthorne offers a free short telephone consultation to solicitors regarding potential instructions, which has proven to be popular and beneficial to both solicitor and expert alike. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please email Mr Hawthorne at or with an outline of the facts in question.

Expected Timescale for Preparing Report

Mr Hawthorne is currently able to offer appointments within four weeks of instruction (where required). At present Mr Hawthorne is completing reports in personal injury matters within six weeks of the appointment. Clinical negligence cases by their nature take rather longer, but Mr Hawthorne is able to provide a detailed report within fourteen weeks following receipt of all relevant notes.

Mr Hawthorne is also available to produce and deliver tailored lectures for law firms on a range of subjects. Please contact Mr Hawthorne at or for more details.

Information on Mr Hawthorne's fees for undertaking medico-legal work can be found in the medico-legal fees and medical negligence fees sections of this website.