Ms. Fiona Morrison

BA Hons Politics and Economics (TCD)

Fiona Morrison

Director & Founder of TLA Medicolegal

I founded TLA Medicolegal in 2006 and am currently the Chief Director of the company. I studied Politics and Economics at Trinity College in Dublin, but it was during my time at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford that I came up with the idea for TLA Medicolegal.

I wanted to re-engage the medical experts with the legal teams in personal injury and clinical negligence cases, and I teamed up with Stuart to achieve this. I sought competent and knowledgeable medicolegal case managers to each manage the work of a group of experts, giving continuity and a specialist service to both lawyer and expert throughout each case. I felt the gap between expert and lawyer had grown too vast during the rise of the big agencies, and in cases of serious injury and clinical negligence: the greater the communication, the smaller the gap, the better the outcome for all.

TLA has successfully grown in size, reputation and expertise, and is now an established name in the industry. I am passionate about finding the right expert for each case, and I am passionate about the expert and lawyer working closely together to achieve the right outcome.

After an accident or injury we should all be entitled to receive the correct advice, medical diagnosis, treatment and aftercare, thereby ensuring that we achieve the best possible quality of life. I strive to provide this through TLA.

Outside of work I am a sole parent to three very energetic boys. When not supporting my boys from the sidelines of sports competitions, I indulge in my favorite hobby of gardening, and enjoy travelling with my family. I avoid cooking at all costs.

What’s new for TLA?

2017 is an exciting year for TLA. You will see that we now offer many further services.

We have developed our expertise in Maternal/Fetal medicine and Birth Injuries, and some of the leading Obstetricians in the UK have joined our team.

We have entered the world of social media and are thrilled to introduce the TLA blog. You can also keep in touch with us through Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. We will continue to keep you updated with regular news and articles from our esteemed experts.

Mr. Stuart J E Matthews

MB, BS, LRCP, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Eng)

Mr Stuart J E Matthews

Director & Co-Founder of TLA Medicolegal

I was appointed Consultant Surgeon in Orthopaedic Trauma at the Leeds University Teaching Hospitals in 2015, having previously been Consultant Trauma Surgeon in the United Kingdom’s “Flagship” Trauma unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford from 2003. Here we practiced in a purpose built environment allowing the delivery of 24 hour resident, Consultant led, advanced trauma care, which is a model unique in the UK. Prior to that I was Consultant at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds and beforehand I served 18 years in peace time and conflict in the Army. I reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was the Orthopaedic Surgeon to Headley Court, where I developed an extensive knee ligament reconstruction service and spinal clinic.

I specialise in all aspects of injury with a particular interest in the multiply injured, post trauma reconstruction (including llizarov techniques) and provide a foot and ankle specialist service. I am reviewer for British Trauma Society, where I served as Treasurer for 10 years, then President and now Trustee. I am Director of ATLS instructor courses and Senior International Faculty for AO International Foundation.

Outside of medicine I relax by dry stone walling, bee keeping and raising my four daughters.

Since becoming a Consultant, what has been the highlight of your career?

Working with similarly minded, highly motivated leaders in their field pushing standards of care to new levels.

Why are you so passionate about Medicolegal work?

I first became interested in medicolegal work in 1989 as it acted as a new outlet through which I could apply my knowledge and skills and brought me into contact with a profession I hitherto had no dealings with who had a different way of thinking about the consequences of being injured.

Since I started, the standards of medicolegal reporting have improved in many respects, especially since Lord Woolf’s reforms. However since the decline of private practice there has been a bandwagon effect with many portraying themselves as experts on tenuous ground and this has to an extent been driven by understandable efforts to reduce the cost of litigation with experts filling in tick box reports with little in depth analysis.

This has caused me frustration when preparing joint reports with some experts, who clearly have no grasp of the medical issues or indeed the purposes of a report as well as a lack of objectivity. Working as an expert witness comes with responsibilities and duties and my passion for TLA has been an opportunity to bring together a portfolio of experts in different medical fields, whose knowledge of their subjects is not only objective but up to date and mainstream.

 
 

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