Introducing Our Experts
An expert witness has an overriding duty to the court to be independent and objective
and we believe that detailing and considering the needs of our clients
is crucial in order to provide case dependent reports.
Sally Thomson MA, B.Ed, RGN, RMN, Dip. N,RCNT
Clinical Director - West Care
Successful board level professional, with significant achievements in project work that transforms policy into practice at both national and local level. Considerable expertise in nursing, governance and quality issues across the health and education sector. A track record of delivering results.
With a continued interest in clinical standards and their governance has continued to pursue commitment to the healthcare working as a Trustee for a Charity chairing the governance of the delivery of quality care across the differing services provided. This has necessitated a strong clinical link and an understanding of contemporary clinical practice and therapeutic interventions.
An emphatic expert witness with strong interpersonal skills, preparing both Quantum and Liability reports relating to standards of nursing and care, acceptable practice and risk management, for both claimants and defendants. Undertakes clinical assessment of complex mixed presentations including mental health with physical symptoms, extensive experience of quantifying care needs, including trauma, orthopedic and head injuries.
Proven managerial skills, educational and leadership expertise with a strong commitment to health care and a passion for high quality patient care, excellent interpersonal, team building, project management, presentational and media skills.
Proven creative, results focused change agent. Has a positive reputation for the development of others. A skilled facilitator, able to target development to increase the success of individuals and teams.
Anita Underwood MA, RHV, RGN, B, Ed
A highly experienced executive nurse with a passion for developing care environments to deliver safe and effective care designed around the patient. This often manifests as training and development as the key to quality and safety is a highly trained workforce.
Specialist skills include; nursing development, designing person centred care, implementing quality assurance frameworks, governance structures and patient safety.
Key operational achievements include developing the understanding of good governance in clinical teams, reducing agency use and attrition rates in recruited overseas nursing.
Having worked across NHS acute and community and also in third sector organisations which has given a breadth to experience particularly with developing services for individuals with complex care needs.
Richard Edgeworth RMN, RGN, MSc
A qualified nurse in both mental health and general nursing, worked in the NHS for over thirty years, having held a number of nursing posts in a variety of clinical settings, including at senior nurse level. General management experience, including managing complaints and critical incidents, and have provided nursing expertise to two homicide inquiries.
Current role as a Service Improvement Consultant in South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust involves working alongside clinical teams, supporting them to implement service and quality improvement, and provide similar external consultancy support to other Trusts.
An adviser in mental health nursing to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman since 2002 and have acted as an expert witness in many medico-legal cases and inquests (approximately 50 cases over seven years).
Amanda Pocknell RGN, BSc (Hons)
A professional graduate nurse with 34 years’ experience in the NHS, Private, Private Medical Insurance; Medico legal and Nursing Home healthcare sectors. An excellent communicator and manager operating at all levels within the Healthcare sector.
An experienced Rehabilitation case manager providing INA assessments and reports. Having experience in setting up and implementing domiciliary rehabilitation programmes; sourcing alternative wheelchair accessible accommodation; equipment provision and care and support worker packages in the community.
A Nurse Expert Witness providing Causation and Liability reports; Breach of care reports; Care Needs Reports, Care and Services reports and Care and Case Management reports with reference to Multiple trauma, Catastrophic injury and Acquired brain injury. Specialist Areas of work - Operating department nursing; Nursing care; Orthopaedic; Multiple trauma; Spinal Injury – paraplegic and quadriplegic; Acquired brain injury; Psychological Trauma, Rehabilitation for return to work; Care home nursing - Physical disability, CVA, End of Life/Palliative care.
Maggie Gardiner, MA in Health Management
Successful and committed senior NHS Leader and professional who is passionate about the delivery of high quality person centred healthcare, particularly for those who are vulnerable. Track record of delivering results and working in partnership with others to transform health and social care services and deliver new models of care.
Considerable expertise both in nursing, and leadership across a wide range of services that includes, mental health, offender health and community services.
Proven managerial and leadership expertise of managing large and diverse teams, developing strategy, transforming services and working effectively with others to achieve results. Excellent interpersonal, team building, project management, presentational and media skills.
Strong, persuasive and empowering leader, who believes passionately in the development of others that in turn will support the delivery of high quality care and improved outcomes for patients.
Jennie Roach, SALT
Over five years’ experience as a Speech and Language Therapist in the field of Community Paediatrics working across a range of health and educational settings. Responsible for managing diverse and complex caseloads, through the holistic assessment, diagnosis and management of children covering a wide range of speech, language and dysphagia needs. An autonomous practitioner within a multidisciplinary context, responsive to cultural and religious values, attitudes and expectations.
Passionate and enthusiastic about making realistic, achievable and positive changes. Excellent interpersonal skills enabling the development and maintenance of trusting relationships. Proven ability to coach, encourage and empower others resulting in shared success. Strong record of being able to demonstrate innovation within public and private organisations. Experienced at thinking critically and strategically to ensure patients receive quality care. Holistic focus built on multi-disciplinary assessment and therapy experience.
Elizabeth Morgan MSc, RN(A), RN(C)d
An experienced Executive Director & Chief Nurse in two leading international centres for children & young people’s healthcare as a transformational leader with extensive experience in clinical, managerial and educational elements of nursing including 10 years as an Executive Director and 10 years in nursing education. Visiting Professor of Children’s Nursing at Kings College, London with an active teaching portfolio.
An Executive Director who has shared corporate accountability for the efficient and effective performance of the Trust with Executive colleagues. Areas of specific responsibility include the professional development and leadership of nursing; responsibility for setting and monitoring standards of clinical nursing care; patient and public involvement and experience; clinical governance; safeguarding and child protection; infection prevention & control; nurse education and training.
A current member of the Well Child Research Advisory Group and regularly mentor Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholarship recipients. As well as a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission, participating in hospital and community service inspections.
Hannah Chambers BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc Health
Over fifteen years clinical experience as a Physiotherapist. Highly experienced in general musculoskeletal and have a particular interest in complex conditions including inflammatory disease, spinal pain and persistent pain.
Currently treating patients who have complex needs and have frequently failed previous physiotherapy. Having trained in advanced physical assessment skills as part of a Masters degree in Health which gives a greater understanding of general medicine. Extended scope skills including awareness of medications, use of imaging and injection therapy within musculoskeletal care.
Attended a medico-legal course run by the MLACP to ensure a clear understanding of the legal system and the structure required for report writing. Having been involved in physiotherapy clinical negligence which is impartial and have gained clinical and academic skills required to act as an expert witness and act on behalf of solicitors in a wide range of complex musculoskeletal medico-legal cases. Prosecution vs Defence 50% vs 50%
Louise O’Reilly BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
An enthusiastic and energetic personality with excellent therapeutic, interpersonal and communication skills, developed over 16 years working as a paediatric physiotherapist in both the NHS and privately.
A Bobath trained specialist paediatric physiotherapist with extended skills in Sensory Integration. Highly specialised in the assessment and treatment of children with neurological disability and multi-sensory impairments’, such as acquired brain injury and cerebral palsy.
Experienced in working with case managers and solicitors with medico legal clients. A wide experience of working in conjunction with other professionals, therapists and children’s services to provide to high quality service to children and their families.
Having two children of her own Louise understands how important play is to children and is passionate about engaging children in their therapy, through play, to achieve their full potential.
Using current evidence based assessments and treatments to help children and young adults achieve their goals, and acknowledge the importance of keeping up to date through continuing professional development; with equipment, theory and therapeutic advances in the field of paediatric physiotherapy.
Margaret Richardson PN, PM
An accomplished Senior Midwifery Professional with extensive experience and a track record of success gained in the NHS. Held the post of Maternity Services Strategic Advisor to NHS London (2008 – 2013), advised on the safe commissioning and provision of maternity services and oversaw the implementation of national policy.
Acts as a clinical expert witness for civil litigation cases and has provided expert reports to solicitors acting either on behalf of the claimant or the defendant. Claims included those for cerebral palsy, perineal trauma, retained products of conception, shoulder dystocia and other maternal complications.
Has extensive experience in reviewing and advising on maternity serious incidents and was appointed to the first Clinical Risk Manager’s post for Maternity Services in London in the late ‘90s.
A visionary leader, conversant with the issues facing maternity services who enjoys being at the forefront of leading change using a strong background in clinical leadership across multidisciplinary settings, with robust experience in clinical, strategic and operational management of maternity services.
Participates in annual clinical up-dating within the NHS, this involves involvement in clinical scenarios and undertakes an annual assessment of obstetric emergencies and in interpreting fetal monitoring in labour.
Joanne Norman MA, RHV, RDN, RGN
Highly skilled trainer and consultant, specialist health professional in child care and protection having worked in this field for 24 years. Trained nurse with experience of provision of health services within acute and community settings.
Extensive experience in safeguarding children in the health sector as advisor, lead nurse, trainer and practitioner and consultant and across multi-agency services as facilitator and overview writer for multi-agency reports.
Experienced in developing safeguarding systems that reflect the legal and national standards framework, with effective evaluation and monitoring processes.
Carol Williams, MSc, BA [Hons], RNT, RSCN, RGN
Proven ability in healthcare leadership, regulation, service development and team building, with a track record of improving patient experience. An internationally recognised record of developing new ways of working to secure quality outcomes and reduce costs to the organisation.
Previously Lecturer in Biological Sciences & Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing, The Nightingale Institute, King’s College London.
Emma Elaine Condon, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
A hard working, articulate and well-organised Physiotherapist who is flexible and has a wide range of experience of working as a physiotherapist in many different healthcare settings.
Areas of specialisation are management and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, orthopaedic, post-surgical rehabilitation, sports injuries and chronic pain management.
Michelle Mamode, BHSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
A motivated healthcare professional with a wide knowledge base having worked in a range of health and social care settings, more recently specialising in community occupational therapy. Recent roles have expanded outside of the rehabilitation approach including falls prevention, community mobility, facilitation of healthy living and ageing in place.
Experience in adapting the home environment to promote optimal functioning, provision of education programmes, treatment groups and classes and functional evaluation of clients across the lifespan faced with a variety of mental and physical challenges.
Always reflecting and building upon core Occupational Therapy skills with the aim of enabling people to achieve health, well-being, and life satisfaction through participation in occupation, with a focus on occupational justice and social integration.
Chantel Brooks, RGN
Has continued to pursue commitment to the NHS working until the present day as an independent expert. This has necessitated a strong clinical link and an understanding of contemporary clinical practice.
An experienced expert witness and case manager with strong communication skills, preparing both Quantum and Liability reports relating to standards of nursing and care, acceptable practice and risk management, for both claimants and defendants. Undertakes clinical assessment of complex mixed presentations. Experienced in quantifying care needs, including neurological, burns, spinal trauma, orthopaedic and head injured.
Ms Rowan Ranner, SALT
An experienced community-based Speech and Language Therapist, specialising in adults with Acquired Brain Injuries. 19 years of clinical experience, with highly developed specialist knowledge and clinical skills in assessment, differential diagnosis, treatment planning and delivery, collaborative interdisciplinary working, training and report writing
Having a refined ability to analyse and integrate highly complex information, to dovetail information from clinical findings, with the client's past and existing social, clinical, psychological, relationship and vocational circumstances, and to logically present this information in a cohesive and coherent, evidence-based report format.
Has a sound understanding and appreciation of the nature of medico-legal work and the role as an expert witness.
Hayley Smith, MSc, BSc
Seventeen years of clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist and fifteen years within Hand Therapy and Upper Limb Services.
Currently maintain a clinical role both as a treating therapist and also as a Consultant Hand Therapist which allows her to remain up to date and skilled in all areas of diagnosis and treatment. Current work includes assessing and treating patients with upper limb injury and conditions and who have complex needs and have frequently failed with previous therapy (both occupational therapy and physiotherapy).
Having gained advanced clinical and diagnostic skills as part of current clinical roles and as part of a Master’s degree in Advanced Practice.
Previous role as an Extended Scope Practitioner has enabled development of extended skills in the interpretation of diagnostic imagery and injection therapy.
Dr Trevor Maze, BSc, MB, BCh, BAO, FFA RCSI, FRSPH, AFOM
Extensive experience as an occupational physician in corporate, e-Health, NHS & academic roles. Registered by the UK General Medical Council with a Licence to Practice, undertaking regular CPD and revalidated in August 2017. A Fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and an Associate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.
Over 30 years of broad-based medical experience and leadership in health-care delivery, most of it in occupational health. Trained in anaesthesia and critical care medicine in the NHS and spent time as a ship’s surgeon with the Royal Navy before moving to the offshore oil industry and occupational health. Having advised major public and private sector employers. At one time or another, having advised or worked in most major industry sectors.
Currently running a niche occupational medicine practice directly advising employers on occupational health, corporate travel health and workplace drug testing. A trained Medical Review Officer for companies who wish to screen their workforce for substance abuse. Being retained as Medical Review Officer by a number of UK laboratories and collection companies. Have been an approved doctor for MCA, and several foreign maritime jurisdictions. A HSE Appointed Doctor under CLAW, CAW and IRR. Is on the FOM Register of HAVS-trained physician.
Have a working familiarity with the American OSHA regulatory system, having been the designated physician for one DuPont site and two Invista Textiles (Koch) sites in the UK, as well as the pension fund medical advisor for Invista.
Possess an ability to get alongside people and simplify complex medical messages for the non-technical recipient. Demonstrating an ability to work within the most sophisticated employer spaces such as DuPont, Koch, Tullow and other major UK clients as well as small employers and HR consultancy firms.