Consultant Spotlight: Mr Stuart Matthews

Mr Stuart Matthews is one of the co-founders of TLA Medicolegal and brings an outstanding wealth of both orthopaedic and military experience to his cases.


Stuart Matthews is a Consultant Trauma Surgeon who initially trained in General Surgery in the Army.  After 4 years as a single-handed GP looking after soldiers and the families of the 1st Bn The Black Watch (RHR) he finally switched to Orthopaedic Surgery, specialising in Orthopaedic Trauma.  Stuart looked after multiply injured patients at the Major Trauma Centres and tertiary referral units when he left the Army in 1996, having been accelerated to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before his time.


He has served from The Far East, Denmark and Canada, Germany and Northern Ireland, The Falklands and Saudi Arabia and of Course, the UK, in peace and in conflict.  He did his trauma fellowship in Oxford and at the Carolinas Medical Centre in Charlotte, USA.  Whilst in the Army he was appointed senior lecturer to the Professor of Military Surgery and was deputy Instructor to the British Army Trauma Life Support program.  He was a regular contributor to the War Surgery Course and has run courses on ballistics as a civilian.  Stuart was the Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Defence Medical Services Rehabilitation Centre in Headley Court, from where he developed a major workload in knee problems feeding a busy and varied arthroscopic and ligament reconstruction practice.


Stuart is a cofounder of TLA Medicolegal, with Fiona Morrison who is the owner and CEO.


Stuart has a major interest in Medical Education, serving as faculty and Chairman of AO principles, Advances and Masters courses in UK and abroad.  He is also an ATLS instructor and course director and has served on the ATLS Steering Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons by national ballot of instructors on two occasions.  He has taught on many courses throughout his career including basic and advanced Ilizarov Technique courses and he is the author or co-author of around 80 peer review publications and book chapters.


Clinically, Stuart is of the generation who operated on upper limb and wrists, lower limb, foot and ankle, pelvis and acetabulum and spines.  Stuart developed an interest in post fracture bone infection and set up a clinic in 1996 at St James University Hospital in Leeds applying Ilizarov techniques, along with the help of a plastic surgeon, a musculoskeletal Radiologist and microbiologist.


Stuart’s personal injury practice started in 1989 and clinical negligence practice in 1994 with regular court room experience. He has also chaired and lectured on a number of Medicolegal Conferences training expert witnesses.


If you would like more information or his CV please contact Alice ( for more details.