Dr Matthew Hartley is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist. He is available to provide expert evidence in criminal, immigration, and civil proceedings.
Instructing Dr Matthew Hartley
If you want to instruct Dr Hartley or if you want to discuss using Dr Hartley for your case, please contact us.
Experience of giving evidence
Dr Hartley has written numerous psychiatric reports for both Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, with experience giving oral evidence in both settings. Through his clinical work, he has experience giving written and oral evidence to First-Tier Mental Health Tribunals, including individuals with restrictions under section 37/41 of the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007.
He also has experience preparing psychiatric reports in civil proceedings.
Dr Hartley has been instructed in relation to a wide range of criminal proceedings including:
- Violent offences
- Sexual offending
- Drug offences
Instructions have included:
- Diagnostic reports
- Fitness to plead
- Effective participation
- Capacity to form intent
- Risk assessment and giving sentencing recommendations.
He has experience as an expert witness in extradition proceedings.
Dr Hartley is responsive and prompt in the delivery of reports within the agreed timeframes. He is willing to travel for assessments and is prepared to conduct evening and weekend assessments if required.
Qualifications and memberships
- MBBS, King’s College London
- BSc in Medical Ethics and Law, King’s College London
- MRCPsych (Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)
- Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007
- Medical Protection Society