Michael Hartley
Mick Hartley - Senior Associate

Michael Hartley

Senior Associate
Medical Negligence, Personal Injury & Child Abuse Claims

T: 01273 956284
E: [email protected]

He specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury work, with particular specialisations in high-value, ‘maximum-severity’ cases and also in abuse cases.

He has dealt with all kinds of injury work and now focuses on catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence claims, many involving brain injury, spinal injury, amputation and similarly serious injury.

In addition, Michael deals with sexual abuse claims (including historic child sexual abuse). He has an exemplary success rate in cases of historic, child sexual abuse in particular and in over 15 years of this type of work, he has yet to lose an abuse claim.
Born in Manchester, Michael trained with well-respected national firm Thompsons Solicitors and qualified as a solicitor in 1992. He has worked at several heavyweight law firms in the South-East since then, as Partner and Head of Department.

During his long career, Michael has taken two high-profile cases to the House of Lords (now superseded by the Supreme Court):
C vs Middlesbrough Council, one of five landmark cases heard together and reported as A vs Hoare (resulted in a change in the law relating to time limits for bringing sexual abuse and assault cases); and Smith vs Chief Constable of Sussex Police, heard with and reported as Van Colle vs Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Police (related to the duty the police service owes to the public if they fail to carry out their duties correctly).

Michael has gained a reputation for having a sympathetic and caring approach. He believes strongly that commitment to clients extends well beyond the case itself. The types of cases which Michael has dealt with often drastically affect not just the lives of those injured, but their families too and he firmly believes that it is important to help and support clients and their families in whatever ways are possible throughout the course of a claim.

Michael lives in Brighton and is married with three children. He speaks Spanish, French, German and Italian and previously spent two years living and working in Madrid, Spain as a lawyer-linguist. He also assisted in setting up the Sussex branch of The Silver Lining, a brain injury charity.


  • French: Fluent – Michael studied French at university.
  • Spanish: Fluent – Michael has professional experience as a legal translator in Madrid, honing his Spanish to near-native proficiency.
  • German: Fluent – Michael studied German at university.
  • Italian: Intermediate – self-taught and continually improving
  • Portuguese: Intermediate – self-taught and continually improving.
  • Arabic: Beginner – currently taking evening language classes.

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“Many thanks to your firm for their continued support in my case and especially a huge thank you to you for all the hard work you put in and the time spent together ensuring that this case came to a fruitful resolve. Your manner is always professional and admirable; you’re easy to trust and confide in and I’m glad it was you that I met to try this case. Thanks for your advice and consideration to my feelings throughout our journey together. It made such a sensitive story so much easier to share and work through. Good man!”


“I can’t thank you enough for the support you’ve given me and we won this case I’m super happy thank you much!”

“All your hard work is very much appreciated. Thank you for your continued support in this matter.”

“You never come over as anything other than caring, and compassionate and understanding.”


“I hope you are OK in this very weird time and I want to thank you for helping us get this far. I know it’s work for you, but beyond that you show emotional awareness that not everyone has.”


“You were very good to us through what was a very difficult time for us. I know you have been through similar situations with hundreds of clients and must be used to being patient and compassionate but nevertheless, I will always be grateful to you.”


“I also want to thank you very much for everything you have done for me, for all your time involved with the case. Thank you.”


“Importantly know you have my eternal gratitude; your generosity on taking on this complex case i.e me and my past life. Its rather ironic even my physical health is described by medical consultants as ‘complicated’, though in truth I think I am a simple person who wanted a simple life. Yet that truth has been clouded by wanting out of life for all the reasons we know. I am indebted to you Micheal for standing by and with me in the tumultuous past few years, for continuing to pursue this claim on my behalf.”

“I also want to thank you very much for everything you have done for me, for all your time involved with the case, Thank you.”


“Thank you SO much for all your work, time and advice on this matter. It’s taken a while but I can’t thank you enough. Let me know if you’re ever in London and I’ll buy you a pint.”


“I’m more than happy for you to accept and I appreciate the time and all the work you’ve done for me. Thank you!”


“I’d like to thank you and your team most sincerely for your efforts on this case and your tenacity in representing mum’s case with such conviction and steadfast support. There have been times when we didn’t think we would get any settlement for this issue and I am truly grateful that we have now got some closure and mum has the compensation that she deserves. We plan to use some of the settlement to further improve things in her house to enable her to live more easily with her disabilities, which in turn will hopefully prolong the time she is able to stay in her home – things we would not have been able to do if it not for the money she is going to be receiving.

“Thanks again!”


“I am writing today to thank you for everything you did for me in my claim for injuries I sustained. Throughout your professionalism was an immense support in what was a very emotional time for me. I would recommend you to anyone I know who finds themselves in a similar situation. Thank you again, Michael and Bob and me wish you all the very best.”

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