About us


NRC Medical Experts believe that everyone who suffers a brain or spinal injury or neurological condition could benefit from neurorehabilitation. Our mission is to ensure that solicitors have hassle-free access to medico-legal reporting and expert witness testimony, as soon as possible, so the fight for the right rehabilitation pathway can begin.

The NRC’s medical expert witnesses want the best for patients – and that starts with providing high-quality medico-legal reports, setting out the right neurorehabilitation requirements for your client.

When we receive your instruction, we’ll provide a range of suitable experts to take on the work. Our expert witness will visit your client in the comfort of their own home and provide a high-quality report – we take care of everything.

The NRC is trusted by hundreds of solicitors to provide specialist medico-legal court reports and expert witness testimony. We’re the experts, so when you choose us, you’re also choosing the best customer experience in the business - hassle-free every step of the way.

Instruct us now - online, via email or call 0191 258 3338.

meet the team

NRC Medical Experts is led by Chairman, Dr Edmund Bonikowski and Chair of Clinical Governance, Professor Mike Barnes, both highly experienced expert witnesses in personal injury and clinical negligence. Dr Bonikowski and Prof. Barnes have provided expert testimony in over 4000 cases and now provide leadership and training to NRC Medical Experts.

Professor Mike Barnes

Prof. Barnes is a highly experienced neurological rehabilitation expert - certainly one of the most experienced in the UK having provided over 3000 reports and made over 70 court appearances throughout the UK and overseas. A neurologist and rehabilitation physician, Prof. Barnes has been at the highest level of rehabilitation for many years.

Prof. Barnes is a past President of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine and Founding President of the World Federation of Neurological Rehabilitation. Past chair of both the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) and the Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance (INPA), his expertise is in the field of traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions such as spinal injury and cerebral palsy. In this video, prepared on behalf of Christchurch Group, Prof. Barnes discusses the benefits of neurorehabilitation for recovery following a neurological condition or brain injury.

Dr Edmund Bonikowski

Dr Bonikowski, a consultant in rehabilitation medicine with over 25 years experience, has held acute and community-based NHS posts in neurological and amputee rehabilitation. Currently, he is the consultant at the Somerset Neurological Rehabilitation Centre and is leading the expansion of NHS neurological rehabilitation services in Somerset. Dr Bonikowski has been a consultant to several independent inpatient providers including The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

He founded and led the independent rehabilitation and case management provider, Kynixa, between 2001 and 2010 which delivered comprehensive clinical and vocational rehabilitation programmes to approximately 1200 people severely injured in accidents.

In April 2014, Dr Bonikowski began accepting medico-legal referrals and now completes around 30 reports each year for people with brain, spinal cord and brachial plexus injuries arising from accidents and clinical negligence.


As the NRC’s Development Manager, Frances is responsible for solicitor and expert witness relations. She manages internal processes and business development.


Administration Manager Kate McMullen is responsible for coordinating the efficient flow of cases, expert witnesses and solicitors and is usually the first point of contact for solicitors and experts.

Client feedback

"My team and I found your training one of the most interesting and useful training sessions we have been on. I feel that not only do I have more confidence in knowing which type of expert should be dealing with the diagnosis and condition/prognosis questions, but it is good to know we could ask you about this."

"Just a quick note to say I am very pleased with the report and to thank you for arranging to see the Claimant and producing the report so efficiently."

"Your report was extremely thorough and comprehensive, a real game changer in this case."

"Your expert prepared a fantastic report on my client; we have been really impressed."

"Always a first class service by the NNRC."

Covid-19 Update

It's business as usual at NRC Medical Experts.

Our offices are closed, however we are working from home with full access to all our systems. The team is available via email – contact us as usual and we'll get back to you as quickly as ever.