Dr Andrew Iles

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

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Dr Andrew Iles

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Dr Andrew Iles is an experienced consultant forensic psychiatrist who provides expert evidence in criminal, civil and family proceedings.

Dr Andrew Iles is an experienced consultant forensic psychiatrist who has worked in a wide range of clinical and criminal justice settings. After completing his training on the Maudsley training scheme in 2011, he led the mental health inreach team at HMP Brixton and helped set-up an innovative police mental health liaison project at Brixton custody suite.

He currently works for Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in its Forensic Outreach and Liaison Service. In this role, Dr Iles is responsible for the care and supervision of mentally disordered offenders who are both in the community and in out-of-area secure hospitals. Dr Iles has experience of working across all levels of secure hospital care; between 2012 and 2017 he worked in low secure and medium secure male services at St Andrew’s Hospital in Northampton. He also has experience of working with women with personality disorders and eating disorders in a non-secure mental health unit in Coventry.

Dr Iles has given oral evidence on numerous occasions. He has given evidence in crown court on matters of fitness to plead, insanity, diminished responsibility and to assist the court in sentencing. As a practising psychiatrist he is used to giving his opinion about the suitability for hospital orders under the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007. In individuals where a restricted hospital order is required (under provision of sections 37/41 of the Mental Health Act), the court requires the oral evidence of at least one medical practitioner; Dr Iles has direct experience of giving such evidence. In his day to day practice, Dr Iles is familiar with giving evidence before the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier tribunal for mental health. Dr Iles is comfortable in his ability to speak in public and his ability to speak clearly and eloquently has been recognised by those parties who have previously instructed him.

Dr Iles has experience of providing psychiatric reports in various legal proceedings.  He is most commonly instructed in the following types of cases:

  • Fitness to plead and stand trial
  • Issues at criminal trial including capacity to form intent, insanity, automatism and diminished responsibility
  • Public law proceedings under the Children Act 1989
  • Immigration
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Personal injury
  • Fitness to practise (for example, before the General Dental Council)
  • HCR-20 to assess and manage risk of violence
  • PCL-R to assess for psychopathy
  • IPDE to assess for personality disorder
  • RSVP to assess for risk of sexual violence
  • Stalking Risk Profile (SRP) to assess and manage risk in stalking case
  • M-TTAF informed risk assessment of firesetting
  • Gudjonsson Suggestibility and Compliance Scales

Attard, A., Iles, A., Attard, S., Atkinson, N., & Patel, A. (n.d.). Clozapine: Why wait to start a laxative? BJPsych Advances, 1-10. doi:10.1192/bja.2019.42

Murphy, P.M., Iles, A. and Sreedharan, S., 2015. High-dose antipsychotics: addressing patients’ resistance to physical health monitoringBJPsych Advances21(2), pp.88-97.

Iles, A., Woodall, R. and Leslie, F., 2010. How to Pass the MRCPsych CASC. Oxford University Press.

Dr Iles has good availability. He is regularly instructed to provide expert evidence and and to ensure good response times, he now dedicates half of his working week to his medicolegal practice. Dr Iles is able to visit defendants, claimants, appellants etc in their place of residence, treatment or detention at various times during the working week meaning that he is able to provide an assessment quickly and efficiently.


MSc in Psychiatry

Professional memberships

MRCPsych (member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007

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