FAQs

What cases do Expert Court Reports work with?

We cover all aspects of criminal and civil law including family law, mental health, clinical negligence, employment law, immigration and extradition, human rights and personal injury.

 

Which areas of clinical practice can you provide a Medicolegal or court report for?

We offer a wide range of areas of clinical practice, including:

  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia and delusional disorders
  • Mood disorders (depression, bipolar affective disorder and persistent affective disorders such as cyclothymia and dysthymia)
  • Neurotic and stress-related disorders (including phobic anxiety disorders, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, stress reactions, post-traumatic stress disorder and adjustment disorder)
  • Dissociative and somatoform disorders (e.g. dissociative motor disorders and somatisation disorder)

 

Do you work in Prison Law?

Yes, we support the rights of offenders while they are in prison. Mental disorders are overrepresented in prisoners – it is estimated that 1 in 7 prisoners has a serious mental disorder. Prison itself may increase the incidence of mental disorder but there are other factors which affect the high incidence of mental disorder within the prison population. Prisoners are more at risk of mortality, suicide, self-harm, violence and victimisation compared to the general population. We can support solicitors providing representation to prisoners who are appealing their sentence or conviction, questioning the category of prison in which they are imprisoned and seeking transfer to another prison. Our experts are also experienced in providing evidence to the Parole Board.

 

How does the funding process work?

In most criminal cases, our fees are met via prior authority from the Legal Aid Agency.  The application for Legal Aid is made by the instructing solicitor.  For privately funded cases, the instructing solicitor usually arranges the funding process on their client’s behalf but in situations where a solicitor does not have the facility to hold client accounts, we are able to accept direct payment via invoice.

 

Do you provide any other clinical support?

If you require a medicolegal or court report from another expert, such as a clinical or forensic psychologist, please contact us on 01865 587865 for an estimate.

 

Which areas of the country do you cover?

We can cover the majority of the country including, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, London, Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and the West Midlands plus parts of Wales.

 

Are you compliant with the Information Commissioners Office?

Yes, we are and our registration number is A8217685.

 

What other qualifications and training does the team hold?

Our Psychiatry Expert Witnesses have a primary medical qualification, are Members/Fellows of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), hold a Certificate of Training (CCT), which qualifies them to work as a consultant psychiatrist, and are approved by the Secretary of State under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007.

Our Psychiatry Expert Witnesses hold a Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate in criminal proceedings.

Request to download the team’s CVs here

 

How do I get a quotation for an expert witness report?