Experience of giving evidence
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. Watch an interview with Dr Andrew Iles here.
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
- Personal injury
- Fitness to practise (for example, before the General Dental Council)
Dr Iles has good availability. He is regularly instructed to provide expert evidence 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.
Qualifications and memberships
MSc in Psychiatry
MRCPsych (Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007