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Expert witness news

Updated regularly, our expert witness news includes our monthly newsletter, features on psychiatry, psychology, medical, forensic IT, forensic accountancy and Foresight’s professional team and their work to assist solicitors, local authorities, barristers and private clients with their expert witness requirements.

Prisons in Crisis: The Effect of Staff Shortages on Prison Conditions

July 21st, 2017 by

Staff Shortages on Prison Conditions

The Government this week emerged victorious from a High Court case to prevent Prison Officers from taking industrial action. This comes as conditions in prisons are getting worse and there are increasing concerns for staff safety. The Prison Officers’ Association has highlighted that the ruling left staff unable to act if they felt threatened, warning that it is only a matter of time before a member of staff is seriously injured or even killed.

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Can Brain Scans Teach us about Criminal Activity?

July 20th, 2017 by

Can Brain Scans Teach us about Criminal Activity

Links between crime and mental health conditions are widely recognised, and rates of self harm and suicide are rising in UK prisons. Some psychiatrists are turning toward brain imaging to identify which areas of the brain might have an effect on depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD and other conditions. Using this method, theorists have claimed that identifying and rehabilitating areas of unusual brain activity might improve the lives of those who might otherwise have turned to crime, and that studying brain activity in prisoners could potentially begin to aid understanding of criminal behaviour.

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The Changing Nature of Crime

July 10th, 2017 by

expert witnesses for cyber crime

As new technologies are developed and our reliance on computers has increased, criminals have also been coming up with new ways to steal money, personal data, and cause widespread disruption. Cyber crime comes in many forms and anyone can become a victim. From the ransomware attack which brought many NHS services to a standstill earlier in the year to phishing scams which infiltrate email accounts worldwide, crime is changing and so must the way it is approached. (more…)

The Queen’s Speech and the Abandoned Prison Reforms

June 26th, 2017 by

abandoned prison reforms and expert witnesses

The Queen’s Speech on Wednesday 21st of June was reported on mostly for what was missed out rather than what was included. The most controversial elements of the Conservative manifesto such as grammar schools, lifting the foxhunting ban and changing social care were notable omissions from the speech as Theresa May’s U-turns continue as she attempts to gain more support amongst the public after a poor election campaign and final result. In regards to the legal system, Michael Gove’s plans to reform the UK’s prison system also seem to be among the list of policies that have been dropped by May, prompting scathing criticism.

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3 Ways an Expert Witness Can Strengthen Legal Cases

June 22nd, 2017 by

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In high-stakes litigation, the testimony of an expert witness is a necessity. As they play such a vital role in addressing key questions and quantifying damages in a variety of different court cases, the process of finding and selecting an expert witness can be challenging. But, when you find the right one, their testimony will become such an important and decisive factor in the courtroom. Here are the top 3 ways an expert witness can improve the legal case a solicitor presents in court.

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Behind The Scenes of an Expert Witness Provider

June 8th, 2017 by

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Another week another variety of expert witness cases for our team to work on. As a full service expert witness provider, we always aim to meet all of the expert witness requirements of our clients, no matter how obscure their legal case. Our expert witness service covers all medical disciplines so we get a huge variety to work on each week. No matter the discipline or area of specialism required, we always endeavour to provide a high quality report that will strengthen courtroom cases. Here’s what we got up to last week…

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Behind The Scenes of an Expert Witness Provider

May 30th, 2017 by

Legal cases we've worked on as expert witness providers

Every week the team at Foresight set to work on a variety of different legal cases. As we offer a full, comprehensive expert witness service that covers all the key elements of expert witness provision, we work on an assortment of cases that is liable to change every day. From criminal cases to family cases, each day brings a new focus, a new case to work on and a new client whose needs we have to address. Read on to find out what cases we’ve worked on this week, what we have achieved and how we’ve met the expert witness requirements of our clients.

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Mental Health Tribunals & the Role of a Psychiatric Expert Witness

May 19th, 2017 by

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In order for someone to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act of 1983, they have to fulfil certain criteria. An individual can be sectioned if they need urgent treatment for a mental health problem, if they are a risk to themselves or someone else, or if they need to be monitored regularly because of potent medication. Only health professionals such as psychiatrists are qualified to make this decision and will do so only after a thorough assessment. The same applies when it comes to discharging patients; they have to be examined to determine if they satisfy the statutory criteria for discharge.

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Forensic Accountant Expert Witnesses in Financial Legal Cases

May 3rd, 2017 by

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Financial crime happens in abundance in the UK and around the world. People rehash the platitude “money is the root of all evil” because there is a general consensus that yearning for money can lead some to do unlawful things. From large scale money laundering crimes to personal insurance disputes, there are a range of financial issues that can be brought to the courtroom. Forensic accountants use their skills and expertise in finance to investigate these cases and analyse data/information to help lawyers defend or prosecute. Read on for an insight into the role of a forensic accountant expert witness.

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The Complexity of Child Psychology & The Impact of Child Psychologist Expert Witnesses

April 27th, 2017 by

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Legal cases involving child psychology are by nature complex and highly sensitive. There are a breadth of child psychology issues that can arise in the courtroom and understanding child psychology in itself is a specialism that is fostered through rigorous training. To understand the interiority of children and evaluate their psychological state, child psychologists are a necessity and the same applies to legal cases involving children. Here are the myriad ways in which child psychologist expert witnesses can offer consultancy and testimony regarding complicated child psychology cases.

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The Importance of IT Forensic Expert Witnesses In a Modern Digital World

April 21st, 2017 by

 

Crimes using mobile phones need IT forensic expert witnesses

We live in a world driven by modern technology. As we become more dependent on technological devices in the workplace and in our personal lives, the use of technology as instruments of criminal activity has become more commonplace. Modern technology is becoming more innovative and intelligent every day which, unfortunately, provides sophisticated devices that play a significant part in a range of crimes. The use of computers and mobile phones can be abused to facilitate drug crime, money laundering, fraud, cyber-attacks and range of other offences. To analyse the complexities involved in crimes that use technology, outsourcing an expert in the field is essential. In this article we will explore the diverse role of the IT forensic expert witness in legal cases.

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The Impact of a Medical Expert Witness On Medical Legal Cases

April 11th, 2017 by

 

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When it comes to understanding medical and clinical evidence, a medical expert witness is indispensible to the legal process. It’s the role of professional medical experts to provide the court with an opinion on the complex clinical issues involved in a legal case. The quality of evidence provided is a decisive factor when determining the credibility and weight of the case which is why medical expert witnesses are so important. Expert medical reports are used by solicitors to assess the likelihood that a case will be successful and can provide useful insight/ clarification.

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What an Expert Psychiatrist Can Bring To Your Legal Case

April 4th, 2017 by

 

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Humans are capable of doing inexplicable things and it’s the role of the psychiatrist to untangle some of the mysteries of the human mind. Psychiatry is an area of study within the medical discipline that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental and behavioural disorders. Concerned primarily with the condition of the human mind, psychiatric’s are charged with the responsibility of assessing all kinds of medical conditions that can occur in the brain.

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The Role of a Psychology Expert Witness

March 28th, 2017 by

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A psychology expert witness is someone who has become a qualified psychologist through special training, intensive study and experience. Often deployed to work in family and forensic cases, psychology expert witnesses are competent to provide their expert opinions to family and criminal solicitors as well as crown prosecutors and social services.

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New offices for Foresight

February 3rd, 2017 by

 

Expert Witness NewsThis year continues apace with our relocation to larger offices. Due to our expansion we’ve moved to a bigger office at the same business address, so there’s no need to update our contact details.

Our growth is as a result of a very successful period for Foresight, giving us a more efficient and effective account manager function, a new Sales Director and a New Account Manager, as well as our existing administrative, accounting and marketing functions. (more…)

Efficient, reliable, knowledgeable… the three words most often used by clients to describe our expert witness service

February 3rd, 2017 by

 

Expert witness serviceThese are great words to hear from clients. Their feedback illustrates why we work with the same solicitors for many years and over many cases, and why so many new solicitors instruct us each month.

Nice words, yes, but what do they mean in terms of our expert witness service to you?

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The Intersection of Price and Quality in Forensic Science?

January 16th, 2017 by

 

NO NAMEArrogen Forensics and Foresight Clinical Services are independent organisations that work together closely to provide a holistic approach to the delivery of expert witness services throughout the criminal legal process.

Forensic science in England and Wales is delivered by a wide range of forensic providers that include the police, private commercial companies, academic institutions and a range of very small companies and individuals providing specialist services.

Prosecution work that is outsourced by the police is largely procured via competitive tendering exercises. Until recently, this tendering process was managed centrally via the National Forensic Framework and work was let as a series of separate ‘lots’. The contracts were of short duration, typically three years in length, and were product based and price driven. (more…)

How much money does Foresight save a solicitor? How about at least £3,500 each year!

January 13th, 2017 by

 

saving-with-a-piggy-bankYou’ve read the case and you know that an expert witness is needed, so where do you begin?

Searching for, identifying, instructing and managing an expert witness and report can be a time consuming process for a solicitor. Without an accredited network of expert witnesses, the first hurdle can often be finding appropriately qualified and experienced witnesses from which to choose. A quick trawl of the internet can reveal hundreds of possible experts and it’s the job of a solicitor or a para legal to sift through information to find an initial shortlist of experts. (more…)

Cases this month

January 13th, 2017 by

 

janJanuary has proved to be a busy month, with our account managers dealing with an increasing number of cases and our experts called upon to carry out assessments and appear in court in a wide range of discipline areas.

Currently, we’re dealing with pathology reports, DNA reports, toxicology reports, psychology assessments, psychiatry assessments, animal cruelty reports, cell site analysis, tax issues and paediatric reports and assessments. (more…)

Foresight website updated

January 13th, 2017 by

 

websiteWe’ve given our website a makeover to make it even easier for solicitors to find details of our expert witness service.

New sections include a long list of great testimonials on our service and the quality of our experts, a fully updated list of our services and easier navigation. Take a look for yourself…

What does veterinary science, handwriting and general practice have in common? We cover them all…

January 9th, 2017 by

 

hjwkmkehbco-alvaro-serrano-1Whilst the vast majority of our expert witnesses deal with disciplines within medicine, psychology, psychiatry, forensic accountancy and forensic IT, we provide reports and assessments across the whole spectrum of sciences.

A recent case involved a veterinary report commissioned by the RSPCA in a case to determine whether animal cruelty had taken place, with another concerning the authentication of a piece of handwriting that was pivotal to a case.

We can help with your expert witness assessment and report requirements. Call our team on 0330 088 9000 or email enquiries@foresightclinicalservices.co.uk.

Getting into the festive spirit at Foresight, and not a lull in sight

December 16th, 2016 by

 

tree-1Christmas has truly landed in the Foresight office, with decorations and our lovely Christmas tree. We’ve also begun amassing our annual secret santa presents and all of the staff are wondering what they will receive.

Expert witness requests are showing no signs of abating over the festive period and we are seeing an increasing number of requests in the build up to the end of the year. Our growing team has allowed us to provide even more expert witnesses to solicitors, barristers, CPS and private clients in 2016, and we’ve seen our busiest year since we began ten years ago.

 

Every breath you take, every move you make… mobile phone tracking and the popularity of Channel 4’s Hunted

November 10th, 2016 by


mobile-phoneMobile technology is as ubiquitous as pens and maps, but the former can be used to track a person’s every move through cell site analysis, as expertly demonstrated in this year’s thrilling series of Hunted. More than 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the first episode, and new viewers were no doubt surprised by the level of sophistication deployed in modern day tracking software and personnel.

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Expert Witness News, October 2016

November 9th, 2016 by

Read our October newsletter for details of our work this month, a feature on psychiatry, an interview with Allan, one of our account managers and much more on our expert witness service…

Expert witnesses and the Foresight power behind them

October 17th, 2016 by

expert witness serviceThis month has, as usual, brought in a broad range of cases with a wide range of expert witness requirements. Currently I’m managing cases that need orthopaedic surgeons, family psychologists, forensic psychiatrists, paediatricians and a forensic accountant on a variety of criminal and family cases.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 14th, 2016 by

breastcancercareThis month, the entire staff at Foresight got into the charity spirit when they organised a fundraising day on Friday 14 October. Adele, one of our account administrators, organised for all of us to bake cakes, donate gifts, buy raffle tickets and generally have a great day raising funds and awareness. (more…)

Psychiatric expert witness reports – what do we cover?

October 14th, 2016 by

brain-neon-150x150Last month we wrote about our psychological expert witness service and the broad spectrum within the discipline. This month we focus on psychiatry and the psychiatric expert witness reports that we provide: What is it? How does it differ from psychology? What type of assessments and reports do our experts undertake within the field of psychiatry? (more…)

Expert Witness News from Foresight, September 2016

September 21st, 2016 by

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September is already proving to be a busy month, with our experienced staff managing an increasing number of expert witness requests. Our account managers are responsible for ensuring a perfect fit between client and expert; rather than simply paying to access a database of experts, we provide a tailored service from experienced professionals that results in quick turnarounds and excellent reports. (more…)

What Katie did; a day in the life of a Foresight expert witness account manager

September 16th, 2016 by

katie-editedKatie Reader is a Foresight expert witness account manager, and we spoke to her to find out what she’s been working on over the last couple of weeks…

September has so far proved to be a busy month with, as usual, a broad mix of cases and work for the Foresight office. My workload this month is split approximately 50% criminal solicitor cases, 40% family solicitor cases and 10% other work. This does change month to month though, and we are well equipped to deal with queries from every section of the legal profession. (more…)

Psychological Expert Witness – what do we cover?

September 14th, 2016 by

psychological expert witness One of our most popular witness requests is for psychological expert witnesses. The discipline of psychology – and our corresponding witnesses – is extremely broad, so what makes our psychological expert witnss service and experts the best and what exactly do we cover? (more…)

An introduction to forensic accountancy

August 8th, 2016 by

forensic-accountancyForensic accountancy: an introduction

Foresight now offers forensic accountancy within its comprehensive expert witness network. Brian is one of a number of forensic accountants within Foresight’s network and has written an introduction to forensic accountancy: definitions of forensic accountancy and where it can be used. (more…)

July newsletter

July 13th, 2016 by

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Prescribed limits for drugs – the end to impairment testing?

July 13th, 2016 by

drugsMartin is a Forensic Physician (or Forensic Medical Examiner) and has been working with Foresight to provide expert witness opinions for the prosecution and defence.  Here he discusses the history of drink and drug driving and issues of greater scrutiny around impairment testing. (more…)

A matter of opinion; what is an expert witness and what is their role?

July 11th, 2016 by

expert-witnessWe work alongside a broad spectrum of expert witnesses here at Foresight, and we are often approached by professionals looking to become an expert witness. This feature has been written by a forensic accountancy expert witness from our network, and details key facts about expert witnesses, their work and the legal implications of presenting their evidence and opinion.

An expert witness is one whose opinion, oral or written, may be used in connection with legal proceedings. Unlike other witnesses, who are confined to relating facts, an expert witness is the only witness who can express an opinion in court. (more…)

Happy 10-year anniversary to Foresight!

July 11th, 2016 by

Foresight began as the brainchild of Nicky Hughes in 2006, and the business has its roots in the back bedroom! After a shift to the dining room, Nicky’s success resulted in a ‘proper’ office in 2009 and a first employee.

At the heart of Foresight – from humble beginnings to the currently expanding team – is the pride we take in developing a peer introduced network of experts, many of whom have been with us from the early days, and this network continues today. (more…)

New starters boost Foresight’s expanding team

July 6th, 2016 by

New starters boost Foresight’s expanding team

Allan Johns

Allan joined Foresight in March 2016, after working within the financial services sector. His role as account manager means that he’s responsible for individual case project management, and maintaining professional relationships with both experts and clients.

He liaises with clients and experts to ensure a perfect match, and has a great memory for each expert and their areas of specialism. He said: “I offer support and guidance to our clients and experts, dealing with cases personally and efficiently, ensuring that outcomes are positive and speedy for all parties involved. I also pride myself on building friendly and professional relationships with clients and experts alike, offering a thorough service to all parties.” (more…)

Asylum seekers- psychological assessments and reports

July 6th, 2016 by

Asylum seekers psychological assessments and reports

Dr L has been an expert witness for Foresight for over eight years, and specialises in psychological assessments and reports for the criminal, civil and family courts. In this feature she points to the need for accurate psychosocial assessment and reporting in relation to asylum seekers, and the difficulties their often terrifying experiences bring to the process.

The whole of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 saw a recorded 40,642 applications for asylum in the United Kingdom. The largest numbers are from Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Bangladesh (statistics from Refugee Council). The majority of asylum seekers will experience a detailed assessment process to determine their eligibility to stay in the UK, and these include psychological assessments carried out by expert witnesses. (more…)

All Behaviour Has Meaning? by Angela Phillips (Forensic Psychologist)

April 28th, 2016 by

“All Behaviour Has Meaning?”

Maya Anjelou author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings said we should not be surprised at human beings cruelty; if a human has committed such a crime then why are we surprised? A human can and does. Perhaps her quote goes some way to understand her comment.” I believe we are still so innocent, so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.” “Believe people the first time that they show you who they are,” said Anjelou, and this has been suggested by others as probably one of the most profound pieces of wisdom. On how we should pay attention to what people tell us about themselves without uttering a single word. Psychologists believe there is a reason for every behaviour and all behaviour has meaning and thus the aim to understand and prevent harm to the individuals and/or others. (more…)

Whatever happened to the Police Surgeon?

November 20th, 2015 by

The Police Surgeon was formally established some 189 years ago by the Metropolitan Police Act when the prime role of the Police Surgeon was to provide medical care for Police Officers. During Victorian times most medical problems were dealt with by surgeons who operated, delivered babies and acted as today’s General Practitioners. Physicians graduated from Oxford or Cambridge and only diagnosed leaving treatment to apothecaries and surgeons.

The Police Surgeon’s care was so appreciated by the Police Officers that in 1947 98% of them voted to stay with the Police Surgeon rather than transfer to the National Health Service. The Metropolitan Police Association formed in 1889 developed into the Association of Police Surgeons the focus of the Police Surgeons work remained the occupational health of police officers. (more…)

Job alert!

October 19th, 2015 by

We are looking for an Account Manager to join the team! This is a newly created role that will require you to be highly organised, IT literate in Microsoft packages and web based applications. You will have the ability to form long lasting professional relationships with your clients and a keen eye for detail.

Foresight is a family business so finding the right ‘fit’ is key to our success when we recruit new employees. Our head office is based in South Manchester near to all major motorway links.

Send your CV to cv@foresightclinicalservices.co.uk