January 18th, 2018 by Foresight
January 2nd, 2018 by Foresight
The role of CCTV evidence in identifying suspects and solving crimes should not be downplayed. CCTV cameras are a familiar sight in public places and businesses around the UK, meaning they often record the crucial moments before, during and after a crime is committed. (more…)
December 22nd, 2017 by Foresight
As far as family law cases are concerned, divorce proceedings are typically anything but amicable. More often than not, divorce cases centre on the division of marital assets and debts; some of which can be relatively simple to divide, and others can be more complex. (more…)
December 14th, 2017 by Foresight
In our digital age, there is usually at least one mobile phone present at the scene of a crime. The presence of mobile phones can be used to trace an individual’s movements using cell site analysis, and mobile phone analysis can hold the key to uncovering what actually happened and the events which precede it. When this evidence is examined but not handled correctly, there is potential for miscarriages of justice to take place. (more…)
December 7th, 2017 by Foresight
Psychologists with a high level of relevant training and experience can be instructed to give an expert opinion in legal cases. The British Psychological Society report contains guidance and information on the procedure of acting as an expert witness in court, and it is advised that all psychology expert witnesses closely observe the recommendations set out in the document.
December 6th, 2017 by Foresight
In cases where scientific data is being presented as evidence, an expert witness may be required to help the court understand it. Medical reports, psychological reports, cell site data and financial records help towards building a convincing case and enabling the court to make a decision in both criminal and family cases. (more…)
November 17th, 2017 by Foresight
International Law Firm Pinsent Masons has recently cut 78 admin roles across their UK offices. The firm has claimed that these redundancies are in the long term interests of the business, but this move has attracted criticism from solicitors and assistants alike. (more…)
November 14th, 2017 by Foresight
Here at Foresight Clinical Services, we’ve been providing expert witnesses for commercial solicitors, family solicitors, local authorities, barristers and private clients for many years now. Not only do we supply expert witnesses to compile reports for use in court in cases of fraud, we can also provide investigation services through our sister company, and retired police investigators to assist with fraud investigations. (more…)
November 14th, 2017 by Foresight
There are many similarities between psychologists and psychiatrists and on some cases they may work together. However, there are crucial differences in the way they assess and treat patients. Whereas psychiatrists are medically trained and have the ability to prescribe medication and treatment plans, psychologists take a more therapeutic approach and focus on behavioural intervention. When a case is brought to court which requires expert testimony, it is important to make the right choice of whether it is an expert psychologist or psychiatrist which is required. (more…)
October 26th, 2017 by Foresight
Expert evidence is necessary in cases where a specialist opinion is required to help the court understand complex medical, psychological, financial or technical issues. Although legal professionals and individuals are free to instruct their choice of expert, the primary duty of an expert witness is to the court. They should act as an independent party and help the court understand the technical or scientific details relevant to their expertise and the case. For expert evidence to be admissible in court it is critical that the expert is unbiased and impartial. (more…)
October 26th, 2017 by Foresight
In new developments to help mitigate the crisis in UK prisons, the Ministry of Justice has this week announced plans to give prison officers in England and Wales body cameras. The cameras are supposed to act as visual deterrent against violence and ultimately improve safety in prisons. Four UK prisons are also trialling the use of pepper spray to control violent individuals. Although officers have welcomed the provision of equipment to deal with and prevent incidences of violence, they also claim that without more comprehensive reforms, violence within prisons will continue. (more…)
October 26th, 2017 by Foresight
Cell site analysis can have a substantial impact on a legal case. Cell site analysis is the practice by which the geographical location of a mobile phone can be approximated, and it was this technique which was instrumental in locating and prosecuting suspects of a failed terrorist attack in London on 21st July 2005. With one or more mobile phones usually present at the scene of a crime, and criminal groups often using mobiles to communicate with one another, cell site data can be a vital piece of evidence in a criminal investigation. (more…)
October 16th, 2017 by Foresight
In a study published earlier this year, a group of researchers aimed to understand the mindset of those who commit violent crimes. By conducting psychological assessments of those convicted of terrorism offences, researchers from Argentina, the USA, Colombia and Chile developed a scoring system based on the participants’ moral judgement. The goal of the study was to gain insight on what draws individuals to commit terrorist acts or join terrorist organisations. They hope that by gaining an understanding of what motivates these offenders, future acts of violence could be prevented. (more…)
October 16th, 2017 by Foresight
Computers and other mobile devices are frequently involved in criminal investigations. In cases from fraud to terrorism and everything in between, analysing a computer’s hard drive can provide revealing insights about an individual and their activity, and techniques such as facial mapping, cell site analysis and CCTV analysis can help place an individual at the scene of a crime. It is the role of an IT forensics expert to make sense of this data and present it as convincing pieces of evidence. (more…)
September 21st, 2017 by Foresight
Medical expert witnesses can play a huge role in many different types of case. Clinical professionals with demonstrable training and experience in their field can provide compelling evidence to defend the accused in a criminal case, and enable judges to make the fairest possible decision in a family case. The insight of a medical expert might also be useful in clinical negligence or personal injury cases. Not all medical expert witnesses are doctors; clinical professionals such as dentists, nurses and midwives can also provide evidence as an expert witness in relevant cases. (more…)
September 14th, 2017 by Foresight
Indeterminate sentences for Public Protection (IPP) are a pivotal factor in the rise of mental health problems among prison inmates. In recent weeks, several high profile cases of offenders remaining in prison for years beyond their original tariff have brought to light the devastating effects of these sentences on prisoner wellbeing. Five years after new indeterminate sentences were abolished, 3000 prisoners still do not have a release date in sight and more prisoners than ever are suffering from mental health problems. (more…)
September 7th, 2017 by Foresight
Expert witnesses not only work on criminal defence cases, they can also provide useful insights in family law cases. Family law is a very broad area encompassing issues such as divorce, child custody and other family-related matters. The expertise of expert witnesses across a range of specialisms including psychology, psychiatry, paediatric medicine and forensic accountancy can provide convincing pieces of evidence to judges and legal teams working on family law cases, helping them to make informed decisions. (more…)
September 4th, 2017 by Foresight
Cases involving children can often be complex and highly sensitive; so many legal professionals enlist help from a child psychology expert witness. Child psychologists deal with the impact of a child’s development on their behaviour. Their insights into how a child’s mind works and what factors have influenced their behaviour provide enlightening evidence in a range of situations; from investigating persistent misbehaviour in a school setting, to providing possible explanations for criminal behaviour committed by children. With youth offenders’ institutions at breaking point, child psychologists play an important role in ensuring that the most suitable course of action is taken to avoid exacerbating the problem. (more…)
August 31st, 2017 by Foresight
Money plays a pivotal role in many crimes. According to a report by the Telegraph in January 2017, online fraud, including identity theft is now the most common crime in the UK. Fraud comes in many forms, from small value thefts up to widespread corruption within global businesses. Legal cases involving financial crime can be very lengthy and complicated, with many strands of evidence to investigate. For this reason, many solicitors enlist assistance from an experienced forensic accountant. Forensic accounting expert witnesses can play a huge role in ensuring these cases run smoothly, the entire extent of the crime is investigated and the value of the crime is properly quantified. (more…)
August 24th, 2017 by Foresight
Everybody makes mistakes occasionally, but when a medical professional makes a mistake it can have a devastating effect on the life of a patient. It often falls on the courts to examine whether the malpractice of a medical professional resulted in poor quality of care or harm to a patient. (more…)
August 17th, 2017 by Foresight
Cell site analysis seeks to identify where data was used, when it was used, and who used it. These insights are invaluable for proving or disproving alibis, and ensuring that justice is done fairly. With 66% of adults in the UK regularly using a smartphone, and one or more mobile phones usually present at the scene of a crime, cell site analysis can play a large role in legal proceedings. (more…)
July 21st, 2017 by Foresight
Criminologists at the University of Cambridge have recently conducted a pioneering study to investigate a new approach to tackling domestic abuse cases. Instead of facing criminal charges, the accused would undergo a counselling course to uncover reasons for behaviour and take a positive step towards recovery. The researchers claim that this approach has been hugely successful at cutting reoffending rates, but the Crown Prosecution Service is waiting for results from other studies before considering nationwide approval. (more…)
July 20th, 2017 by Foresight
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.
July 10th, 2017 by Foresight
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.
June 26th, 2017 by Foresight
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…)
June 22nd, 2017 by Foresight
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.
June 8th, 2017 by Foresight
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.
May 30th, 2017 by Foresight
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…
May 19th, 2017 by Foresight
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.
May 3rd, 2017 by Foresight
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.
April 27th, 2017 by Foresight
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.
April 21st, 2017 by Foresight
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.
April 11th, 2017 by Foresight
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.
April 4th, 2017 by Foresight
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.
March 28th, 2017 by Foresight
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.
February 3rd, 2017 by Foresight
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.
February 3rd, 2017 by Foresight
This 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…)
January 16th, 2017 by Foresight
These 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?
January 13th, 2017 by Foresight
Arrogen 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…)
January 13th, 2017 by Foresight
You’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…)
January 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…)