September 14th, 2017 by Foresight
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 13th, 2017 by Foresight
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…)
January 9th, 2017 by Foresight
We’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…
December 16th, 2016 by Foresight
Whilst 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 10th, 2016 by Foresight
Christmas 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.
November 9th, 2016 by Foresight
Mobile 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.
October 17th, 2016 by Foresight
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…
October 14th, 2016 by Foresight
This 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.
October 14th, 2016 by Foresight
This 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…)
September 21st, 2016 by Foresight
Last 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…)
September 16th, 2016 by Foresight
View our Expert Witness News, September newsletter…
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…)
September 14th, 2016 by Foresight
Katie 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…)
August 8th, 2016 by Foresight
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…)
July 13th, 2016 by Foresight
July 13th, 2016 by Foresight
Forensic 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 11th, 2016 by Foresight
Martin 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…)
We 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…)