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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.

Raising Awareness During International Fraud Week

November 17th, 2017 by

International Fraud Awareness Week

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…)

Do I Need a Psychology or Psychiatry Expert Witness?

November 14th, 2017 by

Difference between Psychologist and PsychiatristThere 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…)

The Importance of Impartiality for Expert Witnesses

November 14th, 2017 by

Impartiality of Expert WitnessesExpert 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…)

Can New Equipment for Prison Officers Reduce Violence in Prisons?

October 26th, 2017 by

Prison staff to be given body cameras

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…)

The Benefits of Cell Site Analysis

October 26th, 2017 by

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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…)

Could a Moral Judgement Test Prevent Acts of Violence?

October 26th, 2017 by

Psychological assessment of violent offenders

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…)

How a Forensic IT Expert Can Help a Criminal Investigation

October 16th, 2017 by

Forensic IT expert witnesses

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…)

The Varied Role of a Medical Expert Witness

October 16th, 2017 by

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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…)

The Impact of Indeterminate Prison Sentences on Inmate Mental Health

September 21st, 2017 by

The Impact of IPPs on Inmate Mental Health

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…)

The Role of Expert Witnesses in Family Law Cases

September 14th, 2017 by

Expert Witnesses for Family Cases

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…)

What is Child Psychology and What do Child Psychologists Do?

September 7th, 2017 by

What is Child Psychology?

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…)

The Important Role of Forensic Accounting in Fraud Cases

September 4th, 2017 by

Forensic Accounting in Fraud Cases

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…)

How an Expert Witness can Help a Medical Negligence Case

August 31st, 2017 by

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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…)

Cell Site Analysis: What is it, and How Does it Work?

August 24th, 2017 by

Cell Site Analysis ExpertsCell 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…)

Will Counselling Reduce Domestic Abuse Reoffending?

August 17th, 2017 by

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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…)

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

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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

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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

Expert witness child psychologist conducting an assessment

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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