August 21st, 2018 by Foresight
August 14th, 2018 by Foresight
The mind is the most complex component to the human composition. Where mental health and wellbeing are at risk, or feature in a court case, a solicitor will often require the invaluable assistance of a psychologist or psychiatrist expert witness. However, where their roles share similarities, there can be confusion over which expert witness discipline is best suited to a particular case. As providers of the most targeted expert witness network in the UK, our case managers are dedicated to helping solicitors appoint the best expert witness for their case. With that in mind, we want to share the differences between a psychology expert witness and a psychiatry expert witness. (more…)
August 7th, 2018 by Foresight
High profile Family Law cases are often plastered across newspapers and magazines, the television and radio. However much more under the radar than celebrity divorces sit many low income families who are not being given the civil legal aid they need to acquire legal advice and representation. In recent months, this inequality has had more industry attention with members of the court calling for serious revisions of the flawed funding system.
Family Law incorporates a number of sensitive cases including divorce, domestic violence and abuse, forced marriage, asylum cases, child abductions, mental illness and debt. Family Law solicitors are responsible for ensuring justice is delivered for their clients. To do this, solicitors will often call upon a relevant expert witness who can provide expert assessments and potentially uncover substantial and significant evidence. As providers of the UK’s most targeted expert witnesses, we take a look at the types of expert witness that are frequently instructed by Family Law solicitors.
August 1st, 2018 by Foresight
When a death or injury is deemed as unusual or suspicious, a Forensic Medical Examiners (FME) can apply their expertise to demystify the circumstances that may have caused it. Unsurprisingly, solicitors of Criminal Law will often require the expertise of a forensic medical examiner expert witness. By assisting the solicitor, a forensic medical examiner may uncover significant and substantial evidence that can support and shape the case as a whole. As providers of the most targeted network of medical expert witnesses, we understand the cases which require the appointment of a forensic medical examiner and how essential their role can be. We want to share why that is here.
July 24th, 2018 by Foresight
A psychiatrist is a qualified medical doctor whose expertise lies in making sense of the intricate complexities and phenomenon held by the human mind. Over years of dedicated study, research, and clinical practice, psychiatry experts have acquired the skills to diagnose and treat patients with one or more of the 200+ classified mental illnesses and disorders including anxiety, acute depression, PTSD, and schizophrenia. Of course each mental illness manifests differently in each patient, and each patient requires particular medical treatment in order to manage, and in many cases recover from, their mental illness.
As providers of the most targeted UK medical expert witnesses, we regularly work with solicitors looking to instruct a psychiatry expert witness. From Family Law, to Civil Law, to Criminal Law, a psychiatry expert witness is indispensable in supporting fair trial and securing justice. Here, we share why.
July 18th, 2018 by Foresight
It is without doubt that the human brain is the most complex component to our being. For a psychology expert, researching, examining, and understanding cognitive function and consequential behaviour is all in a day’s work. More than that, throughout years of rigorous study and clinical experience, a psychologist will have acquired the skills and knowledge to recognise and treat people living with learning disabilities, behavioural disorders, and mental health problems.
For a solicitor, the appointment of a psychologist expert witness is often essential in ensuring not only fair trial, but the wellbeing of the individuals who will be affected by the court’s decision. Since the field of psychology is so highly specialised, instructing the best suited psychologist expert witness is crucial, and doing so comes with a number of challenges. As providers of the most targeted network of UK psychologist expert witnesses, we want to take a closer look at these challenges and how a solicitor may overcome them. (more…)
July 10th, 2018 by Foresight
How much time does each of us spend attached to our phone? How much does each of us rely on our phone for communication? Constant technological advancements drive our modern world; in every sector, in our private and professional lives, most of us rely upon technology. Whilst technology has encouraged and supported the progression and expansion of our capabilities in medicine, business, communications, it has also become commonplace for criminal activity and the planning of criminal activity.
Cell site analysis plays a fundamental role in finding evidence to confirm or challenge an accusation of criminal activity. For solicitors acting on a criminal defence case, finding the truth is not only solving a puzzle, it is the roots of justice and the promise of a fair trial. As providers of the most targeted network of UK expert witnesses, we take a look at the ways in which cell site analysis can prevent the miscarriage of justice and ensure fair trial.
July 6th, 2018 by Foresight
A General Practitioner is an important member of any community. As a qualified medical doctor, it is their duty to provide continuing care for people of all ages within their area. Whilst they may not share the same depth of knowledge that a specialist doctor has, the breadth of knowledge that a general practitioner possesses is vast and they are usually the first point of medical contact for a patient. A GP will be expected to see patients in the surgery, during home visits, or in alternative settings such as care homes.
Since their role is so central to society, their service is frequently called upon by solicitors in search of a GP expert witness. The appointment of a GP expert witness is often indispensible to a case since it can offer direction, uncover substantial evidence, and ultimately ensure fair trial and due justice. As providers of the most targeted medical expert witness network, we want to share more about the role of a GP expert witness.
June 26th, 2018 by Foresight
As providers of the most targeted network of UK expert witnesses, we are frequently contacted by solicitors looking to appoint a psychiatrist expert witness for their case. It is unsurprising when the instruction of a psychiatric expert witness can uncover significant evidence which can not only give great weight and direction to the solicitor’s case, but can ultimately inform the final decision in court. This is due to the profound knowledge and clinical expertise of a psychiatrist expert witness. As a qualified medical doctor each psychiatrist expert witness has dedicated their professional pursuits to the specialism of psychiatry. In doing so they can practice in the diagnosis of mental illnesses, understand how they manifest in their patients, and decide the best course of medical treatment.
In many cases, a psychiatrist expert witness can make the difference between fair trial and the miscarriage of justice so it is crucial that you are able to find the best suited for your case. It is a task which can be stressful and time-consuming for a solicitor; here we share how to find the most suited psychiatry expert witness without losing sleep in the process.
June 22nd, 2018 by Foresight
In many cases, a paediatric expert witness is indispensible to a solicitor. The depth and breadth of knowledge which a paediatric expert witness has attained through extensive training, research, and years of clinical experience enable an informed perspective when assessing patients and evidence in legal cases involving children. Indeed, the instruction of a paediatrician expert witness can uncover essential evidence which would otherwise have been missed by the solicitor. This can give substantial strength and direction to a solicitor’s case. As providers of the most targeted network of UK expert witnesses, we want to share how a paediatrician expert witness can inform the carriage of justice and support the wellbeing of young and vulnerable individuals.
June 12th, 2018 by Foresight
Medicine is one of the most complex and varied sectors. With hundreds of specialisms and professions wrapped up into healthcare, it is unsurprising that solicitors will so often call upon the assistance of a medical expert witness. Indeed, the instruction of a medical expert witness in addition to their testimony in court, can be a crucial and deciding factor in the achievement of justice. As providers of the most targeted medical expert witnesses for the UK, each of our experts has, by definition, dedicated their training and professional lives to their discipline. The medical expert witnesses therefore have the profound and specialised knowledge that a solicitor alone cannot attribute to their case. There are an unlimited number of cases for which a solicitor may require a medical expert witness. Here we highlight some of the cases which most frequently necessitate a medical expert witness.
May 29th, 2018 by Foresight
The modern world is driven by technology. In medicine, communications, banking, in both personal and professional capacities, technological advancements are simultaneously supporting and controlling our lives. Becoming increasingly dependent upon these devices, technology has become increasingly the target of criminal activity. Computers, mobile phones, entire security systems are more and more frequently attacked by cyber criminals or facilitate their criminal activity.
May 22nd, 2018 by Foresight
Where a case involves a mental illness or disorder, the importance of the instruction of a psychiatric expert witness must not be underestimated. Their involvement may not only give substantial weight and direction to the solicitor’s case, but may also significantly inform the final decision made by the court. This power stems from the professional standing of the psychiatrist which proves profound knowledge of, research into, and clinical experience with the workings of the human mind. An extremely complex area of medicine, the psychiatrist expert witness can help to ensure that often vulnerable individuals are given fair trial and a just sentence. As providers of industry-leading psychiatric expert witnesses, we want to share why their appointment is crucial to a fair final sentence.
May 15th, 2018 by Foresight
We have seen it plastered across the news networks, in the papers, and in our everyday conversation; cuts to the police pot are still happening. By the same measure we are being fed the information that knife crime is an increasingly big killer amongst children and adults. In fact, knife crime and other violent or criminal activities are increasing across the country whilst police numbers are decreasing.
May 9th, 2018 by Foresight
The instruction of an expert witness can give substantial strength and direction to a case – that is, if the expert is both reputable and objective. Indeed, the knowledge and wealth of experience which years of study and practice have attributed the expert, gives them the skills required to uncover significant and often decisive evidence that would otherwise be missed by a non-expert. When an expert witness is appointed by a solicitor there are a number of imperatives to adhere to for their involvement to be respected and recognised by the court. As providers of the most targeted network of UK expert witnesses, Foresight Clinical Services are well-versed and work strictly in line with these essential traits of an expert witness. Here we share what those requirements are and why they are integral to supporting a case.
May 1st, 2018 by Foresight
Thought, function, and behaviour; the human mind is the most complex component to our being. It is the role of a psychologist to consistently research, understand and practice upon cognitive processes and know the way in which they manifest. These skills, developed over years of dedicated study and clinical practice, can be an essential ally in a criminal defence case. At Foresight Clinical Services, we provide the most targeted network of chartered psychologist expert witnesses who are working at the top of their field. Here we take a closer look at how a psychology expert witness can benefit a criminal defence case.
April 24th, 2018 by Foresight
Appointing a psychiatry expert witness can be the difference between fair trial and injustice. As qualified medical doctors who have specialised in the vast and complex field of psychiatry, their dedication to the study of and clinical experience in the illnesses and disorders of the human mind gives opportunity to uncover otherwise veiled evidence that a solicitor’s knowledge base could not access. In doing so they may help to significantly strengthen a case since their professional standing gives credibility to their methodology, report, and where necessary, their expert opinion in court. It is crucial that the expertise of the expert witness is specific to the case on which they are instructed. As providers of the most targeted network of psychiatry expert witnesses, we want to share what you can expect from your expert witness with Foresight Clinical Services.
April 20th, 2018 by Foresight
The involvement of a psychology expert witness can add significant weight to a given case. The years of study and clinical practice dedicated to their discipline enables a psychologist expert to perform the necessary assessments of individuals alongside given evidence. The psychological assessment methods undertaken and the conclusions made as a result must be written into a comprehensive report which can then be used in court to inform the final judgement. Foresight Clinical Services are providers of the most targeted network of expert witnesses in the UK. Here we use our expertise in psychology expert witness assignment to share when psychological reports are needed in a case.
April 10th, 2018 by Foresight
When a solicitor instructs an expert witness in a case, their significance cannot be understated. The expert witness will often shine significant light on the pre-provided evidence, as well as producing their own from in-depth assessments, investigations and scrutinising the available material. Unsurprisingly, expert witnesses cover a vast array of specialised professions from CCTV analysis to every specific medical discipline. For each, the years of training and practice dedicated to their profession allows the expert witness to produce a comprehensive report and give their expert opinion in court. In doing so, they may add substantial weight to a case and even help to determine an outcome that is fair and justified.
April 3rd, 2018 by Foresight
In recent months, the media has been occupied with reports of criminal defence trials which have seen the wrongly accused finally walk free. Most recently were accusations of sexual assault and rape against twenty-two year old Liam Allan, and Ulster and Northern Ireland rugby players Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson.
In both cases, the trial continued for almost two years. In the public eye, the social media fire storm hurled abuse at the accused who were all found to be not guilty. In the case of Liam Allan, the trial collapsed when previously non-disclosed evidence was brought to the attention of prosecutions barrister Jerry Hayes. In a follow-up BBC interview he emphasises the “tremendous pressure” that the police and justice systems are suffering due to treasury cut-backs that have seen mistakes made and systems slip at the cause of diminishing backroom and admin staff.
March 27th, 2018 by Foresight
As qualified doctors specialised in being able to demystify and understand the human mind, psychiatrists are best appointed to act as expert witness when a suspected mental illness has caused or influenced criminal activity. Solicitors will often instruct a psychiatric expert witness to strengthen their criminal defence case due to their specialist research areas and clinical practice. Foresight are providers of the largest network of industry-leading psychiatrist expert witnesses. Here we share how a psychiatric expert witness can benefit a criminal defence case.
March 20th, 2018 by Foresight
Forensic Medical Examiners (FME) are independent senior doctors of medicine who specialise in investigations of death and injury that is unusual or suspicious. They may be called upon to assist in cases of often violent crime. A solicitor working on a criminal case will typically require the expertise of a forensic medical examiner to provide comprehensive analysis of specialised medical material that will in turn serve to strengthen their case. At Foresight we have a UK-wide pool of medical examiners whose training and clinical practice has been vital to the work of solicitors. We want to share why you need to know about forensic medical examiners and how they can assist in your case.
March 13th, 2018 by Foresight
Arranging an expert witness can mean the difference between a fair trial and an unjustified final decision that is detrimental to a solicitor’s client. Expert witnesses cover a plethora of specialisms, from medical experts to forensic IT. Each is then broken down into focused categories. When they can have such a significant impact throughout a case, finding yourself the best suited and most qualified expert witness can be time-consuming and add extra stress to your workload. At Foresight Clinical Services, we have made it our duty to provide industry leading expert witnesses. With that in mind, we share our expertise in how you can go about arranging an expert witness as easily and methodically as possible.
March 6th, 2018 by Foresight
In both criminal and civil law cases, a pathologist expert witness is often called upon by a solicitor in order to perform extensive investigations and evaluations of body-based evidence. Pathologists deal primarily with the study and diagnosis of disease. However it involves three components in particular: histopathology (tissue samples), cytology (individual cells), and autopsy. Doctors and particularly those in A&E do not have the luxury of time to document with forensic detail, the results of a quick patient assessment. Naturally, things can be missed. The expertise of the pathologist in particular research areas and their years of clinical practice can directly influence or shed significant light on a case.
Foresight Clinical Services are providers of pathologist expert witness working at the top of their field in all specialisms; including Neuropathology, Histopathology, and Forensic Pathology. Here we share how a pathologist expert witness can be an insightful addition to a case.
February 27th, 2018 by Foresight
Solicitors will often decide to appoint a psychology expert witness in order to strengthen a case. With years of extensive study and clinical practice behind them, a psychology expert witness can fully understand and diagnose particular behavioural problems of an individual. Through this assessment they can identify an individual’s motivations or comprehend particular behaviours. A psychology expert’s professional standing is recognised by the court, meaning they can also give their independent opinion.
Choosing a psychology expert for your case can be a stressful and time-consuming task. When their role in your case is often crucial to ensure a fair trial, it is of great importance to find a psychologist whose expertise are directly associated to the case. As providers of psychology expert witnesses we want to share some useful pointers for how you can choose the most suited psychologist for your case.
February 20th, 2018 by Foresight
In any walk of life, the thought of finding yourself in a situation where you have been accused of/found guilty of a crime that you did not commit, is one that would send a shiver down the spine of you and your family.
The possibility of this situation has recently been highlighted in the media by the R v Liam Allan case; in which Mr Allan was accused of rape. While the case against Mr Allan has now been dropped by the CPS, it had lasted for two years and should never have been brought before the court. The case was dropped due to evidence being made available, that had previously not been taken into consideration. Prosecuting barrister, Jerry Hayes emphasised the “tremendous pressure” police and justice services are under, in a system that is “not just creaking, but about to croak”.
February 14th, 2018 by Foresight
The debate that considers the relationship between mental illness and crime is on-going. Where the media quite consistently provides a negative portrayal, psychiatry experts provide years of research and evidence to suggest that the link is far less than reported. Further still, that people with a mental health problem are more likely to be victims, not perpetrators, of violent crime. It is important that prejudices about the causal link between crime and sufferers of mental illness be put aside and to look at the available research and evidence. (more…)
February 7th, 2018 by Foresight
A medical expert witness and their testimony in court can be a crucial and deciding component in a criminal defence case. By definition, a medical expert has dedicated years of research and clinical practice to their field. This is not only recognised by the court, but also enables them to make accurate and specialist assessments of the evidence and of the offending individual which may shed significant light on a criminal defence case. The medical expert witness will produce objective and fact-based reports which can then be relayed in court without the jargon-infused complex material that is likely beyond the knowledge base of a jury. (more…)
February 2nd, 2018 by Foresight
A Psychology expert witness is frequently used to make considered contributions to criminal defence cases. Building a career from extensive study, research, and clinical experience, they are respected in the court and are often an essential component to understanding the offending individual’s motivations. Their specialised professional opinion and assessment can give insight on certain behaviours in accordance to the defendant’s psychology that a legal professional may not be able to access. (more…)
January 25th, 2018 by Foresight
The best expert witness testimony is often critical to your defence case. The right expert will add convincing new insights to your case and help the court understand evidence related to their field. An expert who doesn’t have the right expertise will be unable to add any weight to your case and may actually work to your detriment.
January 18th, 2018 by Foresight
It is the primary duty of every court proceeding to ensure that the outcome is fair, justified and takes into account all important considerations. In instances where vulnerable defendants are facing trial, psychiatry experts can be called upon to ensure the outcome respects the defendant’s unique circumstances. (more…)
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.
Usually there is little dispute over the division of bank accounts and credit cards, but other matrimonial assets such as furniture, jewellery and art can be much harder to quantify and divide fairly. It is also a surprisingly regular occurrence that one spouse might conceal assets from the other to avoid losing them in a court settlement. All assets must be uncovered and quantified if a fair settlement is to be reached, which is where the expertise of a forensic accountant comes in.
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 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 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 psychiatric expert witnesses are qualified to make this decision and will do so only after a thorough assessment. The same applies when it comes to discharging patients; the psychiatric expert witness will examine the patient 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…)
July 11th, 2016 by Foresight
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…)
July 6th, 2016 by Foresight
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…)
July 6th, 2016 by Foresight
New starters boost Foresight’s expanding team
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…)
April 28th, 2016 by Foresight
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…)
November 20th, 2015 by Foresight
“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…)
October 19th, 2015 by Foresight
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…)
October 2nd, 2015 by Foresight
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 email@example.com
October 1st, 2015 by Foresight
Welcome to Foresights new website!
We are really pleased to announce our new site has finally gone live! As ever in developing a new site it took 10 times longer to create than planned but its finally live. We intend to regularly update the site and bring news about the things we feel might be of interest. For now though we are happy to just announce the new site is ‘finally’ live.
October 1st, 2015 by Foresight
As professionals we are all too familiar with the recent changes that have taken place within Family Courts and Criminal Courts in terms of Legal Aid funding as well as more broadly with regard to services and agencies involved with domestic abuse working with both victims and perpetrators alike. Yet whilst cutbacks are being made sadly the problem still exists with fewer and fewer services available to help those in need. So, is domestic abuse another postcode lottery? (more…)
October 1st, 2015 by Foresight
Why Psychosocial Services?
Foresight Clinical Services Ltd (FCS) is a national psychosocial services provider of specialists throughout the UK. We have a nationwide network in excess of 250 clinicians / practitioners with a wide range of specialism including medics, psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and social workers and many other different clinical specialists. (more…)
October 1st, 2015 by Foresight
Informed Commissioning Service
“High Quality Assessments with Low Overheads”
Foresight Clinical Services Ltd (FCS) recognises the challenges that NHS commissioners face when securing appropriate specialised services for clients presenting with complex needs. Out of Area (OATS) treatment provision is costly and so the need to ensure that the most cost efficient and clinically appropriate package of care is being purchased is essential. Specialist provision for clients with complex needs in their local community pose a significant challenge to CCGs. (more…)
We are pleased to announce we can now provide IT Forensic expert witnesses – Cell site analysis, computer hard drive interrogation, CCTV analysis and mobile phone image and text retrieval. Contact Foresight Clinical Services today and one of our case managers will be pleased to guide you through the process. We can provide fully itemised LAA friendly quotes if legally aided. If its a private case we try to also adhere to LAA rates where possible.