April 20th, 2018 by Foresight
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.
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…