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Family Law is a vast branch of law which incorporates a great deal of sensitive cases. From divorce, and debt, to domestic and sexual violence or abuse, child abductions and mental illness; it is not uncommon for a solicitor to call upon the assistance of a psychiatric expert witness. In essence, it is the role of a psychiatrist expert witness to prioritise and report upon the mental health of the solicitor’s client. From autism to acute depression and anxiety to PTSD, mental illness covers over 200 diagnoses, each with their own manifestations and medical treatment options. When solicitors require a psychiatric report for family court, our case managers access Foresight’s network of targeted and court-ready UK psychiatric expert witnesses. This week, we take a closer look at some of the cases which require the instruction of psychiatric expert witness.
We all know that money makes the world go around, but it can also get caught up in complex and sometimes criminal scenarios in both a personal and professional capacity. From matrimonial disputes to fraud, and business valuations to professional negligence, where finances need to be questioned in a court case, solicitors will often instruct a forensic accounting expert witness. With the production of a forensic accounting report, a solicitor may significantly strengthen their case. With the experienced case managers at Foresight, we can access our extensive network of UK forensic accounting expert witnesses to match solicitors with those most targeted to their case. This week, we take a closer look at the strength that a forensic accounting expert witness report can offer a given case.
As providers of the UK’s most targeted network of medical expert witnesses, we see first-hand the demand for independent medical expert witnesses ranging from midwife and radiologist expert witnesses, to cardiologist and paediatrician expert witnesses, with specialisms within each medical discipline. What is the reason for this demand? Across Family, Civil and Criminal Law, solicitors are faced with complex and highly specialised cases that an independent medical expert witness can make sense of. These cases can range from medical malpractice to criminal defence and the involvement of the medical expert witness can be equally imperative. This week, we take a closer look at why it is necessary that a solicitor instructs an independent medical expert witness.
The instruction of a child psychologist expert witness can be invaluable to a case which involves vulnerable minors. In a multitude of cases including divorce, domestic and sexual abuse, trafficking, and criminal defence, a child psychologist expert witness may action their expertise in psychological assessments, and in the comprehension and treatment of developmental, psychological, and behavioural issues. Unsurprisingly, child psychologists have dedicated their studies and clinical practice to the treatment of children and adolescents and thus have a profound and specialised experience that an adult psychologist expert witness cannot necessarily offer to a case. There are many more reasons to appoint a child psychologist expert witness, and as providers of the most targeted UK expert witnesses, we want to share when and why a solicitor should look to do just that.
That pathology is primarily involved with the study of dead bodies is not true. In fact, the majority of pathologists will be involved with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viruses, infections and disease. In legal matters, the skills and experience of a pathologist expert witness may be invaluable to a solicitor. At Foresight Clinical Services, we are proud to provide the most targeted network of UK pathology expert witnesses. We therefore know first-hand the cases for which a pathology expert witness has proved instrumental in providing essential evidence to support fair trial. We want to share when and why a solicitor may call upon the assistance of a pathologist expert witness. (more…)
When a crime is committed, witness statements and police evidence may not be enough to confirm or challenge an accusation. Indeed, with a diminishing budget and ever-growing pressures on police departments, it is increasingly integral that criminal defence solicitors source and collect as much evidence as possible. Particularly in light of recent high profile cases where failure to disclose evidence has caused near-crisis in the justice system, additional evidence can be a vital component in preventing the miscarriage of justice. In a criminal defence case, this evidence may be in the form of CCTV analysis, IT analysis, or as we will focus on in today’s article, cell site analysis. As providers of the most skilled cell site analysis expert witnesses, we know first-hand how important cell site data is to a criminal defence case. We share why, and how it works, below. (more…)
The appointment of an independent psychiatrist expert witness is often invaluable to a given case. Ultimately, the role of a psychiatrist expert witness is to protect the mental health of vulnerable individuals with psychiatric medical care. Across public and private sectors, in schools and the workplace, in centres for care; more and more attention – and a greater budget – is being afforded to mental health and wellbeing with charities such as Mind and The Mental Health Foundation at the fore. It is no different when it comes to the justice system. As experienced psychiatry expert witness providers, we have seen first-hand the influx of requests for an independent psychiatrist expert witness report. For a multitude of cases, a psychiatrist expert witness report may form the evidential foundations upon which a solicitor may form their case. In this week’s blog, we take a closer look at the benefits of an independent psychiatrist expert witness report for court. (more…)
It is without doubt that a psychology report is frequently a fundamental component to a given court case. Not only can a psychology report give direction when a solicitor forms their case, it can support fair trial for their client when shared with the court. With such emphasis on the psychology report, it is unsurprising that when a solicitor appoints a psychology expert witness, they will want a psychology report delivered to them as soon as possible. Foresight Clinical Services are providers of the most targeted UK psychology expert witnesses and as such our case managers assist solicitors daily in appointing the best suited expert for their case. One of the most frequently asked questions is; how fast is the turnaround for a psychology report? This week, we want to address this, as well as taking a closer look at what a psychology report includes. (more…)
The on-going technological advancements are simultaneously fascinating and essential. From medicine to communications, and banking to infrastructure, we are increasingly dependent upon technology and its vastly complex systems. This dependence upon technology has left each of us personally and professionally vulnerable to online crime. More and more frequently the news is splattered with stories of data theft, security system hacks, fraudulent activity, money laundering; the list goes on for which technology is the facilitator or the target of crime.
When solicitors are faced with such cases, they will often appoint an independent IT expert witness to assist in sourcing solid evidence which can be used directly by the solicitor and in court. Foresight Clinical Services are proud to provide the UK’s most targeted network of forensic IT expert witnesses. We want to share how a solicitor can benefit from the instruction of an independent forensic IT expert witness. (more…)
The role of a psychiatry expert witness is varied and often invaluable to a court case. Where present, recognising mental illnesses, such as PTSD, anxiety and mental disabilities, is essential in supporting fair trial and crucial to the protection of vulnerable individuals. As an independent professional body, the psychiatrist expert witness can apply their profound knowledge and experience to a subject whose circumstances fall within their field of expertise.
To appoint a psychiatry expert witness a solicitor must be able to cover the psychiatrist expert witness fees. Knowing what these fees include is imperative, particularly when there is a strict budget in place. As providers of the most focused network of psychiatry expert witnesses, our case managers are highly skilled in helping solicitors appoint an individual whose expert witness fees sit within their budget. In our blog we share what is included in psychiatry expert witness fees. (more…)
Criminal Law sees a vast and ever-varied scope of criminal activity and behaviours. It is the task of a forensic psychologist expert witness to make sense of it, extract the motivations, and understand what risk the accused poses to themselves or to others. Undoubtedly, the appointment of a forensic psychologist expert witness can offer invaluable evidence which used by the solicitor and shared with the court will support fair trial. With wellbeing and mental health awareness given its much needed precedence in the courts, the demand for forensic psychologist expert witnesses is ever-increasing. As providers of the most targeted network of UK forensic psychologist expert witnesses, we are more than familiar with their benefits and want to share these with you in our blog. (more…)
Psychologists are tasked with understanding the mind and its behavioural consequences. Through years of dedicated study, research and clinical practice, a psychology professional can use their profound knowledge to assist solicitors by acting as a psychologist expert witness. Undoubtedly, the appointment of a psychologist expert witness can provide essential evidence for a case. From criminal defence to Family Law, cases of divorce, abuse, violent activity, trafficking, addiction and countless more are evaluated, and their subjects assessed by psychologist expert witnesses. There are many things to consider including psychology expert witness fees, their availability, their specific area of expertise, and their turnaround time for a psychology report. As providers of the most targeted network of UK psychologist expert witnesses, we share six things to consider when searching for your expert. (more…)
Medicine is one of the most complex and technologically advancing disciplines. Without doubt, we depend upon those professionals working within medicine – from integral reception staff to researchers of obscure diseases, to general surgeons. In spite of the guidelines in place and the legal requirements of medical professionals, things can go wrong, mistakes can be made, and patients can respond badly to treatment. This is especially the case when a diminishing budget is putting staff under such extreme pressure. When a case is brought forward as a result of suspected medical malpractice, solicitors will often instruct a medical expert witness to assist. As providers of the most targeted network of UK medical expert witnesses, we want to share the purpose of a medico legal report and its role in strengthening a case. (more…)
Police cuts are no longer new knowledge, but the impact they are having is still making the front pages of newspapers across the UK. The National Audit Office (NAO) reported a loss of 44,000 police officers and staff since 2010 whilst superintendents are warning that the service is on the verge of crisis. As providers of the most targeted network of UK expert witnesses, we have seen first-hand the necessity for solicitors to appoint experienced former senior detectives as part of Foresight’s investigation services, to provide their unique insight on existing evidence and further investigation. In this week’s blog we want to take a closer look at what police cuts mean for criminal justice and how our investigation services can assist a criminal defence solicitor in ensuring fair trial. (more…)
The human mind is something of an enigma and it is the role of a psychiatrist to make sense of it. As a qualified medical doctor, a psychiatrist will have dedicated their career to the research, diagnosis and treatment of the many mental illnesses and behavioural disorders.
Only in recent years has the stigma against mental illness begun to lift and greater attention has been attributed to mental health. This is no less true when it comes to court. Increasingly, psychiatrist expert witnesses are appointed by solicitors to apply their clinical psychiatry experience to cases in which mental illness is a contributing factor. As providers of the most targeted network of court-ready psychiatrist expert witnesses, we are more than a little familiar with the cases in which a psychiatry report is essential. This week we want to share when a psychiatry report is necessary in order to support wellbeing and fair trial. (more…)
In recent years, there has been an enormous push to discuss, support and highlight mental health and wellbeing. When it comes to court, the protection of vulnerable individuals is just as important. From Family Law to Criminal Defence cases, the role of a psychology expert witness is more valued than ever. As providers of the most reputable UK psychology expert witnesses, we have noticed an increase in their appointment by solicitors.
A psychology expert witness will have dedicated their career to the study of the cognitive function, motivations and the manifestations of behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, and mental health problems. Whilst a psychiatrist expert will diagnose and provide medical treatment for particular mental illnesses, a clinical psychologist will usually take a therapeutic approach. With vast clinical experience, a psychology expert witness can truly strengthen a case. Today we want to share how. (more…)
The rate at which technology is advancing is phenomenal. Across all professional sectors and as much in our personal lives, we marvel at and have come to rely heavily upon technology. Technology is far more accessible too. Mobile phones are no longer devices to send text messages and calls, they are pocket computers. Where we don’t have Wi-Fi there is 3G, 4G and soon to be 5G. In any given moment, billions of people are connected and communicating online. With our increasing dependence on the online world, technology has become increasingly the target and facilitator of criminal activity.
Crime online is often complex and highly specialised. From money laundering to fraud, and cyber-attacks to terrorist networks, solicitors take on vast and varied cases which require expert investigation, often far beyond their understanding of technology. As providers of the most targeted network of UK expert witnesses, we have seen first-hand the rising need for expert witnesses whose expertise lies in online crime. In this article we want to share which expert witnesses can prove invaluable to solicitors with a cyber-crime case and why. (more…)
Money may make the world go around, but in doing so it can become entangled in complex financial situations and even criminal activity. As providers of the most focused network of UK expert witnesses, we have seen first-hand the increasing demand for forensic accountant expert witnesses in a wide variety of cases. From divorce cases in Family Law to money laundering and cases involving fraud, money can be held, hidden or stolen in a multitude of manners. Unlike a solicitor, a forensic accountant expert witness has profound knowledge, vast experience, and unrivalled observational skills when it comes to money matters. This week we want to share some of the cases for which a forensic accountant expert witness is required and what you can expect from their involvement. (more…)
With the UK’s most targeted network of medical expert witnesses, the team at Foresight Clinical Services are well-practiced in helping solicitors appoint the best expert witness for their case. The enormous pressure under which medical staff must work is ever-increasing whilst the budget is endlessly squeezed. Only recently we saw the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a junior doctor specialising in in paediatrics, who was finally reinstated to the medical register after being stuck off for ‘gross negligence’ after the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock. Further evidence revealed that whilst mistakes were made on the day of Jack’s death, they were done so under the impossibly stretched responsibility of a single doctor.
Of course, cases of medical negligence are sensitive and complex, thereby requiring the instruction of a relevant medical expert witness to assist the solicitor in their case and the court in fair trial. This week, we look in further detail as to why this instruction is necessary. (more…)
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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…)
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. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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 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…)
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…)
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.
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 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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
You’ve read the case and you know that an expert witness is needed, so where do you begin?
Searching for, identifying, instructing and managing an expert witness and report can be a time consuming process for a solicitor. Without an accredited network of expert witnesses, the first hurdle can often be finding appropriately qualified and experienced witnesses from which to choose. A quick trawl of the internet can reveal hundreds of possible experts and it’s the job of a solicitor or a para legal to sift through information to find an initial shortlist of experts. (more…)
January has proved to be a busy month, with our account managers dealing with an increasing number of cases and our experts called upon to carry out assessments and appear in court in a wide range of discipline areas.
Currently, we’re dealing with pathology reports, DNA reports, toxicology reports, psychology assessments, psychiatry assessments, animal cruelty reports, cell site analysis, tax issues and paediatric reports and assessments.(more…)
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.
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.
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. (more…)
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…)
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 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Martin is a Forensic Physician (or Forensic Medical Examiner) and has been working with Foresight to provide expert witness opinions for the prosecution and defence. Here he discusses the history of drink and drug driving and issues of greater scrutiny around impairment testing.(more…)
We work alongside a broad spectrum of expert witnesses here at Foresight, and we are often approached by professionals looking to become an expert witness. This feature has been written by a forensic accountancy expert witness from our network, and details key facts about expert witnesses, their work and the legal implications of presenting their evidence and opinion.
An expert witness is one whose opinion, oral or written, may be used in connection with legal proceedings. Unlike other witnesses, who are confined to relating facts, an expert witness is the only witness who can express an opinion in court. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
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.