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Case study

Expert Witness for a criminal case

A challenging case requiring highly specialist Expert Witness testimony, delivered against moving parameters, and tight timescales.


A solicitor approached us to help with a particularly challenging case. While criminal cases are rarely straightforward, this one had some very specific issues. The nature of the case meant needing very niche expertise, which would be difficult to secure. The report had to be completed in a shorter than average time scale – three to four weeks. We also had to handle the logistics of the defendant moving prisons but with timings, locations and availability of legal time slots unknown.


After taking the brief, the knowledgeable Client Manager on our Expert Witness team knew exactly who to contact in our network for the niche expertise required. However, with only two Expert Witnesses available in this specialism, significant effort, calls and support were needed to ensure one of them was able to take on the case. Contact was made with the Psychiatrist not within 24 hours as is standard, but within one hour, due to the urgency. Once the Expert Witness was secured, we set up the assessment dates, times and locations to ensure the report was delivered on time including provisional dates at the prison given the uncertainty. The challenge didn’t end there, as the defendant did in fact move prisons and to a further away location, requiring a significant amount of liaison between us, the Expert and the solicitor to get the assessment organised.


The quality of our Expert Witnesses and the strength of our relationship with them was demonstrated, as our Expert Witness showed immense flexibility. They were willing to travel to a new, less convenient location, offered new assessment dates, and yet remained committed to delivering a high quality report in the original timescale. Pulling together as a team, we all did what was necessary to support our client.

The solicitor was able to submit the report to the court despite the seemingly insurmountable challenges faced in the process, and this meant the defendant received the representation they should.


Our client was overwhelmed by our proactivity and efficient service, as well as the flexibility and professional nature of the Psychiatrist we provided.

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Why Psychology Direct?

  • Experienced
    We have a long and excellent track record in delivering an outstanding service to our clients
  • Well networked
    An impressive register of over 1000 qualified Psychologists available for work at short notice anywhere around the country
  • Knowledgeable
    We know our professionals and we understand what clients need
  • Personable
    You’ll have a dedicated, accessible Client Manager allocated for the duration of your case
  • Efficient
    Accurate reports supplied on time, efficient administration and fast response times
  • Proactive
    We’ll provide all the support you need to make your job easier
  • Cost effective
    Fees normally the same or lower than approaching a Psychologist directly
  • Ethical
    Respect and understanding in our dealings with clients and Associates


Unfortunately not, we only work business to business, through solicitors, local authorities, CPS, case management companies and schools. If you are a private individual looking for a psychologist please speak with your solicitor, school, GP or insurer.

If you wish to locate a Psychologist yourself then visit the British Psychological Society’s website at https://www.bps.org.uk/

Absolutely not! Our service is based on providing excellent value – and added value.

Not only will we secure you an appropriately qualified and experienced Psychologist for your case without all the time and hassle of searching for one yourself, but we’ll handle all administration, bookings and ensure you get the report on time plus you’ll have a dedicated client manager at your beck and call too.

So you get competitive prices and all our extra support at no extra cost, meaning you save yourself time and money.

This is often an area of confusion. Understanding the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist can be crucial to securing the right professional for your case.

Psychologists are trained in human and emotional development. They use their extensive knowledge of human emotions, behaviour and mental health to assess the problems being experienced by their clients. Based on their expert assessment; conclusions, recommendations and treatment plans will be presented in a report as required. Psychologists use a range of assessment techniques including psychometric testing as well as varied therapeutic models in order to understand and improve the mental health and psychological well-being of clients.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors and as such are qualified to prescribe medication (such as anti-depressants) or in more extreme cases recommend hospitalisation, to help assess and manage the symptoms being experienced by the person concerned.

In some cases, it may not be immediately clear whether a Psychologist or a Psychiatrist is required. A complex case may even require both. Our extensive register of professionals includes both Psychologists and Psychiatrists, and our knowledgeable client team are on hand to give you the advice you need and supply the right type of professional. If you have any questions at all, just give us a call.

Yes. We are fully aware and understanding of our clients’ budgets, so all our Psychologists work to Legal Aid rates.

We can also supply CVs and quotes for 3 Experts with the full breakdown of hours, as required by the Legal Aid Agency.

First of all, contact us! You can call us on 01306 879 975. You can request a call back. You can email us or use our contact form. Once we have your initial contact request, we’ll respond within an hour. One of our Client Managers will take a brief of your requirements, and get to work straight away, using their knowledge of our network of Psychologists and Psychiatrists to get you 3 CVs and quotes within 24 hours. Once an Expert Witness is instructed, bookings for assessments and all other administration required for the case will be managed by us and we will ensure that the report is delivered within your required timescales.