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What Expert Witnesses need from solicitors

When a solicitor first contacts an Expert Witness to see if they are able to assist with preparing a report for their client it is important to give the Expert as much information as possible to enable them to make a valued judgement.  Some of these details are for practical reasons e.g. timescales, location etc, but others are crucial from the Expert’s professional perspective as they will enable them to determine if they are sufficiently qualified and experienced to undertake the case.

Below are some helpful hints as to what information an Expert Witness will find helpful from a solicitor:

1. A name or reference for the case so you both know who/what we are talking about

2. The client’s age or DOB as some psychologists and psychometric tests only work within certain age ranges

3. The client’s location, so that the Expert can work out the practicalities of undertaking the case, but also so they can calculate travel time

4. The nature of the case e.g. Care or Criminal Proceedings in the Courts, Rehabilitation following an accident etc

5. A brief history of the case e.g. Client X has been charged with assault, it is their first offence and they have a history of mental health difficulties

6. Details of any previous professional assessments that the expert may need to be aware of or refer to.  This is particularly important when psychometric testing is involved as some tests cannot be repeated within a certain timeframe

7. Confirmation of any background documents (bundle in legal settings) that the expert may need to read e.g. Witness statements, Medical records etc

8. Any deadlines that need to be met e.g. Court dates.

If you can provide as much of this information as possible you should find that the expert is more able to gauge if they are a suitable professional for the case.  They should also be able to confirm more accurate costings and timescales to avoid nasty surprises down the line.

When it comes to providing expert witnesses to the legal profession, we’re the experts

If you need an expert witness now, contact us now.

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  • Response to email within one hour
  • Three Expert Witness CVs and fees within 24 hours
  • Psychology Medico Legal reports within four to six weeks
  • Fast track service available
  • Dedicated client manager on hand for enquiries
  • Able to meet even the most challenging deadlines

Outstanding Quality

  • Over 1000 qualified, pre-vetted psychologists available for expert witness work within Clinical, Educational, Neuro and Forensic
  • All experts registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and/or The British Psychological Society
  • High quality reports, provided by the Expert Witness and 100% proof-read by our teams
  • All experts adhere to latest MoJ Practice Directions and are up to date with relevant CPD

Personal Service

  • One call, and you’ll be allocated your personal, dedicated client manager for the duration of your case
  • Professional, flexible and friendly service
  • Proactive and efficient case management
  • Wide range of cultures, languages and geographical regions represented within our network

Competitive Costs

  • Full fee estimate provided upfront, tailored to your specific case
  • All Experts work at Legal Aid rates
  • Our comprehensive service at no additional costs
  • Fees normally the same or lower than approaching an Expert Witness directly
  • Comprehensive and flexible range of assessments available comprising clinical interviews and evidence based psychometric tests as required
  • Response to email within one hour
  • Three Expert Witness CVs and fees within 24 hours
  • Psychology Medico Legal reports within four to six weeks
  • Fast track service available
  • Dedicated client manager on hand for enquiries
  • Able to meet even the most challenging deadlines
  • Over 1000 qualified, pre-vetted psychologists available for expert witness work within Clinical, Educational, Neuro and Forensic
  • All experts registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and/or The British Psychological Society
  • High quality reports, provided by the Expert Witness and 100% proof-read by our teams
  • All experts adhere to latest MoJ Practice Directions and are up to date with relevant CPD
  • One call, and you’ll be allocated your personal, dedicated client manager for the duration of your case
  • Professional, flexible and friendly service
  • Proactive and efficient case management
  • Wide range of cultures, languages and geographical regions represented within our network
  • Full fee estimate provided upfront, tailored to your specific case
  • All Experts work at Legal Aid rates
  • Our comprehensive service at no additional costs
  • Fees normally the same or lower than approaching an Expert Witness directly
  • Comprehensive and flexible range of assessments available comprising clinical interviews and evidence based psychometric tests as required

Our dedicated team really are the experts behind the Experts

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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
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    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
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FAQs

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.