As you will see if you look through their profiles, the Partners at Psychiatry-UK LLP include a number of doctors with considerable experience of working in the medico-legal field. That experience extends as far as appearing as expert witnesses in a number of high profile trials. When it comes to the stress of cross examination, there is nothing like the confidence of experience, based on the knowledge of thorough preparation.
We understand that consistency and reliability is often a problem for Solicitors seeking medical opinions. Because we have more than one member who can take on medico-legal work, we are confident that we can supply you with an extremely high quality report or opinion, even at short notice. We are happy to supply you with anonymised sample reports and more comprehensive details of the CVs of our medico-legal experts, should you require them.
Please contact the chamber to discuss our current hourly rates for medico-legal work. We will, of course, supply you with written estimates for any work we agree to undertake.
On the larger and longer scale, we believe that the type of tele-consultations that we are proposing to supply to GPs could revolutionise the medico-legal field as well. We could supply a secure link to every solicitor, every secure unit, every Magistrate’s Court, police station, every Y.O.I. and every prison in the land. This would allow interviews to be undertaken whenever it was required by highly qualified and motivated specialists rather than relying on patchy and inconsistent local services. The benefits would be huge. The direct cost of a report would be slashed; the hidden costs, the time taken to get a report and the consequent postponement of hearings, even more so. Court diversion schemes and out of hours Section 12 work could be revolutionised, if the political motivation and will to make the necessary changes could be generated.
If you are a solicitor who works in this field, please take the opportunity to browse through the rest of this site. We believe that our forum will be of interest to many who work in the area of Mental Health and we would welcome applications from people like you to join. This will also allow you to raise any questions that you might have about mental health problems and services in an informal and confidential setting and be involved in helping us develop and improve the provision of psychiatric services.