SUMMARY OF MEDICO‐LEGAL EXPERIENCE
I was brought up in a ‘legal family’, my father being a barrister and later circuit judge and recorder of Birmingham before recent retirement. From an early age I was exposed to court proceedings, and became familiar with the processing of civil and criminal cases. I am acquainted with members of the legal profession such as solicitors, advocates and judges and members of the police force and crown prosecution service. The result of this experience is that I am comfortable and confident in the legal/court environment.
I have experience of acting as an expert witness in a wide variety of cases, both civil and criminal. This includes personal injury and medical negligence cases providing written reports and court appearances when necessary for claimants and defendants or as a single joint expert. I have also completed training and courses including: “Single Joint Expert Reporting and Excellence in Report Writing” (Bond Solon) , “Surgery and the Law” (Royal College of Surgeons), “Medical Negligence and Business Skills for Experts” (Bond Solon), “Legal Aspects of Surgical Practice” (Royal College of Surgeons), “Good Clinical Practice for Principal Investigators” (Southwest Deanery). I have a sound knowledge and understanding of legal principles and civil procedures rules, and pride myself on providing an impartial, analytical and logical approach, based on the latest evidence and am able to grasp the essential points of the case and summarise them effectively.
PARTICULAR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF RELEVANCE
● Scars, wounds, burns, skin grafts and other forms of disfigurement
● Hand injuries and hand surgery complications
● Facial trauma including fractured nose
● Nerve, vascular and tendon Injuries
● Complications of cosmetic, reconstructive and plastic surgery
● Complex limb injuries including open fractures, amputation
● Management of skin cancer and soft tissue sarcoma
● ‘Iatrogenic injuries’ such as pressure sores, torn skin and extravasation
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE PROVIDED
Able to see clients and/or review notes within a week of instruction and provide reports within a week of receiving notes/examination.
Able to see clients in my rooms in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Worcester or Bristol, -each base has an allocated secretary. Appointments possible out of hours and weekends if required. Home visit or prison visit provided by special arrangement.
Terms and Fees
Reports based on notes only £450. Report with medical examination £650. Weekend appointments extra £250. Home or prison visit extra £250 plus 25p per mile travel from Bristol. Medical negligence claims incur an additional fee of £250. All prices inclusive of administration/typing and VAT. Court appearances £1200 per day plus mileage as above. Caps on fees can be discussed. Fees are to paid in full and with no tax deducted at source and within 1 month of receipt of report/service provided. Payments cannot be deferred or paid through an agency.