Family Law Referrals including Pre-proceedings Assessments

Socrates offers expert witness services in public and private law proceedings, providing timely, thorough, concise and informed psychological reports. Socrates clinicians undertaking this work are very experienced in giving evidence to the courts, and work to current guidelines regarding timescales and costs. Socrates clinicians can give an opinion on a number of issues, including those relating to attachment, personality, cognitive ability, psychological functioning, parenting and relationships. Socrates clinicians aim to report within an eight week timescale for cases in proceedings, and four weeks for pre-proceedings assessments.

The Socrates team of experienced clinical psychologists is proud of its professional relationships with a number of leading legal practices, and of its ability to provide high quality assessments and reports in relation to children, young people and adults. Our clinicians generate over 100 reports per year for courts nationwide.

Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Referrals

Socrates accepts referrals directly from solicitors and from intermediary agencies to assist in the assessment and understanding of the impact of trauma on psychological well-being. Socrates will provide diagnoses (using ICD and/or DSM) and advise on the psychological impact of trauma on the individual, prognosis and appropriate therapeutic interventions.

Reports have been prepared under joint instruction and, in more complex cases, for claimants and for defendants. Our fixed fee personal injury and medical negligence expert reports are accessible, concise and timely (completed within 8 weeks of referral and often sooner).

Clinicians are available for brief telephone consultation prior to instruction.

Criminal Law Referrals

Socrates clinicians undertake reports for the court in criminal law proceedings where mental capacity or mental health issues are relevant. Socrates clinicians can give an opinion on mental health problems, forensic risk, substance misuse, personality disorders, domestic violence and related issues. Cognitive ability, neuro-developmental problems (e.g. autism) and learning disabilities can also be assessed.

Socrates clinicians with expertise in learning disabilities are available to carry out assessments in criminal law proceedings where learning disability may be a contributing factor.