Medico-legal assessments

A medico-legal assessment is an assessment which has been commissioned by the court in order to be used as evidence for medico-legal matters. We provide the court with objective, unbiased opinions on matters within educational and child psychology based on all material facts.

Our professional psychologists are available to be a single joint expert and as a party appointed expert. Our experts will provide impartial advice during the medico-legal process, they understand and will comply to their duty to the court.

Part 35 compliant

Our medico-legal reports are written in line with the Ministry of Justice rules and directions::

  • Part 35 - Experts and Assessors
  • Practice Direction supplements CPR Part 35
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Where do we carry out medico-legal assessments?

We carry out medico-legal assessments nationwide, across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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What types of medico-legal assessments do we provide?

Our educational and child psychologists can carry out a broad variety of medico-legal assessments according to the individual situation. Medico-legal assessments are in depth and comprehensive which means that there may be more than one assessment used to compile detailed information relating to an individual. Cognitive assessments are commonly used to create a profile of an individual and direct towards further assessments. Assessments may be supported by observations and a structured interview. A range of psychological measures are available to be used to reach a conclusive understanding. We can also provide capacity assessments, read more about our solicitor services.

Who is suitable for a medico-legal assessment?

A medico-legal assessment is suitable in any circumstance where the court has directed that an expert psychologist provides a professional opinion in relation to an individual. We specialise in providing medico-legal assessments for children and young adults aged aged 0-25. An individual needing an assessment regarding special educational needs, cognitive, psychological or academic abilities would be suitable for a medico-legal assessment from our team.

What are the benefits of using HSR Psychology to complete a medico-legal assessment?

A medico-legal assessment from our expert educational and child psychologists will be:

Our team of experts are available to complete medico-legal assessments within the scope of educational and child psychology. If a question or issue falls outside of our expertise or if we are unable to reach a definite opinion then this will be made clear.

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Meet the team

Our vision is for all children and young people to maximise their potential by having their needs met at home, school and in the community so they can be happy, safe, and ready to cope with life’s challenges.

  • Rachael King

    Rachael King

    Educational and Child Psychologist

  • Julie Alfrey

    Julie Alfrey

    Educational and Child Psychologist

  • Bridie Gallagher

    Bridie Gallagher

    Clinical Psychologist

  • Sarah Chaplin

    Sarah Chaplin

    Clinical Psychologist

Meet the team

What happens after a medico-legal assessment?

There are a number of possibilities depending on your individual circumstances. After a medico-legal assessment we will provide a comprehensive medico-legal report including results from the assessment, our professional opinion and a range of options. Following a report our experts will be available to answer any questions. In the case of working as a party appointed expert then we will be happy to meet to discuss any differences or disagreements with the other party’s expert. After a discussion between experts our expert will agree the extent of agreement and disagreement between the parties and explain the reasons why. In the case of outstanding points of disagreement, our expert may suggest the action to be taken to resolve outstanding issues. Our expert psychologists are able to provide concurrent expert evidence if necessary and will follow the court’s procedures.

How much does a medico-legal assessment cost?

Medico legal assessments vary on a case by case basis which means there is no fixed price. Following an enquiry, a price will be agreed with you before the medico-legal assessment takes place.

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