Medico-Legal Services

MTAS Psychology has been providing medico-legal and expert witness services since it was established in December 2009.  We are currently instructed at a rate of 100 reports per year.  We provide assessments for adults and children, in personal injury cases as well as family and criminal law.

Dr Jamie Barsky is the clinical lead for MTAS Psychology's medico-legal services; he has the following experience and training:

    • Vetted and checked member of the Academy of Expert Witnesses and the UK Register of Expert Witnesses
    • Registered by the Health Professions Council
    • Trained in 'Court Room Skills' by Bond Solon
    • Trained in 'Court Room Skills' by Manchester Civil Justice Service
    • Completed numerous medico-legal reports for personal injury, criminal and family law
  • Provided evidence and been cross-examined in court as an expert witness, both in person and via video link

MTAS Psychology can provide numerous and varied psychological assessments, incorporating comprehensive psychometric testing and clinical interviewing.

These include:

  • Assessment of psychological harm, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Adjustment Disorder in personal injury and medical negligence cases.
  • Parenting assessments in criminal and civil proceedings, in which the risk posed to children, by their carers, is assessed.
  • In-depth, pre-sentencing assessments for criminal cases, when a better understanding of a defendant’s psychological functioning is required by a judge in order to determine an appropriate sentence.
  • Assessment of a defendant’s capacity to stand trial (fitness to plead) in criminal cases.
  • Assessment of aspects of a defendant’s psychological functioning that are pertinent to their case, for example, their memory and intellectual functioning or their susceptibility.