Expert-Witness Services in
Psychiatry, Psychology, and Public Health
Services offered in London, Manchester, Leeds, York, Sheffield, and Liverpool for civil and criminal cases; also nationally and internationally.
I am a senior clinician and scientist in Psychiatry, Psychology, and Public Health. I have worked as a consultant or expert witness in these fields in the USA, UK, Poland, Norway, and Australia. In addition, I have worked in applied research with academic and first-, second-, and third-sector colleagues in Canada, Sweden, China, India, and Switzerland.
My doctoral training and qualification in Psychiatry was received through the department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and the same in Immunology and Infectious Disease in its department of Microbiology. I am also qualified in Neurology as a sub-speciality relating to neuropsychiatry and neuroimmunology. I completed Post-Doctoral Fellowships in each of these specialties and a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in public health at Boston University School of Public Health.
I have additional professional UK registrations, being a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC registration PYL22796) in four specialties: Forensic, Health, Counselling, and Clinical Psychology. These relate to about a third of my US qualifications, the other areas being in other aspects of Psychiatry including neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, and both pharmacology and drug-therapies — in which I have published educational materials for specialist psychiatric physicians — as well as Neurology and Immunology. I am also a Tier 1 (vetted) Expert Witness with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Further, I chair a small, international organisation, the Tuke Institute, which works in medical services’ research and medical policy; as part of my work there, I have acted as an Expert Advisor to the National Institute of Health Research (UK). I am also a reviewer for the British Medical Journal, formerly also for the journals AIDS and Blood, and am on the editorial committee of the International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare. I have lectured in the UK, USA, Poland, Estonia, South Africa, and Norway on forensics as well as medical service-quality and I have published about 80 clinical, scientific, and health-policy papers, almost all as first author.
I have provided expert opinion on both civil and criminal issues including personal injury (e.g., brain-injury), malingering, psychosomatic and idiopathic disorders, PTSD and stress-disorders, depression, anxiety, addictions, personality-disorders, dementias, learning-disabilities, domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse, violence- and sexual-risk assessment, divorce, immigration and asylum-seeking, hate-crimes, workplace-bullying, occupational health, fitness to work, disability, physicians’ fitness to practise, medical negligence, police-harassment, illegal imprisonment, terrorism, and murder.
My opinion has been admitted as evidence in UK, Poland, and Australia in venues ranging from Employment and Military Tribunals to Magistrates’, Regional, and Central Criminal Courts (e.g., The Old Bailey).
Dr. Rupert Whitaker
Photographic credit: Andy Hewlett
Clients seen within two weeks of instruction
Civil vs Criminal
Respondent/Defendant vs Claimant/Prosecution
Privately funded vs LAA
“you have understood and explained brilliantly my client’s personality and psychiatric difficulties and I am very grateful for the rapidity with which you have drafted the report at such short notice”
“the best brain-injury report I’ve seen in my career”
A civil case of dementia developing from a crushed foot
A civil case of cognitive, mood, and stress-disorders as injuries
Fitness to plead
A criminal case relating to a person with a learning-disability
A criminal case of a person with HIV biting a police officer
Frequently Asked Questions
A report is usually available within two weeks following the assessment of your client. The shortest turn-around has been one day and the longest, a month.
The cost of a report varies with the complexity of the client’s condition and the complexity of the questions to be answered. Reports’ costs have ranged from about £1,500-£7,500, the latter with severe brain-injury and a very thorough assessment and difficult differential diagnosis required. An estimate is provided when required and, should there be cost-overruns due to unanticipated complexity, this is addressed prior to the initial estimate being exceeded.
Typically, I can see a client within two weeks. Prior to seeing your client, I will need all documentation sent to me electronically and have time to read through it all. If there is extensive documentation, this may take a longer time.
To enquire about possible instructions, please call +44 (0)7949 464 806 or email me at <[your name] AT psychmed.eu>.
Examples: AlexSmith@psychmed.eu … or … Pence&PoundsLtd@psychmed.eu