Medico-Legal Reports

Expert Witness service

I am a Consultant Speech and Language Therapist with over 20 years’ of work experience in: The NHS, Independent practice, and in Australia. I work with children and adults who experience difficulties with communication (Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities and general speech &/or language delays/disorders) or eating, or drinking (dysphagia).

I have worked extensively with people who have autism (from 18 months to adult), and, in several areas of the country, set up communication departments in state and private schools specifically to meet the needs of pupils with autism.

I am skilled in: Completing extensive assessments of individual needs, providing measurable outcomes, and making recommendations for future management and interventions.

I have gained a clear understanding of educational funding, and of review and monitoring systems as outlined in statutory legislation as part of the EHCP process. I have undergone formal training in the Medico-legal process, and am fully aware of my responsibilities under Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.

I have provided bespoke and accredited training to parents and professionals, and pride myself in my natural ability to differentiate my communication style to effectively nurture; positive, professional relationships with clients and their families. This results in a trusting environment to share information about needs and wishes during assessment and intervention. I have written articles published in SecEd  and British Journal of School Nursing and have had three speech sound Picture Books published.

My continuing professional development includes: Keeping up to date with clinical research to ensure that my practice remains evidence-based and current, and regularly attend courses to increase my knowledge base. I am a CUBS accredited Expert Witness, and, since 2009, have provided SEND Tribunal reports and medico-legal reports for Solicitors, individuals, and agencies. I conduct language, speech and social skills assessments through; clinical interview, behavioural observations, standardised testing, and review of records.

I accept instructions from both claimant and defendant, solicitors, and insurers.
Timeframes: From receipt of full instructions and all relevant documents, reports are usually submitted within two weeks following the assessment for SEND appeals, and three weeks for Medico-legal reports. Urgent assessments and subsequent filing of a report will be accommodated within shorter time frames whenever possible.

For Medico-legal work please contact Julie via Somek & Associates