Expert Witness Services

 
Services Include

Charles Ward has provided assessments and expert witness reports for procedures in SENDIST, EAT, and in the  Crown, Civil and Family Courts.  His work has included:
  • Assessment of the Mental or Intellectual Capacity of adults and children
  • Educational Assessment of Adults and Children, including psychological assessments of or for:
                - Children with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)  and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
                  (PMLD)
                - Autistic spectrum conditions
                - Dyslexia
                - Dyspraxia
  • Learning Disability Assessment
  • Assessment of social understanding
  • Assessment of capacity to understand in court
Clients are usually be seen within 4 weeks of written instruction, often sooner.
Draft reports are provided within 10 working days following the completion of the assessment.
 
QUALITY OF SERVICE
In his 2014 anonymous survey of client solicitors Charles Ward asked:

How professional is Charles Ward?
100% said very professional or better

How confident would you feel in recommending Charles Ward to a colleague who wants similar expert witness services?
100% said very confident or more

Was the report and helpful and produced to deadlines?
All respondents (100%) agreed the work was completed in a timely fashion and was extremely helpful
 
Fees
If Legal Aid is available, then the Legal Aid Authority rates for Child Psychologists are charged. Charges for self-funding clients are adjusted to take account of the financial capacity of the client. Please contact me for an estimate of fees.

Assessment Venues
Assessments can take place at home, in the instructing solicitor’s offices, at the school or educational setting, or in other suitable local premises, if requested.  Appointments are made at the most appropriate venue, depending on the client’s needs, the nature of the activity and the type of the assessment. Expert witness assessment work with children and young people will usually take place in their school or their home, unless otherwise requested or indicated.

Geographical Coverage
Ward Psychology is a national service. I work with solicitors and families throughout the UK.

 
Testimonials from Solicitors

“Your work was fantastic. No improvements needed.” ~ Central London Solicitor
“Excellent work carried out at short notice and in a timely manner. Lawyers often leave things to the last minute and its important for experts to be accommodating. Good communication is the key. Mr Ward had all of these” ~ Newcastle Solicitor
“Mr Ward was very professional and dedicated to the work that we instructed him to carry out. He worked in a very timely fashion and his report was very detailed, answering all our questions” ~ East London Solicitor
“Clear reports for the Court to understand” ~ Sunderland Solicitor
“The report...was a significant factor in the CPS decision not to proceed in a case against a young male with educational and psychological problems.” ~ Liverpool Solicitor
"It went well.custody was avoided  [The] Judge was very impressed with your report - not least because his son [has similar problems]  . He felt you really knew what you were talking about." ~ Newcastle Solicitor
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