Expert Witness and Independent Report Writing

Keywords: education, Scotland, mental health


In the past few years Mike has increasingly been called on to prepare independent reports for solicitors, typically in the context of Mental Health Tribunals and Welfare Guardianship issues, though also a range of other issues, including: planning enquiry, contested adoption proceedings, challenge to withdrawal of Care Commission registration, and judicial reviiew proceedings in relation to Probation Service management of after care of a disabled offender.

As well as producing independent reports, Mike has assisted solicitors in identifying and recruiting other expert witnesses and independent reporters from a range of backgrounds. Mike is currently working on development of a social enterprise business to provide support to solicitors and agencies wishing to identify specific expertise from across the range of professional disciplines.

Mike works with a number of legal firms on a regular basis, and has undertaken commissions for the following:

Anderson Strathern, Edinburgh

Cheshire Legal Services, Wakefield

Innes Johnston and Co, Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy

Hughes Walker, Edinburgh

MacLennan Adam Davies, Ayr

Morgan Law, Kirkcaldy

Ross and Connel, Dunfermline

Russel and Aitken, Falkirk

Keywords: Adoption And Fostering, Advocacy, consultancy, disability, education, expert witness, health and social care, housing, independent report writing, Inspection, learning disability, local authority research and training, mental health, ngo, NHS QIS Reviewer, Quality Standards, registration, research, Scotland, service evaluation and audit, social care, social work, transition, user and carer involvement,