Dr Katherine Grant, Medicolegal Adviser at Medical Protection, provides a series of practical tips to help you manage the complaints process
Video Conferencing London provide video link services to witnesses wanting to connect to Courts in the UK and all over the world. Our video link services have been very popular among expert witnesses who frequently travel to Court to give their expert witness statements.
We pride our selves on the quality of our IP and ISDN connections to Courts. To maintain that quality we ensure we carry our video link tests before each and every hearing to make sure there are no changes to the video and audio prior to going live.
To enable the service you must download our secure software, which will give you access to our secure server and ISDN services which ultimately connect to
To maintain security we provide a unique meeting ID for each test and live hearing session.
As it currently stands solicitors usually bear the cost for the video link . The witness simply passes our contact details to the solicitor, we then liaise with solicitors and the Courts to arrange all testing and the final hearing link.
Find out what other experts and solicitors say about our service
Expert witness Dr Dawn Saunders (Consultant in Paediatric Neuroradiology, GOSH) contacted Video Conferencing London on recommendation from a colleague. Dr Saunders was due to give evidence to a Court within a week.
After downloading our secure software and spending 5 minutes testing we were in a position to connect Dr Saunders to the Court ready for the test and subsequent trial.
We have since connected Dr Saunders to several Courts using our secure software from her home or place of work. On all occasions both Dr Saunders and the Court were able to clearly see and hear each other in clear audio and video quality.
Dr Saunders quote
“The boys at Videoconferencing London take away all the stress of setting up and using video conferencing services and allow me to fully concentrate on my work. Best wishes, Dawn.”
by Simon Duffy, BA (Hons), Dip Arch, R.I.B.A, Member of the Expert Witness Institute, Cowan Architects of Care
Simon Duffy, Expert Witness at Cowan Architects explores the current climate for military claims and how an understanding of discrete and adaptable design solutions can help our war veterans start a new life in the comfort of their own home.
by Chris Parlour - Senior Consultant Punter Southall
Adept is the UK's first civil & structural engineering firm to achieve BRE Global BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification. The certificate is awarded to Adept three months in advance of Government’s mandatory requirement for BIM to be applied to all publically procured buildings.
’Well done to Adept - we know that our BIM business certification process is challenging and rigorous but ultimately it will enhance the competitiveness of Adept in national and international markets and enable them to deliver better value to customers throughout the lifecycle of a project’ said BRE Group’s Director for BIM, Guy Hammersley.
Since 2013 Adept have applied BIM on all their projects including the new Next Distribution Centre in Doncaster, a Staycity Hotel in Manchester, the refurbishment of Leeds Kirkgate Market, the new Humber University Technical College and on residential projects for UK’s McCarthy & Stone and social housing organisations across the UK.
Adept’s Managing Director Erol Erturan says: 'BIM is a great way of demonstrating to clients that we have the right procedures in place at every level to deliver what are very rigorous Government requirements. It also simplifies the tendering process, as once a business is BIM certified its competence levels are guaranteed.’
Amanda Clack FRICS is today being inaugurated as the RICS President for 2016-17. Ms. Clack is a Partner at EY, and is Head of Infrastructure (Advisory), leading on infrastructure across government and the private sector.
Chartered surveyors spend a lot of their professional time helping clients who are involved in disputes. When problems escalate to formal tribunals, surveyors bring a range of expertise to bear. They act as advisers, expert witnesses, arbitrators, mediators and also as advocates.
The result of the referendum draws a line under the campaigns of the last few months. The British people have decided that the UK should leave the EU. There now follows a vote in Parliament, and a detailed negotiation for the UK’s exit.
by Christopher Sullivan, Partner, Malcolm Hollis Martin Burns RICS, Head of ADR Research and Development.
It is a fact of life that disputes involving commercial and residential property will happen. When they do, the best thing parties to those disputes can hope for is quick resolution at minimum cost.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the United Nations have issued a call to organisations in the land, construction and real estate sectors, and those working with them, to take a leading role in responsible and sustainable business practices.
by Heather Beckett, a Barrister, Registered Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Expert Witness
In this issue we focus on The Academy of Experts (TAE). Now located in Gray’s Inn Square in London,
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is a leading professional membership organisation representing the interests of alternative dispute resolution practitioners worldwide. It has more than 14,000 members across the globe and 37 branches internationally
by Jo Millington BSc (Hons) MSc PGCert MIABPA, Senior Forensic Scientist, ArroGen Forensics Ltd
Problems in expert evidence going beyond the rules. By Alec Samuels
University of Leicester project to empower victims and support prosecutions in cases of sexual violence in conflict zones
Researchers from the University of Leicester have launched a new project to investigate alternative ways of collecting DNA evidence from victims of sexual violence in conflict zones and displaced communities, including refugee camps.
The project, which is led by Dr Lisa Smith from the University of Leicester’s Department of Criminology, will explore new methods for collecting forensic DNA
evidence in cases of sexual violence for use in regions where victims do not have access to medical facilities in order to provide victims with access to justice that may otherwise be unavailable.
The research is being launched before representatives from the UN and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan at the UN’s HeForShe’s First-Ever #GetFree Tour at the University of Leicester on Tuesday 29 September.
Dr Smith explained: “In regions experiencing armed conflict, it is well documented that sexual violence is used strategically by armed groups against communities, families, and individuals. Although the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war is prohibited by international criminal law, these cases are notoriously difficult to prosecute, often because of a lack of available evidence. Forensic examinations of victims are often not carried out due to a lack of access to medical facilities, lack of trained medical and police professionals, and safety and security concerns.
“I hope that this sort of research will help to raise awareness of the issue of sexual violence against vulnerable people in circumstances such as armed conflict and displaced communities, and encourage international organisations to seek innovative ways to use forensic science to give victims of sexual violence access to justice around the world.”
The first phase of the project, which is supported by the University Prospects Fund, involves researchers from the University of Leicester’s Departments of Criminology and Genetics collaborating with Thermo Fisher Scientific to test a variety of alternative DNA recovery techniques in order to determine their suitability for use on the ground in challenging circumstances, in order to overcome technical and cultural barriers which currently exist in remote regions.
The team will also be bidding for a large research grant in early 2016 which will enable them to conduct research ‘on the ground’ in various affecte regions worldwide.
The project will be highlighted amongst other Leicester research at the UN HeForShe event. Leicester has been chosen by the United Nations as an IMPACT champion to identify and test gender equality initiatives for the UN Women’s HeForShe 10x10x10 international campaign to get a billion boys and men involved in championing the rights of women. Ten university leaders worldwide – including Professor Paul Boyle, President & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester - will join 10 world leaders and 10 company chief executives to spearhead the campaign with game-changing action for gender equality.
Dr Smith said: “The HeForShe campaign aims to achieve gender equality, and sexual violence is just one of the ways that women, men, and children are
victimised around the world. The HeForShe campaign is led by UN Women, and part of their remit is the aim to end sexual violence against women and work towards peace and security for women and girls worldwide. This research project hopes to use forensic science to offer justice to victims of sexual violence and support the prosecutions of perpetrators around the world.”
The project will also examine wider areas in parallel to the DNA-related research, including aspects related to the interviewing of victims and witnesses. The interviewing of victims and witnesses is a crucial part of the investigation of sexual violence in these regions, but there is currently a lack of research on issues relating to interview practices in these regions, for example, how the use of language interpreters influences the interview setting.
Professor Mark Jobling from the University of Leicester’s Department of Genetics added: “The technology for DNA testing is powerful and robust, and in the UK, where we have a functional criminal justice system, we’re accustomed to its routine use supporting convictions for rape. We aim to be smart about how we apply it, so we can also make a real difference in the more dangerous and chaotic situations that exist in conflict zones.”