Experience

 

I was trained in the duties of an expert witness (report-writing and appearing in court) by Bond-Solon and Cardiff University in 2002, gaining their Expert Witness Certificate. I provide around 40 reports on standard of care and causation each year. Approximately 50% are on the instructions of the Defence. I have been instructed to act in civil, criminal and coronial cases, and have extensive experience in presenting evidence in Court. 

 

The great majority of my new instructions come via recommendations from solicitors & barristers with whom I have worked. 

 

Expertise

 

  • General anaesthesia

  • Spinal & epidural anaesthesia

  • Nerve blocks

  • Awareness during anaesthesia

  • Injury during anaesthesia

  • Airway management & tracheal intubation

  • Pre-operative assessment and preparation

  • Post-operative care and complications

  • Anaesthetic equipment

  • Resuscitation

  • Intra-operative complications

  • Peri-operative risk management

  • Hypoxia, cardiac arrest and brain injury

  • Applied physiology & pharmacology

 

I do not provide reports dealing with cardiac or obstetric anaesthesia, chronic pain medicine, or the treatment of infants or babies.

Turnaround time

 

I provide reports within 6 weeks of receipt of instructions and medical records.

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I can also provide expedited reports within 10 working days of receiving instructions and the records.

 

Exchange of documents

 

I work most efficiently from electronic documents. If electronic documents are not available, then I am willing to work from hard copy, but invoices will include a charge for storage and destruction of the records.

 

I provide all reports and communications by email. All confidential material is password-protected. Emails identify involved parties only by the supplied case reference number.

Reports

 

A full report comprises an introduction, a setting out of the issues, a detailed medical background and case summary, an opinion, relevant technical background and appendices (including bibliography, abbreviated curriculum vitae, and statement of truth). Full reports are suitable for disclosure and are typically 10-16 pages in length (not including supporting material, such as research manuscripts or excerpts from books).

 

A short report comprises a summary of the issues and an opinion. Typically, it is 4-5 pages in length; it is not suitable for disclosure. Reports prepared under the NHSLA ‘short form’ protocol are provided as a short report.