Issue 39 October 2021 - Journal - Page 74
extreme cases rely on either post mortem evidence or
video evidence. A call from an RSPCA officer asked if I
could examine a dog that may have been drowned. By
the end of the call he had gone on to say the dog had
been in water for “several days”, interred for “several
more days” and then frozen. There were good aspects
to the provision of evidence in as much as the animal
was both microchipped and the evidence had been correctly sealed and identified providing continuity of evidence. An excellent Pathologist examined the tissues
and, despite the delays in examining the body, drowning was established beyond reasonable doubt.
Dr Ann Lewis
Chartered and Clinical Psychologist
B.A. (Hons), Clin.Psy.D, C.Psychol.
Dr. Ann Elizabeth Lewis is a Chartered and Clinical Psychologist, registered with the
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Psychological Society
(BPS) and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
A graduate of the University of East London clinical psychology training course,
Dr Lewis has over 20 years post-qualification experience, in the medico-legal field,
assessing clients for the purpose of writing court reports; in secondary care mental
health services in the NHS; and as part of a refuge-based psychological service for
women and children escaping domestic violence.
Cases of video evidence are challenging for a
veterinary surgeon as it must be made clear to the
court that ones expertise lies in the vet interpretation
of what is seen and one is not able to do anything other
than reflect on the footage presented. One cannot
comment on matters such as authenticity. In such
cases I detail what I have seen objectively prior to
giving a professional interpretation. Video footage, for
instance of a cat being swung by its tail had a time
stamp. This enabled me to suggest the centrifugal
force applied to the tail and suggest it was equivalent
to hanging a 10 kg weight on the tail but I had to state
that it was a matter for the court to decide if the time
stamp could be regarded as accurate.
Dr Lewis established Ann Lewis Ltd in March 2001 to provide expert witness reports
and testimony. She is instructed by solicitors, insurance companies and medico-legal
agencies to assess clients and produce court reports for litigation claims. Dr Lewis
also interviews adults, teenagers and children following events such as road traffic
accidents, accidents at work and false arrest/imprisonment by the police.
She has also seen such clients for therapy.
Dr lewis has experience in seeing clients with severe and enduring mental health
problems for individual and group therapy. Working mainly within a cognitive
behavioural framework, employing techniques such as solution-focused therapy and
third wave CBT such as compassion focused therapy and mindfulness. She undertakes
indirect work with colleagues, including supervision of qualified staff and, has also
supervised many clinical psychology trainees.
Contact: Ann Lewis
Tel: 07905 166 798 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 68 Green Dragon Lane, Winchmore Hill, London, N21 2LH
Area of work: London, Essex, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire
As for any expert witness the reality is far from that
shown on any video or TV serial. But the role of guiding a judge or magistrates impartially through waters
they cannot navigate alone is both of benefit to our
legal system and, in the case of non-accidental injuries
to animals, often beneficial to animal welfare and
possibly that of people too.
Experience in all areas of veterinary medicine and animal
welfare including husbandry, cruelty, and transport.
All references available upon request
Expert Witness in Orthopaedic Trauma. Disability analyst. APIL Expert. MedCo Accredited. MEOL Approved Expert.
Approved Expert Injury reports and Employment Tribunal reports (Equalities Act.) Waiting list 4-6 weeks. Urgent reports
undertaken. Reporting since 1990. Over 24,000 reports. Cardiff University Expert Witness Certificate 2014. Remote
Interviews available. Fully trained in CPR, Court appearance and report writing. Low velocity impact traffic accident cases
accepted. Over 24,000 reports. Cardiff University Expert Witness Certificate 2014. Remote Interviews available.
Fully compliant with ‘Acting as an Expert Witness’ Royal Colleges Guidance May 2019.
Advisory Excellence Orthopaedic Surgery Expert Witness of the Year - 2021
Corporate America Today Orthopaedic Surgery Expert Witness and Best Expert Witness Services Provider 2021
2020 Global 100 Orthopaedic Therapy Expert Witness of the Year England
2020 - ACQ5 - the United Kingdom Best Practice operator of the Year (Healthcare Expert Witness)
2020 Orthopaedic Expert Witness law position England
The Lawyer Network Leaders in Law Global award 2020
Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: Orthopaedic Therapy Expert Witness of the Year in England - 2020
M&A Global Awards - Best Expert Witness Service Provider 2020 - RSW Medico Legal Ltd
Numerous previous industry awards.
Home and prison visits undertaken.
Clinics in Stourbridge, Birmingham,Coventry, Bristol, Stanford in the Vale (Oxon)
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