Therapists in Court provides a clear and useful summary of what to do when faced with legal processes and will be extremely helpful both to counselors called to provide evidence in court and to lawyers who wish to refer their clients for support during the legal process or afterwards.”

-Sarah J. Head, Client Support Manager, Alexander Harris Solicitors

“It is extraordinary that no such work already exists. I predict that Therapists in Court will become not just useful but indispensable to all practitioners, not least because of the accessible and jargon-free language in which the law is conveyed. Ultimately, clients will be the beneficiaries of a better informed profession.”

-Marcel Berlins, Barrister, Author of “The Law Machine”, Media Law Module Leader at City University London, and Guardian Legal Correspondant

Therapists in Court is the first in a series of handbooks providing legal guidance for practitioners from all the talking therapies, including counseling, psychotherapy and psychology. For many practitioners, becoming involved in a court case is a frightening and disturbing experience. The tone of legal letters and the adversarial atmosphere of a courtroom is very different from the usual working environment of therapists.

Therapists in Court is written for practitioners who come into contact with the legal system through their work. Providing practical guidance backed up with illuminating examples, the book is an invaluable source of information in situations such as responding to a solicitor's letter, supporting a witness in their preparation to appear in court, and being called as a witness.

Overview of the UK Legal Systems
Overview of the UK legal systems

One of the challenges which therapists face is finding their way around the complex structure that is the courts system of England, Wales and Scotland. This section of the book is useful as a quick reference point for therapists to familiarise themselves with the key roles in the legal field and the structure of the court system. The chapter provides you with sufficient information, mostly in table format, to enable you to find your way around the English, Welsh and Scottish legal systems.

Distinguishing between Solicitors and Barristers

Therapists are most likely to come into contact with solicitors. They are the general practitioners of the legal system. They are the first point of contact for most ...

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