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.

Payment of Expenses and Fees
Payment of expenses and fees

You are likely to incur expenses as a result of your involvement with the legal process. Practical things like how much to charge for expert witness services and how to claim these expenses are addressed in this short chapter. The relevant information and procedures relating to this are provided below.

Witness of Fact

Expenses can be claimed from the party or party's solicitor who asks you to be a witness. These include:

  • Costs of travelling to and from court.
  • Cost of overnight accommodation if necessary.
  • A reasonable amount to compensate you for any wages or income you may lose when you go to court.

If called as a witness on behalf of the defence, the court will give you a claim form ...

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