Business Psychology, Executive Selection & Work Performance Experts

Expert Witness Services


Why instruct Doherty Stobbs to do this work?

We are able to provide an insightful, but impartial, objective and clear opinion on the loss of earnings component of a claim.  The professional skills and directly relevant experience that we bring to our role as employment experts probably make us unique in the UK.

Our professions give us an added insight into the psychological, cognitive and interpersonal demands made of individuals in the modern workplace. 

We have an excellent understanding of the demands of work (e.g., emotional, intellectual and interpersonal), the needs of employers and the prevailing labour market, and can make a thorough assessment of the Claimant. We are able to integrate all of this information effectively to assist the Court in taking an informed view on the loss of earnings element of a claim.

We can also use psychometric testing to objectively assess an individual’s retraining capacity as well as their pre-morbid intellectual potential – both of which can be helpful in producing a well justified and objectively evidenced Schedule or Counter Schedule of Loss.

We have particular expertise in assessing the employment impacts of brain injury, spinal injury, mental health and other complex disabilities, and are frequently instructed in:

  • High value, often high profile claims, including MoD/ Military and industrial claims
  • Serious / catastrophic injuries, such as head and spinal injuries and amputations
  • Cases where PTSD and other mental health / emotional problems are an important consideration

We also have experience of examining a very wide range of careers and earnings.  Some unusual ones we have evaluated include that of a blues singer, a DJ, a dancer, a tattoo artist and a diver...

Whilst we have access to published quantitative salary surveys and labour market information, we also regularly carry out our own qualitative research in order to meet the evidence needs of a case. 

Finally, we also act as expert witnesses in cases where occupational stress and bullying and the associated health and safety causes and impacts are a key factor in the litigation.

  • Expert Witness reports for the legal profession, in the area of employment, loss of earnings, vocational rehabilitation and retraining capacity. Reports provided for personal injury, medical negligence, matrimonial, unfair dismissal and criminal injuries cases.
  • Assessment of retraining capacity
    We can provide a stand- alone, objective analysis of an individual's capacity to learn new skills with the use of psychometric assessment.  For example, providing a dyslexia assessment.
  • Labour market research
    We can provide short labour market reports providing key, relevant information to assist with decision making, for example, level of earnings, opportunity within an employment sector.
  • Assessment of vocational rehabilitation needs
    Following on from APIL & FOIL's best practice guidelines.
  • Vocational rehabilitation assessments
    Assessing and identifying the services required to assist an individual return to work. This involves drawing up a return to work action plan to enable the individual to progress.
  • Careers advice and guidance
    Careers guidance and advice based on a thorough understanding of disability and disability employment.
  • Job retention
    This is where the Claimant cannot currently return to their pre-injury job but wants to keep working for the same firm if possible, perhaps in another role or maybe a re-designed role.
  • Training courses for solicitors
    We run seminars for solicitors in a range of topic areas, some of which have accredited CPD status.  These include :
    •  Impact of traumatic brain injury on employment  
    • Critial factors in determining loss of earnings of injured claimants  
    • Vocational rehabilitation:  key issues for PI and MN solicitors
    • Chronic pain and its impact on employment
    • Psychology of loss and adaptation and its relation to mitigation

We also offer general management courses, such as 'Managing stress creatively', and ‘Interviewing skills’.

We are happy to consider bespoke in-house courses to suit your individual firm's requirements.

  • Accurate understanding of the work performance requirements of employers
  • Up-to-date occupational and careers information
  • Accurate understanding of the opportunities and possibilities for job retention; for example, through job re-design or retraining for the Claimant
  • Ability to use a range of objective assessments in order to more accurately examine the Claimant’s retraining capacity

Understand disability and its impact on work

Appreciate how different disabilities / health problems can impact on performance at work, for example, head injury, chronic pain or occupational stress.

Assess retraining potential

Make an objective assessment of retraining capacity and potential. It is not always clear from school reports, or work history what a Claimant is capable of achieving in another occupational area. Our professional backgrounds and expertise enable us to identify work that can play to an individual's strengths and make an objective accurate assessment of likely success. For example, determining the literacy and numeracy skills of an ex-manual workercan be crucial in gauging a realistic view of their retraining potential and likely achievement.

Identify suitable work

Able to assess job requirements and able to determine whether an individual is likely to meet the performance demands of a particular role. This includes issues such as emotional resilience/coping with responsibility, social confidence, people skills, cognitive ability, concentration, communication skills, attitude and motivation, drive, as well as physical stamina and ability.

Assess whether a person returns to their old job or similar

Our professions give us an added insight into the psychological demands made of individuals in the modern work place. This can be useful where there is an issue relating to a person's ability to cope in a particular work role after an injury.

Assess whether the pre-injury employment claims realistic

Objective assessment of ability levels using psychometric measures can be used to confirm whether pre-accident aspirations were realistic and whether claims relating to lost careers are justified.

Identify the vocational rehabilitation needs of the Claimant and how these can be met

For example, a redesign in the job, perhaps funded by a government programme, can make all the difference to a Claimant's successful return to work. Other vocational rehabilitation needs can include: counselling support to re-build emotional resilience, building physical stamina, re-training, careers guidance, communication skills training, job finding course.

Provide a professional, evidence based approach

Our professional bodies have clearly stated ethical and professional standards underpinned by an impartial evidence based approach to best practice.

If you would like more information or would like us to provide you with a quote for a loss of earnings report, please request here.