Résumé of Clare Garside, Occupational Therapist Expert Witness

Clare Garside has practised as an Expert Witness since 1988. In addition to her extensive experience, she has undertaken formal Expert Witness training in report writing and giving evidence in court, and is a member of the Society of Expert Witnesses. She holds professional indemnity insurance to the value of six million pounds.

She visits clients nationwide and prepares reports to inform litigation. She undertakes some 30 assessment reports a year, and is well experienced in taking instruction as a single or as a joint expert and appears in court to give expert testimony as required. The average balance of work is 70% claimant, 20% defendant and 10% Single Joint Expert.

She gained her Diploma from Derby School of Occupational Therapy, where she was Student of the Year in her final year, and practiced within the Royal Air Force and the National Health Service, reaching the grade of Head III. She maintains a professional development portfolio via reading relevant journals and attending short courses as appropriate.

She is an active member of the College of Occupational Therapists and serves on the committee of their Medico-Legal Forum.

Clare Garside first qualified as an occupational therapist in 1976 and has been relied upon to provide expert witness reports since 1988. She commits to continuing professional development and evidence-based practice. She has a strong knowledge of assistive technology products and rehabilitative services as well an ability to quantify activities of daily living, including childcare. Assessability further supports her diligent work with carefully devised systems of scrutiny.

She approaches assessment with empathy and tact. When meeting people who may be suffering or embarrassed, she is able to see the challenges they face from their perspective, but still obtain the often very personal information needed by the Court while enabling an individual to maintain their dignity and sense of self-respect.

Assessability is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (No. Z719546X). All staff members recognise the importance of individual privacy and dignity, and of safeguarding any personal or commercial information with which one has been entrusted.

Clare Garside's communication skills are manifest in her ability to present focused written information clearly and in appropriate detail and to transact effectively in Court. She has acted as an expert witness in a wide range of cases over many years. She is aware of her duty to the Court, rather than to the party instructing her and bases her recommendations solely on her professional judgement and the losses of injured party.

Click here to download Clare Garside's full curriculum vitae. (PDF 150kb.)

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