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Medico-Legal Assessments

Medico-Legal is a broad term, encompassing the whole range of clinical services that support the work of solicitors, care agencies and HR professionals.

In this section, we've set out to offer you an overview of our services, as delivered by experts with many years of specialist experience in their respective fields. Please take a look here to find the medico-legal support you need:


Psychiatric Assessments

Can a patient, carer, parent or relative take responsibility? Our Psychiatrists will find a context for behaviour and establish a level of risk.



Psychological Assessments

Personality tests designed to establish mental competence and stability. Our psychologists will help to determine the best outcome for all parties.



Alcohol Testing

End-to-end testing, from sample collection and lab analysis, through to clinical interpretation of results.



Drug Testing

Compiling a record of drug abuse, with details of specific substances. Snapshot and detailed tests available, with differing windows of detection.



Mental Capacity Assessments

Mental health issues are rarely cut and dry. Please review this before you challenge the mental capacity of someone close to you.



Paternity Testing

Using DNA to establish paternity rights, for use in child maintenance, access and custody hearings.



Psychiatry or Psychology: what’s the difference?

We’re often asked to define the difference between Psychology and Psychiatry. So here’s a quick guide to help you choose the service you need:

Psychology is the study of people. The discipline pays particular attention to how we think, act, react and interact.  It focuses on the thoughts, feelings and motivations that have an impact on our behaviour.  Primarily, it’s concerned with the standard functioning of the mind, so it’s used to examine an individual’s capabilities such as learning, memory and child development.

Psychologists are not usually medically qualified, and only a small proportion of people with psychology degrees will progress to working with patients.

Psychiatry is a medical field concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health conditions, including substance misuse.  Psychiatrists are medical Doctors who have qualified in Psychiatry - often combining a broad caseload with specialist expertise and research.

Psychiatrists are qualified to prescribe medication and recommend other forms of treatment.  They help with a wide range of mental health conditions – for example:

Anxiety – Phobias - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Personality Disorders - Schizophrenia – Paranoia - Depression - Bipolar Disorder - Anorexia – Bulimia - Substance Misuse – Insomnia

Atkinson Lewis has a network of expert Psychologists and Psychiatrists.
For more information, please get in touch with our clinical team

Our experts are here to lighten the load. Here are some other ways we can help:


Hair, Blood and Oral Fluid Samples, for Drug, Alcohol and DNA Testing


Workplace Testing

Solutions for employers troubled by drug or alcohol use


Expert Witness

Supporting our recommendations...
both in and out of Court


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Accredited Analysis Services

  • Drug Testing including 
    Medical Interpretation
  • Alcohol Testing including
    Medical Interpretation
  • DNA Testing

Expert Reports

  • Enhanced Clinical Interpretation
  • Psychiatric Assessments
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Mental Capacity and Cognitive Assessments
  • DoLS Assessments
    (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards)
  • Expert Witness Service