Expert Witness Conference 2022

07 September 20229am - 4pm
  • Careers and employment
Lady Justice on the Old Bailey, London


Please note this event will run from 9.45am until 4.45pm, not as advertised above. 

The conference will hear from:

  • Professor Leam A. Craig
  • The Honourable Mr Justice Williams QC
  • Professor Daniel Wilcox
  • Professor David Glasgow
  • Dr Agatha Benyera-Mararike

If you have any questions, email [email protected].


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Welcome and Introduction

Professor Leam Craig, Chair, Expert Witness Advisory Group


The Honourable Mr Justice Williams QC

A judicial perspective on hearing psychological evidence


Coffee Break 

11:10 TBC

Professor David Glasgow

From Reflex Anal Dilatation to Parental Alienation Syndrome: Pitfalls of ‘forensic’ clinical and diagnostic constructs in the hands of expert witnesses (and lawyers)

12:50 Lunch 



Professor Daniel Wilcox

The life and times of a psychologist expert witness: From starting out to building a career

15:10 Coffee Break 

Dr. Agatha Benyera-Mararike

The importance of ethnic and cultural considerations in expert witness psychological assessments

16:20 Closing Remarks
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Speaker Biographies:

Professor Leam A. Craig, Professor Craig is Chair of the BPS Expert Witness Advisory Group. He is a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and Partner at Forensic Psychology Practice Ltd. He is a visiting Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology, Birmingham City University, Hon. Professor of Forensic Psychology, University of Birmingham, and Hon. Assoc. Professor of Forensic Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK. He has previously been instructed by the Catholic and Church of England Dioceses, South African Police Service and the United States Air Force European Area Defence Counsel. In 2015 he co‐ authored a Ministry of Justice research report into the use of expert witnesses in family law and has published widely in the areas of forensic risk assessment, offending behaviour and expert witness evidence.

The Honourable Mr Justice Williams QC, Mr Justice Williams worked for the Legal Aid Board for 3 years before training as a barrister. He was called to the Bar in 1990 and went on to specialise in family law, particularly in children cases with an international dimension. He has also acted in private law disputes where there are psychological issues, such as personality disorders and parental alienation. He took Silk in 2013. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2016 and authorised to sit as a Justice of the High Court Family Division in 2017.

Professor Daniel Wilcox is Managing Director of Wilcox Psychological Associates Limited, a private clinical and forensic psychology practice in Birmingham, England.  He is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist and an Honorary Professor of forensic psychology through appointment to the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University.  He is an honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham, Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology.  Professor Wilcox has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Surrey and, as a Registered Europsy psychologist, is qualified to practise throughout the EU.  He is also a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society for Medicine. 

Professor Wilcox is widely published and has served on the editorial boards of several journals in the field. He is the editor of The Use of the Polygraph in Assessing, Treating and Supervising Sexual Offenders (Wiley 2009), as well as co-editor of Sex Offender Treatment: A Case Study Approach to Issues and Interventions (Wiley 2015) and Working with Sex Offenders: A Guide for Practitioners (Routledge 2017).  Professor Wilcox is also co-author of the chapter “The Role of the Expert Witness” in Forensic Psychology (Wiley 2017), which is presently being revised for the forthcoming fourth edition of this textbook that is being prepared for publication next year.

Professor David Glasgow, has worked for over 30 years in clinical and forensic settings with offenders and victims of offences, and in a range of settings. He was a founding co-director of the Forensic Behavioural Studies programme at Liverpool University. Later he was a course director of the Child Forensic Studies programme at Leeds University and then of the Forensic Issues programme at the University of Cumbria. He is an Honorary Professor at the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University.

He is also a Director of Child & Family Training, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the development and training in the use of tools for the assessment of children and families in health, education and social care contexts. He has acted as an expert in criminal and civil proceedings for over 25 years, often in complex, or high-profile cases. He evaluates and also undertakes investigative interviews of children and adults with a learning disability, for the purposes of legal proceedings.

He also undertakes risk assessments of parents in family proceedings, including of those with histories of violent and sexual and internet offending. For over 25 years he has been a member of the development team of In My Shoes (IMS) child investigative interviewing system, which has been translated into 5 languages. He has developed or contributed to developing a number of computer/tablet based psychological assessment tools. These include apps to aid investigative interviewing of vulnerable witness, assessment of internet and other sex offenders, risk mitigation, and also the assessment of children.

Dr Agatha Benyera-Mararike, has extensive experience in education and clinical practice working with adults, children and families in multi-professional settings.  She is a BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist, HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist, UKCP registered Psychotherapist, fully trained EMDR therapist.  She is a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.  As an expert witness in the family court, she has carried out child and adult assessments and continues to provide medico-legal reports (MLR) for family, criminal and civil matters - in accident injury claims, immigration, and Court of Appeal relating to detainees and victims of torture and complex presentations of traumatic stress.


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Please note, this webinar will be recorded.


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