If your client has learning difficulties or mental health issues which are affecting their ability to understand and communicate, they may benefit from being assessed by an intermediary.

Following an assessment, our intermediaries can provide a report detailing the communication recommendations and special measures. This will help your client to prepare for, and participate in, the trial. The recommendations may include the use of an intermediary at any of these stages, or may give guidelines to follow which do not need the intervention of an intermediary.

On some occasions, our assessment may conclude that an intermediary cannot assist as the defendant is functioning at too low a communicative level. Our role is always to support vulnerable people going through the justice system, whilst acting as an impartial officer of the court.

Make a referral using our online portal or call us on 0121 663 0931 to discuss options for your client.

I would like to thank your company for the support given to my son in our recent court case. An intermediary being there took a lot of pressure off me as a parent and also allowed my son, who has mental health problems, a voice.

A parent

Our instructing solicitor benefitted from the intermediary’s assistance at key stages in the trial when conferences were of the utmost importance. We have all acted in many cases where intermediaries have been appointed. None of us have previously been impressed to the extent we were with your intermediary. He was of course appointed as an independent aid to facilitate communication with our client. There can be no doubt this was necessary, and we would like to convey our thanks for the assistance he provided. His professionalism, attention to detail, timely attendance at court and dedication to ensuring our client’s understanding was evident to all involved throughout the trial, even after adverse verdicts and at sentencing stage.

9 Bedford Row and Lawtons Solicitors