Ruth Merritt

Speech and Language Therapist

Medico-legal Expert Witness

Expert Witness Experience​

With a track record of 25 years providing timely, clear, independent medical reports to the legal profession, Ruth fully understands the requirements of instructing solicitors, in particular the restricted timescales for civil litigation, the limitations of expertise, and the absolute need for independent, balanced consideration.

She has 40 years clinical experience in Speech and Language Therapy with a specialism in hearing impairment in adults and children as well as children with complex needs including

cerebral palsy and learning disability.

Ruth has been commissioned to provide expert witness for both claimants, defendants, and as a single joint expert.

Medico-legal fees

All work carried out of behalf of client: £140 p.h. (Revised rates after 10 years)

Usual costs for assessment and report

(these must be viewed as a guideline only-

individual cases may vary considerably):

  • 1-3 hours reading case material: £140 - £420

  • 2-4 hours home based assessment: £280 - £560

  • 2-3 hours school based assessment: £280 - £420

  • 7-10 hours analysis and report writing: £980 - £1400

  • Total: £1680 - £2800​

  • Additional work carried out after completion of report will be costed at £140 per hour.

  • Travel expenses: £50 p.h. Petrol 50p.p.m.