Family law services
Dr Ben Laskey has been providing Professional Expert Witness services to the Family Courts since 2008. He is an established and respected Consultant Clinical Psychologist with a reputation for clear, well-written reports, delivered on time within the tight timescales required by the Family Courts. He provides meaningful recommendations in these reports thus supporting the best outcomes for children in Family Proceedings (both Public and Private Law).
He specialises in highly complex childcare cases, in parenting, and in assessments of multi-sibling families, drawing information from multiple sources to reach an understanding of family and individual functioning. He has worked extensively with high-risk individuals and with problems related to family violence, addiction, abuse and neglect.
Reports include formal assessments of intellectual functioning, and personality; clinical interview, consideration of any psychological disorders present, attachment style and complex risk assessment. He also provides baseline cognitive assessments and capacity assessments.
Common Areas of Advice
Family members’ potential to provide adequate care for children
Risk; including domestic violence, substance misuse, offending, abuse and neglect
The support required to sustain placements
The impact of psychological difficulties on parenting capacity
The likely impact of different placement options for children
Contact arrangements between family members living separately
Interventions to support parents, timescales and likely outcomes
Parents’ ability to engage positively with Services
Parental behaviour relating to incidents of concern to professionals
Very short timescales for urgent pieces of work can be offered by negotiation.
Probono Psychology Consultations
Dr Laskey offers pro bono consultations for professionals in Family Law cases at early or pre-proceedings stages. These are offered from our Truro offices as well as in Plymouth, Exeter, Torbay and North Devon.
You can contact Dr Laskey directly to discuss the particulars of any case, for informal advice or to book a pro bono psychology consultation
T. 01872248368 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Ben’s reports are crystal clear- which is so very important, particularly when you have to take clients through them to take instructions.” – Family Law Solicitor
“Dr Laskey’s assessment skills and his ability to unpick highly complex issues relating to a sibling group within contentious Care Proceedings provided specific, considered and precise information and evidence. His work has given a solid basis for a clear understanding of the relevant issues for each child and has enabled safe and secure planning for their futures” – Social Work Professional
“I have always found Ben approachable, enthusiastic, respecting of deadlines and to provide assessments that clearly identify and address issues” – Family Law Solicitor
“Ben is very conscientious in his work and is always available to speak to when he is in the throes of an assessment. This is particularly relevant as very often information comes in unexpectedly which he needs to have as quickly as possible. He recently was instructed in a case which required him to assimilate vast quantities of information and he produced a well rounded report.” – Family Law Solicitor