Please provide a brief overview of the circumstances of the case and the documents that are in dispute. I do not need to know all of the background to the case. Initially, I would prefer to view copies of the documents by email, so that I can assess their suitability for examination before you send any original documents. At this stage scanned images or photographs are acceptable.
Please note that a 'quick scan' saved as a pdf is unlikely to be suitable for a full examination.
I will advise you as to what sample documents may be required for a comparison and provide you with an accurate quotation for completion of the work and preparation of a report. Attendance at court will be subject to additional charges.
Submission of case
Wherever possible, please include the following in a letter of instruction:
Full contact details including name, address, telephone number and email.
Brief circumstances of the case including names and ages of all writers and any relevant medical conditions or influencing factors.
List of documents submitted, clearly indicating which documents are in dispute and which are of known origin. Please include original documents wherever possible.
Details of examinations carried out by any other handwriting experts and copies of relevant reports.
Any relevant deadlines or court dates.
Confirmation that you agree to the terms of business (shown on this website) and fees as per the quotation.
If the case is funded by Legal Aid I require confirmation of prior authority from the LAA.
Please ensure that you preserve the integrity of all documents. Do not introduce any unnecessary folds, stickers, tape, staples or indented impressions of writing. Write on the envelope before you place the documents inside. Try not to expose the documents to extreme lighting, damp or other extreme environments.
I highly recommend that you send all documents by Royal Mail SPECIAL DELIVERY post to ensure full tracking. Please inform me of the tracking reference as soon as you have posted your documents.
Payment by bank transfer is preferred, although cheques will be accepted. Payment is required in advance from private individuals who submit instructions directly rather than via a legal representative (including those submitted as part of a joint instruction).
Please contact me if you require any further guidance regarding submission of a case.