Terms & Conditions

Professor Ali Ghoz
MB BCh, MSc(Oxon), FRCS(Tr.Orth), MRCS(Eng.), MRCS(Ed.)
Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon
Medicolegal Expert Witness

Medicolegal Reporting Terms & Conditions

These are the guidelines under which I agree to undertake medico-legal work on your behalf.

1. You must provide us with the full Terms & Conditions document signed by you and all relevant
medical records and radiographs relating to the claimant before his or her appointment with us.

2. Medical Records
2.1 Confidential Information. You agree to treat all information supplied by us as confidential
and you shall not disclose or otherwise use such information except for the purposes of the
specific litigation to which it relates without first obtaining our written consent.
2.2 The medical records you send us must either be high quality photocopies or on CD-ROM.
Please ensure that any images such as X-rays or scans supplied on CD are compatible with
current and commonly used operating systems.
2.3 Where medical records are not provided, the report will only include findings from history &
clinical examination of the client. The report will explicitly state that medical records were
not available for review and will therefore have its limitations. If a second appointment is
deemed necessary by the instructing solicitor with review of records, this will be treated as a
new instruction.
2.4 All medical records will be stored securely as per Data protection Act requirements and
handled appropriately. Records which do not require to be returned to the instructing party
including CDs, will be destroyed after 6 months of preparing the medical report.

3. Appointment
3.1 An appointment with the claimant will only be arranged once all medical records and
radiographs have been received in accordance with clause 2. An appointment will be sent to
the claimant specifying the next available date on which we can see him or her. We shall
email details of this appointment to you so that you can ensure their prompt attendance.
You will be liable to pay a charge for non-attendance or cancellation with less than 48 hours’
notice.

4. Preparation of Reports
4.1 Where all medical records and radiographs have been obtained in accordance with clause 2,
and it is clear that no further investigations into the claimant’s condition are required, then
our medico-legal report will be despatched to you within 7 to 14 days of the appointment
date depending on complexity of case / need for further documentation / staff holidays.

5. Further Investigations
5.1 Where we consider that further investigations are required, such as X-rays, CT Scan, MRI
Scan, nerve conduction studies etc., then such investigations will not be undertaken until we
have first obtained your approval. In order to help you decide whether to proceed with such
investigations, we shall explain in writing our reasons for requiring them.

6. Fees
6.1 Our basic rates for the preparation of a medico-legal report, to include interview and
examination of the client, is to be agreed before an appointment can be arranged. This is to
be settled prior to release of the report, unless agreed upon before arranging an
appointment. Fees are payable regardless of outcome of the case. In case of early
settlement after appointment & before preparation of report, 50% of our fees are payable
to cover administrative charges.

7. Communication
7.1 We prefer communication by e-mail, and we shall endeavour to answer all communications
from you as soon as reasonably practicable. You should restrict use of telephone to urgent
enquiries only. You should advise the claimant that, as our instructions come from you, all
communications between the claimant and us should be through you. The only exception to
this is where the claimant needs to cancel their appointment with us, which will need 48
hours’ notice; otherwise a cancellation charge may apply.

8. Instructing solicitors are responsible for giving adequate instructions and should also check
that all matters are covered in the reports. Instructing solicitors shall be responsible for any
claim made against Professor Ghoz resulting from their failure to do so.

9. The liability of Professor Ghoz to instructing solicitors and/ or their clients for negligence
howsoever arising in respect of any loss or damage caused by an act or default of Professor
Ghoz shall be limited to the amount received by Professor Ghoz for his services.

10. Professor Ghoz requires at least 8 full weeks’ notice for court attendance and separate
terms & conditions and annual leave schedule may be requested if this is anticipated. Court
attendance will be charged by the half day. Please contact us for further details.

11. Non-payment of fees
11.1 Medical report ownership: We reserve the right to notify The Court, Claimant, instructing or
defending solicitors, agencies withdrawal of the medical report should payment not be
received in full as per agreed terms and conditions. It is asserted that any medical reports
Professor Ali Ghoz Medicolegal Service Terms and Conditions
including supplementary reports / addendums/ letters to court retain the title and
ownership of the author Professor Ali Ghoz until full payment for such services are received
under agreed terms.
11.2 In the event of non-payment we will notify The Court, Claimant, instructing or defending
solicitors, and agencies withdrawal of the medical report and demand payment from any
party who wish to use the report as evidence. If no response is received, we will follow
standard debt recovery procedures, which will include legal costs and further expenses
associated with the procedure.


Our charges (unless already negotiated)
• Fee for medico-legal report: £ 250 per initial consultation/examination (£250 per hour thereafter
for review of medical records/imaging/supporting documentation).
• Fee for addendums: £ 100
• Fee for DNA (<48 hrs notice) : £ 150
• Hourly rate (court/home visit): £250 per hour / £ 1000 per half day (Hourly rate applies for
home/prison visits. Court attendance is charged by the half day).
Please note: All fees stated above are subject to VAT.
• Court, home and prison visit are also subject to related expenses: full reimbursement for first-class
rail travel, business class air travel, car at £1.20 mile, all sub-contracted work and all other expenses
reasonably incurred or approved in writing by you.
• If the case cancels within 21 days for the appointed trial date 50 percent of the fee is payable. If
the case cancels within 7 days of the appointed trial date full fee is payable.


Contact details
Professor Ali Ghoz, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Spire Dunedin Hospital, Reading RG1 5AN
Email: ali@professoralighoz.co.uk
www.professoralighoz.co.uk
Clinic/Practice locations:
The Spire Dunedin Hospital, 16 Bath Road, Reading, RG1 6NS
The London Orthopaedic Clinic, 79 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 9RY
The London Clinic, 5 Devonshire Place, London, W1G 6HL
(Reading location has free car parking & disabled access)