Dr Sohom Das

(MBChB, BSc, MSc, MRCPsych)

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist
Expert Witness (Section 12 Approved)

About

About

Looking for a medico-legal expert?

I am a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist. I have extensive experience in undertaking medico-legal assessments; I regularly prepare high-quality reports on a number of psychiatric issues for a variety of courts, including criminal court, civil court, immigration tribunals and Mental Health Review Tribunals. I have authored in excess of 250 reports in my career.

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I am based in North London, and work as a Locum Forensic Psychiatrist at HMP Bronzefield and also for the Hendon / Willesden Magistrate’s Court Liaison & Diversion Scheme.  This work is via an NHS contract with the Central & Northwest London NHS Foundation Trust.

I work part-time in my prison and court roles in order to dedicate a significant proportion of my working week towards developing my passion; medico-legal work. As such, I am able to turn around reports faster than most of my peers; I am generally able to see clients within 7 to 10 days of being instructed and submit reports within a further week. My current turn-over is around 2 - 3 full medico-legal reports per week. I have not missed a deadline for a report in my career.

I offer unlimited free telephone consultations to solicitors about any medico-legal case.

My consultation rooms are based in North London, though I am able to travel to assessments.

Expertise

The majority of my experience is for criminal and civil court

In addition, my other areas of expertise are:

  • Mental Health Review Tribunal reports
    (both as the Responsible Clinician, and as an independent psychiatrist)
  • Immigration Tribunal reports
  • Family court reports
  • Employment Tribunal reports
    (including grievance investigation assessments)
  • Formal capacity assessments
  • Care Programme Approach medical reports
  • Reports for the Ministry of Justice
    (such as Annual Statutory Reports and leave reports)
  • Serious Untoward Incident reports
  • Fitness to practice assessments
  • Parole board reports.

Find out more about my experience in:

Criminal Court Work

My experience includes the following areas:

  • Fitness to plead.
  • Defendants’ mental state at the time of offences.
  • Mental health disposals (including Hospital Orders, Restriction Orders, and Community Orders).
  • Mental health defences (including ‘Not guilty by Reason of Insanity and Diminished Responsibility).
  • Capacity to form intent / mens rae.
  • Risk Assessments, including violence, sexual offending, and risk of reoffending.
  • Liaising with Community Mental Health teams (e.g. to negotiate terms for Community Orders).

My assessments have been undertaken for clients in a variety of settings, including:

  • Low, medium and high security secure psychiatric hospital (including Broadmoor); on both men and women.
  • Therapeutic Community
  • Court Diversion
  • Prisons (men and women)
  • Young Offenders’ Institutes (HMYOI Feltham)
  • Immigration Centres
  • Patients in the community (on bail)

This has been for a various criminal offences, ranging from fraud to murder.

I have experience of giving oral evidence as an expert witness in a variety of settings, including Crown Court (including Diminished Responsibility in a murder trial at the Old Bailey) and Magistrate’s Court

CIVIL Court Work

My experience includes the following areas:

  • High value Personal Injury cases.
  • Historical sexual abuse.
  • Psychiatric consequences of a wide range of incidents and accidents (e.g. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, issues at work, physical disability).
  • High value Clinical Negligence cases.
  • Recommendations for psychiatric/psychological treatment.
  • Joint statements (for both the Criminal and Civil Court)

View my full CV

Anonymised versions of the aforementioned reports are available upon request; to demonstrate the standard of my work.

Qualifications

Other Material, Connections & Associations:

I have written other material related to mental health topics, including a patient information leaflet about capacity for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

I also regularly blog for the Huffington Post about a range of topics related to mental health. This is in view of challenging the stigma attached to mental illness. This is also to generate discussion; both on this website and also on other mediums, including Twitter.  In the past, this has led to other media opportunities, including appearing on Radio 4 to speak about topics related to my profession.

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National Expert Witness Agency

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My qualifications include:

  • A Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree, a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree.
  • I am a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and am approved by the Secretary of State under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, (amended 2007) as having special experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorder.
  • I am an Approved Clinician and am on the General Medical Council Specialist Register for Forensic Psychiatry.
  • I have held consultant posts within the NHS and the independent sector since 2013.
  • I regularly participate in CPD (Common Professional Development) and appraisal in relation to my forensic psychiatry and medico-legal work.
  • I am a full member of the Expert Witness Institution; I have been awarded Expert Witness Accreditation from this organisation (in association with University College London Judicial Institute).
  • I have had extensive training in medico-legal areas (see CV for details)

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Testimonials

Sohom is prompt in response, flexible in seeing clients at their convenience, and is conscientious in penning articulate comprehensive reports that comfortably withstands any attempted scrutiny. The speed in which he can procure a report is one of several factors as to why Sohom stands out amongst the rest. Upon instruction, Sohom generally will seek to assess the clients within three weeks, and have finalised reports back to you in two. There have been occasions when Sohom has expedited the report, on request, to then have that very report with me only days after the assessment. Most importantly, my clients have, on their own volition, reported back that Sohom dealt with them in a ‘calm’, ‘patient’, and ‘sensitive’ manner, and feel like they ‘were listened to’.

Ieuan Haywood
Lawyer
Collingbourne Hennah Law

I have been working in Medico-legal practice for 15 years in over 200 cases. In my opinion, Dr Das’ reports are of an extremely high quality. Something I commented upon when first seeing one of his reports. Since then, I have noted that his assessments and reports are thorough, reasonable, robust, logical, focussed and well stated. His thinking is transparent and evidence based. Clients who have been assessed by him who I have seen in therapy speak highly of his interview style and professionalism. I have no hesitation in recommending him as an expert.

Dr Paul Rogers
PhD, MSc(Econ), PG-Cert 650 ENB, PG-Dip CBT, F.ISRA, M.EWI, RMN, MRCPsych-Hon Assoc
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Medico-Legal Expert Witness

An efficient service with detailed reports provided on time for court proceedings.

Joanna Barun
Head of Youth Department
Kaim Todner Solicitors Ltd

Contact

Email is the best way to contact me to discuss potential work.

enquiries@sigmadeltapsych.co.uk
sohom.das@nhs.net

I endevour to answer emails (including providing quotes) within a day.

I offer unlimited free telephone consultations to solicitors about any medico-legal case (after email contact with brief details).

My fees are in keeping with my peers, and are Legal Aid Agency compliant (where applicable).