Expert Witness

Tommy MacKay (Professor Thomas A.W.N. MacKay of Ardoch) acts as an expert witness in both civil and criminal cases in a number of specialist areas. A certain amount of Legal Aid work is undertaken. Full details of qualifications and experience will be found here.

He has an established reputation in his field and has given many keynote addresses including:

  • Contact and residence: An overview of psychological research and practice (Fathers and Family Law  Conference, Glasgow, 29 August 2017)
  • Instructing a child psychologist (The Royal Faculty of Procurators, Glasgow, 28 September 2016)
  • Criminal and Forensic Issues in Autistic Spectrum Disorders (National Autistic Society Professional Conference, Manchester, 2012; Scottish Government, 2011; National Criminal Justice and ASD Conference, 2011)
  • Contact Disputes: A Child Psychology Perspective, The Royal Faculty of Procurators Family Law Conference, 2012

He has also contributed to the evidence base used in the courts on psychology and legal issues through his published work and through guest editing of special journal issues on subjects including Fostering, Adoption and Looked After Children and Child Abuse and Protection. His publication on false allegations of child abuse in contested family law cases is widely cited. His reports on analysis of Joint Investigative Interviews have also been used as a teaching aid by the Scottish Children’s Reporter’s Office and other bodies.

Specialist areas

  • Autism spectrum disorders – all aspects and all ages
  • Insurance claims – personal injury, road traffic accidents, trauma – children and adolescents
  • Neuropsychological malingering – children and adolescents
  • Child and adolescent psychology – all main areas, including developmental disorders
  • Educational psychology – all main areas
  • Learning disability – all ages
  • Family law – contact and residence; Hague Convention; international relocation; parental alienation