DOCTOR HUGH KOCH - Dr HCH Koch, BSc Dip Clin Psych
Telephone: 01242 263715
Fax: 01242 528299


TITLE: Dr HCH Koch, BSc Dip Clin Psych


Ground Floor South Wing, Festival House, Jessop Avenue, Cheltenham, GL50 3SH
and The Cheltenham & Gloucester  Hospital, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham

Telephone:  01242 263715   Fax:  01242 528299

NAME:                                     Dr HCH Koch, BSc Dip Clin Psych PhD
DATE OF BIRTH:                  14 March 1951
BSc Hons in Psychology                                                        1973                        Bristol University
Diploma in Clinical Psychology                                            1976                        London
PhD in Clinical Psychology                                                   1981                        Leicester University
Chartered Psychologist Registration                                      1989
Registered Psychologist (HPC)                                              2010
Fellow of British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology; Law Society Directory of Expert Witnesses; And Fellow of the Institute of Expert Witnesses;  British Association of  Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists; BPS-DCP Faculty of the BPS for Children & Young People; Association of Child Abuse Lawyers
Visting Professor to Stockholm University, School of Law
Certificate in CPR for experts (Bond Solon)  - February 2011.
Medico-Legal Report Writing (Core Skills) – October 2013
Hugh Koch Associates                                                                                                                                           Sept. 1990 to present
Cheltenham & District H.A.     Unit General Manager                (Acute)                                                                April 1989 to Sept. 1990
Somerset Health Authority      Unit General Manager                                                                                            June 1986 to March 1988
North East Essex H.A.            Top Grade Psychologist            (Head of Adult Mental Health)                             Nov 1984 to May 1986
North East Essex H.A.            Principal Psychologist                                                                                            March 1984 to Oct. 1984
South GlamorganH.A.           Senior Psychologist                     Oct. 1978 to Feb. 1984
Leicestershire H.A.                 Basic Grade Psychologist           Oct. 1976 to Sept. 1978
Leicestershire H.A.                 Probationer Psychologist            Oct. 1973 to Sept. 1976

Dr Koch’s recent publications include:-
Koch HCH, Willows J (2016) Legal Mind Case and Commentary No. 9 PIBULJ August 2016
Koch HCH (2016) Civil Litigation in the UK: Contemporary Issues to Ensure Evidential Reliability. E-Journal Psychology & Law. 2016. Vol. 6. no. 2. pp. 13-25
Koch HCH, Thorns T (2016) Legal Mind Case and Commentary No. 8 PIBULJ August 2016
Koch HCH, Cosway R (2016) Legal Mind Case and Commentary No. 7 PIBULJ July 2016
Koch HCH, Midgley S (2016) Legal Mind Case and Commentary No. 6 PIBULJ July 2016
Koch HCH (2016) Keeping Our Moral Compass. Modern Law June 2016
Koch HCH, Boyd (2016) Legal Mind Case and Commentary No. 5 PIBULJ June 2016
Koch HCH, Elson P (2016) Legal Mind Case and Commentary No. 4 PIBULJ June 2016.
Koch HCH (2016) What shall we talk about? A review of recent publications on the therapeutic conversation. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing. May/June 2016
Koch HCH, Formby C (2016) Legal Mind Case and Commentary No. 3 PIBULJ May 2016.
Koch HCH, Addy K (2016) Legal Mind Case and Commentary: No. 2 PIBULJ May 2016.
Koch HCH (2016) Medico Legal Case Commentary: Interface Between Clinical Opinion and Legal Case Reporting in Personal Injury Litigation. Mathews Open Access Journal. April 2016.
Koch HCH, Newns K (2016) Causation of Psychological Injuries and Index Incident Assessment. Expert Witness Journal. Summer (2016).
Koch HCH (2016) Junior Lawyers: What’s Motivating Them In 2016? Modern Law April 2016.
Koch HCH (2016) Bridging The Gap Between Lawyers As Experts. Modern Claims Magazine March 2016.
Koch HCH (2016) Everyday Mindfulness: A Review of Recent Publications. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing March/April 2016 Vol 5 No 2.
Koch HCH, Newns K (2016) Legal Mind Case and Commentary: No.1. PIBULJ April 2016
Koch HCH (2016) Mind your work. Solicitors Journal.
Koch HCH, (2016) Impartiality of Medico-Legal Experts: A just system for gaining evidence. EWI Newsletter (Jan/Feb 2016) (in submission)
Koch HCH (2016) Who’s right, what’s right? Solicitors Journal.
Koch HCH, Newns K, Carleton N and Cosway R (2016) Managing Uncertainty in Experts: What are the key issues? Expert Witness Journal
Koch HCH, Diesen C, Boyd T, Hampton N (2016) 21st Century Agenda for the Justice System: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Total Quality Management. Solicitors Journal. January.
Koch HCH (2015) Evidential Reliability: a practical guide for lawyers. Special Report. Solicitors Journal
Koch HCH, Shannon K, Boyd T (2016) Post-Traumatic Embitterment: A future ‘disorder’?. PIBULH. December
Koch HCH and Horwood M (2015) Imagery and Likelihood Cognitive Bias in Pain Review. PIBULJ.
Koch HCH (2015) What are the most effective strategies for client relationship management and business development in a modern law firm and why? Modern Law
Koch HCH, Diesen C, Boyd T, Hampton C (2015) 21st Century Agenda for the Justice System: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Total Quality Management. Solicitors Journal
Koch HCH, Sanders M, Boyd T and Humphreys K (2015) Joint Opinion preparation in chronic pain cases. Expert Witness Journal.
Koch HCH (2015) Understanding your clients diagnosis. Litigation Minds. August
Koch HCH and Diesen C (2015) Contemporary 21st Century Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Civil Cases: Building bridges between Law and Psychology
Koch HCH (2015) What are the most effective strategies for client relationship management and business development in a modern law firm and why? Modern Law
Koch HCH, Misra K, Jackson T and Farrant A (2015) Why am I stressed since that accident? Cognitive Model of Trauma Including Perceived Injustice. Expert Witness Journal. Autumn.
Koch HCH, Fraser F, Harrop C and Boyd E (2015) What did the GP say? Making sense of a Claimant’s self-report about care received. Solicitors Journal. August
Koch HCH, Fraser F, Mackinnon J and Midgely S (2015) Decision Making in Chronic Pain: Somatic Symptom Disorder, Somatoform disorder or behavioural inactivity. Expert Witness Journal. Summer.
Koch HCH (2015) Top Ten Steps To Reduce Stress And Tension In The Workplace. Litigation Minds. July
Koch HCH (2015) Practice Issues in Psychological/Psychiatric Injury and Law in Civil Litigation.Symposium, XXXIVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health. July
Koch HCH, Addy K and Wilson C (2015) Questioning Experts: Getting greater clarity from Part 35 questions, Forensic E-Journal
Koch HCH (2015) Robust Opinions need robust reasoning: 15 medico-legal postulates. Solicitors Journal. May
Cosway R, Koch HCH (2015) Assessing Psychological Trauma: Current Issues in 2015. Scottish Legal, March.
Koch HCH, Vallano J, De Haro L (2015) Thin or Crumbling skulls: Recommendations for applying these rules consistently to pre-existing status. Solicitors Journal
Koch HCH, Hetherton J, McGillion J (2015) Evidential Reliability in Psychological/Psychiatric Opinion. EWI. (tbc)
Koch HCH, Beesley F and Harrop C (2015) Psychological-training for lawyers: Effective CPR-related communication with experts. Forensic Expert E-Journal (
Koch HCH, Bird D, Farrant A, Jackson T (2015) Psychological-training for lawyers: Lawyer-expert relationships and communication. Your Expert Witness
Koch HCH, Mackinnon J, Harrop C and Boyd L (2015) Expert Evidence in Chronic Pain. Expert Witness Journal. Winter
Koch HCH (2015) Impartiality of Medico-legal experts: A just system for gaining evidence. EWI Newsletter
Koch HCH, Newns K and De Haro L (2015) Medico-Legal Evaluation of psychological injury: Current Implications for Legal and Training and Continuing Education. Expert Witness Journal. Spring
Koch HCH, Laskey B, Misra K and Formby C (2015) Implementation of CPR: Implications of preliminary survey data 15 years on for lawyer training. Solicitors Journal Editorial.
Koch HCH, Beesley F and Farrant A (2015) Investigating reliability and truthfulness in Personal Injury Interviews. Solicitors Journal.
Koch HCH, Newns K, Willows J (2015) Unreliable pre-index accident history: What does it mean? Forensic Expert E-Journal
Koch HCH and McCann H (2014) Challenges for 2015 for experts. Review of ‘psychological assessment of symptom and performance validity response bias and malingering’. PIBULJ. November
Koch HCH and Formby C (2014) How to verify details of what claimants tell us. PIBULJ (October).
Koch HCH, Thorns T, Elson P & Fraser F (2014) Implementation of CPR: Preliminary data 15 years on. Solicitors Journal Editorial.
Koch HCH (2014) Implementation of CPR: The effects of Experts’ Practice and Experience. Modern Law Journal.
Koch HCH, Lucas V, Willows J & Elson P (2014) Psychological injury in Clinical Negligence: - Peri-traumatic stress. Your Expert Witness Magazine
Koch HCH, McGillion J & Shannon K (2014) Improving Evidential Reliability. Forensic E Journal.
Koch HCH, Leckart B, Shannon K & Hetherton J (2014) Reviewing Medical Notes. Expert Witness Journal. Autumn.
Koch HCH, Leckart B, Willows J & Lucas V (2014) What resulted from the index event? The dilemmas of causation and apportioning psychological distress. Expert Witness Journal. Summer.
Koch HCH, Holden N & Willows J (2014) Testing the reliability and validity of evidence. Expert Witness Journal (March).
Koch HCH, Willows J & Lucas V (2014) Assessing and treating the psychological effects of medical accident of negligence. Your Expert Witness Magazine (March).
Laskey B & Koch HCH (2014) Assessing the young person following a road accident. Expert Witness Journal.
Koch HCH, Leckart B & Lillie F (2014) Should a treating clinician also act as an expert witness for the court? Expert Witness Journal.
Koch HCH (2014) Getting the right balance? How to obtain or provide reliable expert evidence.  Solicitors Journal Expert Witness. February.
Koch HCH & Cann A (2014). The road accident trauma: Narrative perspectives on growth and therapist resilience, British Journal of Wellbeing and Nursing (Spring).
Koch HCH, Beavan-Pearson P & Willows J (2013). Why did this happen to me? The psychological effects of medical accidents or negligence. Expert Witness Journal, Autumn. (PENDING)
Koch HCH (2013). DSM-5: Current state of play and implications. Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal (PIBULJ), September.
Koch HCH (2001) Current Medical-Legal Issues in Personal Injury Litigation. Informa Publications. London.

Typical areas of Involvement:-

1)             Personal Injury (Adults and Children): PTSD; Child Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse; Anxiety Disorders; Road Accident; Work Accident; employment Stress; Psychological Aspects of Medical Negligence; Chronic Pain; Reliability of Witness.
2)             Criminal Injuries Compensation (Adults and Children including child abuse)
3)             Assessment and treatment of child and adolescent accident trauma and anxiety and the effects of child abuse
He provides reports for both Claimant (70%) and Defendant lawyers and insurers (30%), and since April 1999, single joint instructions.  Clients are typically seen within 4 - 6 weeks of instruction. He also has experience providing medico-legal evidence outside the UK.
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