About Us

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DEBORAH ATKINS

Industrial Psychologist

Deborah Atkins

Industrial Psychologist / HPCSA Registration Number (PS 0029564)

Deborah obtained her Bachelor of Social Science in 1979, a Bachelor of Arts Honours in 1986 and her Masters in Industrial and Organisational Psychology in 1989, all from the University of Cape Town. She has been registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an Industrial Psychologist since August 1990, in addition to being a member of the Society for Industrial / Organizational Psychologists of South Africa (SIOPSA).

 

Deborah has been providing medico-legal services for both, Claimant and Plaintiff cases, since 2002 and founded Deborah Atkins & Associates Inc. in 2009. She has established herself as an earnings expert witness (Industrial Psychologist) providing forensic work / earning assessments. This includes, but is not limited to personal injury / accident (Road Accident Fund claims), medical malpractice, public liability and justice department, as well as divorce and maintenance claims. Furthermore, Deborah has testified on numerous occasions in The High Court of South Africa.

 

Previously, she established and for 20 years, ran her own specialist management and recruitment company, called Debron Recruitment Consultants (Pty) Ltd until she franchised it out in 2010. Deborah’s first 10 years’ working experience was in Human Resources, where she worked for both national and international companies in senior management and consulting positions.

 

This background gives her the perfect, practical experience to understand the world of work across all disciplines and she uses this expertise to evaluate loss of earnings claims.

Bianca

BIANCA APOSTOLI

Practice Manager

BIANCA APOSTOLI

Registered Psychometrist, HPCSA Registered (PMT 0090158)

Bianca has co-ordinated and run the practice for the last few years and has assisted Deborah with the compilation of reports since 2015. She has an Honours degree in Psychology and is registered with the HPCSA as a Psychometrist (PMT0090158). Bianca is currently studying further with the intent to register as an Industrial Psychology.

 

Prior to joining the Association, she worked closely with a number of Psychologists, administering IQ and Personality psychometry assessments, as well as compiling comprehensive reports for recruitment purposes. In addition, she assisted with the development and facilitation of workshops.

Ashleigh

ASHLEIGH NUTTALL

Professional Assistant

ASHLEIGH NUTTALL

Registered Counsellor, HPCSA Registered (SRC 0029398)

Ashleigh handles all the administration and logistics for the practice, as well as assisting Deborah with assessments, research, collateral and report writing.

 

She obtained her Bachelor’s of Applied Social Sciences and Bachelors of Social Sciences Honours in Psychology (cum laude) majoring in Psychological in April 2018 and June 2020 respectively. Both qualifications were obtained from The South African College of Applied Psychology, majoring in psychological counselling. Ashleigh passed the HPCSA board exam in February 2020 with distinction.

 

Ashleigh has a passion to facilitate internal shifts and assist people to reach their goals by using their inner resources. She believes that there is always a place for counselling and utilizes her skills in this regard on a daily basis with clients. She is currently practicing in the medico-legal field with a keen interest and view to ultimately operate as an expert in this capacity.

 

Prior to joining Deborah Atkins & Associates, she was responsible for all counselling services at Table View Primary School, with a compliment of approximately 2000 learners. Working under the School Counsellor, she managed in excess of ±50 cases, liaising directly with the Western Cape Social Development Department. This included psychological counselling, crisis interventions, school-based support team meetings, running of workshops and specialized psychometric testing (career, interests, scholastic and aptitude).

OUR APPROACH

DEBORAH ATKINS & ASSOCIATES OFFER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES IN THE MEDICO-LEGAL / FORENSIC FIELDS
A structured and in-depth consultation

Gathering of extensive collateral

From employers, academic institutions, family members and any other parties relevant to the matter.

Compilation of a comprehensive report

Detailing career progression in both the uninjured and injured scenarios.

Formal psychometric assessments where required

Extensive research

Including salary surveys, remuneration trends, relevant statistics and market related factors applicable to the industry / career field being investigated.

Being available to testify when necessary

CASES OF INTEREST WITHIN THE INDUSTRY

These cases highlight the important role that experts should fulfill when assisting the Court in reaching a decision. We at Deborah Atkins & Associates pride ourselves in always delivering reports of the highest quality, underpinned by our values of professionalism, objectivity, fairness and integrity.

MOTSWAI JUDGEMENT
Nicholson Judgement

Court sets out the role of an expert

DONOUGH JUDGEMENT
Donough Judgement

Court reduces experts qualifying fees to demonstrate displeasure with their reports

NICHOLSON JUDGEMENT
Motswai Judgement

Judge slammed lawyers involved in a Road Accident Fund claim stating that the claim was brought only to enrich lawyers & experts