Dr Nicci MacLeod is available for forensic linguistic consultancy and casework in the areas of authorship analysis, sociolinguistic profiling, forensic discourse analysis, and ascertaining meaning in forensic contexts.  

Dr MacLeod completed her PhD in 2010 at Aston University on the topic of the language of police interviews with women reporting rape. She holds an MA (Distinction) in Forensic Linguistics from Cardiff University, where she was also awarded the Dell Hymes Commendation for Sociolinguistics.  She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL), the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), and the  International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). She is also registered on the National Crime Agency’s Specialist Operations Expert Advisers Database.

Dr MacLeod has provided expert forensic linguistic reports to several police forces, including the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, as well as to solicitors and private clients in criminal and civil cases. She has appeared as an expert witness in the Crown Court of England & Wales and both the Sheriff Court and the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland.

  1. Dr MacLeod is available for consultancy and casework for both sides in both civil and criminal cases.

  2. She has provided expert witness testimony in the Crown Court of England & Wales and both the Sheriff Court and the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland. She is listed on the National Crime Agency Expert Database.

Dr MacLeod can offer assistance in cases of:

  1. Questioned authorship (did the person who wrote Text A also write Text B?)

  2. Sociolinguistic profiling (what can we say about the person who wrote this text?)

  3. Ascertaining meaning (what does this word or phrase mean in this context?)

  4. Forensic discourse analysis (did this person understand the conversation? Is this conversation or text as it seems?)


Dr Nicci MacLeod,Forensic Linguist


GDip Law, University of Law

PhD Forensic Linguistics, Aston University

MA (Distinction) Forensic Linguistics, Cardiff University

BA(Hons) English Language, Bangor University