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 Expert  728038

Expert in Fire Investigation, Cold Cases, Risk Assessments

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert served over 30 continuous years in the London Fire Brigade (LFB), UK. He gained significant experience from fire fighting and fire command to fire safety and fire investigation through service in busy LFB areas and departments. His last 11 years were spent in the LFB fire investigation (FI) department, one of the worlds premier FI departments. He retired in 2006 to become an independent investigator and expert witness and has since that time undertaken many contracts within and outside of the UK. He is a trainer of fire investigators for the UK fire service college and a trainer of fire risk assessors for the UK Building Research Establishment. He has also trained fire investigators in the middle east. His court reports and testimony have been key in a number of UK Courts and he is currently involved with the major terrorist bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2007.

arson investigation


boat fire


building fire


commercial fire




fire investigation




ignition source


incendiary device


incendiary material


industrial fire


marine fire


vehicle fire


explosion investigation




fire prevention


fire protection


fire risk analysis


fire safety

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Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
2010   N/A   N/A   N/A  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1976 to 2006


London Fire Brigade


Watch Commander


fire fighting fire command fire safety fire investigation

1973 to 1975


Metropolitan Police


Police Constable


Police Officer

Career Accomplishments:

Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Membership grade. Founder and Chair of IFE FIre Investigation and Research Special Interest Group.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - London Fire Brigade  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Product safety:A small fire in a domestic dishwasher. There had been a recall of this type of appliance but not of this model. My involvement proved that the existing recall notice needed to be expanded to include a wider range of models.
  • Insurance dispute:A tradesman without liability insurance was facing ruin after a fire that may have involved work that he had previously done. The insurance adjuster was vigorously pursuing the man for compensation. My involvement proved that the adjuster had not carried out a full and proper investigation of the fire and thus had no grounds to offset costs against the tradesman.
  • Falsely accused:A man of good character stood accused of arson with intent to endanger life. He had no faith in his solicitor so found me via the internet. I found that the Police and Fire Service investigation was severely flawed. The case was dismissed.
  • Coffee shop:A small fire had occurred that involved two counter-top water boilers. The fire service had decided the fire had been caused by one of the boilers. Both manufacturers denied it had been their appliance. I ascertained that niether boiler had caused the fire and that the cause had most likely been deliberate by ignition of items between the two boilers.
  • Terrorist bomb:A major truck bomb blast and subsequent fire killed over 50 people. There is a dispute with regard to the insurance. I was asked by the premises owner to investigate. I have found flaws in the insurance and forensic science investigation that warrant a challenge in the civil courts. The matter is still on-going.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has given evidence at over 30 fatal fire inquests and 4 Crown Court prosecutions. Since 2006 he has provided defence expert witness reports on around 15 cases and given evidence on 2.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert witness fire investigation for consulting on Fire report criminal matter.
  • Fire investigation expert for consulting on RvSteven Whitehead crown court arson case.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2007 to 2007   Republic of Georgia   Major warehouse fire investigation. Cause: Propane cutting tool. Poor safety precautions.
2008 to 2008   Moscow   Major construction site fire investigation and toxicology sampling. Cause: Careless use of hot cutting equipment. Samples removed for study by BRE UK.
2009 to 2009   Kuwait   Investigation of large fire and chemical incident in dairy and factory. Cause: Deliberate fire setting behaviour.
2008 to 2008   Pakistan   Major terrorist truck bombing. Investigation of site and assessment of forensic science, Police and insurance reports.

Market Research:
Expert was the primary researcher into the dangers of tealight candles in 1999. He has been instumental in finding fire-related product defects and instigating improvements and recalls.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert is a co-writer and presenter of the BRE fire risk assessor course. He has instructed at the UK fire service college fire investigation course since 2006.


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