After 5 years of bio-chemical research at Southampton University, where he acquired a knowledge of a variety of chemical and biological techniques, Eric joined the Home Office Forensic Science Service (FSS) in the UK in 1983. Whilst in the FSS, he gained experience in forensic and analytical chemistry, criminalistics and scene of crime investigations.
He joined Burgoynes in 1986 and became a Partner in 1991. Eric moved to the Singapore office in 1990 where he is now the Regional Director of our Asian offices.
Since joining Burgoynes Eric has investigated the causes of numerous fires and explosions worldwide. In addition, he has provided advice to the Insurance industry on technical, biological and bio technical matters, as well as investigating a variety of incidents of a scientific nature.
Much of Eric's work has involved shipping including general cargo vessels, bulk carriers, reefers, oil and clean product tankers, ro-ro vehicle carriers, passenger ferries, cruise ships, patrol vessels, gas carriers, and container ships. His investigations have involved fires that have occurred in shipyards and ports as well as those at sea. He has extensive experience of engine room, accommodation, cargo tank and hold, and container fires. He has acted for both Owners and Salvors in incidents involving the salvage of vessels damaged by fires and explosions. He has also given advice on and supervised the extinguishing of fires in various cargoes, including general cargoes, cotton, agricultural products, fishmeal, coal and direct reduced iron (DRI).
He has advised on and provided supervision for the containment and safe repackaging of spilled and decomposed chemicals of a toxic, flammable, or polluting nature, such as organo-phosphorous pesticides, toluene diisocyanate, epichlorohydrin and thiourea dioxide and he has provided advice on the properties and potential hazards of a wide range of chemicals for Surveyors, Salvors, Owners and P&I Clubs. In addition, he has directed and overseen analyses undertaken in matters involving chemical cargo contamination and the potential deterioration of agricultural products and feedstuffs. He has provided technical advice in cases involving the deaths of workers and crew who entered enclosed spaces.
As a result of a number of his investigations Eric has given expert advice and evidence in both Civil and Criminal litigation, and Official Inquiries. These have been under various jurisdictions including those of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Republic of South Africa, the United States of America, Australia, Hong Kong, the Republic of China, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
In addition, he has given advice to loss adjusters on the estimation of the quantities of various types of stock remaining after a fire and given evidence in court on such matters in Singapore and Brunei. He has lectured to various Authorities, and Insurance and Trade organisations on fire investigation and chemical spillages.