Graham Charlton
Partner
Kenilworth Office:
Unit B23, Holly Farm Business Park, Honiley, Kenilworth, CV8 1NP
Tel: 01926 485 960
Email: graham.charlton@burgoynes.com
Academic and Professional Qualifications:
BSc Sussex University
MSc Fire Safety Engineering - Edinburgh University

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Experience

Graham joined Burgoynes in 1984 and became a Partner in 1990.  In 2003 Graham opened the Hong Kong office and returned to the UK in 2009.

Forensic Scientist 35 years, specialised in fire and explosion investigation from 1979 after being awarded MSc in Fire Safety Engineering by Edinburgh University. Involved in the investigation of more than 2000 fire/explosion incidents worldwide ranging from domestic premises to large industrial buildings and plant. Explosions have involved wide range of fuels including mains gas; petroleum spirit; process liquids and gases; landfill gas; dusts and IMO Dangerous Goods carried on ships. Provided advice on aspects of fire causation as well as factors that influenced the spread of fire beyond the premises of origin.

Undertaken investigations into fatal carbon monoxide poisonings involving faulty installation/maintenance of domestic gas appliances, reporting to HM Coroner.

Undertaken a wide variety of investigations on marine craft such as barges; yachts; trawlers and tugs but mainly on larger commercial ships such as general cargo; container and cruise ships; reefers; LNG tankers; oil tankers and supertankers. These incidents have originated in cargoes, engine rooms and accommodation spaces. Provided on-board advice on control and management of ‘live’ ship fires involving self-heating cargoes such as coal and various agricultural products. Given advice on contamination as well as care and carriage issues relating to many types of cargo; interpretation of IMDG CODE requirements. This work included overseeing vessel discharge and sampling cargoes, as well as interpretation of analytical laboratory results.

Given expert oral testimony in China as well as Civil and Criminal UK courts, Marine Tribunals & inquests.

Lectured at a range of venues both locally and internationally on aspects of fire and explosion investigation including to audiences such as Hong Kong Medico-Legal Society; Hong Kong Nautical Institute; Korean Gas Safety Corporation, Seoul; Taiwan Anti-Fraud Institute, Taipei and the International Union of Marine Insurers, Tokyo.

1972-1984 worked as a forensic chemist in the Home Office Forensic Science Service, UK as a scene-going, court-reporting officer. Trainer of junior forensic scientists, police officers and scenes of crime officers.

 

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