PERCEPTIVE ANALYSES OF THE MOST COMPLEX CASES IN FORENSIC CHEMISTRY
FORENSIC EXPERT WITNESS SERVICES
TOXICOLOGY AND EXPLOSIVES IN 2022
Dr John Douse
BA, MA, D.Phil (Oxford), FRSC, FCSFS, F ChromSoc, MEWI, MIExpE.
We continue to be instructed at the highest level in 2022, and the Pandemic Years have provided us with the most successful achievements to date, despite the extreme circumstances.
Toxicological Highlights have been: instruction in a number of high quantum criminal, commercial and family law cases involving: Carbon Monoxide (aircraft mid-air collision), Arsenic contamination of a family residence, Flunitrazepam (a case v The Sun Newspaper), Ricin and plant toxins, Fatal Hydrogen Sulphide drain emission, accusation of international assassination with Hydrogen Cyanide, Mustard and Nerve Chemical Agents, a potential 9 figure quantum Botulinum Toxin case, correctly championing the Watson’s Total Body Water ethanol back calculation method, and a number of other fascinating instructions (e.g. cocaine in hair abstinence washout), and where we have been able to rapidly assist the Court.
Explosive Highlights have been: involvement in the Salvage of the hazardous materials carrier MS Bow Diamond (500 Tonnes of spilt TNT and RDX, with the potential to repeat the Beirut Incident), absolving an explosives firm from both a potential 8 figure quantum fine and also the need to relocate abroad, successfully resolving a fiendishly difficult fireworks accident case involving a hypervelocity projectile discharged into spectators, a TATP video, a World War II “Bomb” Explosion, and a range of other complex explosive cases, such as involving: improvised propellant rocket motors, explosives manufacture, unofficial instruction manuals, and a case which revealed copious nine-year old deposits of liquid nitroglycerine on laboratory glassware at the defence inspection!
We are privileged to continue our fascinating forensic scientific Odyssey!
Our approach to casework involves: 36 years of forensic and 43 years of scientific (ex-Oxford) expertise, experience of over 380 cases, and painstaking investigational technique, involving leaving no scientific or circumstantial evidential detail unconsidered.
If you feel that such an approach may be able to assist your client’s case (large or small) (legal aid or private), please contact us for an initial free consultation.
We are pioneering new, highly effective, 21st Century methods, for the purpose of providing incisive reports in the field of the Forensic Expert Investigation of Cases involving all aspects of Toxicology, Toxins (eg. Thallium, Ricin, Insulin), Drugs, DNA, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, Gunshot Residue, and a wide range of other aspects of Forensic Chemistry such as Chemical Warfare Agents, Dyes,
We achieve this through a unique combination of the thorough and exhaustive investigation of the Scientific Evidence, Circumstantial Evidence, and also by carrying out a general Forensic investigation of all aspects of evidence and scenes. This approach frequently provides a different interpretation to the usual simple check that tries to show that that the prosecution has carried out the analyses correctly; or the usual investigation which involves a limited number of experts who adhere very closely to very narrow specialities, and where interconnecting areas of evidence are frequently overlooked.
This more sophisticated approach frequently is decisive in obtaining favourable outcomes for defendants in the most complex, demanding and serious cases.
Our experience involves pioneering research in our specialist fields that include the development of many of the analytical methods and quality control methods used worldwide.
Unique practical experience in areas such as explosives, improvised explosives, chemical warfare, survival, and firearms during 25 years service in the UK Army reserve (including a period as a special forces (reserve) regimental demolition instructor also underpin our expertise in many matters.
Expert Witness Services 2019
FORENSIC EXPERT OF THE YEAR 2018
FORENSIC EXPERT WITNESS
Forensic Expert Witness Services 2016
LAWYER MONTHLY MAGAZINE
(AS A RESULT OF A POLL OF 100,000 SOLICITORS AND BARRISTERS IN THE UK).
• Laboratory reanalyses and trials.
• Perceptive analysis of the most
• Report Preparation.
• Court Reporting of Results.
• Research into Novel Techniques
of Forensic Chemical Trace Analysis.
We carry out continuing fundamental forensic research using our own funds, in order to provide new improved techniques that can provide answers in the most complicated and demanding forensic scenarios. In many cases we have pioneered, developed and published the techniques and quality control procedures used to obtain evidence, and as a result have an unassailable proven superior expertise in these areas.