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Danny Pointon

Danny Pointon

Partner

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Location:

Glasgow Office, United Kingdom

Expertise:

Water/Oil Escapes, Fire & Explosion, Marine & Cargo, Personal Injury

Email:

danny.pointon@burgoynes.com

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Academic and Professional Qualifications:

MA (Cantab) Natural Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) - Cambridge University
CPhys Chartered Physicist
MInstP Member Institute of Physics
MIFireE Member Institution of Fire Engineers

Experience:

While studying at the University of Cambridge, Danny performed original research on impact ballistics and high speed material failures. This work was funded by both military and commercial end-products users. After a brief period of teaching physics at Dulwich College, London, Danny joined Burgoynes in 1991. He worked in the Singapore office from 1993 until 1996 before transferring to the Glasgow office and becoming a Partner in 1999.

On land, Danny has investigated losses arising from fires, explosions, water leaks, chemical spillages, mechanical failures, road traffic accidents and burglary plus numerous personal injury cases. He has also been involved in marine cases. These have included the investigation of fires and explosions in machinery spaces, accommodation areas and cargo tanks and holds, and have involved vessels at sea and in dockyards. Advice has also been given to Owners, P&I Clubs and Salvors on the likely outcome of salvage incidents, for the purposes of arbitration. Danny has provided advice and supervision during the extinguishment and control of fires in cargoes including direct reduced iron (DRI), coal, fishmeal and mixed hazardous cargoes. He has advised on the causes of cargo contamination in various materials. Danny has also provided technical advice regarding the causes of various asphyxiation cases within cargo tanks and other confined spaces.

Danny has given evidence in civil, criminal and Coroners’ Courts both in the UK and in Singapore. He has lectured to the UK Institution of Fire Engineers, and on the University of Dundee’s Fire Investigation Course on fire investigation techniques, with special reference to electrical causes of fire. He has also lectured on fire investigation techniques and general forensic techniques to various police forces, fire brigades and other organisations within the UK.