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Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton


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Kenilworth Office, United Kingdom


Chemistry, Fire & Explosion, Marine & Cargo


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Academic and Professional Qualifications:

BSc Sussex University
MSc Fire Safety Engineering - Edinburgh University


Graham worked for 12 years as a Forensic Chemist in the Home Office Forensic Science Service. He then joined Burgoynes in 1984 and became a Partner in 1990. In 2003, Graham opened the Hong Kong office before returning to the UK in 2009.

Graham has investigated over 2000 fires and explosions across the world. He has investigated explosions involving a wide range of fuels, such as mains gas, petroleum spirit, process liquids and gases, landfill gas, dusts and IMO Dangerous Goods carried on ships. He also investigated fatal carbon monoxide poisonings involving the faulty installation and maintenance of domestic gas appliances. His marine investigations have taken place on barges, yachts, trawlers and tugs, but mainly on larger commercial ships, such as general cargo, reefers, ferries, ¬container and cruise ships, LNG tankers, oil tankers and supertankers. Graham has also advised on live maritime incidents involving hazardous cargoes and major cargo fires.

Graham has given expert oral testimony in China and Korea, as well as in civil and criminal courts, Marine Tribunals and inquests in the UK. He lectured overseas on fire and explosion investigations to audiences including the Hong Kong Medico-Legal Society, the Hong Kong Nautical Institute, the Korean Gas Safety Corporation, Seoul, the Taiwan Anti-Fraud Institute, Taipei and the International Union of Marine Insurers, Tokyo.