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Ian Griffiths

Ian Griffiths


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London Office, United Kingdom


Water/Oil Escapes, Fire & Explosion, Mechanical Engineering


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Academic and Professional Qualifications:

MEng Engineering - University of Cambridge


Ian’s degree studies were sponsored by Zeneca and, after graduating, he worked for AstraZeneca as a Technical Support Engineer. Ian’s responsibilities included the maintenance of foam sprinkler and deluge systems, gas and smoke detection systems, as well as the commissioning of a new site SCADA fire alarm system. Ian joined Burgoynes as an Associate in 2004 and became a Partner in 2014.

Ian has conducted investigations of over 700 incidents, including fires, explosions, mechanical failures and personal injuries. He has undertaken investigations in domestic, commercial and industrial environments, both in the UK and overseas. He has investigated fires involving domestic electrical appliances, electricity distribution equipment, batteries, catering equipment, combustion appliances, cars, heavy goods vehicles, passenger carrying vehicles, industrial plant, hot work and arson. He has also investigated the cause of gas explosions in domestic and industrial premises, as well as providing advice in relation to carbon monoxide poisoning. High profile incidents that he has investigated include the fire on the Cutty Sark in 2007 and the fire on Eastbourne Pier in 2014. Ian has investigated engineering incidents involving failures of pipework, pressure vessels and associated control systems, often leading to escapes of water or oil. Ian has also investigated personal injuries arising from mechanical failures.

Ian has provided expert opinion for both criminal and civil litigation, and he has presented expert testimony in the High Court.