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Peter Cook

Peter Cook


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Stevenage Office, United Kingdom


Chemistry, Fire & Explosion, Marine & Cargo


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Academic and Professional Qualifications:

Grad.R.I.C Chemistry – Royal Institute of Chemistry
MSc Analytical Chemistry - University of London
CSci Chartered Scientist
CChem Chartered Chemist
MRSC Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
MIFireE Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers


After several years in the chemical and allied industries, Peter spent 9 years working with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory at Scotland Yard where he eventually specialised in fire investigation. He joined Burgoynes in 1980 as an Associate and became a Partner in 1985. He then moved to Singapore to open Burgoynes’ first overseas office, before returning to the UK in 1990.

Since joining Burgoynes, Peter has investigated fires, explosions and hazardous chemical incidents, both land-based and marine, in the UK and overseas. On land, Peter has investigated major incidents involving chemical and petro-chemical plants and large industrial and commercial premises, as well as smaller incidents involving domestic premises and household appliances. His marine investigations include fires, explosions, missile strikes, spontaneous heating and hazardous cargo incidents, occurring on a wide range of vessels from VLCCs to general cargo and passenger ships. These marine incidents have involved crude oil and other petroleum products, refined bulk chemicals, unstable and toxic chemicals, pesticides, and containerised and solid bulk cargoes. Peter has also advised on live maritime incidents involving hazardous cargoes and major cargo fires.

Peter has given expert testimony in both civil and criminal courts, and to official enquiries in the UK, Ireland, Germany, in various Far Eastern jurisdictions, Russia, Nigeria and Malta, and in marine arbitrations in the UK and overseas.