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Founded in the 1960s by Geoffrey Hunt with an initial focus on mechanical and electrical engineering and personal injury claims, Geoffrey Hunt & Partners has steadily expanded its areas of work. We now offer expertise in all manner of technical investigations including fire origin and cause investigation, explosion investigation, mechanical engineering and materials failures, electrical and electronic engineering faults and failures including electric shock and electrocution, transport claims, road traffic accident investigations, personal injury claims, fire protection engineering and associated building defects.

All of our investigators have a formal graduate level qualification with a number holding additional post-graduate qualifications and professional certifications. Disciplines include mechanical engineering, materials science, manufacturing, electrical and electronic engineering, fire engineering, building engineering, forensic science and engineering, and chemistry.

We investigate everything from small domestic losses to large multi-million pound commercial claims. We are particularly experienced in large losses, contractors’ liability and product liability, and have acquired specialist expertise in fire claims originating from 'white goods'.

Partners

Cliff Christie BSc CSci CChem FRSC MIFireE

Fire and explosion investigation; personal injury cases involving the safe use and control of chemicals in the workplace.

After 5 years with the Home Office Forensic Science Service, Cliff joined Geoffrey Hunt & Partners in 1990. Since then, Cliff has been involved in many of the most high profile fire investigations in the UK. He has given evidence in the Civil, Criminal and Coroners' Courts and at a Public Inquiry.

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Jan Graham BSc ACGI MSc DIC PhD

Investigation of materials and mechanical failures; failures of fire protection systems; investigation of fires and explosions; personal injury; road traffic accident reconstruction.

Jan began his career in 1985 at British Aerospace, completing his Graduate Apprenticeship in 1990. For the next 7 years he was a research associate at Imperial College in London. Jan joined Geoffrey Hunt & Partners in 1997.

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Eur Ing Michael Jones BSc FSSocDip CEng MIEE MIFireE

Fire and explosion investigation; electrical engineering.

Mike began his forensic career in 1990 with another forensic consultancy, leaving that practice in 1998 to establish an in-house Fire Investigation and Forensic Engineering service for a well known Loss Adjusting company. Mike joined Geoffrey Hunt & Partners in 2005.

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Associates

Stephen Tompsett MA PhD

Fire and explosion investigation; chemical incidents. After qualifying, Steve spent 4 years in chemical research and 7 years with another forensic consultancy before joining Geoffrey Hunt & Partners in 2003.

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Ken Roberts BEng MSc CEng MIET FRGS

Ken is a Chartered Electrical Engineer. He joined Geoffrey Hunt & Partners in 2012, having served for 22 years as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Ken specialises in fire investigation and electrical engineering with an emphasis on electrical faults and failures.

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Sam Greenwood BEng CEng FIFireE CBuildE FCABE MIFSM

Sam is a Chartered Fire Engineer and Chartered Building Engineer who joined Geoffrey Hunt & Partners in 2014. Sam started his professional career with McLarens Toplis as a Loss Adjuster in 1999 before moving to the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in 2001 where he was involved in many aspects of fire science including fire investigation, testing, training and research. At BRE, he acquired a detailed knowledge of the Approved Documents to the Building Regulations and served on a number of British Standard Technical Committees.

After leaving BRE in 2007, Sam was engaged in fire engineering consultancy, managing design for fire safety across a number of UK and international schemes in a wide range of sectors. At Geoffrey Hunt & Partners, Sam handles cases involving investigation into the causes of fires and explosions; fire spread issues, particularly in relation to building design and compliance with Building Regulations; fire protection system performance.

Sam is also City & Guilds qualified in Electrical Installation Competencies and Emergency Alarm Systems and investigates failures in intruder and fire detection systems.

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Leigh Williams BEng CEng MIET

Leigh is a Chartered Electrical Engineer who joined Geoffrey Hunt & Partners in 2017. With a background in engineering site operations and management, and 6 years with the HSE as a specialist inspector, Leigh has a wealth of experience in electrical safety and failure investigation.

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Thomas Robb BEng IEng MIMechE

Tom began his career in 2009 at National Grid, completing their Industrial Placement and Graduate Development Schemes. As a Technology Application Engineer he was a specialist in large asset management projects in the power industry. Tom started his career in Forensic Engineering in 2015 and joined Geoffrey Hunt & Partners in 2018 where he specialises in the investigation of materials and mechanical failures.

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Consultants

Dick Lipczynski BSc PhD MIEE

Electrical and electronic engineering including electric shock and electrocution; fire and explosion investigation; particular expertise in fires of electrical origin.

Dick joined Geoffrey Hunt & Partners in 1996 having spent the previous 20 years lecturing and carrying out research in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bath University.

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