BSc (Hons) Chemistry University of Birmingham
CChem Chartered Chemist
MRSC Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
MCSFS Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
Justin joined Hawkins in 2012 after a career spanning over 21 years in the Forensic Science Service (FSS). He was a Principal Forensic Scientist with the FSS and acted as an expert witness in a wide range of criminal cases involving murder, attempted murder, arson, rape, robbery, firearms offences, burglary and criminal damage. He was the National Scientific Lead for Fire Investigation and was responsible for scientific standard setting in Case Assessment and Interpretation.
From 1999 to 2006 he was a Specialist Advisor in the Major Crime Service where he formulated forensic strategy, trained Senior Investigating Officers and reviewed cold cases. He also advised senior police officers in the Caribbean on undetected murder cases.
He has acted as an expert witness to the Criminal Justice System in cases involving glass, paint, fibres, footwear marks, tool marks, particulates, accelerants and fire/explosion investigation. He has presented evidence on many occasions in Magistrates' Court, Crown Court, at Coroner's Inquests and at the Appeal Court.
He is experienced in ISO 17025 accreditation and a scientific auditor.
Justin joined Hawkins as a fire and explosion investigator and specialises in domestic and commercial incidents.