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About Hawkins

Hawkins is a well-established and respected firm specialising in forensic investigation and root cause analysis for the insurance, legal and risk management professions.

We are a growing company, currently with offices in key locations around the United Kingdom & Ireland and offices in Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore, with an ever increasing number of experts covering many disciplines. Our forensic scientists and engineers investigate a wide range of losses including fires, explosions, accidents and engineering problems. Visit our Expertise page for more information on the disciplines we cover.

If you think you might have the need for an investigator, you can contact us for a free consultation to discuss how best we can support you.



Our team of expert forensic scientists and consulting engineers can advise, investigate, and assist at any stage of an incident, as well as provide ongoing support and guidance for the future.  Our expertise covers a vast number of specialist areas including:

Built Environment

Our 20+ team of built environment experts includes a core group of civil and structural engineers together with experts in architecture, geotechnical engineering, flooding & hydrology, fire engineering, and acoustics.

Cyber, Digital & Technology

As the world continuously strives to become ever more digital, it brings with it the requirement for appropriately qualified and experienced experts who are able to investigate and report on the technologies, their infrastructure and their data.


Engineering losses are perhaps the most complex to categorise, ranging as they do from mechanical breakdown to product liability, and from structural failures to electrical malfunctions. We are experienced in investigating losses in all the categories listed below.

Fire & Explosions

At the heart of fire and explosion investigations is the interpretation of patterns of fire damage, and the consideration of other physical evidence. Hawkins’ investigators are highly experienced in piecing together the varied aspects of physical evidence to uncover the seat or seats of a fire.


Hawkins has established a highly qualified team of scientists and engineers who can provide assistance with a wide range of marine incidents ranging from fire and explosion investigations, cargo problems and advice on dangerous goods, through to materials failure analysis and corrosion on board.

Materials, Chemistry & Biology

Our diverse range of skills and expertise spans across material failures, chemistry and contamination to plant pathology. We can identify why a material failed, how an incident occurred and determine root cause such as human error, a design or manufacturing flaw, poor material specifications or process implementation....

Personal injury

At Hawkins, we have the experience and expertise to consider and analyse each of the factors that contribute to a personal injury incident. Our services include pre-loss risk management to identify potential risks, forensic investigation following an incident, through to post-loss advice to reduce the risk of recurrence and improve processes. ...

Power & Energy

Hawkins' power experts have experience of forensically investigating losses worldwide on a wide range of power generation equipment from traditional thermal and nuclear power plants through to wind, hydro and solar generation as well as emerging technologies such as battery and flywheel installations. ...

Road Traffic Collisions

Hawkins has the largest group of Road Traffic Collision investigators in the UK, including some forensic engineers with over 30 years’ experience.

View and download our brochures

Take a look at our brochures to find out more about the range of expertise within the team.

If you would like further information, get in touch with us for a free consultation today.

Why Hawkins?

Hawkins is an industry leader with proven expertise and practical experience, married with a real awareness of our clients’ needs.  

Rapid Response

  • 24/7 availability
  • Early site visit
  • Prompt reporting

Quality Service

  • A specialist team of forensic engineers and scientists
  • Proven expertise and practical experience together with a rigorous peer review system

Breadth & Depth

  • Over 120 impartial experts across an international network of offices
  • Over 60 different areas of specialism

Commercial Awareness

  • A range of services to suit your needs
  • Combining successful outcomes with cost sensitivity


“Clients come back to Hawkins because of our honesty and integrity.  Our subject matter experts have sound technical knowledge and expertise, married with a real commercial awareness of what our clients need.  Hawkins provides a rapid response, giving timely, accurate advice and communication of the evidence in a way our clients can act upon.”

Dr Andrew Prickett, Managing Director, Hawkins

Accreditations and Awards

Our ISO 9001 certification covers UK (Excl Belfast), Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore operations.  You can view our certification here.

Upcoming Events

Latest news

Hawkins were delighted to host clients and colleagues at our recent drinks and networking evening which took place at Lennan’s Yard in Dublin. The event was held to mark the launch of Hawkins’ new Dublin office and provided an opportunity for new and existing clients to meet the Hawkins Dublin team.
Aviva clients visited Hawkins Glasgow for a 'Forensic Fun Day.' Hawkins investigators, Jon Watkins, Christabel Evans and Tom Peat presented on construction incidents, plumbing failures, and water leak investigations. The fun day included a hands-on plumbing exercise, and a pipework assembly challenge.
Materials Expert Sophie Parsons recently presented at ICIC 2024, she discussed how social media posts related to cargo claims can be eye-catching, but also contentious at times. Questioning whether forensic experts should rise to these posts and engage in discussions or not.

Latest Insights

Maintenance includes preventative routine actions such as cleaning, lubrication, inspection, and thorough examination. It includes corrective actions when a fault is detected or a break-down occurs such as repairs, replacing parts or clearing blockages.
Advancements in digital media offer vast data for analysis but pose challenges. Computers excel in processing large data volumes, surpassing human limitations. Integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Computer Vision (CV) techniques like Optical Flow Tracking, Pose Estimation, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) bridges this gap. Hawkins leverages CV for objective analysis, enhancing investigations in personal injuries, collisions, and structural failures.