OUR EXPERTISE

We provide a wide range of forensic investigation and root cause analysis services including pre-loss risk management, forensic investigation, expert witness services and post-loss advice. Our expertise covers each of the areas below.

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Expertise

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.

Crime & Fraud

Any of our areas of expertise can be applied to criminal cases if needed. Our diverse experience of investigating criminal activity includes arson, murder and fraud.

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

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.

Marine

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. ...

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.

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 100 impartial experts across an international network of offices
  • Over 50 different areas of specialism

Commercial Awareness

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

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