Examiners’ Profiles


Our Practice is the longest established independent laboratory in the UK dealing with the forensic examination of handwriting and documents. It was founded over 50 years ago and has always had an international reputation. The current Principal is Robert Radley MSc, C Chem, FRSC, FCSFS, FSSoc Dip, FAE, RFP. The Laboratory has been consulted in over 12,600 cases, with work emanating from all over the world.

Robert Radley

Robert was awarded the status of Registered Forensic Practitioner in 2004, re-awarded 2008, specialising exclusively in this field. He holds the Degrees of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Science in Forensic Science. He also holds the Diploma of the Forensic Science Society in Document Examination and is a Chartered Chemist.

Robert is a Fellow of The Chartered Society of Forensic Science, an active member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners and is also a Fellow of the Academy of Experts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He successfully completed the Assessors Course for the Council of the Registration of Forensic Practitioners and was an examiner for the Forensic Science Society for 12 years with respect to their Diploma in Document Examination.

Robert has been instructed by a large number of solicitors in this country and abroad as well as all major clearing Banks in England and many other Banks and solicitors worldwide. Other clients include insurance and finance companies, Local Government Authorities, Trading Standards Departments, the British Armed Forces, various Building Societies, The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, the CPS and SFO, the US Department of Justice and a wide variety of private and public companies.

He has written numerous papers on a variety of aspects of questioned document examination and has presented these to scientific meetings which he regularly attends both in this country and abroad. He has been on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Forensic Document Examiners.

He has undertaken single joint expert training and regularly deals with such cases.

He has given evidence on several hundred occasions in the courts throughout the UK, Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Cyprus, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Gibraltar, Malta, South Africa, Kenya, Canada, Trinidad and the British Virgin Islands.

All work undertaken by the laboratory is peer reviewed within the Practice to ensure accuracy and reliability.

What We Offer

We offer a free of charge:

  • Estimate of likely costs 
  • Initial brief discussion of the case with potential instructing solicitors over the telephone
  • Outline of other potential examinations that may be available to extract the maximum evidence from the documents available

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For a number of practical and ethical reasons, instruction is not taken from private individuals, only from members of the legal profession, law enforcement agencies, banks, companies etc

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