Examiners’ Profiles


The Radley Forensic Document Laboratory 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 13,000 cases, with cases emanating from all over the world. Our Practice has one of the most extensive reference libraries on the subject in the UK.

Ellen RadleyEllen is Robert's daughter and trained directly under him to become a co-examiner at the Laboratory. She holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course, both with Commendation, at the College of Law from 2000-2002.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and worked for a Legal 500 firm. She subsequently accepted a position at another law firm as a senior supervising solicitor and obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2009.

Following a successful career in law, Ellen joined the Radley Forensic Document Laboratory in 2012. She completed her two year training apprenticeship on a one to one basis with Robert, adopting the training criteria as outlined by ASTM International and SWGDOC. She also attended the training workshop of The American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, in Canada.

She accepts instructions in both civil and criminal matters and provides reports adhering to the Civil and Criminal Procedure Rules. She has been instructed by numerous firms of solicitors, The Crown Prosecution Service, companies, hospitals, Councils, schools etc. She is experienced in the preparation of joint reports and appointments as a Single Joint Expert.

Ellen's work in forensic document examination includes signature and handwriting identification, ESDA (ElectroStatic Document Analysis), ESDA Sequencing, non destructive ink analyses (infrared luminescence and reflectance), identification of thermochromic inks, obliterations, alterations, erasures, printing defects, non destructive paper examination for identification and comparison, document manipulations, font identification (and dating of the same), photocopy identification, identification of mass alterations (e.g. examination scripts) etc.

Ellen is the co-author with Robert and Dr Audrey Giles of the paper presented to the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners entitled "Conclusion Terminology and Scales in the United Kingdom" in Hawaii, USA, in 2014. She researched, wrote and presented a paper in Toronto, Canada, in 2015, to the American Society entitled “A Study of Thermochromic Inks”.

She has contributed a section on Forensic Document Examination to a Law Society publication and has delivered lectures on the subject to various legal bodies and leading London Solicitors.

Ellen is a Member of the Academy of Experts and an Affiliate of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Given her professional background, Ellen is well accustomed to working closely with both solicitors and Counsel and has addressed Courts on hundreds of occasions during her career in law.

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

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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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