Examiners’ Profiles

BA, Pg Dip (Law), MAE, MCSFS

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.   Ellen Radley has taken over the Practice from her father, Robert Radley MSc, C.Chem, FRSC, FCSFS, FSSoc Dip, FAE, RFP.  Robert is now a Consultant in the Practice.  The Laboratory has been consulted in over 14,300 cases, emanating from all over the world and has one of the most extensive reference libraries on forensic document examination in the UK.

Ellen RadleyEllen 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.  During her legal career she worked for a Legal 500 firm and worked as a senior supervising solicitor.  She obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2009.

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 ASQDE (American Society of Questioned Document Examiners) in Canada.

She accepts instructions in both civil and privately funded 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, microscopy), identification of thermochromic inks, deciphering 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 author/co-author of the following papers presented to meetings of Forensic Document Examiners:

"Conclusion Terminology and Scales in the United Kingdom" (with Robert Radley and Dr Audrey Giles) meeting of the ASQDE, Hawaii, USA, 2014

“A Study of Thermochromic Inks”, meeting of the ASQDE, Toronto, Canada, 2015

“My Text in Your Handwriting – Computer Synthesised Handwriting” (with Robert Radley) meeting of the ASQDE, San Diego, USA, 2017

“A Short Term Dating Effect for Ballpoint Pen Inks”, meeting of the ASQDE, Utah, USA, 2018

“The Availability of the Calibri Type Font Prior to Its Commercial Release” (with Robert Radley) meeting of the ASQDE, Utah, USA, 2018

She has contributed a section on Forensic Document Examination to a Law Society publication and has delivered lectures on the subject to a number of leading firms of Solicitors as well as to various legal bodies and associations (including ACTAPS, the Chancery Bar Association etc).

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

Ellen has experience of giving evidence overseas and in Courts in the UK.  Further, she 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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