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.   Robert Radley MSc, C Chem, FRSC, FCSFS, FSSoc Dip, FAE, RFP was the principal for over 40 years.  His daughter, Ellen Radley, has now taken over the Practice but Robert remains as a Consultant.  The Laboratory has been consulted in over 14,600 cases, with work emanating from all over the world.

Robert RadleyRobert Radley was awarded the status of Registered Forensic Practitioner in 2004, re-awarded 2008, specialising exclusively in this field by The Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners.  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 Sciences, a Fellow of the Academy of Experts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (by whom he was awarded the Albert Osborn Award of Excellence in 2020).  He 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 attended both in this country and abroad.  He has been on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Forensic Document Examiners.

Instructions are received from all over the world.  These generally relate to the areas of signature authentication and/or handwriting identification whilst other casework dealt with on a routine basis includes non-destructive instrumental analysis of inks (and if necessary chemical analysis), alterations, document manipulation, erasures, typewriting/printing, writing impressions in documents (ESDA), photocopy examinations, paper, dating queries, etc.

Robert has undertaken single joint expert training and regularly dealt 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.

The laboratory is extensively equipped with instrumentation for the forensic examination of documents together with specialised photographic facilities that may be required in such cases.  The Practice has one of the best libraries in the country concerning handwriting and document examination including a vast collection of scientific papers.

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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