Biology

Forensic Biology  Services

Forensic Access provides a range of services dependant on the requirements of our customers. We are able to examine exhibits to recover evidence of human contact. This evidence could be cellular material, deposited in the act of touching something, or a body fluid, such as blood, from which DNA can be obtained to produce DNA profiling information. Forensic DNA Profiling is often seen as the gold standard in the criminal justice system, being both highly discriminatory and extremely useful on almost all case types, including murder, sexual assault, burglary, and possession of illegal substances to name but a few.

We are also able to review evidence obtained by the prosecution and consider its accuracy and validity as well as whether the evidence has been interpreted correctly in the context of the case. This can identify areas of weakness or challenge, or suggest areas where further work is required in order to address issues within the case.

Not only do we have an extremely experienced team of knowledgeable experts, but our laboratories are accredited to (UKAS) ISO 17025 standards for body fluid testing and the examination of items and recovery of samples for DNA profiling. We routinely test for body fluids such as blood, semen, saliva and this enables us to conduct both initial examinations on as yet unexamined items, as well as further examinations for items that were previously examined by other scientists for the prosecution.

Moreover, our unique ability to work hand-in-hand with our in-house fingerprint and firearms teams means that we are perfectly placed to handle multi-disciplined cases. From arrival a single case strategy can be determined to ensure all aspects are considered, with a large quantity of work also being possible within DNA laboratory conditions, including some fingerprint techniques.

At Forensic Access we are not only capable of assisting with fingerprints, firearms and biology, we truly are a single Forensic Service Provider for multiple forensic requirements.

Not all casework requires (re)examination however, and our experts we be able to advise on the appropriate course of action, using the case information available to consider and investigate all issues, and ensure that a comprehensive independent evaluation is completed and you receive the impartial advice required.

 

Forensic Biology  Services

DNA Examination Examination of items and sampling for DNA profiling within our fully accredited laboratories

DNA Interpretation  The interpretation of DNA profiling results, either following our own examinations, or a review into the work conducted by other laboratories

Body Fluid Analysis  Screening and testing for a range of commonly encountered body fluids, including blood, saliva and semen

Blood Pattern Analysis BPA or Analysis of blood patterns, both on garments/items and at a scene, to aid in the overall evaluation of an incident

Joint Examinations A collaborative approach from the start, with our fingerprint and firearms teams in-house, and other networked experts available, ensuring no opportunities are overlooked and all applicable tests are conducted

Crime Scene Examination & Review Full crime scene examination and re-examination

Full Case Review Reviewing all or targeted aspects of the work conducted by other laboratories to enable a comprehensive independent evaluation

Cold Case Review Experienced scientists who have led the review of high profile and successful cold cases

Training & CPD Provision of short presentations and more in depth training packages in a wealth of topics

 

Forensic Biology Expertise

Forensic Access boasts a world-class team of forensic scientists operating in state-of-the-art facilities. All forensic work is carried-out to the highest Quality Standards (including ISO 17025) which is imperative when working with DNA and body fluids. Furthermore all activities, including our expert witness reports, are thoroughly documented and peer reviewed by a second competent scientist.

All defence work is handled by dedicated Casework Managers who provide end-to-end support and streamlining. They can facilitate direct access to our team of experts to ensure both barristers and solicitors alike not only get their questions answered efficiently and effectively, but they understand the issues of their case from a scientific standpoint, giving them scope to prepare a more effective defence strategy and challenge the evidence in the correct way.

 

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Expert Witnesses

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Forensic Scientist (Biology)

Clare Jarman

Clare Jarman

Forensic Scientist (Biology)

James Beard

James Beard

Forensic Scientist (Biology)

Damien Lyall

Damien Lyall

Forensic Scientist (Biology)