Call us on 0191 332 4999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements. We usually ask to see case papers in order to advise on what work can be done and to prepare an accurate estimate of costs.
Yes, we routinely work with private individuals, not just lawyers. Rest assured, your enquiry will be treated in the strictest confidence. Irrespective of who instructs us, as experts with a duty to the court, we aim to offer an impartial service.
Yes, of course! We feel it is essential that you can discuss your instructions directly with an expert, clarify early on what can or can’t be done within the available funding and discuss the case and any new evidence as it progresses. Our casework logistics team will be able to update you regarding arrangements for site visits or examinations and when the report will be completed.
If you need to deliver an exhibit or urgent case papers, please telephone to make an appointment to visit the Durham or Huntingdon office.
WHERE WE WORK
KBC’s main office is in Durham. There is a satellite office in Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire) and a number of scientists work remotely from locations around the UK.
Yes. We routinely work in England & Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and are familiar with the court systems in each jurisdiction. We can also work further afield, for example in the British Overseas Territories.
FEES, PAYMENTS AND TURNAROUND TIMES
There are different fee structures for Criminal, Civil and Privately funded work. Please contact us for up to date prices. Our work is usually billed on an hourly basis, with attendance at court charged on a daily or part-daily basis.
Yes. The latest Legal Aid rates (England and Wales) for experts can be found HERE.
Turnaround times depend on the type of work undertaken. The time we quote will be from the date Legal Aid or other funding is approved. For example, BAC calculation reports can usually be done within a matter of days, whereas the Digital Forensics team may require several weeks’ or months’ notice, depending on the complexity of the case and their other commitments. Please contact us for up to date information.
In privately funded cases, we ask for payment to be made before any work is carried out. We understand that solicitors in Legal Aid cases will submit their bill at the end of a case and payment will be made after that. Debt collection is the responsibility of the Accounts team based at Durham.
SECURITY, CONFIDENTIALITY, PRIVACY
Yes, all staff are security cleared before commencing their employment with Keith Borer Consultants. Staff are also subject to Non-PoliceVetting Level 3 during their employment.
KBC maintains a detailed computerised record of all items and exhibits held in our secure store. This includes details of when and where they were taken for examination. It can be produced for court purposes, to demonstrate continuity of evidence, should this be required. The store is audited regularly.
Yes. We often receive instructions from the police or Crown Prosecution Service. These can be unusual requests at the peculiar and sometimes difficult end of the spectrum, where lateral thinking and the design of specific testing are required. Such work is often outside of standard contracts which police forces have with their normal suppliers of forensic services. We are listed in the National Crime Agency Expert Advisers’ Database.
Yes, we regularly visit:
police stations or forensic laboratories to examine exhibits, test results and casefiles
accident loci to take measurements, photographs and video footage
prisons or solicitors’ offices to photograph individuals for imagery comparisons
Yes. We are able to apply scientific method to unusual enquiries and devise rigorous testing, if necessary. If none of our experts are suitably qualified to deal with your instructions, we will help you try to find one who is.
No. We have in-house laboratories for some testing and a network of suppliers who can undertake testing on our behalf. All our suppliers are checked so we can be sure their work is of the highest quality.
Yes. At our laboratory in Durham we have the ability to examine exhibits for the presence of blood, semen and saliva and to recover samples for subsequent DNA profiling at our nominated testing laboratory. We can also recover DNA samples from items to determine who may have been in contact with them, so called ‘handler’ or ‘touch DNA samples.
Depending on the nature of the item it may be possible to test for both DNA and fingerprints. For example, the smooth surfaces of a knife handle may be suitable for fingerprint treatments while any grooves or hatched designs can be swabbed for DNA recovery. Alternatively, some items may be more suitable for DNA recovery than fingerprinting. At our Durham facility we have the ability to carry out a joint examination of an exhibit whereby a fingerprint expert and DNA expert examine the item together to determine what testing is most appropriate to address your particular question and achieve the best evidence in the case.
For non-criminal, private matters we can carry out testing of clothing, underwear etc, for the presence of semen. However, the Human Tissue Act 2004 precludes us from carrying out DNA profiling to determine the source of any semen detected. This is because where it is suspected that semen from another man may be present on a garment, we would not have the consent of that person to DNA profile their biological material.
The Forensic Science Regulator has set out Codes of Practice and Conduct relating to different areas of forensic evidence. The method of demonstrating compliance with the Codes for most of the scientific disciplines is through accreditation to ISO 17025, ISO 17020 or ISO 15189. Keith Borer Consultants is actively extending the scope of its accreditation to cover a broad spectrum of services. Click on the logo (in the website footer) to see our current accreditation.
The majority of our work is office-based, rather than laboratory-based, so there are limited opportunities for work experience or student placements. Please email your enquiry to email@example.com in the first instance and it will be considered.
If you are considering a career at Keith Borer Consultants and want to find out more about working here, who better to hear it from than our current employees?
We are a “good, honest, hardworking bunch”, with a “diversity of backgrounds and skills”.
This is “a relaxed and supportive working environment”. We are “encouraged to contribute new ideas, get involved in the wider business” (such as marketing or quality) and are “appreciated and rewarded” for doing so.
As scientists, working from home:
“There is no micro-management – we are allowed to work as professionals, with trust and appreciation.” Our remote workers get “great support from the office” and are “able to plan and manage” their own day and workload.
“I don’t feel isolated, despite working remotely from home.” KBC is a big company and offers much in terms of admin, accounts, quality, IT and marketing support.
“What struck me on joining KBC was the professionalism and quality assurance. I worked for a long time in the public sector and I haven’t regretted the move for a single minute.”
“As an expert instructed by the defence, I often receive far more information about a case than I did when working in the prosecution arena.” This makes cases “more interesting” and allows our scientists “to get as close to the scientific truth as possible”.
Collaboration with other experts in the firm is “really good” – “having someone peer review my work adds extra confidence” that we are getting the science right.
“Having encountered many ‘defence’ experts from KBC during my time at the FSS, I knew that there was a tradition of fairness, honesty and impartiality. That definitely attracted me to the firm.”
The work is “varied and interesting”, meaning scientists can “draw on existing skills and also develop into new areas”.
As scientists, office based:
“I lived near the office and the job sounded interesting – it was a practical, hands-on and human application of my scientific knowledge.”
Despite being part of a larger organisation, KBC “still feels like a family business” and the atmosphere is “relatively informal”.
“The breadth and depth of experience we have is of great benefit. You can discuss a case with colleagues in your field or inter-department.”
The length of time people have been with the company “speaks volumes”. “For me, the job is still interesting, 20 years on.”
As a casework logistics administrator:
“My role is varied and always busy.” Admin don’t just spend all day copy typing!