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Forensic Document Services Limited (FDS)

4 Chiltern Court
37 St Peter's Avenue
Caversham
Reading
RG4 7DH

Contact Person: Mr Michael Handy
Phone: 020 7583 9962
Occupation: Forensic Document Examiners

Forensic Document Services Limited is equipped with sophisticated instrumentation to carry out techniques used in the forensic examination of documents. All techniques employed are non-invasive.

Civil and Criminal related work is undertaken and areas covered include -

  • • Commercial/Employment Litigation
  • • Banking
  • • Probate
  • • Professional/Medical Negligence
  • • Shipping
  • • Intellectual Property

Clients include -

  • • UK/International Law Firms
  • • Local/Central Government Agencies
  • • UK/International Financial Services Organisations
  • • Private and Public Companies

The laboratory is based in a secure office with a fire resisting document safe for storage.

Matters are dealt with in strict confidence. Estimates provided on request. Legal Aid work undertaken.

A number of sophisticated techniques are employed and expertise in the following areas provided:

  • Handwriting - scientific comparison to establish whether or not writings were   made by the same person
  • Signatures - comparison to determine genuine or forgery
  • Detection of indented impressions by the ESDA technique -  to establish a link between documents/find evidence regarding a document’s ‘history’
  • Dating - examination/comparison to determine whether a document was prepared on a purported date/period in time
  • Establish the sequence of writings
  • Decipherment of alterations, erasures, additions and obliterations
  • Typescript - comparison to identify common machine/printer
  • Examination of forged/counterfeit documents
  • Comparison of inks by Video Spectral Comparator
  • Examination/comparison of watermarks, postmarks and stamped impressions
  • Reassemble torn, damaged or shredded documents
  • Determine whether photocopied documents were produced on the same machine and/or specific machine