Mike Scott-Ham - Toxicology Expert

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Mike Scott-Ham Toxicology Expert

With more than 30 years experience in forensic science, including 20 years in forensic toxicology and 10 years in forensic drugs work Mike is well-placed to provide advice on many aspects of forensic casework involving drugs and alcohol.

He has dealt with many high-profile cases during his career and appeared in courts on many hundreds of occasions.

He has co-authored several peer-reviewed papers including contributions on casework findings in ‘so-called ‘date-rape’ (Drug-facilitated Sexual Assault, DFSA) and drugs and driving cases.

He has many professional memberships including, the Royal Society of Medicine, and is a committee member of the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists  (UKIAFT)

Recently he was invited to join an Expert Panel advising the Home Office and Department for Transport on drugs and driving matters.

He has attended and lectured at international conferences and has delivered training to a wide range of professionals including police officers, the Crown Prosecution Service and medical personnel to raise awareness of requirements for good forensic toxicology submissions and thereby promote ‘best practice’.

He had an attachment to the Abu Dhabi Police Forensic Science Laboratory toxicology Section to prepare them for ISO 17025 accreditation which was successfully achieved.

Prior to closure of the Forensic Science Service Mike was the Principal Scientist for Toxicology with overall responsibility for quality of work in a forensic toxicology laboratory with a wide scope of ISO 17025 accreditation and with a large team of well-trained forensic toxicologists.

Mike is a reviewer for Forensic Science International and the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine and recently peer-reviewed ‘Guidelines for the Forensic analysis of drugs facilitating sexual assault and other criminal acts’ for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

He undertakes a wide variety of casework, mainly for solicitors and insurance companies, including drugs supply and possession, simple and complex criminal toxicology, coroners toxicology, high-profile casework, drink driving, drugs driving, alcohol technical defence. He also performs casework and training for overseas customers and has trained forensic toxicologists working in the private sector in the UK.

Mike has been involved in many high profile cases including the unmasking of a bogus defence “expert” representing motorists in alcohol technical defence cases. Far more seriously, when investigated, the so-called “expert” was found to have also been working as a medical practitioner without qualifications and had been involved in intimate examinations of young females. He was convicted at the Old Bailey of numerous offences and placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

Another complex and high profile case involved a male A&E nurse at a Surrey hospital who was taking female patients into side rooms, administering sedatives to render them unconscious and subsequently sexually assaulting them. A previous victim, a work colleague, died. He was found guilty of manslaughter and several rape/sexual assaults and received seven life sentences. The BBC aired a TV programme about the case.

Further details can be found at Mike’s Linkedin profile

Mike can be contacted at:

mikescottham@principalforensicservices.com