Dr Jon Burton, Alan Dobson & Michael Salau

Oracle Environmental Experts, QuestGates & BLM

Dr. Jon Burton (Oracle Environmental Experts)
Jon is the Managing Director of Oracle Environmental Experts Limited (OEE) and has almost 20 years’ experience in the environmental industry. OEE provide expert environmental services with the company’s core strength in the assessment of environmental impacts, risks and liabilities associated with pollution incidents and historically contaminated land. Prior to establishing OEE, Jon was Technical Director with a specialist oil spill response and remediation firm. As head of the Expert and Special Projects Team Jon provided technical support and advice on groundwater flow and contaminant transport, hydrocarbon investigation and remediation and human health and environmental risk assessment.

Jon is a former Chairman of the UK Spill Association, the trade association for the UK oil spill response and remediation industry. Jon has also been an independent assessor for the Spill Response Contractors Accreditation Scheme operated by the UK Spill Association, providing independent accreditation of the knowledge, experience and capabilities of spill response firms operating from the UK.

Jon is a Member and Chartered Scientist with CIWEM and is an Accredited Expert Water & Environment Witness through the Academy of Experts and CIWEM. Jon is also a member of the UK Environmental Law Association UKELA.

Alan Dobson (QuestGates)
Alan joined Questgates in 2003, and is a main board Director with operational responsibility for the Environmental Claims Division which provides a bespoke service dedicated to the management of Environmental claims.

Questgates is a leading independent specialist Loss Adjuster operating from a National network of 14 offices across the UK and also global via a network of International Partners.

Alan is a highly experienced Loss Adjuster and chartered Insurance Practitioner and recognised as a niche market professional in the area of environmental claims and related issues on a global basis. He has covered practically every aspect of environmental claims to include chemical, hydrocarbon, microbial and radioactive contamination incidents, both first and third party and regularly advises Insurers/ stakeholders in respect of Policy coverage and other related issues.

Michael Salau (BLM)
Michael Salau Heads BLM’s Construction and Environmental Group and advises employers, contractors, engineers, architects and quantity surveyors on construction law, practise and procedures. He spent some time on secondment with Ove Arup and also acts for several major insurers and their construction and environmental clients. Additionally, he advises on a variety of non-contentious matters and contract drafting.

As a member of the firm’s environmental group Michael also advises environmental consultants and companies on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious environmental issues. He is a member of the Society of Construction Law and the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association.

Michael is commended in the UK’s two legal directories; he is noted in the Legal 500 for his knowledge of environmental and waste liability issues and is described as being ‘tactically brilliant’ in respect of construction matters, and Chambers UK quotes clients as saying they are attracted by his ‘ability to give us peace of mind on any problem’ and that he has ‘pulled off some remarkable settlements for us’. Also, Michael is described as ‘highly approachable, with a mind like an engineer’.

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Environmental Claims Workshop

The workshop will cover key aspects in the handling of environmental claims and will explore incidents ranging from oil, chemical and slurry spills to major fire incidents. Using real examples the speakers will explore aspects relating to the response, investigation and remediation of these incidents, and will highlight how the costs associated with these incidents can be best managed. The seminar will also highlight the legal implications of not managing environmental risks covering recent environmental case law.


  • Carl Grice: Speaking at the Contamination Expo

    Carl Grice - Will Cloud Computing Improve the Site Investigation Process?

  • Jane Thomas: Speaking at the Contamination Expo

    Jane Thomas - Using real-world emissions data to understand air quality – a case study of 1200 vehicles

  • M. van den Brand: Speaking at the Contamination Expo

    M. van den Brand - Results of an ERH in-situ remediation Project in Belgium

  • Bav Thaker: Speaking at the Contamination Expo

    Bav Thaker - The Management of Contaminated Land – ‘A Radiological Perspective’

  • Quentin Hulm: Speaking at the Contamination Expo

    Quentin Hulm - A Case Study – Treatment of Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) in groundwater; Nuremberg Airport.