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Experienced Private Investigation…

First established in 1977 as a specialist detective agency, Research Associates has evolved into a multi-faceted private intelligence and forensic investigation group that handles everything from debtor tracing and matrimonial cases to corporate fraud, blackmail and surveillance. In addition to a core team of highly experienced detectives, Research Associates boasts a formidable network of multinational and multi-disciplined experts, resulting in a global reach to investigations and a reputation as one of the best private detective agencies in the world.

Forensic Private Investigation & Intelligence Service

For more than 40 years we’ve provided simple investigative solutions to complex problems for our clients, with a well earned reputation for delivering results. The highly professional, discreet and focused manner in which we conduct investigations has led to a recognition of Research Associates as one of the best private investigation and intelligence agencies in the world today. For a completely confidential, no obligation discussion of your situation with one of our experienced private detectives, please get in touch using the contact information below

Outstanding Quality of Service Since 1977

Research Associates have a wealth of industry knowledge and experience and provides an unrivalled level of customer service, including:

  • Highly experienced and professional investigators.
  • Accessing legal, open source intelligence.
  • Investigation utilising both state-of-the-art and more established techniques.
  • A full intelligence and forensic service using dedicated experts.
  • Complete worldwide and local coverage.
  • Exclusive fast response service.
  • Excellent standards of practice.
  • Structured evidence reports.
  • A dedicated project manager throughout.

Security & Intelligence

Research Associates has gained its exceptional reputation based on developing exceptional client relations, with foundations built on an assurance of confidentiality, sensitivity, privacy, loyalty and absolute professionalism at all times. Since our initial inception in 1977, we have enjoyed a hard-earned international reputation – both with private individuals, organisations and within the forensic, security and investigation industries – for being knowledgeable, trustworthy and proficient. All our agents are very experienced, boast the highest levels of professional accreditation and are always focused and sensitive to clients’ specific requirements, thus offering a truly bespoke and considered intelligence service. To avoid embarrassment, we respectfully ask potential clients not to ask for illegal services.

Credible Legal Investigation

Research Associates’ principals, Paul Hawkes (MABI MIPI MWAD) and Martin Tomlins-Young (MABI) are both networked into highly prestigious industry associations within both the UK and internationally (see ‘Profile About Us’). During their prolific careers – in which they have been involved in numerous assignments spanning the world – they have acquired a comprehensive range of well-placed contacts, a deep industry knowledge, and a wide range of techniques and legal resources. It is notable that both Paul Hawkes and Martin Tomlins-Young are full active members of the UK’s Association of British Investigators; endorsed by The Law Society of England & Wales and the service provider scheme for The Law Society of Scotland.

The most practical way to find out whether a case project is feasible and obtain a realistic time-frame/budget for your situation is to call one of our fully qualified and friendly staff in confidence.

Specialist Forensic Consultants & Investigators

Research Associates is well recognised as a reliable private intelligence and investigation agency which employs only credible specialist consultants and detectives with a well-documented, successful history both locally and internationally. Both complex and more focused forensic matters are addressed – with the same degree of diligence and professionalism – by world-class forensic experts.

Whether you require questions answered in confidence or require more information regarding any aspect of our discreet service; we invite you to call us for a private consultation and receive responsive and informative advice at no initial cost. Having called Research Associates, you will find yourself reassured by and confident in our approach.

Our Services

Our promise is to offer the best professional advice and options for your individual matter and to treat your case with appropriate discretion and sensitivity at all times. Research Associates offer a very straightforward and confidential consultation – either on the telephone or face-to-face – without obligation. You will find us understanding and professional in all our dealings. Our professional view is that the client is often the expert in the matter that is presented and that Research Associates are expert in all aspects of investigation. For this reason we always strive to work in close conjunction with our clients.

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