Resolving & containing blackmail since 1977 Blackmail & Extortion

How Research Associates Puts Your Mind At Rest

Research Associates has been effectively resolving cases of blackmail and extortion since 1977. Our initial priorities are to ensure a safe and trustworthy environment, which typically involves a reassurance of high-level confidentiality. We work closely with you and your matter to find strategies that provide an agreeable plans which ensure that your required outcomes are addressed.

High levels of support, sensitivity and discretion are maintained at all time, whatever the presenting situation. We provide a highly professional service unique to individual needs and work with you to devise a plan of action that suits your specific aims. With m ore than four decades of experience, we have contained and resolved a wide variety of blackmail and extortion matters – there is little we have not seen before. Although blackmail relies on isolating the victim in order to make them feel powerless, the best method of containing blackmail is to involve Research Associates – so call and ask for Paul Hawkes, a veteran investigator and specialist in blackmail/extortion, for an initial free no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation.

Finding Resolution

Throughout our investigation, you will remain in control; our service is entirely bespoke to your needs. We will closely consult with you at every stage of our work to keep you apprised of our progress and involve you in decision-making. With our decades of expertise, we are well equipped to provide you with first-class professional advice, allowing you to make fully informed decisions on the direction of your investigation. You can trust us to treat your case with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity, without judgement. Our partnership includes a formal concrete assurance to protect and secure all proprietary information, binding us legally to uphold the highest standard of privacy and confidentiality as well as safeguarding sensitive information.

Once we have discussed your case and have a complete understanding, we work rigorously within the law to bring a positive end to your situation, using a grounded approach and thoroughly documenting all actions, allowing us to build up a robust case report. We ensure that all details and private information remain entirely confidential. Due to our unique expertise and resources, we have a remarkable track record; where clients have followed our advice and a mutually agreed plan of action, we have never failed to contain a blackmailer. Depending on your needs, we work with you to help resolve the circumstance privately, without the involvement of authorities, or bring the case to court.

What next?

Because of the delicate nature of blackmail/extortion, we suggest you call 020 7243 1000 and ask for Paul Hawkes, our principal investigator and veteran blackmail specialist with more than four decades of personal experience, for a free and confidential no-obligation consultation. This will give us a comprehensive understanding of your circumstance, which will allow us to provide you with a clear picture of how we will assist you. This will also let us initiate a bespoke plan of action according to your personal needs, including a quote, allowing you to consider whether you wish to instruct.

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How It Works

Our Investigation Process

We offer a confidential consultation, tailored investigation strategy, and rapid, detailed reporting.


Contact Us

Get in touch for a FREE, no-obligation, private consultation. Discuss your circumstances, the obstacles you encounter, and the objectives you aim to fulfill through your investigation.


Set the Plan

We will propose a tailor-made approach and specific tactics for your situation, utilising our extensive array of services. Transparent pricing will be provided, and your plan will be agreed upon before we proceed with the investigation.


Get the Information

Our expert private investigators will carry out a discreet, comprehensive, and professional investigation, providing a detailed report within 24 hours of completion, ensuring you have a clear understanding of the findings.


Frequently Asked Questions

Blackmail can have severe and lasting consequences on a person’s life. It can lead to emotional distress, financial losses, damage to one’s reputation, and even legal problems. While the extent of the impact varies depending on the nature of the blackmail and how it’s handled, it is a serious matter that should be addressed promptly. Consulting with a reputable private investigator agency is advisable.

It’s not guaranteed that blackmailers will give up if you ignore them, and their behaviour can vary. Some may persist in their attempts to exert pressure, while others may eventually lose interest if they don’t receive a response. Ignoring a blackmailer may lead to consequences such as the release of sensitive information, damage to your reputation, or further harassment. Consulting with a reputable private investigator agency is a wise step in addressing blackmail situations.

Private investigators, especially those who specialise in blackmail cases, have the expertise and reputation to handle these situations discreetly and effectively. They can gather evidence, identify the blackmailer, and work closely with law enforcement to resolve the situation. Contacting a reputable private investigator agency, like Research Associates with experience in blackmail cases is a crucial and wise step in dealing with blackmail. The track record and professionalism of an expert private investigation team can make a significant difference in achieving a successful outcome.

It is generally advisable not to respond to the blackmailer’s demands. Engaging with them can potentially escalate the situation. Instead, consider seeking professional help and guidance from law enforcement or a private investigator.

If you suspect that you are a victim of extortion, it’s essential to prioritize your safety. Cease all communication with the extortionist and do not engage in any further negotiations. Consulting with a reputable private investigator agency is a wise step in addressing extortion situations. Private investigators experienced in extortion cases, such as Research Associates can assist in gathering evidence, identifying the extortionist, and working towards a resolution.


Credible Legal Investigation

Research Associates is proud to be associated with prestigious organisations in the field of investigation and forensic sciences. As a distinguished member of the UK’s Association of British Investigators, we uphold the highest standards of professional conduct and ethical practices.

Furthermore, our affiliation with The Institute of Professional Investigators and the World Association of Detectives Inc. underscores our commitment to global excellence in the investigative industry.

We also take pride in our membership with the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, which demonstrates our dedication to advancing forensic science and maintaining the highest level of expertise in our field.

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    Meet the Team

    Leadership Team

    Paul Hawkes

    Director (MD) / Principal Investigator

    Martin Tomlins-Young

    Director / Senior Investigator

    Harry Gottlieb

    Director / Senior Investigator