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Close Protection Security & Bodyguarding

Research Associates offers bespoke specialist security provisions, specialising in close protection/bodyguarding based out of central London and offering security services throughout the UK, the European Union, Africa and the Middle East.

A team of dedicated specialists facilitates all requests for services and meets client requirements using information gathered during consultation. All clients’ needs are assessed based on a risk/threat model. A bespoke package of security services is offered based on assessment; all packages are specifically tailored to client requirements. Research Associates provides a full spectrum of security services relating to personal protection, property protection and asset protection. All services are dealt with in the first instance by specialists and subsequently addressed by SIA licensed close protection operatives, fully certified to carry out security services in the United Kingdom.

Bodyguards and Close Protection Officers

Research Associates security operatives are typically former military, police (armed, former Diplomatic Protection Group, Royalty Protection and SEG group) or former Home Office police close protection units.

All operatives can deploy as an individual bodyguard (IBG) or as part of a close protection team anywhere worldwide. Additionally, our operatives can deploy in a corporate or hostile environment and, where required, may perform armed duties as per the laws of the theatre of operation.

Research Associates prides itself on providing qualified, experienced close protection operatives, both male and female, from various backgrounds and speaking numerous languages, ensuring clients receive the most appropriate and high-quality service. Ongoing communication with clients and diligent attention to detail are critical to the ethos of Research Associates and allow us to provide first-class services within the private security industry.

What next?

Since every assignment is unique and because of the delicate nature of all we do, we suggest you call and speak with us before the commencement of any assignment. By talking through the outline of your current circumstance in confidence and asking just a few non-intrusive questions, we become fully able to comprehend your specific requirement. This will also enable you to get to know how we work and for us to give a clear plan of action, costs, turnaround time and to decide whether you wish to instruct us.

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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

Our services are sought by a range of clients, including high-profile individuals such as executives, celebrities, dignitaries, and VIPs, as well as individuals who may be facing specific personal threats or security concerns.

To engage our close protection services, clients typically start with a consultation to discuss their specific needs. Following this, we conduct a risk assessment and develop a personalised security plan. Once agreed upon, we deploy our close protection team to start the service.

The cost depends on various factors such as the level of risk, duration of the assignment, specific client requirements, and the number of officers needed. We provide a detailed quote after assessing the individual needs of each client.

No, the initial consultation at Research Associates is offered at no cost to you. It’s an opportunity for us to understand your needs and for you to learn more about our services. There are no obligations or fees associated with this consultation.

Absolutely, you can trust that your case will remain confidential when you hire our agency. We consider confidentiality a top priority and take several measures to ensure it. Our private investigators are trained to handle cases discreetly, and we offer consultations protected by Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). These legally binding agreements guarantee that any information shared during the consultation and throughout the investigation will remain strictly confidential. You can have full confidence that your privacy is protected when working with us.


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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    Research Associates

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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