Reliable service provided by experienced international investigators Complex Fraud

Research Associates’ Approach Is Both Robust And Compassionate

Research Associates, an established private investigation agency since 1977, has successfully helped recover lost funds from fraudulent activity and brought many perpetrators to justice. We provide cost-efficient resolutions to issues of fraud in a professional and understanding manner for both corporations and private individuals.

Research Associates is uniquely placed to resolve complex cases of fraud due to our decades of expertise and unparalleled resources; which allow us to keep pace with ever-developing fraudulent techniques; these include unparalleled legal access to covert asset-searching methods specifically designed for fraud investigations and clever use of a network of former police fraud officers – conversant with escalating with the police/judiciary.

Focused Fraud Investigation

Every case of fraud is unique, so our approach is bespoke to each client’s specific needs; the time and cost of any investigation are designed to be focused and cost-effective. When a fraud case is presented to us, we analyse all available evidence and build an effective strategy suited to the specific problem at hand.

In some instances of fraud, we can obtain legal access to information on the finances and assets of perpetrators, allowing us to identify the location of stolen assets and disclose perpetrators’ financial liabilities. This service is available only in situations specified in law and is undertaken in full compliance with all applicable privacy laws.


At the conclusion of every case, we provide a focused, multilayered report of all that has been found and what measures we recommend are necessary, including removing future threats. All Research Associates reports are thorough and professional. As well as reporting to you in person, our written report documents the presenting situation, an executive summary and a full report of all findings.

Our reports are designed to allow the reader to clearly understand the presenting situation along with the resulting evidence, whether the reader be a member of a client’s legal team, a Court (in the UK or an overseas jurisdiction), a family member or any other third party, and all information is substantiated and validated before creating your report.

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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

Complex fraud refers to intricate and often large-scale fraudulent activities involving multiple parties, sophisticated schemes, and significant financial or resource implications. This can include corporate fraud, investment scams, insurance fraud, and more.

The duration of a fraud investigation varies depending on the complexity and scope of the fraudulent activity. We aim to conduct thorough and efficient investigations while ensuring that no detail is overlooked.

The process typically begins with a thorough assessment of the situation, followed by the development of a tailored investigative strategy. We then conduct in-depth investigations, gather evidence, and provide comprehensive reports and recommendations.

We work with a wide range of clients, including corporations, legal firms, financial institutions, insurance companies, and individuals who have been affected by complex fraud schemes.

Since 1977, we’ve been known for our outstanding quality of service, which includes professional and experienced investigators, access to legal intelligence, state-of-the-art techniques, comprehensive coverage, fast response, and excellent standards of practice.

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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    Meet the Team

    Leadership Team

    Paul Hawkes

    Director (MD) / Principal Investigator

    Martin Tomlins-Young

    Director / Senior Investigator

    Harry Gottlieb

    Director / Senior Investigator