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Expert Forensic Services

Forensic IT services offered by Research Associates include the following:

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Digital Evidence Recovery and Examination
  • Computer Examination – including Mac and all forms of digital media
  • Mobile Telephone Examination
  • CCTV Systems Examination
  • On-Site Assistance to Recover Digital Evidence
  • Court Admissible Technical Forensic Reports – as provided to Police and Government
  • Section 9 Witness Statements
  • Expert Witness Evidence for Court Cases
  • Training

Forensic IT

Research Associates offers government-grade forensic examination to both corporate and private markets. Forensic IT requires a high degree of technical know-how and an up-to-date understanding of the legal system. This understanding and insight is a vital necessity as IT investigation may inadvertently become tarnished or compromised either by an inability to lay out technical IT investigation results in a presentable and legal format or by an IT technician’s lack of experience as a professional witness (however skilled the IT technician may be). This may seriously jeopardise potential legal action. Therefore, prior to instruction in cases of IT crime, Research Associates recommends clients avoid unnecessarily tampering with a suspect machine and obtain appropriate advice, preferably before the device is touched or even switched on/off. For all cases of IT forensics, including mobile telephones, PC/Macs and other IT devices/media, Research Associates stocks a range of evidence bags designed to isolate the suspect device and protect potential evidence.

IT and Internet Crime

Whether it be problems involving an IT security breach, or crimes involving fraud, direct or indirect, partially or wholly via the internet, there is a need to obtain clear, concise intelligence. Focused intelligence may assist in limiting any potential breach and go on to assist in bringing perpetrators of fraud to justice. In addition, research Associates’ reports help support legal proceedings, whether criminal or civil.

Internet Research and Intelligence

For the past two decades, Research Associates’ local team have worked closely with a highly trained team of international internet researchers based in Cape Town, South Africa. Renowned for investigating internet fraud and conducting research using legal ‘open-source intelligence’ (‘OSInt’) and ‘deep web’ searches, this partnership enables us to offer a superior service at cost-effective prices.

IT Specialists

Research Associates regularly conducts IT and computing cases in close consultation with Major Phillip Hatton TD BA (Hons) MTSI MBCS DTS, a forensic IT specialist recognised in both government and legal circles. Since 1987, Major Phillip Hatton has specialised in IT investigation, initially in Trading Standards. During the Second Gulf War, he served with the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade (US Army) as technical manager of the theatre collection point for digital media, operating in Kuwait and Baghdad. He was awarded the US Army Achievement Medal for services in the Gulf War. Major Hatton has also devised a specialist IT course for the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) on computer seizure and internet investigations and has worked in close collaboration with various police and law enforcement agencies (including the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, Virginia), assisting in numerous sensitive investigations and court cases. Although Major Hatton does not work directly for the public, Research Associates works in close conjunction with him and his colleagues on most cases requiring forensic IT expertise.

What next?

Since every investigation is unique and because of the delicate nature of all we do, before commencement of any assignment we suggest you call and speak with us. 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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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.


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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