Reliable service provided by experienced international investigators Due Diligence

Bespoke Solutions To International Due Diligence

Research Associates has provided bespoke and structured professional solutions to due diligence since 1977, minimising risk for our clients and allowing them to make better-informed decisions. Our background checks are comprehensive and discreet – we ensure that the subject under investigation remains entirely unaware of the process throughout investigations.

Our background checks are an easy, no-fuss way to bring peace of mind and allow a sense of security in both personal and professional dealings. Our services are entirely legal and provide concerned parties with a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s or company’s historic status. This gives perspective and allows for informed decisions as to whether to remain personally or professionally involved with a person or entity. All information is obtained from qualified contacts, open-source intelligence (OSInt) collected from the public domain, in some cases, limited observation and other wholly legal sources.

Research Associates’ background check services vary according to specific requirements. They are carried out by qualified professionals with decades of experience using cutting-edge technology, ensuring our checks are comprehensive, discreet, and time-efficient. Our reporting includes most international jurisdictions, covering over 227 nations worldwide.

Routine Background Check

Our routine background check includes the following aspects:

  • Identity Verification: Full name, Address, Contact details, Births/Deaths/Marriages,  Electoral Register, NI number/Passport/Driving Licence (where provided)
  • Criminal History: Details of court cases including the Court, Date, Judge, Defendant, Offence and Sentence
  • Financial History: Credit History, Bankruptcy & Insolvency searches, CCJs and Judgements

Bespoke Background Check

Our bespoke background checks are entirely customisable, with the option to include any/all of the following:

  • Background screenings
  • Business relationships
  • Company corporate structure
  • Global KYC screenings (for compliance and security)
  • International criminality reports
  • Investigation
  • Location checks
  • Negative media verification
  • Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Reports
  • Reputation verification

What next?

The very best way to ensure your specific request is addressed is to call us to obtain an appraisal along with a clear quotation from a qualified professional.

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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

Due diligence and background check services involve a thorough investigation into an individual’s or company’s history, reputation, and credentials. This includes verifying personal information, professional history, financial stability, and legal compliance to assess credibility and risk.

A background check can reveal various details such as employment history, educational background, criminal records, credit history, legal disputes, and public profiles. The scope of the check depends on the client’s requirements and the nature of the investigation.

Yes, our global network and resources enable us to conduct thorough background checks and due diligence on an international scale, taking into account local laws and cultural nuances.

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