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Specialist Forensic Services

Since its inception in 1977, Research Associates has methodically expanded its forensic services offering, resulting in a unique and exhaustive database of accredited forensic specialists and expert witnesses. We provide cost-efficient, state-of-the-art forensic solutions to the legal profession and corporations as well as private individuals. Our hugely experienced forensic specialists use cutting-edge scientific methods and objective processes to examine, weigh, and explain physical and digital evidence in line with court-admissible protocol.

Research Associates’ robust and comprehensive forensic database allows us to provide relevant forensic specialists for any circumstance and investigation across any discipline. Additionally, Research Associates is highly experienced in liaising with solicitors and barristers and has the ability to supply expert witnesses to provide testimony in private, civil or criminal court cases. With over four decades of experience providing forensic and investigative services, we are highly seasoned in matching clients with vetted experts who are proficient in bringing an early and effective resolution to disputes via high-quality evidence within court-admissible reports.

Range of Services

Our forensic services capabilities range from document examination and expert witness services to electronic discovery and data analysis. They can be seamlessly integrated into our broader investigation services, whether relating to complex fraud, corruption, bribery, cybercrime or any other matter requiring expert forensic investigation. Research Associates also boasts unparalleled legal access to covert asset-searching techniques designed explicitly for fraud investigations and a unique network of former police fraud officers experienced in escalating with the police and judiciary.

Meticulous Standards

Research Associates chooses forensic laboratories for their commitment to delivering the highest quality results with prompt turnaround times and absolute discretion. Where appropriate, the recognised quality standard (ISO 9001:2015) is a requirement. Research Associates thoroughly scrutinises the quality of systems and procedures of all laboratories, ensuring all scientific work (including the preparation of reports) is carried out to meticulous and consistently controlled standards and principles. This guarantees that evidence obtained through our forensic services is robust and stands up to examination in court.

Additionally, we are proud to be a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, further demonstrating our dedication to upholding the highest standards in forensic science.

What next?

Due to the complex and sensitive nature of forensic investigations, we suggest you call and speak with us before commencing any assignment. By talking through the outline of your current circumstance in confidence and asking just a few non-intrusive questions, we will gain a comprehensive understanding of your requirements and how we can help. Furthermore, this will enable us to give you an idea of how we work and a clear plan of action, costs and turnaround times, allowing you 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

Forensic services involve the application of scientific and technical expertise to investigate and establish facts in criminal or civil courts of law. This can include digital forensics, forensic accounting, fingerprint analysis, and other specialised techniques.

The duration of a forensic investigation depends on the complexity of the case and the amount of data to be analysed. We strive to conduct investigations efficiently, but our primary focus is on thoroughness and accuracy.

Forensic services are essential in a variety of cases, such as financial fraud, cybercrime, intellectual property theft, corruption, and criminal investigations. They are also crucial in civil litigation matters where financial discrepancies or digital evidence play a key role.

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.

When hiring a private investigator, it’s essential to choose a trustworthy and reputable agency. Consider their experience, track record, and reviews from previous clients to ensure you’re working with expert and reliable professionals. We recommend that the best way to determine the suitability of an investigative agency for your specific needs is by having a consultation. At Research Associates, we ensure a completely confidential, no-obligation discussion to get the best insights into whether our agency is the right fit for your requirements. This consultation allows you to discuss your case in detail, understand our approach, and make an informed decision about moving forward with our services.

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