Private Investigator Kensington: Discreet, Professional, Trusted Since 1977

Located in the prestigious Royal Borough of Kensington, Research Associates is not just any private investigator agency. We are a trusted and knowledgeable leader in our field, known for handling sensitive matters with care, empathy, and utmost professionalism. Established in 1977 by Paul Hawkes, a leader in investigative services, our firm has built a strong reputation over many years. As expert private detectives, we are committed to serving our clients with dedication, focusing on meeting their unique needs with precision and integrity.

Our journey began with a commitment to provide comprehensive investigative solutions. We specialise in complex and sensitive scenarios, where both technical expertise and a deep understanding of the human element are crucial. Our expertise extends to intricate cases, including extortion, blackmail, and intelligence profiling, where the stakes are high and the outcomes deeply impactful.

As a leading private investigator agency in Kensington, we recognise that each case is unique, with its distinct nuances and challenges. This understanding drives our approach to tailor our services to the specific contours of each situation. We ensure that we deliver not only results but also a sense of closure and clarity to those we serve. Our methods blend the traditional investigation practices with the precision of modern technology, creating a harmonious balance between past and present methodologies.

Our commitment extends beyond the technical aspects of our work. We approach each case with a compassionate understanding of the emotional weight it carries for our clients. Our empathy is deeply integrated into every interaction we have with our clients. This starts right from the initial consultations, which are always protected by Non-Disclosure Agreements. Furthermore, this empathetic approach extends to the proficient and thorough execution of our investigative duties.

Our Expert Team: Skilled, Experienced, and Globally Connected Private Investigators

At Research Associates, our team is the backbone of our success, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to every investigation. Led by our principals, Paul Hawkes, Martin Tomlins-Young, and Harry Gottlieb, we stand out in the industry for our depth of expertise and strong network within the private investigation community.

Paul Hawkes, a member of multiple prestigious investigative organisations, has established himself as a leader in the field through his extensive involvement in complex global cases. Martin Tomlins-Young, known for his professional approach, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. Harry Gottlieb, another key member of our team, complements this expertise with his own unique skills and insights.

Together, they have built a vast network of contacts and honed a diverse set of techniques that are crucial in the realm of private investigations. This network is not just local but extends internationally, providing us with a global reach in our operations.

More than their individual skills, it’s their collective experience that sets our team apart. They have a deep understanding of not just the practical aspects of private investigations but also the legal and ethical considerations that are integral to the profession. This comprehensive knowledge ensures that we handle each case with the highest level of professionalism and adherence to ethical standards.

As active full members of the UK’s Association of British Investigators, their commitment to professionalism and dedication to the craft is evident. Choosing Research Associates means partnering with a team that is deeply integrated into the investigative industry, recognised both in the UK and internationally for their capabilities and integrity. This approach ensures that our clients receive the highest level of service, backed by a team whose expertise is both broad and deep, covering the complexities of private investigation.

Our Ethical and Legal Approach

At Research Associates, our ethical and legal approach is the backbone of our operations, ensuring that every investigation we undertake is conducted with the highest standards of integrity and within the bounds of the law. Legal compliance is paramount in our investigative processes. We adhere strictly to the laws and regulations governing private investigations. This includes, but is not limited to, respecting privacy laws, adhering to the Data Protection Act, and ensuring all surveillance activities are legally compliant.

Confidentiality is a core principle at Research Associates. Our consultations are protected by Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), ensuring peace of mind for our clients. We understand the sensitive nature of the information we handle and ensure strict confidentiality protocols are in place. This includes secure storage of data, discreet communication with clients, and ensuring that information is only disclosed to authorised individuals. Our commitment to confidentiality is not just a legal obligation but a moral one, ensuring the trust placed in us by our clients is never compromised.

Moreover, we employ only ethical investigation techniques. This means we avoid any form of entrapment, deception, or illegal activities that could compromise the integrity of the investigation or the legal standing of our clients. Our investigators are trained to gather information through lawful and ethical means, ensuring that the evidence collected is admissible and reliable.

Our expert private detectives are committed to honesty and transparency in our dealings with clients. This means providing clear, honest appraisals of what can be realistically achieved in each investigation. We avoid making promises that can’t be kept or setting unrealistic expectations. Our investigators are trained to operate with integrity, ensuring that all investigative methods are both ethical and effective.

Furthermore, we recognise that many of our clients come to us during difficult and distressing times. Whether dealing with cases of blackmail, personal relationships, fraud, or other sensitive matters, we approach each situation with empathy and understanding. Our goal is to provide not only professional solutions but also emotional support and reassurance to our clients during these challenging periods.

Wide Range of Private Investigator Services

As professional private investigators, we acknowledge that the reasons you seek our help are often sensitive and demanding. We are committed to providing private investigation services with both compassion and unmatched professionalism. Our extensive range of private investigation services is designed to offer clarity and reassurance in difficult times. We cater to various needs with a broad array of specialised services:

  • Blackmail and Extortion Investigations: We understand the distress and urgency that blackmail and extortion can cause. Our team of expert private investigators respond quickly and decisively, working to uncover the truth, develop protective strategies, and help resolve these sensitive matters efficiently.
  • Observation and Surveillance: In cases where discrete observation is crucial, our skilled investigators use advanced surveillance techniques. We prioritise your privacy and safety, handling each situation with the utmost care and sensitivity.
  • Background Checks and Due Diligence: For those needing thorough background investigations, we provide detailed information crucial for informed personal or business decisions. Our professional approach ensures that every aspect of the investigation is conducted with precision and clarity.
  • Missing Persons and Locating Individuals: The distress of not knowing the whereabouts of a loved one can be overwhelming. At Research Associates, we approach these cases with empathy and commitment, using our expertise to reunite families and find individuals.
  • Debtor Tracing: Our team skilfully locates individuals who have outstanding debts, using advanced tracing techniques. This service is conducted discreetly, allowing our clients to take necessary steps toward recovering debts.
  • Complex Fraud Investigations: Our investigative team, with a sharp eye for detail and a methodical approach, delves deep to provide clarity and gather evidence to support our clients in these intricate situations.
  • Forensic Services: Our expertise in forensic investigation encompasses a range of services, from document examination to electronic discovery and data analysis. We employ the latest technology and methods to uncover essential evidence.
  • Personal Relationship Investigations: Handling sensitive personal relationship issues, we offer discreet and thorough investigations. Whether it involves infidelity, pre-marital checks, or other relationship concerns, each case is managed with confidentiality and sensitivity.

Global Reach with a Local Kensington Focus

As a leading private investigator agency with decades of experience, our capabilities extend far beyond the local streets of Kensington. We have established a vast global network, enabling us to offer our specialised investigative services across the world. This international reach is crucial in today’s interconnected world, where cases often transcend borders and require a global perspective.

Yet, our global outreach does not diminish our focus on local needs. Our firm is deeply rooted in Kensington, and these roots grant us a unique understanding of the area’s specific challenges and nuances. This local knowledge, combined with our global network, positions us uniquely to handle cases that are both locally concentrated and internationally spread.

In essence, whether a case requires a local touch or a global outlook, our private detectives have the expertise and resources to manage it effectively. Our blend of local familiarity and international capability ensures that we can provide tailored solutions, no matter the scope or complexity of the investigation.

Research Associates: Your Private Investigator in Kensington

At Research Associates, we understand the sensitive nature of the challenges you face. Whether it’s a personal concern or a corporate matter, our approach is always guided by a deep sense of empathy and understanding. We recognise that every case we handle is unique and carries its own set of complexities. It’s not just about providing solutions; it’s about offering support and understanding in times of need.

We are here to listen. Our team of experienced private investigators is ready to provide you with a confidential and detailed consultation. We believe in clear communication, breaking down intricate legal and investigative processes into comprehensible terms. This approach ensures that you are fully informed and comfortable with every step we take.

Our expertise spans a wide array of investigative services, and we tailor these to meet your specific requirements. From blackmail and extortion to personal relationship investigations, our strategies are designed to be both thorough and discreet. We blend traditional investigative methods with modern techniques, ensuring a comprehensive and effective approach to each case.

Understanding your rights and the legalities involved in investigations is paramount. We are committed to ensuring that you are well-informed about your options and the potential outcomes of your case. Our team navigates these complexities with a balanced approach, ensuring that the legal and ethical aspects of the investigation are always upheld.

We invite you to reach out to us. Whether you’re ready to begin an investigation or simply need advice on where to start, our team is here to provide guidance. You can contact us through our website, by email, or by phone. We ensure that every inquiry is treated with the utmost confidentiality and sensitivity.

Your peace of mind is our priority. Let us help you take the first step towards resolution. Reach out to Research Associates today to have a confidential discussion with a professional private investigator about your investigative needs in Kensington.

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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

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.

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.

It’s helpful to have a clear understanding of the issues you want to discuss during the consultation. You can prepare a list of questions or concerns you have, and any relevant documents or information that may be pertinent to your case.


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