RESEARCH ASSOCIATES Private Investigator London

Private Investigator Expertise – Since 1977

Welcome to Research Associates, an award-winning private investigator agency based in London. Spanning over 40 years, our experience is the cornerstone of our reputation, providing comprehensive investigative solutions to Greater London’s complex challenges.

As a leading private investigator agency in London, our team comprises the crème de la crème of seasoned detectives and forensic specialists. From debtor tracing to matrimonial inquiries and corporate fraud, our professional private investigators ensure your case is handled with the utmost skill and confidentiality.

Leading London Private Investigators: A Tradition of Trust

Trust is the cornerstone of any investigative work, and at Research Associates, it is the bedrock of our practice. Since 1977, our clients in London and beyond have placed their confidence in our private investigators to provide confidential, sensitive, and effective services. Our longstanding global recognition is built upon a foundation of loyalty, privacy, and absolute professionalism. With a dedicated project manager and a structured approach to evidence reporting, our team of private investigators in London ensures a service that is as reliable as it is results-oriented.

Professional, Legal, and Results-Oriented Approach

At Research Associates, we start by understanding your unique situation through in-depth conversations. Our approach is to listen carefully, ask the right questions, and consider every aspect of your case. Additionally, we recognise that each client’s needs are distinct, and we strive to tailor our strategies to align with your specific objectives, timelines, and budgets.

Moreover, our team, armed with extensive experience, devises a custom plan for your case. We blend traditional private detective work with modern techniques to ensure a thorough investigation. Our plans are flexible, allowing us to adapt as new information emerges, ensuring that we are always ahead in the pursuit of critical information.

We conduct our investigations with the highest level of professionalism and diligence. You will be kept informed throughout the process, ensuring transparency and involvement. Our findings are compiled into a comprehensive report that not only summarises the results but also offers insights and context, aiding you in making informed decisions.

Wide Range of Private Investigator Services

As a leading private investigator firm in London, we deeply understand that the circumstances bringing you to seek our services are often sensitive and distressing. We offer our private investigation services with compassion and utmost professionalism. Our comprehensive suite is designed to provide clarity and peace of mind in challenging times. Our services are expansive, covering a wide range of areas to meet your specific needs. Among the range of specialised services we offer at Research Associates are:

  • Blackmail and Extortion Investigations: Understanding the distress and urgency associated with blackmail and extortion cases, our team responds with swift and decisive action. We work diligently to uncover the truth, provide protective strategies, and assist in resolving these sensitive situations.
  • Observation and Surveillance: In situations where discreet observation is key, our expert team employs advanced surveillance techniques. We handle each case with sensitivity, ensuring that your privacy and safety are paramount.
  • Background Checks and Due Diligence: We offer thorough background investigations, providing you with essential information that can help in making informed personal or business decisions. Our approach is professional, ensuring every detail is carefully examined and presented with clarity.
  • Missing Persons and Locating Individuals: Understanding the profound distress that accompanies the unknown whereabouts of a loved family member, we at Research Associates stand with you in these trying times. Our experienced private detectives approach these cases with empathy, combining expertise with dedication to reunite families and loved ones.
  • Debtor Tracing: When it comes to locating debtors, our team combines skill with discretion. We utilise advanced tracing techniques to locate individuals, ensuring that our clients can take the necessary steps towards debt recovery.
  • Complex Fraud Investigations: Our team is adept at unravelling the complexities of fraud. With a keen eye for detail and an analytical approach, we delve deep into cases of complex fraud, providing clarity and evidence to support our clients.
  • Forensic Services: At the forefront of forensic investigation, our forensic services capabilities range from document examination and expert witness services to electronic discovery and data analysis. Our team uses state-of-the-art technology and methods to uncover critical evidence.
  • Personal Relationship Investigations: Navigating sensitive matters of personal relationships, we provide discreet and comprehensive investigations. Whether it’s infidelity, pre-marital checks, or other relationship concerns, we handle each case with the utmost confidentiality and sensitivity.

Fully Trained and Experienced Team

As leading private investigators in the field, our team at Research Associates stands out for its exceptional skills and extensive experience. Our principals, Paul Hawkes (MABI MIPI MWAD) and Martin Tomlins-Young (MABI), along with Harry Gottlieb, are not only experts in their domain but also have strong connections with prestigious industry associations both in the UK and internationally.

Their careers have been marked by a series of global assignments, during which they have developed a comprehensive network of well-placed contacts, acquired deep industry knowledge, and mastered a wide range of techniques and legal resources. Their expertise extends beyond the practicalities of private investigation, encompassing the legal and ethical intricacies of the profession.

A testament to their professionalism and dedication, Paul Hawkes, Martin Tomlins-Young, and Harry Gottlieb are all active full members of the UK’s Association of British Investigators.

Choosing Research Associates means you’re engaging with a team that is not just thoroughly trained and experienced, but one that is deeply embedded in the investigative industry, both in the UK and globally.

London Locations We Cover

Located at 8 Bulmer Mews, London W11 3NZ, Research Associates is your go-to private investigation firm, proudly serving every corner of London. We understand the diverse and dynamic landscape of this vast city, and we’re equipped to operate across its entirety. From the historic lanes of Central London to the vibrant suburbs in the far reaches of the city’s boundaries, our experienced team is ready to assist you.

Whether you’re in the bustling heart of the city or in a quiet neighbourhood on the outskirts, our commitment to providing discreet, effective, and professional investigative services remains unwavering. Our expertise encompasses a wide array of investigative needs, suitable for both personal and corporate concerns, and we’re dedicated to offering tailored solutions that meet the unique challenges and characteristics of each area in London.

At Research Associates, we’re more than just a local firm; we’re a part of the London community, deeply understanding its nuances and intricacies. No matter where you are in London, you can count on us to be there, ready to offer the high-quality investigation services you need.

Research Associates: Your Private Investigator in London

Deciding on the right private investigator in London is crucial. Research Associates invites you to experience a service that sets the benchmark for the industry. Our approach is tailored to your unique needs, providing a full spectrum of intelligence and forensic services. Furthermore, we promise utmost professionalism and confidentiality. Contact us for a no-obligation, confidential discussion with one of our experienced private investigators in London. Take the first step towards clarity and peace of mind.

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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.

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.

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.

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.


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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