Private Investigator Expertise – Since 1977

Welcome to Research Associates, an award-winning private investigator agency based in the heart of London. With over 45 years of experience, we’ve built a strong reputation by tackling some of Greater London’s most complex challenges with thorough and effective private investigative solutions.

Our team includes some of the best private detectives and forensic experts in the industry. We handle a wide range of cases, from tracking down debtors and looking into matrimonial issues to investigating corporate fraud. Our experts manage each case with the utmost care and confidentiality. We understand how sensitive this work can be, and we ensure that every investigation is conducted with the highest level of discretion and professionalism.

Leading London Private Investigators: A Tradition of Trust

At Research Associates, trust is not just important; it’s the foundation of everything we do. Since our beginnings in 1977, clients from London and around the world have trusted us to handle their private investigations with the utmost confidentiality and care. Our reputation for loyalty, privacy, and unwavering professionalism isn’t just local; it’s recognised globally.

Our team in London is made up of highly skilled private investigators who are committed to delivering accurate and reliable results. We understand that each case is unique and requires a sensitive approach, which is why we assign a dedicated project manager to every investigation. This ensures that every detail is handled with precision and that communication is clear and consistent throughout the process.

We’re not just about gathering evidence; we’re about doing so in a way that respects privacy and ensures confidentiality. Our structured approach to collecting and reporting evidence is designed to provide clear, understandable results that can help you make informed decisions. Whether you’re dealing with a personal matter or a business issue, you can rely on our team to provide a service that is both thorough and discreet.

Professional and Results-Oriented Approach

At Research Associates, our primary focus is to fully understand your unique situation. This begins with an initial, completely confidential, no-obligation discussion of your situation, where we listen attentively to your concerns, ask pertinent questions, and thoroughly assess every aspect of your case. We recognise that each client has specific needs, and we are committed to crafting strategies that are perfectly aligned with your individual goals, deadlines, and budget constraints.

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 all our investigations with the utmost professionalism and thoroughness. Throughout the investigative process, we maintain open communication with you, ensuring that you are well-informed and involved every step of the way. This transparency is crucial for building trust and ensuring that you feel supported.

Upon completion of our investigation, we compile our findings into a detailed report. This report not only summarises the outcomes but also provides deeper insights and the necessary context to help you make well-informed decisions. This thorough documentation of our investigative work is designed to give you a clear understanding of the results and the confidence to take the next steps based on reliable, professionally gathered evidence.

Legal and Ethical Integrity

At Research Associates, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of legal and ethical integrity. Our operations are conducted with strict adherence to UK law, ensuring that all investigations are performed legally and ethically. We understand that our clients trust us with sensitive matters, and we uphold this trust by ensuring confidentiality, respect, and professionalism in all our engagements. Our team of expert private detectives is trained in the latest legal frameworks and ethical guidelines, ensuring that our work is not only effective but also responsible.

Furthermore, to safeguard the trust our clients place in us, we offer consultations under the protection of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). This legal approach is vital in ensuring that all information shared with us remains strictly confidential, offering our clients peace of mind and assurance of privacy.

We firmly believe in conducting investigations with the utmost integrity. This means that the trust our clients place in us is a responsibility we take seriously. We strictly avoid any practices that might compromise the integrity of our investigations or affect the legal standing of our clients. Our team of private investigators gathers information through legitimate and ethical means, ensuring the reliability and admissibility of the evidence we collect. This commitment to legal and ethical standards is the foundation of the high quality private investigator services we provide to our clients in London and across the UK.

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

Expert team of private investigators in London.

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.

Global Reach, Local Expertise

Choosing Research Associates for your private investigation needs means you’re getting a team that’s not just effective in your local area, but all around the world. Our experts have the knowledge and experience to handle cases both in London, across the UK, and internationally. This global reach is paired with a strong understanding of local details, which is crucial for handling your case with the utmost care and precision, no matter where it takes us.

Our network includes professionals from various countries, each bringing their own local insights and expertise. This mix of global and local knowledge helps us manage complex cases that span different countries. We know that every place has its own rules and ways of doing things, and our team is skilled at navigating these differences to get the results you need.

With decades of experience, we’ve built strong connections worldwide. These relationships help us gather information quickly and move through administrative processes with more speed and less fuss, leading to better outcomes for you.

At Research Associates, we’re committed to making sure you feel supported and informed throughout the investigation process. Our aim is to give you peace of mind, knowing that your case is being handled by professionals who care about getting you the answers 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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    Meet the Team

    Leadership Team

    Paul Hawkes

    Director (MD) / Principal Investigator

    Martin Tomlins-Young

    Director / Senior Investigator

    Harry Gottlieb

    Director / Senior Investigator