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Serving Process Local & Worldwide

Research Associates is an established company providing process serving services throughout the UK and internationally. We act directly for both law firms and private and commercial clients. We specifically specialise in the more challenging cases of process which require a degree of tact or subtlety. This service is offered throughout the UK and worldwide.

We carry out instructions based on supplied intelligence relating to the recipient of the process. We believe it prudent to liaise closely with clients, who typically have information helpful to successfully serve a person or company. Research Associates enjoys working closely with solicitors and lawyers to ensure good process, whatever the jurisdiction.

Immediate Service

Research Associates typically initiates the procedure of service immediately upon receipt of written instruction, accompanied by the relevant documentation, as well as copies. We work towards carrying out service within agreeable time periods and, where required, at short notice. Being members of both the prestigious World Association of Investigators (WAD) and the Association of British Investigators (ABI), Research Associates has the expertise to serve legal papers anywhere in the world.

Where appropriate, Research Associates’ personnel will inform clients of any developing situation. Once service has been effected, we ensure that a report and Statement of Service (or, where requested, an Affidavit of Personal Service) are delivered by registered post or courier.

We believe that service, reliability, and attention to detail are paramount to the successful service of documents. Therefore, we guarantee that any document we receive for service will be personally served to our client’s satisfaction.

Since 1977, Research Associates has been serving the following types of documents:

  • Assault and Trespass Injunctions
  • Bankruptcy Petitions
  • Cross-Jurisdiction Process
  • Divorce Petitions
  • Domestic Violence Injunctions (Including Power of Arrest attachments)
  • Harassment Act 1997 Injunctions
  • Landlord and Tenants Injunctions.
  • Non Molestation Orders
  • Occupation Orders
  • Property related Injunctions.
  • Residence, Contact and Removal from Jurisdiction Orders
  • Statutory Demands
  • Statutory Winding-Up Petitions/ Winding-Up Petitions Orders

Research Associates employs process servers active throughout Greater London, as well as covering the whole of the UK using only experienced local professional agents. Please note that Research Associates does not carry out flat rate process serving. We typically charge an hourly rate, plus reasonable expenses directly relating to the task. Please note that Research Associates does not undertake cases funded by Legal Aid.

What next?

Since every investigation is unique and because of the delicate nature of all we do, before commencement of any assignment we suggest you call and speak with us. By talking through the outline of your current circumstance in confidence and asking just a few non-intrusive questions, we become fully able to comprehend your specific requirement. This will also enable you to get to know how we work and for us to give a clear plan of action, costs, turnaround time and 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

Yes, Research Associates offers international process serving. Serving legal documents internationally can be more complex due to varying laws and regulations in different countries, but our team is experienced in handling these challenges.

The speed of process serving can vary depending on the location of the recipient and specific circumstances. Research Associates aims to carry out process serving as efficiently as possible while adhering to legal guidelines.

Yes, process serving is carried out with a high level of confidentiality. We understand the sensitive nature of legal documents and ensure discretion throughout the process.

A process server is typically an individual, often affiliated with a legal or investigative firm like Research Associates, who is legally authorised to serve court documents. They are knowledgeable about the legal requirements for serving documents in accordance with jurisdictional laws.

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.


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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