Camera Systems

Covert Camera Systems

Research Associates install only covert camera systems; either on a temporary or permanent basis; covering, both hard-wired or wireless camera systems, whichever is most appropriate, and suitable for both rural and urban environments. Covert CCTV systems or single cameras allow for evidence to be obtained and used to detect, prevent, disrupt or otherwise address crime, employment or other legal issue.

Covert & Complimentary

Covert camera systems may be installed in conjunction with overt cctv, as well as parallel investigative projects, risk management, or close protection tasks.

A full impact assessment is conducted prior to any installation, ensuring appropriate legal compliance.For an initial case assessment call 020 7243 1000

Case Assessment

Since every investigation is essentially unique and because of the delicate nature of all we tasks we undertake, before commencement of any assignment we suggest you call and speak with us. We find 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, turn around time -and to decide whether you wish to instruct us.

Call Research Associates to discuss your case: 020 7243 1000

International: +44 20 7854 9000

OUT OF HOURS (07h00 – 23h00 local time):

Paul Hawkes: 07778 163500

Martin Young: 07715 098569

Monitoring Software

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Monitoring Consultancy Service

Research Associates act as consultants in providing only highly tested monitoring software for Windows based PCs, Macs, Android and BlackBerry smartphones, as well as small Windows Networks, and multi-user corporate Networks.

Call to discuss specific requirements, in confidence: 020 7243 1000.

During the late 1990’s, Research Associates noted the initial emergence of the use of monitoring software, both in the UK and worldwide. It soon became evident within the investigation industry, that there were very mixed responses to PC monitoring (and later to mobile and smart-phone monitoring). Some investigators reported clients experiencing no problems with monitoring proving very successful, yet there were also reports of clients experiencing serious compromise, based on numerous negative factors, mostly due to software inadequacy or the programmes being ‘unfriendly’ to use. Research Associates therefore undertook comprehensive long-term research into IT monitoring, with a view to being able to offer superior monitoring service, including wide-ranging and easy to use features. Most importantly solutions needed to be totally undetectable, for legitimate covert use.

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Legal Covert Stealth Solutions

Since the late 1990’s, Research Associates have consistently explored and researched the worldwide market-place to ensure our monitoring software complies with the specific needs of both clients as well as the devices which requiring monitoring.

Having meticulously researched worldwide, Research Associates thoroughly tested the complex markets for both PC (Windows) and Mac monitoring software, and more recently, Android and BlackBerry smartphones, as well as small Windows networks and multi-user corporate networks.Research Associates act as trusted consultants and only supply solutions which we guarantee for their ease of use, simple accessibility and security; a fully comprehensive solution.

There are currently many thousands of companies advertising a confusingly wide range of “spy software”, “keystroke” or keylogging” software. Each internet website appears to offer similar high-expectation solutions, yet in reality provide a broad spectrum of results in terms of ease of monitoring and being able to control what is taking place on a nominated device. Our research has taken the time to fully ensure that we only include software in our range that is undetectable (unless professional IT forensics are deployed), our software is genuinely user friendly; easy to install/reinstall (or uninstall); straightforward to monitor in terms of simple access; is reliable, and most importantly, all our software is utterly reliable.
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Wide-Ranging And Easy To Use Features

Our monitoring software generally records the following on PC’c and Macs:

  • Chat/IM Activity
  • Email Activity
  • Keystrokes Typed –Including Passwords
  • MySpace and Facebook
  • Online Searches
  • Program Activity
  • Screen Snapshots
  • Web Sites Visited

Research Associates are aware that many people wanting to use monitoring software solutions are concerned that their children or employees may discover and try to disable the monitoring programs from working. The stealth software we supply will not show up in the program list, and its files will not show up on the hard drive. More importantly, the installed software will not show up in the system tray, and cannot be removed using the ‘Add/Remove’ feature in Windows.

Research Associates’ supplied solutions are all designed to monitor and record every detail of a device including all Internet activity – whether it be in the home, a small office or corporate environment. The software has been specifically developed to automatically take hundreds of snapshots every hour and record a very comprehensive list of PC/Mac and Internet activities (mobile telephone monitoring activity reports may vary according to the specific device). Additionally, for child monitoring, our supplied software allows the user to block access to specific web sites deemed inappropriate and provides alerts via email when specific nominated key words or phrases are detected.

The quality of Research Associates’ monitoring solutions is outstanding, and is backed up with an inclusive, 24/7 technical support (covering a full year). We offer live, English speaking staff on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means is that you can call a freephone number, any time of the day or night, including weekends, and speak with a live, friendly and technician. Alternatively, you may chose to email a technical email address and expect a response within a few minutes. The reason we are able to offer this back up is that you will very rarely, if ever need technical back up. Our research found that very few companies are able to offer this back up service, or are very slow to respond. Our experience in this specialised field is now second to none.

There are many other features that are device specific, and we therefore suggest speaking with either Paul Hawkes or Martin Tomlins-Young before deciding to use Research Associates’Monitoring Solutions. Call in confidence: 020 7243 1000.

Legal: Our monitoring software is designed only for legal use; this advice is not merely a legal disclaimer; there are no UK laws specifically relating to monitoring software and therefore UK law relating to its use is unclear. If you have concerns, we suggest prospective clients take independent legal advice regarding its specific intended use, prior to purchasing monitoring software. All fees for monitoring software are charged as consultancy fees and are non-refundable.
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Document Examination

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Questioned Documents

Reasearch Associates are aware that Forensic Document Examination is viewed as one of the most difficult and taxing areas of forensic science, having a rich and well established history in both British and international courts of law.

The discipline of Forensic Document Examination is extensive, involving the study of a broad range of document to determine authenticity, to expose counterfeits and forgeries and to reveal aspects of a document’s origin and history. Additional to handwriting and signature authentication, our forensic document examiners study alterations, inks utilised, impressions, printing, typewriting, photocopies and the wider products of modern office technology; which are generally areas of expertise beyond “handwriting experts”, who tend to work within more limiting disiplines. Typically, our forensic document examiners act as ‘expert witnesses’ in the legal arena.
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Expert Document Examiners

Reasearch Associates‘ Forensic Document Examiners use of only scientific methods and objective processes to outline issues, weigh evidence and explain relevance and significance of the facts and conclusions. Most matters are examined in line with Court administrable protocol, although we also appreciate the requirement for professional Graphologists.
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Controlled Standards of Service

Laboratories chosen by Research Associates are all committed to delivering high quality, value, prompt turn-around times, assuring discretion. Where appropiete, the recognised quality standard (BS EN ISO 9001 : 2008) is a requirement. All Laboratories used by Research Associates are researched for quality of systems and proceedures, ensuring all scientific work and preparation of reports are carried out to consistently high, meticulous and fully controlled standards and principles.

Please call Research Associates on 020 7243 1000 to discuss this matter further.

For various reasons, this service is only offered to clients within the UK, unless as part of a larger, on-going case, managed by Research Associates.
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Security Consultancy

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Security Services & Security Consultancy

Research Associates is one of the UK’s leading providors of security services & security consultancy. Operating in many specialist areas within the UK security profession, Research Associates employ only qualified personnel of the very highest calibre. We also ensure the specific operative skill-set matches the exact requirements of the presenting situation, which in turn ensures the highest standards of service are employed and maintained.

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Attention to Detail:

Close communication with clients, and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Research Associates service, allowing us to provide one of the best all-round services available within the security industry. All security staff employed by Research Associates, are fully licensed and often exceed the Security Industry Authority (SIA) standards.

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Close Protection

  • AGM and Public Meeting Protection
  • Close Protection:Bodyguards & Close Protection Teams
  • Residential Security Teams
  • Witness & Court Appearance Protection Personnel

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Security Consultancy

  • Loss Prevention Services and Consultancy
  • Security Consultancy
  • Security Risk Assessment
  • Procurement Advice

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Event Security Consultancy

  • Music, Media & Concert Security
  • Sporting Event Stewarding/Security and Consultancy

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Specialist Services

  • Specialist Security Consultancy
  • Specialist Security Services Worldwide

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Research Associates do not offer office security personnel or general retail security personnel, but are happy to point clients in the right direction for such services.

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Surveillance & Observation

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CORPORATE SURVEILLANCE – PRIVATE OBSERVATION

Specialists in Covert Observation

Since 1977, Research Associates have been providing covert surveillance and observation to the private sector. Whatever the presenting situation, we provide appropriate and unobtrusive surveillance professionals, equipped to fully document any task, often at very short notice. We manage each case with diligence and focus, listening and responding to the specific needs of the situation, enabling client’s objectives to take precedence and be fully satisfied. Potential clients expect a discreet and professional service at cost effective rates. We promise to satisfy and manage expectations. Four decades of experience allows us to offer a well rounded service, whatever the presenting situation.

Call: 020 7243 1000

Research Associates have literally decades of experience serving private individuals, executives, entrepreneurs, business and public sector organisation’s observation requirements. We offer a wealth of industry knowledge and experience and provide an unrivalled level of customer service, including:

  • Dedicated observation/surveillance services using only expert operatives
  • Static and mobile observation utilising both state of the art and established techniques
  • Back-up intelligence specialising in legal ‘open source intelligence’ research
  • Complete worldwide and local coverage
  • Exclusive 24-48 hour fast-response service
  • Excellent standards of practice
  • Structured evidence reports
  • A dedicated Project Manager throughout

Since first established in 1977, Research Associates have developed an intimate network of highly reliable surveillance professional throughout the UK and worldwide, as well as retaining our own specialised private teams in the UK.
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Specialised Covert Surveillance Team Operatives

Research Associates observation team members are made up of males and females operatives of different ages and from varied cultural backgrounds to best blend in. They all share a simple distinction; they are all dedicated surveillance professionals and observation/surveillance is their only professional focus. Research Associates’ surveillance operatives have all been subject to our extensive screening process. We believe it is essential that only specifically trained personnel, rather than general investigators or other third parties, conduct professional surveillance and observation, and teams are hand picked to address specifc tasks, whether for corporate surveillance or a private matter. We also have a policy to ensure that operatives are assigned to only one task in any given day; this ensures that observation tasks are manned only by fresh and fully alert operatives. All observation teams deploy an array of covert surveillance vehicles, including cars, observation vans, motorcycles and licensed taxis, depending on the specific requirements of the task.
“Absolute discretion is an absolute necessity for any successful surveillance or static observation”…

As well as being discreet in their operation, our surveillance operatives also focus to ensure that targeted individuals remain under continuous observation. Where appropriate, photographic stills or video (time and date stamped) are acquired using advanced covert equipment, which backs up and supports contemporaneously recorded notes. Our end reports and logs are of the very highest standard and are generally Court admissible*

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How We Report

Research Associates‘ observation/surveillance reports (and logs) are very focused, detailed and professional. As well as reporting to you in person, initially by telephone, our formal report will document the presenting situation and clearly demonstrates we have undertaken an ‘impact assessment’, which shows consideration for the legality of the observation/surveillance task. Our report then documents the summarised results of the observation in the form of a summary. The report then has a separate Observation Log which objectively demonstrates the following: Date; Time; Place and What has been observed. This section of the Report is typically supported by date and time stamped media evidence, which is gathered covertly, where doing so does not compromise the observation. Our reports are designed to allow the reader to clearly understand both the presenting situation, along with the resulting evidence; whether the reader be a Court in the UK or any other jurisdiction, a family member or any other authorised third party.
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Preparation

Research Associates place great emphasis on preparation for an observation task, as this best leads to obtaining the required end-result. We believe this to best accomplished through close client liaison. We work on the premise that a client typically has healthy insight into the subject of enquiry, often based on subtle (and sometimes not so-subtle) changes in behaviour and more confidential intelligence. This information will unquestionably assist with establishing accurate briefing and instructions, which in turn leads us to providing successful results.
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Established 1977

Research Associates has a long history of fulfilling requests to observe and document cheating spouses or partners, as well as looking at insurance frauds, compensation claims, stolen property, personal injury, employee thefts, counterfeit goods, general frauds, or trade espionage. The very best way to obtain and document facts is to ensure use of only professional operatives who will produce clear, Court admissible reports based on contemporaneously written, data generated logs, supported by irrefutable video and photographic evidence.

As well as having extensive professional experience, our surveillance teams constantly re-train in the use of the most up-to-date, covert surveillance systems. Depending on the task, we employ a wide range of technically advanced body worn and vehicle mounted surveillance equipment, including 35mm and pro-digital cameras, miniature covert body-worn audio-visual and digital devices, audio transmitters, image intensifier equipment and near undetectable high-def digital and video cameras.

Research Associates: 020 7243 1000
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Private Observation and Surveillance

Research Associates define ‘private surveillance’, whether it be for personal, private or corporate reasons, as the covert observation, monitoring and documenting of the behaviour, activities or other changing actions, typically of an individual, or individuals. Surveillance is undoubtedly the most focused and hands-on approach to investigation. However, to ensure that your requirements are fully satisfied, it is imperative to fully discuss requirements with an experienced investigator before instruction, especially when instructing via Solicitors/Lawyers or other third parties. Call our office in confidence now:

Research Associates: 020 7243 1000
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Surveillance Categories:

  • Dedicated rapid-response Corporate Surveillance Teams
  • Observation/Surveillance to determine whether a partner is being unfaithful, or to confirm or disprove adultery or any other inappropriate behaviours.
  • Surveillance of individuals to establish insurance or disability frauds.
  • Observation of places of work including offices, warehouses, construction sites, production locations and other accessible areas.
  • Surveillance of individuals for matrimonial or domestic litigation, as part of investigations into residential cohabitation, asset investigations or other domestic or matrimonial matter.
  • Observation of residential premises, apartments, garages, boats or aircraft
  • Rural covert observation
  • Undercover surveillance

Research Associates: 020 7243 1000
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People, Object and Vehicle Tracking:

Research Associates employ state of the art miniature tracker devices that enable us to track vehicles, people and relatively small objects anywhere in the world. Our tracking devices are very discrete and under most circumstances undetectable. More important, Research Associatesinteractive viewing platforms are of the highest possible quality; the quality of our viewing platforms may be equalled but never bettered. Viewing platforms, allow clients not only to receive live reports, but also to view historic reports which are user-friendly and very well thought through. Whether trackers are utilised for covert purposes, to monitor assets or to provide security for family members, Research Associates have offer a bespoke service guaranteed to satisfy the most demanding requirements.

Research Associates tracking devices give an exact location within a matter of meter/feet, without the user knowing and may be configured to automatically alert us via text or email when the vehicle or object being tracked leaves a pre-designated area (using ‘geo-fencing’ technology).

We both hire and sell tracking equipment used for security tracking, personal tracking, pet tracking, animal tracking, vehicle tracking and general monitoring services for increased asset visibility.
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Custom Designed Tracking Devices:

Research Associates also supply the most sophisticated bespoke tracking devices, as well as trackers built into handmade accessories and footwear. These sophisticated items are available with added features such as panic buttons. We supply easy to digest interactive reports which clearly show the tracker’s movements in ‘real time’, including all relative data such as direction speed and other relevant criteria. We also offer virtually ‘live’ internet tracking, allowing clients to see exactly where their tracker is on a ‘live’ map (updated regularly, up to every five seconds).

We are confident that our range of tracking devices cannot be bettered and will satisfy the most demanding of situations and strongly suggest you contact us directly to discuss your requirement:

Research Associates: Call 020 7243 1000

For more information please click on our ‘Tracking page:

Since every investigation is essentially unique and because of the delicate nature of all we do, before commencement of any assignment we suggest you call and speak with us. We find 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, turn around time -and to decide whether you wish to instruct us.

Research Associates: Call 020 7243 1000 International: +44 207 243 1000
OUT OF HOURS (07h00 – 23h00 local time):

Paul Hawkes: 07778 163500

Martin Young: 07715 098569

Note: * Prior to instruction, Research Associates request clients formally notify us if our report is likely to be reproduced in support any current of future Court Case in any UK or other jurisdiction. This request is based on needing to fully appreciate and understand the legal requirements for admissible reports in any given jurisdiction, including the UK. If this is not formally communicated prior to instruction, the contents of our report are not for open reproduction and may not be exhibited to any Affidavit. If in doubt; please ask our knowledgeable investigators.
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Debtor Tracing

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Locating Missing Debtors Since 1977

Research Associates was first established in August 1977 as a private intelligence agency specialising in locating missing debtors and tracing missing persons. Over time we have evolved into an approachable, highly professional intelligence and investigation agency with a reputation for delivering solutions and results; helping resolve problems with both focus and expertise.
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Debtor Solutions for Clients

With so many years of experience serving private individuals, executives, entrepreneurs, business and public sector organisations, Research Associates have a wealth of industry knowledge and experience and provide an unrivalled level of customer service, including:

  • Tracing/Locating absconding debtors worldwide (since August 1977)
  • Highly experienced and professional investigators and reseach professionals
  • A full back up intelligence service using only dedicated experts
  • A legal and compliant asset searching service
  • Clear debtor solutions for our clients
  • Investigation utilising both state of the art and established techniques
  • Complete worldwide and local coverage
  • Exclusive 24-48 hour fast response service
  • Supplying valuable information regarding the County Court process
  • A dedicated Project Manager throughout
  • Structured evidence reports
  • Excellent standards of practice

Call now: 020 7243 1000. Please ask for Paul Hawkes or Martin Tomlins-Young.
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Finding Absconding Debtors

Research Associates has been accurately locating the confirmed whereabouts of debtors throughout the UK and worldwide for over thirty years and are now widely regarded as leaders in their field. Research Associates has been tracing missing debtors for some of the world’s largest and well known financial institutions including banks, building societies, mortgage lenders as well as various government departments since being first established in 1977. We now offer the same high degree of service to business and corporate users as well as private individuals.

We pride ourselves on delivering a rapid turnaround; in supplying a fully confirmed address for an absconding debtor, whilst always working within the UK government’s stringent legislation (Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, the Data Protection Act and where relevant the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000). Over the last three decades Research Associates has amassed vast in-house records, databases and legal resources which enable us to supply the addresses of debtors more rapidly and cost effectively than less well established agencies who may rely on non-legal means.

A core principal of Research Associates debtor tracing policy is that at no time during the tracing of the individual do they become aware they are being investigated or know they have been found. This ensures that the subsequent legal process is not frustrated or compromised and that the individual is not given any opportunity to hide assets. A subsequent legally compliant Asset Searching service may also be implemented to effectively locate both liquid and tangible assets.
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‘Professional Debtors’

Some individuals who owe money often disappear with the specific intention of avoiding payment, frequently attempting to hide their current whereabouts using false or altered names, not registering for services associated with their residential address, or going to the extent of changing their registered name (privately by deed poll). Research Associates effectively trace people as a matter of routine, even in difficult circumstances where individuals are actively trying to remain hidden.
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Asset Location Investigations

Where a debtor is either involved in ongoing court procedures or a crime, our team are able to instigate legally compliant cutting-edge procedures to locate both tangible and liquid assets both in the UK and worldwide.
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Legal:

Allow Research Associates’ highly experience private investigators to explain how we will assist in your process. Note: For legal reasons, it is very helpful to formally let us know at the time of initial instruction that we are locating a debtor, as we are then able to make use of very helpful legislative consents, which allow us legal access to otherwise prohibited databases, some of which we may not have the right to use under other circumstances. This ensures the process of locating of a person becomes more straightforward and therefore more cost-effective.

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Process Serving

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Serving Process Local & Worldwide

Research Associates are an established company providing Process Serving services throughout the UK and internationally. We act directly for both for law firms and for private and commercial clients. We specifically specialise in Process Serving which requires a degree of tact or subtlety; the more challenging cases of process. 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 to prudent to liaise closely with clients, who typically have information helpful to successfully serve a person or company. Research Associates enjoy working closely with Solicitors and Lawyers to ensure good process, whatever the jurisdiction.
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Immediate Service

Research Associates typically initiate 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 theAssociation of British Investigators (ABI), Research Associates have the expertise to serve legal papers anywhere in the world.

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

We believe that service, reliability and attention to detail are all paramount to the successful service of documents, and we therefore 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

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Research Associates employ 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 expences directly relating to the task. Please note that Research Associates do not undertake cases funded by Legal Aid.
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Close Protection

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Close Protection and Security Solutions

Research Associates offer bespoke specialist security provisions, specialising in close protection/body guarding. Based out of central London and offering security services throughout the UK, the European Union, Africa and the Middle East arena. All requests for services are facilitated by a team of dedicated specialists and a client requirements are built-up using information gathered during consultation. All clients’ requirements are assessed based on a RISK/THREAT and a bespoke package of security services offered based on assessment; all packages are specifically tailored to client requirement. Virtus Research Associates offer a full spectrum of security services relating to personal protection, property protection and asset protection. All services are dealt with in the first instance by specialists and subsequently addressed by operatives, fully licenced to carry out security services in the United Kingdom ‘SIA licenced close protection operatives’.
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Body Guards and Close Protection Officers

Research Associates security operatives are typically former military, police (armed, former Diplomatic Protection Group, Royalty Protection and SEG group) or former Home Office police close protection units.

All operatives are able to deploy as an Individual Bodyguard (IBG) or as part of a close protection team anywhere worldwide. Our operatives are able to deploy in a Corporate or Hostile environment and where required may perform armed duties as per the laws of the theatre of operation.
Research Associates prides itself on providing suitable experienced Close Protection operatives, both male and female, from a wide variety of backgrounds and speaking numerous languages, ensuring clients receive the most appropriate and high-quality service available.Ongoing communication with clients and diligent attention to detail are the key to the ethos of Research Associates and allow us to provide first class services within the private security industry:
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First Class Protection Services

Close Protection:

  • Close Protection Team or Individual Bodyguard (IBG) services.
  • Residential security teams.
  • Witness Protection
  • Escorts for court appearances.
  • Concierge and Itinerary planning.
  • Executive transport and executive vehicle supply.
  • AGM and Public-meeting protection.

Specialist Services:

  • Specialist security consultancy.
  • Specialist Security Services Worldwide.

Event Security and Consultancy:

  • Music, Media and Concert Security.
  • Sport Event Security and Consultancy.

Initially, we suggest calling sending an email outlining your task (addressed to Paul Hawkes) toph@ra77.com outlining the current situation and requirements of the task, to arrange a private consultation. Alternatively, call Paul Hawkes on 020 7243 1000.
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Computer & IT Crime

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Expert Forensic Services

Forensic services offered by Research Associates include the following:

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Digital Evidence Recovery and Examination
  • Computer Examination –including Mac and all forms of digital media
  • Mobile Telephone Examination
  • CCTV Systems Examination
  • On-Site Assistance to Recover Digital Evidence
  • Court Admissible Technical Forensic Reports -as provided to Police and Government
  • Section 9 Witness Statements
  • Expert Witness Evidence for Court Cases
  • Training

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Forensic IT

Research Associates offer govenment grade forensic examination to both corporate and private markets. Forensic IT requires a high degree of technical know-how, combined with an up to date understanding of the legal system. This understanding and insight is a vital necesssity as IT investigation may inadvertently become tarnished or compromised either by an inability to lay out technical IT investigation results in a presentable and legal format, or by an IT technician’s lack of experience as a professional witness (however skilled the IT technician may be). This may seriously jeapordise potential legal action. Therefore, prior to instruction, Research Associatesrecommend clients avoid unnecessarily tampering with a suspect machine and to obtain appropriate advice, preferably before the device is touched or even switched on/off. For all cases of IT forensics, including mobile telephones, PC/Macs and other IT devices/media, Research Associates stock a range of evidence bags designed to isolate the suspect device and so protect potential evidence. These are available at no cost, by calling during normal office hours:

Research Associates: 020 7243 1000
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IT and Internet Crime

Whether it be problems involving an IT security breach, or crimes involving fraud direct or indirect, partially or wholly via the internet; there is a need to obtain clear concise intelligence. Focused intelligence may assist in limiting any potential breach and go on to assist bringing perpetrators of fraud to justice. Research Associates’ reports help support legal proceedings, whether criminal or civil.

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Internet Research and Intelligence:

For the past two decades Research Associates‘ local team have worked closely with a highly trained team of international internet researchers, based out Cape Town, South Africa, renowned for investigation of internet fraud and conducting research using legally sanitised ‘open source intelligence’ (‘OSInt’) and ‘deep web’ searches‘, enabling us to offer a superior enquiry service at cost effective prices.

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IT Specialists:

Cases involving IT and computing are regularly worked in close consultation with Major Phillip Hatton TD BA (Hons) MTSI MBCS DTS, a forensic IT specialist well recognised in both government and legal circles. Since 1987, Major Phillip Hatton has specialised in IT investigation, initially in ‘Trading Standards’; subsequently serving during the second Gulf war with the 513rd Military Intelligence Brigade (US Army) as technical manager of the theatre collection point for digital media, operating in northern Kuwait and Baghdad. He was awarded the ‘US Army Achievement Medal’ for services in the Gulf War. Major Hatton has also devised a specialist IT course for the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) on ‘computer seizure and Internet investigations’, and has worked in close collaboration with various police and law enforcement agencies (including the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, Virginia), assisting in numerous sensitive investigations and court cases. Although Major Hatton does not work directly for the public, Research Associates work in close conjunction with him and his colleagues on most types of cases requiring forensic IT expertise.
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Research Associates: 020 7243 1000: Paul Hawkes

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