This heading covers a huge subject area and is too extensive to cover in a few words, it's best described in a few bullet points with a brief description of certain subjects thereafter. Click on each bullet point to see the brief description.
A major part of our work is surveillance based and an area in which we tend to specialise. We have the experience and capabilities to cover assignments from domestic related surveillance and investigations to the more demanding and protracted covert surveillance operations usually associated with insurance injury/disability claims and employer/employee dispute related claims.
Photographic and video evidence is produced using covert equipment. All assignments comply with the appropriate current legislation such as The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, The Human Rights Act 1998, The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and of course the Data Protection Act 1998.
Scenes of accident examination including photographs and/or video footage of the locus. Sketch plans with full measurements and details of the location. Environmental conditions and accident history of the site provided where available.
Plus the tracing and interviewing of witnesses in accordance with the rules of evidence with an assessment of their credibility and how we believe they will deal with the trauma of giving evidence in Court if required.
This investigation agency has a vast experience of investigating injury and disability claims for insurers and employers. The basis of our enquiries is usually by observation and the section on our surveillance operations apply here.
With this type of investigation we would use at least two investigators in separate vehicles and clients should be made aware that under normal circumstances a protracted period of investigation is required in order to gather sufficient evidence to successfully challenge such claims.
Full reports are provided for disclosure and our operatives are experienced in attending and giving evidence in Court when required.
Our investigators are fully trained and adept at all types of suspected loss investigations and are able to conduct investigations into both civil and criminal matters and in the past, this agency, has been involved in assisting clients with investigations into such diverse areas as:
Stock losses, false accounting/financial fraud, vehicle loss claims, internal theft, copyright theft, patent infringement, trademark violation, insurance claims and employee investigations i.e. claiming time off work as "sick leave".
With the change over recent years in the divorce laws there has been less of a need to employ the services of a private investigator.
However, in some cases, it is still necessary, particularly where custody of children, domestic violence or financial issues are involved and in other cases, such as partnerships, the innocent party just requires evidence for "peace of mind" and some form of closure. Whatever the situation or needs of the client Legal and Commercial Services are here to assist, gather and collate the required evidence or information in a confidential, discreet and professional manner and with the clients interests of paramount importance.
Since the publication of the Woolf report the work of the process server has become a lot easier and following the introduction of the Civil Procedures Act 1997 and the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 this agency has complied with the requirements and we provide a comprehensive, firm, friendly, discreet and professional service by experienced staff.
We deal with all types of process and have the knowledge, determination and patience that are needed to be successful.
A major part of any investigation service is the tracing of absconder debtors, witnesses, beneficiaries, relatives and friends or in a nutshell PEOPLE!
The advent of the internet has made it a lot easier for anyone to locate missing persons (for whatever reason) making it unnecessary, in a lot of cases, to employ a private investigator. However, there are circumstances where it would be useful to take advantage of our access to specialised data bases that are not freely available on the internet and to which we subscribe.
Before we undertake any tracing enquiries, particularly from the private sector, we have to be certain that the "trace" is for a legitimate legal purpose and to this end we take the requirements of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 into consideration.
The compilation of a status or means report, also known as pre-sue reports, into an individual or company is often linked to a trace instruction and can sometimes involve in-depth and expensive asset tracing and research.
We therefore advise clients to state clearly exactly what their requirements and objectives are and to set themselves a realistic financial limitation that we can work to.
We do have access to a vast amount of legal data and can usually provide the information that clients require to make an assessment of their next course of action.
Whilst there is not currently a great need for this type of service, we feel that with an ever increasing "moving population" and with our society becoming more integrated, coupled with the increase in anti social behaviour and the issue of ASBO's, there is more at stake for individuals and businesses, when moving to a new area, than there ever has been.
Legal and Commercial Services can provide a service that is surveillance based with local enquiries and local knowledge together with relevant information searches and any necessary photographs or video footage plus specific client requirements, compiled in written report.