Financial Investigations and Status Enquiries
Most Financial Investigations are likely to be linked to debt recovery but I am sometimes surprised by how readily companies will enter into business with other companies or individuals without fully knowing who they are dealing with or checking their financial credentials. If the bills are paid there will be no problem but when payments become overdue you may start to wonder how to deal with it. My first piece of advice is know who you are dealing with when you first enter into any financial arrangement with them, so you know who to sue if you need to take them to court at some stage in the future. Secondly, try and obtain as much information about their finances and financial record before starting to supply goods or services. Thirdly, try to ensure they stick to payment terms and lastly, if they do go into debt, try to deal with it straight away but do not necessarily rush straight to a solicitor or Court unless you are sure they have the money to pay you or own assets capable of being seized and sold to recover your money. There are a large number of possible hurdles to cross between obtaining a Court Judgement and receiving your money and you may end up throwing ‘good money after bad’. I may be able to assist by way of guidance or advice or by carrying out enquiries.
Matrimonial Observations and Enquiries
This type of work is likely to need sensitive and confidential handling and be upsetting to the client. I have been involved in numerous cases of suspected infidelity although they have also included spouses who may be involved in gambling, excess drinking or exposing the children to undesirable influences during access visits.
Dependant upon the type of proceedings for which a Statement of Evidence is required it may need preparing in a certain way. However that is only part of the requirement as a well taken statement will only emerge as a result of the skilled interview of a witness and I am able to deal with all forms of statement taking. The information contained in a statement can be invaluable to the Courts, solicitors and barristers involved in proceedings.
Personal Injury Claim Enquiries
Road accidents, work accidents, trips and slips are often regarded as an easy and quick route to an insurance payout. The insurance companies are quite good at identifying fraudulent claims which cost us all money in the long term. I am able to investigate such claims by way of enquiry and observation which may result in a claim being substantiated or declined.
The investigation of all accidents, whether road traffic, work related or any other type of accident requires an experienced and instinctive investigator and I am able to provide this service. If an investigation is to be of the greatest value it needs starting as soon as possible after the accident as time plays tricks on people’s minds. The resulting conclusion can be of great benefit to all parties and sometimes negate the need for expensive and prolonged court actions.
Photographs and Plans
A picture paints a thousand words and where needed, a plan probably paints another thousand. Well prepared photographs and plans can be supplied for any type of proceedings.
Investigation of Employee Absences from Work
Employees who are long term sick are sometimes suspected of malingering although any investigation into such suspicions need to be conducted with a great deal of care to ensure that the employer does not breach the employee’s rights. Absent employees have been known to find alternative work during their absence with information about their doing so often coming from a disgruntled colleague. If you have a need for this type of investigation I should be able to help.
Conflict of Interest
Employees have been known to run their own, sometimes competing business to their employer’s business whilst still working for them or be in breach of a non competition clause following their departure from a business. Enquiries and observations can be undertaken to obtain the evidence.