Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Philip Marlowe, Inspector Clouseau…the private investigator has long been rich fodder for books, films and TV programmes. Agatha Christie’s creations have become well-loved and respected; the bumbling Clouseau is greeted with affection and amusement; Marlowe is the epitome of the brooding, tough PI effortlessly attracting beautiful women, and Holmes … Continue reading A Bottle of Whisky and a New Set of Lies – the 21st Century Private Investigator.
When megastar Prince died earlier this year, once the shock and tributes had subsided, the thorny question of “who gets what?” from his estate, reared its ugly head. Prince died without leaving a will, which makes the task of dividing his estate very complicated. Cue the inevitable spurious claims from those professing to be … Continue reading Private investigations: Where there’s a will…
One of the services we are called upon to provide in our work as private investigators, is that of pre-employment screening. We’ve undertaken work for well-known companies recruiting top CEOs, for charities, NGOs and government departments. There’s not much we haven’t seen – the candidate in line for a top job at an international charity … Continue reading Pre-employment vetting: First Class Dishonours – why you should give new employees the third degree.
As private investigators, we are used to being viewed in a sometimes less than complimentary way. The stereotype of the PI in hat and raincoat, frequenting seedy bars and acting unscrupulously is still a very commonly held view. Sadly, in a largely unregulated industry, this perception can at times, be not too far from the truth. … Continue reading The (un)appealing role of the private investigator…
It’s certainly been a momentous week. As we write, not only has the UK electorate voted to get out of Europe, but the England football team has also been unceremoniously kicked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland. Whilst the repercussions of both exits will no doubt be felt for years to come, we’re sure both … Continue reading Brexit: They think it’s all over…
Have you decided how you are going to vote in the EU referendum? If you haven’t, you’ve got just under 2 days and 7 hours until the polls close on Thursday to make your mind up. One of the main complaints we’ve heard from voters is the lack of facts being presented from either side. One the … Continue reading We know the referendum result: and that’s a fact.
Way back in 1168, the first trial by jury took place in Britain, in the court of Henry II. The defendant in question was one Benedict Graymond, who stood trial for killing a man with a garden tool (no, we don’t know what tool it was but we suspect something heavy or sharp). Graymond … Continue reading Private investigations: litigation -12 Good Men and True? Not on this jury:
Last week, in a moment of madness, we spent 5 minutes thinking about buying a new car. We quickly realised that a) our current car was fine, and b) the insurance on an Aston Martin Vanquish was a trifle expensive. This flight of fancy was shared, albeit momentarily, with a friend online. The next day, … Continue reading Private investigations – internet security – Careless Whispers: Facebook has ears
Just before Easter this year, quietly, almost by stealth it seemed, the government announced its plan to privatise the Land Registry. You might be asking if this matters. Well, dear Reader, it does. Established 150 years ago, the Land Registry holds the title deeds, and hence ownership details, of more than 24 million properties across … Continue reading From a London Private Detective -Taking the register: No Man’s Land
Summer’s here (allegedly). Those looking for sun, sex and Sangria flock to the shores of the Costas. Those with less money or more inhibitions might turn to the new matchmaker of choice – the internet. Twenty years ago, those looking for love might have taken up a new hobby, joined a club, or scoured … Continue reading Summer Loving: Our top ten online dating tips