When failure can be a good thing.


Private Investigators often “fail”. Yes, it’s true!

It would be great if we could guarantee a successful outcome to every case. Sometimes it’s hard to judge what “success” is. It is easy to confuse the two.

Failing really can be a good thing!

Keeping in touch with our clients really pays off for us. We recently were annoyed at “failing” to fully locate an individual for a private client. A lot of money was at stake. We just could not house this slippery individual.

He knew he was being sought and he was not making life easy for us. Our subject really didn’t want to be found. He kept on the move and didn’t leave any forwarding addresses.

We had been briefed to find his address.

As professionals, we felt real frustration at not being able to pin him down to a specific address.

However, after some very detailed work, we were able to prove that he was definitely in France at a particular time and date.

As is our way, we had kept our client up to speed on the investigation. It turned out that just putting the suspect in France on a particular day at a particular time was actually enough evidence for our client to make strategic decisions.

What we felt was a “failure” was really a success from the client’s point of view. Keeping the client updated with our progress saved him money, made him very happy, shortened our investigation considerably and earned us some great feed-back.

As is so often the case, money was the driving force when we were asked to locate a wealthy businessman who had not responded to numerous requests to pay substantial debts. Our solicitor client had not been able to locate him.

We established that he had purchased a house with a woman several years ago. On visiting the area we found the house empty and up for sale. We made discreet enquiries and we proved that our subject had definitely left the UK a year previously. He was now permanently residing in a strife-torn region of the Middle East. Address unknown.

We had failed to definitively locate our subject, which was extremely frustrating.  However we had proved that he was living abroad and had no intention of returning.

Our client was entirely satisfied with that information. It enabled her to advise her client on the likelihood of getting their money back.

The creditor was able to decide that it was no longer economical to pursue the debtor. It saved him from throwing any more good money after bad.

Our open communication with our clients was vital to their decision-making. What we had initially seen as  “failure” was actually success.







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