Frequently Asked Questions


Does a private investigator need to be licensed in the U.K.?

The short answer is no, there are currently no regulations in the United Kingdom that require a private investigator to be licensed, but we support the view that they should be licensed here at Dalton investigations. This is why our investigators are DBS checked and our director is a member of W.A.D ( World Association Of Detectives) A.B.I (Association Of British investigators) W.A.P.I (World Association Of Professional Investigators)

Because our director is a member of each association we strive to maintain the same high standards of ethics as these associations, which in means that you will get the best service within the country's legal limits.

Are private investigations legal?

Private investigations in the United Kingdom are perfectly legal, meaning that all the evidence collected can be used in a court of law.

Will it be confidential?

All investigations are confidential, the evidence will be shared solely with you or another named person.

Can we tap phones?

It is currently illegal to tap or bug phones in the United Kingdom. However if the phone is under your name, phone forensics can be used to recover deleted information,

call history and text messages 

Can you hack emails?

No reputable private investigations company will hack into an email account as this is not a legal method of investigation.

What does a private investigator do ?

As each investigation is unique, our investigations are tailored to the needs of the clients. Why not speak to one of our helpful investigators today to discuss which kind of investigation that you are likely to need.


What are the next steps?

The next steps are to contact us and clarify which kind of investigation you require.

Will the person find out they are under surveillance ?

All of our investigators are discreet and conduct covert surveillance. The only way someone can find out is if you tell them, but otherwise the person will not be aware of the investigation.

How can you pay?

We accept all type payments including by bank transfer, credit card, debt card and pay-pal