Private Investigators and Process Servers, Berkshire

Southern Law

Private Investigators and
Process Servers
Reading, Berkshire





Private Investigations


Computer Forensic Preview

Contact Us

T: 0118 975 9400
M: 07770 944098
F: 0118 327 8665

About us and our services

Southern Law Services was formed in 1976 by Michael John Southern, a former Thames Valley Police Sergeant. This was the first Private Investigation Company in Reading - initially called Southern Investigation. Since then it has grown into a healthy business gaining the confidence of locally and nationally based solicitors.

In 1997 Colin David Victor Lott retired from Thames Valley Police and entered the private sector of detective investigations, working with Southern Law. In 2001, Colin became the principal of the company, taking over from Michael Southern.

Colin served with the Thames Valley Police and during his police service he worked with Thames Valley Police C.I.D. and was also for 14 years seconded to different departments within the Regional and National Crime squads and the SO10 Department of New Scotland Yard. During his service he received 14 Chief Constable Commendations and numerous Crown Court and High Court Judges' accreditations. On retirement from the Police service. Colin received an Exemplary Conduct Certificate and a long service and good conduct medal. The work that Colin was involved in was mostly of a very sensitive nature and of high security. Achieving many successful results throughout his police career Colin has brought this wealth of experience into the private sector of detective investigations.

The range of services that Southern Law Services can offer include:
  • Private Investigations
    • Surveillance
    • Process Serving
    • Matrimonial/Partner investigations
    • Missing People and means enquiries
    • Employee theft, deception and industrial espionage investigations
    • Corporate Fraud investigations
    • Bogus personal injury and insurance claims investigations
    • Road Accident investigations
    • Detailed Witness interviewing
    • Statement taking
    • Certificated Bailiff Service
    • Computer Forensic Preview and Investigation
    Why you should use us

    Experience - All our personnel, mainly ex police officers, have years of experience in the investigations and surveillance fields.

    Reliability - We are dedicated to getting results and providing excellent service to our clients.

    Confidentiality - Our clients can be assured of complete confidentiality. All investigations are handled with discretion and professionalism.

    Flexibility - We are quick to react, and can work throughout the UK and abroad.

    Resources - We have a large network of colleagues throughout the UK and abroad, all of whom are with professional organisations. We are members of the Association of Private Investigators, NARPO and working agent to agent we can arrange and co-ordinate the service required throughout the world.

    Fees - All fees are normally on an hourly basis with two rates i.e. Private matters and Legal Aid Rates. Likewise with a mileage charge from our Reading office. However, we do work to fixed rates if required.
Southern Law Services work to the highest levels of ethical practice within the profession of Professional Investigations and are members of many organisations, such as the Institute of Professional Investigators, National Association of Retired Police Officers etc.