P.L Ancliffe & Co – Commercial Investigation and Research Services

P. L Ancliffe & Co is a small, private company that provides a range of services including background screening on potential employees, due diligence, risk assessment and commercial research to advise on partnerships and financial investments, employment and business referencing. We are based in London, but our work is global.


Established over 4 decades ago, P. L Ancliffe and Co has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial investigation, background research and business intelligence. From employment checks to company profiling, we treat each and every enquiry, case and project with the strictest confidentiality, importance and necessary speed to deliver thorough, detailed and bespoke reports rapidly without compromising on the quality and reliability of our research results.

Over the years, we have created solid relationships with trusted and vetted agents in every region and most countries in the world. Consequently, we are able to obtain consistent, relevant and valuable information from our sources on the ground where others often cannot. Our agents understand that “basic checks” aren’t always sufficient and they readily go further than most to get meaningful and in-depth results even in some of the most difficult, remote and war-torn locations.

We do not tick boxes. We recognise that every case and client is unique, therefore the searches, results and reports we conduct and deliver are tailored to address specific requirements and significance to each of our clients. Unless mandated to do so, we never disclose our clients’ identities, not even to our agents if unnecessary. We do not re-sell our reports and only retain unattributed data on file.

Our major, regular clients have been such for decades and we enjoy their loyalty and trust in our consistency and discretion. We welcome new investigative challenges and take pride in our technical and operational experience and skill in seeking new methods and sources of information to fulfil legal and commercial intelligence requirements.

Call us, in and with confidence on +44 (0) 20 7589 8295, our telephone number for over thirty years!

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