05/06/2007: "UK Private Investigator Blog - "Why hire a professional?""
Recently a few clients have came to me with a request to find someone but they've had bits and pieces done by other "do-gooders" or have themselves went through public records and tried to do a DIY investigation.
You HAVE to be aware of the information laws if you decide to do this or face a £2000+ fine and up to 2 years in prison. It may be public information, but people tend to get a bit upset if they find out their public info is being passed about via email between a "do gooder" and yourself and neither of you are registered with the correct legal bodies to ensure their information is used properly and safeguarded.
Also, when you try to do it yourself using public records you won't know all the ins and outs so your investigation is likely to be quite intrusive. For example finding and lettering/calling the wrong person can cause all sorts of problems for them. Especially if you're trying to find your birth parent and this person's partner opens the letter and takes all this to be true (when in fact you've got the wrong person).
Believe me it's easier, quicker and safer to hire me or another professional to do this for you.