The firm of Grant & McMurtrie was established in 1965 and initially operated from small basement premises at 3 Grosvenor Gardens, Edinburgh. As we expanded over the years, we took over more space within the premises and eventually, we leased the whole first floor. In 1995 we purchased city centre premises at 7 Palmerston Place Lane, Edinburgh, which were perfect for our operation, particularly as we had ample parking, a rarity in Edinburgh City Centre.


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  City Edinburgh
  Postcode EH12 5AE
  Address 7 Palmerston Place La
  Phone Number 013 1220 6660

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Over the years, Grant & McMurtrie Professional Investigators have significantly developed their capabilities in undertaking both urban and rural surveillance, as well as undercover assignments. As far as our surveillance fleet is concerned, we have recently invested in fully equipping our vehicles with the latest digital video equipment. We also have a motorcycle at our disposal which is particularly effective when undertaking surveillance in an urban area. We continually invest in the latest technology to assist us in carrying out surveillance.


We have recently expanded our team of genealogical researchers and have also invested in new computer software, enabling us to produce easy-to-follow family trees. We regularly carry out research at the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages in respect of genealogical investigations and the tracing of beneficiaries. We also have a great deal of experience in researching similar registers in England and Wales, enabling us to provide a full UK service in this respect. As far as tracing beneficiaries is concerned, we are also able to draw on our team of experienced in-house investigators.


Grant & McMurtrie works within the Code of Ethics and Professional Standards set by the Institute of Professional Investigators and Association of British Investigators. The Association of British Investigators is endorsed by the Law Society of England & Wales and is exclusively included in the Law Society of Scotland's service provider scheme. Grant & McMurtrie takes pride in its high standards. We place significant emphasis on personal development and continuous training. We have been approved to BS EN ISO 9002: 1994 quality standards in relation to our administration systems in the provision of investigation and other related services.


Our incident investigations generally involve road traffic incidents. However, we are frequently tasked to investigate industrial incidents, including off-shore incidents, requiring us to obtain witness statements, take relevant digital photographs and video, and liaise with expert witnesses in the field with whom we have formed alliances over the years. We act on behalf of a number of insurance companies and solicitors in relation to road traffic incident investigations. We have significant experience of interviewing witnesses, including police witnesses, undertaking locus (scene of an incident) inspections and taking digital photographs and measurements.


Grant & McMurtrie offers a full investigation service in respect of civil and criminal matters. This includes litigation support and intelligence research, as well as the obtaining of evidence through witness statements/precognitions. We are regularly tasked to obtain evidence for prosecution purposes, particularly where a client only has suspicions of criminal activity and not sufficient evidence to involve the police. After obtaining relevant evidence, we often cooperate with the police by providing them with the evidence we have gathered.


After serving in the Armed Forces, John Grant started out in the private investigation sector and, in 1965, he established the firm of Grant & McMurtrie. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Investigators (since 1976) and was in fact the first Principal of the Institute (1976-1979). He is also a Member of the Royal Military Police Association (since 1957) and the Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State (since 1974). John Grant was the originator of the Private Investigators (Registration) Bill 1984 which the Institute of Professional Investigators has long been trying to have passed through Parliament in an attempt to have the profession regulated in Scotland.