It is often possible to recover the fees for a private investigator’s investigation from the opposing party. Ask for it!
In the case of unfair practices by a competitor, the Court of Appeal (Paris, 12/22/2000) found that it was appropriate to take into account the amount of the investigation fees imposed on the party seeking relief.
It even increased the fees attributed by the first judge under article 700 of the Civil Procedure Code for the purpose of indemnifying the fees for the bailiff and private investigations. So do not hesitate to ask for reimbursement of the detective’s investigation fees if the intervention is justified in a civil or commercial legal proceeding.