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Association of British Investigators - accredited professional investigators

  • Association of British Investigators

    In an unlicensed sector, choosing investigative service suppliers and legal service providers can be daunting. Increasing compliance and regulation makes it more important than ever to ensure the due diligence of your providers.

    Widely regarded as the leading professional body for private investigators working in the UK and beyond, we recommend the Association of British Investigators (ABI) to our members.

    ABI is a non-profit organisation and endorsed partner of the Law Society, with both national and international membership, who offer easy access to their trusted investigative professionals through their website.

    By instructing an ABI member you can reduce risk of reputational damage with the assurance that all their members:

    • have been DBS checked
    • have demonstrated the necessary qualifications or industry experience
    • are financially stable
    • have appropriate professional indemnity insurance, and
    • can be further held accountable for their actions through the Association's robust disciplinary system.

    For details of a local accredited professional investigator, see the ABI directory or contact the secretariat on +44 (0)20 8191 7500 or Secretariat@theABI.org.uk to discuss how to implement an 'Investigative Due Diligence Ethos' in your firm.

    At the Law Society we recommend legal firms insist that every person instructing investigators and process servers within their firm undertake the necessary due diligence on each and every legal service provider. Insisting on Association membership is a simple, time and cost-efficient way of doing this.

    The Association can also offer free in-house training at your offices for groups of 10 or more people, offering advice and materials to assist you in creating this ethos within your firm. They also offer free training in:

    1. perils in engaging unregulated legal professionals
    2. instructing investigations within GDPR
    3. trace methodology