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Association of British Investigators - accredited professional investigators

  • Association of British Investigators

    The Association of British Investigators (ABI) works in partnership with the Law Society. This arrangement enables the ABI to support us and our 160,000 members and provide immediate access to the services of ABI members.

    As the leading professional body for private investigators working in the UK and beyond, we recommend the ABI to our members to both provide a first class service and protect against reputational damage. This arrangement will help the ABI to increase its brand awareness, get our messages across, promote you as our members and position the ABI as the go to experts in the field.

    The ABI is the only association in this industry to be recognised by the Law Society of England and Wales, and included in the Law Society of Scotland's approved Supplier Scheme.

    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.

    By instructing an ABI member you will have 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