In 1981 I established an agency to provide discreet, confidential investigation services to the legal profession, corporate businesses and individual professionals. The agency has since specialised in corporate fraud, theft, due diligence and general litigation support. I joined the Association of British Investigators (ABI) in 1986 and was named Investigator of the Year in 1999. In 2003 I was further acknowledged by the ABI when presented with the award for service to the industry, which I was awarded again in 2013. I was President of the ABI from 2000 – 2004 and subsequently re-elected as President each year since 2008 to 2015. During this time I oversaw radical improvement of the membership criteria. The high standard led to the unique accreditation of the ABI by the DVLA (2008), its endorsement by The Law Society of England & Wales (2010) and inclusion in The Law Society of Scotland’s Service Provider Scheme (2011). In April 2015 I was appointed the newly created ABI position, Chairman of the Board, which I held until stepping down in August 2016 ahead of the Secretariat appointment running the ABI administration office.
In 2004 I was appointed Secretary General to the European umbrella body, Internationale Kommission der Detektiv-Verbande. During 2012 and 2013 I played a key role in drafting the British Standard Institution Code of Practice for the provision of investigative services (BS102000). In February 2012 as part of the government sponsored inquiries and reviews, which covered regulating investigation in the private sector, I gave detailed written submissions followed by oral evidence to both the Judicial Inquiry chaired by Lord Justice Leveson and the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee chaired by The Right Honorable Keith Vaz MP. I am qualified having obtained the Level 3 Award for Professional Investigation (QCF) and my business is certified to British Standard Institution BS102000 for the provision of investigative services. In addition Barringtons is certified to PSA42 being the requisite criteria set by the Private Security Authority (Ireland) to gain a Contractors PI Licence, which Barringtons are proud to be one of only 5 UK based companies to hold (Licence No. 07897). In the absence of UK statutory licensing for investigations, the PSA Contractor’s Licence is the only English language based EU government sponsored statutory regulatory scheme in existence in Europe.