What Is The Association Of British Investigators?

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What Is The Association Of British Investigators?

What Is The Association Of British Investigators?

With roots that date as far back as 1913, The Association Of British Investigators are the UK’s leading authority and thought leaders on all matters relating to the investigation industry.

The ABI are exclusive industry-partners of The Law Society and this article explains the history of the association, what its purpose is and why this unique relationship provides benefits to both parties and their members.

With the intention of creating an organisation which represented the interests of the industry, former Scotland Yard detective, Harry Smale, and a small group of other private detectives based in London, founded the British Detectives Association in 1913. By 1952, the association had merged with the Federation of British Detectives to form the Association of British Investigators.

The original mission of the organisation is listed below:

"To promote and protect the interests of members and their relations with each other and with their employees, to reform abuses, to improve and purify detective methods, to guard against imposition and fraud by such persons as do not meet their obligations, also to seek national and international business in the name of the Association and apportion same amongst it's members. To make it a clean profession by our example and endeavour to purge it of undesirables"

ABI members are nationwide and offer a wide range of services to legal firms, corporate entities and private clients. From services ranging from process serving and tracing to specialist surveillance and investigation capabilities, the ABI is the UK’s leading source of professionals who have an unrivalled and rigorous application process. This process ensures not just the quality of its members but also that they adhere to the standards and values of the society which are proudly at the forefront of self-regulation in this otherwise unregulated industry.

To find an ABI member in your location, please visit www.theabi.org.uk to search our membership directory.

Why Use ABI?

The investigation industry’s lack of licensing and government control results in an array of risks for clients looking to hire such specialist services. Therefore, by using ABI members, not only will customers be using the best operatives in the UK, but they can save the large amounts of time needed to conduct the necessary levels of due diligence, thus ensuring that the operatives being instructed are adhering to the relevant matters relating to compliance and subsequently protect their business from the prospect of any reputational damage.

Shared Values

The Association of British Investigators primary aim is to uphold the professional values of this unregulated industry. As a result of its high standards and professional ethos, there is a clear alignment of values between those offered by the ABI and those required by The Law Society. This is why the ABI are the only association of its type to be recognised by The Law Society and why it is the leading association of its type in the UK today.


This article was written by ABI member, Greg Gillespie, who is the Managing Director of Tacet Global. www.tacetglobal.com

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