Dick Smith QPM (Director)

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Dick Smith

Since 1997, Dick has been operating against distributors of counterfeit product for various multi-nationals and organisations, often working in conjunction with Law Enforcement and/or Civil Lawyers.

In this role, he has been supervising and implementing investigation and surveillance ops against crime syndicates both in the UK and abroad and has been instrumental in achieving notable successes in obtaining evidence providing grounds for the recovery of lost revenue and damages on behalf of clients.

As a career detective predominantly engaged in national security matters, Dick earned a series of Judge’s, Met Commissioner’s and Chief Constable’s commendations and in 1995 was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service.

This “hands-on” experience stood him in good stead for the transition to the commercial world. In 2002, he was awarded an “outstanding contribution” certificate by Microsoft Corp in recognition of his work for the Anti-Counterfeiting Team, Europe, Middle East and Africa. During 2011, he carried out a protracted investigation into electoral irregularities in a West African country, heading up a team of 28 investigators.

Dick is a member of a number of UK and worldwide accredited associations related to the investigation industry. He was presented with the prestigious (Association of British Investigators) award of Investigator of the Year for 2010/2011 in recognition of his outstanding investigative performance and impressive results. The award is held in great esteem and keenly sought by ABI membership. In 2015, Dick was voted onto the Governing Council of the ABI and is currently the Law Enforcement Liaison Officer. Also in 2015, he attained the national IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF).

 

For more than ten years, Dick successfully operated as Wessex Enquiry Bureau, which worked in tandem with IP Forensics (International) Ltd, of which he was a founder in 2001.  The company morphed into IP Forensics Ltd in 2008, for which Dick directed operations until 2012, when IP Forensics (GB) was then established.

 

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