Set out below is a summary of the ancillary services we provide. In many ways they are all extensions of our core services which are all about finding evidence and then trying to prove it is true or false or identify what is missing and try and find that. Finding concealed or undisclosed information and validating representations or disclosures are the most requested services Faire Sans Dire provides, particularly to the legal business community.
When providing any of our services we are fully aware that they have to be delivered to exacting standards in order to meet the requirements of any courts or tribunals our findings may have to be used in. We always adhere to “best practice”. Even if you are not contemplating legal action you never can tell if someone “disturbed” by any actions you take pursuant to an investigation or the like will take legal action against you.When considering whether or not these services are relevant to you or your organisation you should bear in mind that often personal difficulties or private financial problems of senior management can have a significant impact on your business or organisation both directly and indirectly. The services we provide can be tailored for individuals as well as companies and other organisations.
If you are seeking help and require services that don’t quite align with those summarised below please look at the core services and cyber services we provide and do not hesitate to contact us if the services you are seeking do not appear on our menus. We can always tailor our services to your bespoke requirements and if we can’t assist you ourselves we are almost certainly likely to be able to recommend someone or some organisation that could.
We and our duly licensed associates can assist you with the establishment of a top down controls or procedural manual covering cyber and other risks which will not only strengthen your organisation but also help minimise risks, give comfort to funders and add value. For businesses contemplating a sale such a manual can add significant value prior to a divestment of part or even the whole of your business.
Using state of the art technology we can review the security of your IT and telecommunication systems and advise you on ways of making them more secure. If necessary we can construct simulated cyber attacks to test your business’s systems security.
Where required our covert services may be usefully supplemented to the foregoing particularly if during the course of the provision of these services suspicious activities or areas open to blatant abuse are identified.
We can not only assist you prepare crisis management procedures and flowcharts but in the event of a crisis we can help. For example, if faced with defending a court case or an employment tribunal case many businesses do not have the in-house expertise to cope and have to resort to solicitors often at great cost. We can assist in garnishing and corralling evidence ahead of court and employment tribunal cases and help obtain witness statements and affidavits while you get on with running your business.
There are many ancillary services we provide relating to web-site and cyber security. Examples of the services we provide are shown under the section in our web-site entitled Cyber Services. These are by no means exhaustive so please contact us to discuss your requirements.
We can conduct surveillance operations either conventionally, electronically or remotely to gather intelligence to complement our other services using reliable techniques including high powered video equipment, directional audio equipment and sophisticated global tracking systems.
Contrary to common perceptions the use of human and physical surveillance as an investigative tool is a dying art other than in divorce cases or similar where you are simply trying to prove a connection. In our experience it is not often relevant to the sort of research or investigations we do and can be very time consuming and costly as at a minimum most surveillance warrants teams of at least three or four experienced specialists.
In fact, effective human and physical surveillance often requires the use of large teams of highly trained specialists for lengthy periods of time and can therefore be prohibitively costly. In addition, in many investigations, from a legal perspective surveillance rarely nails down what you want to prove whereas the careful monitoring of computers, mobile phones and other equipment (such as printers and even scanners/copiers) can often achieve more compelling results.
If you review any court hearing where evidence of human surveillance is presented to, for example, prove the planning of a terrorist crime, you will almost invariably note that it is the overwhelming evidence obtained (during raids) pursuant to the surveillance that secures the convictions and not the video recordings per se created during the course of the surveillance. Needless to say, in civil cases it is much more difficult to obtain the evidence pursuant to the surveillance notwithstanding the use of other personally intrusive search and seize court orders.
Nevertheless the legitimate use of a “digital spy” for surveillance purposes either connected to communications or other electronic equipment or simply put in place to monitor what is going on like a web-cam can produce very compelling results.
If you are involved in a particularly sensitive transaction or operation (such as conducting a covert investigation) and are concerned that you may be the subject of surveillance we can conduct counter-surveillance operations for the protection of key staff or sensitive areas such as board rooms or directors’ cars.
Where intrusive equipment is identified physically or interference is detected via radio spectrum analysis using discone antenna etc during a counter-surveillance sweep the last thing we do is remove the source of the problem and we can apply sophisticated disinformation techniques to entrap those conducting the surveillance.
We can assist majority shareholders rebut spurious claims by minority shareholders and vice versa as well as assist in the collection of evidence in support of unfairly prejudiced minority shareholders. Often such tussles emanate from or result in board room disputes and we can assist resolve those and where required examine the conduct of directors and other connected parties.
If you have been the victim of financial crime we may be able to assist you on many fronts so if in doubt contact us and we’ll see if there are any ways we can help you recover what has been taken or advise on what action to take (for example if the police are not interested in pursuing the matters you have reported to them).
If you are the victim of civil court abuse we can help you investigate and rebut any spurious claims against you. We know how difficult it can be to prove something that hasn’t happened didn’t actually occur. We can also assist you with the preparation of affidavits or collecting witness statements.
We also have contacts with businesses that may be able to fund your case through after the event insurance. We can help present your case to whoever you decide to approach such that you have a greater chance of successfully funding your case.
In the entire history of Faire Sans Dire we have never had a bad debt; we like to think this is because we really do get to know our clients.
On rare occasions we do help collect debts anywhere in the world for people who have been victims of crime; we include in our definition of crime for these purposes “deceit” and obviously fraud whether or not proven by a court. Again, given the circumstances, Faire Sans Dire has yet to fail to recover a good slice of what is available or left over by those who have absconded with our clients’ monies. In such cases we can understand why those who have deceitfully taken money from our clients usually pay up what they can on the spot rather than go through the traumas and consequences of trying not to as alluded to below.
We can also assist with tracing concealed assets or missing persons on a worldwide basis either as an exercise in itself or in order to obtain evidence in support of other investigations. Once we have traced the assets we usually recover them as we think quite laterally before we apply our debt recovery strategies particularly in extremely difficult situations.
In the last resort we have been to known to assign some of the debt to those we would least like to come knocking on our doors at 3.00am in the morning whether they be in Government or not. Depending where those who have obtained our clients’ money deceitfully are living (or even staying when away on business or on a family holiday) having Government “officials” turn up at 3.00am can be more disturbing than being burgled in some countries.
As is always the case from a debtor’s perspective, it is far wiser to pay up than have one’s families and business associates put through the traumas of painstakingly thorough albeit legitimate debt recovery processes whether or not Government backed.
Our Non-Executive Chairman and many of our associates are very experienced in business and have run and established many businesses in both the UK and overseas in a wide variety of industries and sizes ranging from multi-national conglomerates to businesses with less than a dozen staff.
If you ever need someone to act as a Non-Executive Director, stand in for a Director on sabbatical or who is ill or you simply need Non-Executive Director style input on certain matters then contact us for exploratory talks to see if we can help you
Our Non-Executive Chairman has been a Non-Executive Director of several businesses and if he doesn’t fit your requirements he will be the first to say so but should be able to find someone who will. Whether you are a in a start-up or a mature business we can probably help and some of our clients are in the business of lending money.
Many of the techniques and operational skills used during the course of providing covert services may also be applied to some of our investigative services relating to more run of the mill activities.