Due diligence should be meaningful and provide clients with a better understanding of the issues and any emerging concerns, rather than just verifying an applicant’s CV. Our background checks entails rigorous interrogation and analysis of information gathered from a range of open sources, subscribed databases, public documents and records, as well social media and press, across multiple global jurisdictions and in various key languages.
Our Analysts interrogate CVs, application forms and corporate histories specifically looking for undisclosed red flags, adverse findings, false or exaggerated statements.
Insolvency / Bankruptcy research: Checking whether an applicant has ever been made bankrupt or is currently going through insolvency proceedings.
Directorship searches and affiliations: Examining whether applicants have undisclosed directorship appointments, or shareholdings that may hide conflicts of interest or a history of failed companies.
Disqualified Directorships: Cross-referencing the Disqualified Directorship Register to search if an applicant is unfitting to be a company director.
Reported Court Cases, County Court Judgments, Liens and Litigation checks: As part of the background checks, we search for undeclared court cases and CCJs. This research often identifies financial difficulties, as well as commercial disputes between individuals.
National and International Sanctions research: Compliance regulations and good practice now requires sanction searches across multiple jurisdictions to be completed before a transaction or engagement can be concluded. Sanction searches include Politically Exposed Person searches, State-Owned relationships, Persons of Significant Interest, Financial Services’ enforcement/fines and other international registers.
Adverse National and International Media research: Searching through press articles dating back over the last 40 plus years often uncovers adverse or negative press on an applicant or entity. Press research may also identify historical employment that uncover potential dismissals and conflicting relationships that has been omitted from CVs and application forms.
Employment, Education and Professional Qualifications: Our employment checks will verify an applicant’s working history looking for gaps in employment, false dates, inflated salaries and exaggerated positions. Contacting universities and professional institutions often uncovers lapsed memberships, degrees that were not awarded, incomplete or failed courses and other discrepancies.
Industry Insight: We provide clients with an independent analysis of an applicant’s character and assess the appropriateness of their background by speaking with former colleagues, clients, senior management that worked with the applicant.