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Corporate Investigator

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Job Title: Corporate Investigator
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Worthing
Salary: £25,000 - £30,000
Contact Name: Ben Kinley
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Job Published: 10 months ago

Job Description

Excellent opportunity for a Corporate Investigator to join a leading investigations firm, operating from their West Sussex based offices.


About The Role

The prime focus of the role is to carry out intellectual property related investigations for clients (typically major law firms and brand owners) concerning the use of trademarks, patents, copyright and designs.

The role includes the following aspects:

  • Conducting investigations and writing detailed reports for clients. Investigations are often international in scope and may encompass the following:

    • trade mark related matters, for example the use and abuse of marks by counterfeiters, cybersquatters and other entities

    • patent related matters, for example to determine whether technology was in the public domain prior to the application for a patent.

    • design right related matters, for example to determine whether articles protected by design right have been deliberately copied by third parties.


During the course of investigations the investigator utilises a range of investigative techniques to gather relevant information (such as public record research using databases such as Companies House, Dun & Bradstreet and Factiva, interviewing, reviewing corporate records and other documents) and may be required to retain and supervise expert contractors (such as surveillance experts). At the conclusion of the investigations the investigator is responsible for analysing the results of the investigation and consolidating the research in detailed and potentially lengthy reports to clients. The reports must be comprehensive, unambiguous and of the highest professional standard as they are subject to the close scrutiny by clients and may also be used as evidence in court. The ability to write such reports is a key skill.


  • Writing business proposals for submission to clients, including outlining client needs and the investigative steps to be taken, analysing the relative merits of various investigative techniques, and proposing budgets and timelines.

  • Case management, including the deployment of suitable investigative techniques, the commissioning and supervision of contractors with specialist skills (for example surveillance experts), the management of case budgets, liaising with clients to discuss the scope, cost, implementation and results of enquiries, using a highly professional approach and manner.

  • Controlling budgets and managing agents, as described above, particularly in relation to overseas assignments.



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