What we do

  • David Corker is “amongst the elite group of UK criminal defence lawyers” and is “extremely bright and good at providing a strategic overview, and has excellent client care skills”

    Legal 500 2011

  • The 'especially talented' Robert Brown leads a criminal defence team that recently represented Ronnie Wood…the firm is also acting in a number of high profile and politically sensitive Terrorism Act investigations. David Corker is highly recommended.

    Legal 500 UK 2010

  • [Robert Brown] is someone who understands not only law but how it works with business. You feel like you are in good hands and he has a phenomenal track record.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • [Robert Brown is] a Rolls-Royce solicitor, providing Rolls-Royce services.

    Spear’s 500

  • “Very experienced and wise” star practitioner Robert Brown “is practical, sensible and knows exactly where to pitch it.”

    Chambers UK 2012

  • They have carved out a practice that gives an absolutely first-class service.

    Chambers UK 2014

  • Peter Binning‘s well-established crime and media practice is highly respected in the legal community. The excellent quality of his work sees him described as an “absolutely first-class” adviser. He takes on complex international matters and regularly advises corporations on allegations of criminal behaviour.

    Chambers UK 2013

  • [Gemma Tombs is] a “tremendous asset to the firm”. She acts for individuals and companies on criminal and regulatory matters.

    Chambers UK 2010

Dawn raids and searches

Whether you are in the middle of an internal investigation, or completely unaware of a problem, an unannounced visit from an investigator will be an extremely unwelcome distraction to your business or personal life. A wide range of law enforcement bodies may search premises and seize documents or electronic records under the authority of a warrant granted by a court or compel inspection using other statutory powers. Whether it is the police, FCA, SFO, ICO, HSE or HMRC, our lawyers have unparalleled experience responding to compulsory inspections or search and seizure warrants.

In any situation where you are faced with investigators seeking to obtain documents, information or answers to questions, you should immediately seek legal advice. All of our lawyers are experienced in supervising searches and advising how to effectively deal with their aftermath. Our experience in this area includes:

  • Preparing guidance for use in case of a search (so called ‘dawn raid guidance’)
  • Attending and supervising a search
  • Challenging the legal basis of a search
  • Advising on press/client/staff relations in the aftermath of a search
  • Dealing with the subsequent investigation

If you would like advice in anticipation of a raid, please call one of our partners.

If you are visited by an investigative agency ring 0207 353 6000 (24 hours a day) Most agencies are not required to wait until lawyers arrive. Bear in mind the following guidance:

  • Do not disclose confidential documents or information unless required to by law;
  • Keep a record of what has been done including a note of timings;
  • Do not obstruct the investigators,
  • Do not allow them to exclude you from your premises unless there is good reason that to do so would interfere with their search.
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