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  • “Up-and-coming” partner Andrew Smith is singled out as a “star of the future,” who “will ring bells.”

    Chambers UK 2014

  • The highly respected Peter Binning regularly defends clients in complex extradition matters, particularly those involving Russia. Sources highlight the advantages of his prosecutorial background, which allows him “to see things from both sides”.

    Chambers UK 2014

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

    Chambers UK 2010

  • Andrew Smith is acclaimed in Chambers as "a huge legal brain and a thoroughly nice guy to boot."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • Peter Binning has a wealth of experience in extradition law. Peers describe him as a ‘heavy hitter’ and ‘a consumate international criminal lawyers’. He is also praised for his client care and judgement.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • They are very good and fearless, which is to their credit.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "Niche and extremely powerful in their field and in everything they do. I think they have some of the leading people."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • David Corker is a highly regarded white-collar defence lawyer with an extensive track record of advising the subjects of major SFO investigations. He is singled out as a “knowledgeable” practitioner with “long experience and long understanding of how the prosecution process works and how it can best be derailed.

    Chambers UK 2014

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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