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  • Peter Binning and David Corker are a 'very powerful combination'.

    Legal 500 UK 2012

  • Peter Binning is a "highly experienced all-rounder".

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • Robert Brown is ‘calm, authoritative and knowledgeable’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • Gemma Tombs is a sound choice for her “organised and efficient” approach.

    Chambers UK 2012

  • Corker Binning has successfully consolidated itself as one of the heavyweights in this area. Barristers say that it is difficult to fault this firm, as its defence strategy is always immaculately thought out and its briefs superbly well prepared.

    Chambers UK 2010

  • Corker Binning’s ‘top niche practice’ is praised as being ‘on a different level’. David Corker ‘has the skill and tact to deal with difficult negotiations’, and Peter Binning is an ‘outstanding tactician’ with ‘excellent client skills and judgement’. ‘Rising star’ Andrew Smith represented a former company director in relation to Operation Tabernula. Robert Brown is also recommended, for his ‘wealth of experience’.

    Legal 500 2015

  • Jessica is described as "the complete package: bright, decisive and responsive.”

    Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2017

  • 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

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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