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  • ‘High-quality boutique’ Corker Binning is ‘a leading firm in this practice area, and is involved in many of the most serious and high-profile cases’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • "Real rigour is applied to the strengths and weaknesses of the case and sensible advice is always given. The firm's client focus is second to none."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Peter Binning is "hugely knowledgeable". 

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Sources speak of Peter's "stellar reputation," and describe him as "a real doyen of the corporate criminal area and a senior figure with a huge amount of experience."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • David Corker offers clients “excellent analysis and good, strategic judgement,” and is able to draw on his renowned experience in multi-jurisdictional criminal cases.

    Chambers UK 2013

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

    Legal 500 UK 2012

  • David Corker "has led some big shifts in thinking".

    Chambers UK 2018

  • [Peter Binning is] described as “charming, smooth and able” by interviewees, who are also resoundingly impressed with his strong negotiation skills.

    Chambers UK 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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