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  • The ‘extremely talented’ [criminal] practice head Robert Brown, who ‘always sees the bigger picture’, acted for a number of clients on the Leveson Inquiry

    Legal 500 2015

  • Andrew Smith "has a wisdom beyond his years. He is very thoughtful. He acts on high-profile cases and keeps his cool in any situation."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • They are highly efficient and client-conscious - you just get a great service there.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • [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

  • 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

  • Peter Binning is right at the top of financial crime.

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • "Peter has been involved in many of the largest and highest-profile commercial investigations."

    Chambers HNW 2017

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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