An unannounced visit from an investigating authority demanding access to company data, often referred to as a ‘dawn raid’, is a corporate emergency. This requires a careful and considered response in a moment of crisis.
There are several law enforcement agencies that 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. This can include the FCA, SFO, HMRC, ICO or the Police.
If your business finds itself confronted with a dawn raid where investigators are seeking to obtain data, or compelling individuals to answer questions, you should immediately seek legal advice and can call us.
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Should you be the target of a dawn raid, be sure to remember the following:
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