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Dawn raids

A dawn raid can be extremely stressful – in part because if you get it wrong, the repercussions can be severe. Our experienced team can provide immediate help.

Dawn raids are unannounced visits by regulators to domestic or business premises, and can be extremely stressful.

A wide range of regulators carry out dawn raids, including:

  • Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
  • European Commission
  • Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)
  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
  • National Crime Authority (NCA)
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

No two raids will be the same - each regulator has a varying range of powers when it comes to search and seizure operations. Raids need to be handled with care.

RPC can assist clients in the all-important preparation for the possibility of a dawn raid. Our experts can create bespoke dawn raid policies for your business, and carry out in-person training for employees.

If you are unfortunate enough to receive a 'knock on the door', our lawyers are able to respond immediately to assist you during the raid itself.  RPC's specialist teams have experience in managing and supervising dawn raids across all regulators and include in their number experts who have carried out raids for regulators which has enabled them to gain inside knowledge of the strategy and decision making processes adopted by the relevant regulator.

Following a raid we can assist you with any internal investigations, responding to press queries, reputational issues, minimising business interruption and any legal challenge to the raid itself.

Where we need to work alongside lawyers in other jurisdictions, we are part of the TerraLex network and have access to over 150 law firms in 100 jurisdictions across the globe.

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