Peters & Peters

Dawn Raids

A dawn raid is a corporate emergency, demanding urgent, calm, and accurate advice from an experienced team. How individuals and businesses respond in the first hours is critical. We have a long track record of helping our clients manage these very challenging situations, minimising risk and maximising the chances of success in subsequent investigations and proceedings.

Dawn raids are a frequent feature of criminal and regulatory investigations and can be instigated by various authorities such as the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), HM Customs and Revenue and the Competition and Markets Authority as well as by regulatory, tax and police agencies around the world. Our team, which includes former SFO and FCA prosecutors, is expert at dealing with the multitude of issues that can arise.

We respond to co-ordinated raids in multiple locations, both in the UK and overseas, and can provide robust advice relating to the validity of warrants, the seizure of documents and data, privilege, governance, control and representation where employees or officers are arrested as well as dealing with reputation management and minimising disruption.

In the aftermath of a dawn raid, Peters & Peters gives shrewd and focused advice about next steps, including assessing whether to carry out an Internal Investigation, identifying and recording what has been taken and making representations for the prompt return of business-critical material.

We are also experienced in advising clients on how to minimise the risk of a dawn raid where entities are aware of criminal or regulatory misconduct.

  • We have acted in numerous dawn raids in separate investigations by multiple agencies in a wide range of industry sectors including travel, leisure and hospitality, consumer and retail industries, and manufacturing, engineering and infrastructure.