Arrest and search

Arrest and search guidance:

FORTHCOMING CHANGE: The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) overhauls the legal framework governing the use of covert surveillance by public bodies. The provisions...

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The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) overhauls the legal framework governing the use of acquisition and use of communications data by public bodies, a framework...

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The procedure for the hearing of an application for access to the information and material used to obtain a search warrant or comparable order, where the investigator...

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This Practice Note explains the procedure to apply for the retention of property seized following a search under section 59(5) of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001...

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Any informal request or formal application for the return of property seized by an investigating authority during a criminal investigation will depend on the authority...

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Changes under CFA 2017 The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (CFA 2017) received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and made various changes to Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act...

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There are two types of conflict: own interest conflicts and client conflicts of interest. This Practice Note explains when you can act if there is or may be a conflict of...

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BREXIT: The law and practice referred to in this Practice Note may be impacted by Brexit. For further information on the potential impact, see: The effect of Brexit on UK...

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The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) received Royal Assent on 29 November 2016. The IPA 2016 overhauls the existing legal framework governing the use of covert...

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Interview under SOCPA 2005 An interview of a suspect under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA 2005) is a compulsory interview in which the suspect is...

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Although the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) when brought into force in its entirety, will overhaul the existing legal framework governing the use of covert...

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The Prosecution of Offences (Custody Time Limits) Regulations 1987, SI 1987/299 (CTLR 1987), made under the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (POA 1985), impose time...

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This Practice Note provides a quick reference guide to the bodies that have the power to raid organisations, their authority for doing so and the scope of their powers....

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What is HMRC? HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is responsible for the administration and collection of taxes, including direct taxes such as income tax and corporation tax;...

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What is the CMA? From 1 April 2014, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) took over many of the functions of the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair...

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What is the FCA? The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulates financial services firms operating in the UK and providing services to consumers. It also maintains the...

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What is the HSE? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national regulator for work-related health and safety in Great Britain. Its mission is to prevent death,...

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What type of police could I encounter? The police broadly investigate most offences in the UK. The police force in the UK has different divisions depending on geography...

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What is the SFO? The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigates serious or complex frauds and corruption that often involve an international element or are otherwise likely...

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Retention and destruction of fingerprints and samples under PACE 1984 The procedure for the taking, retaining and destroying fingerprints, footwear impressions, DNA...

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Immigration officers (IOs) have a number of statutorily-conferred powers to enter premises to search for persons and evidence and, on entry, to arrest persons and seize...

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The Environment Agency (EA), Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have extensive, but not unlimited, powers to enter premises. Environment...

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The Environment Agency (EA) is one of the regulators responsible for the enforcement of environmental law and the prosecution of environmental crime in England. Other...

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The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) received Royal Assent on 29 November 2016 and it overhauls the legal framework governing the use of covert surveillance by...

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This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with Practice Note: Obtaining excluded material and special material under PACE 1984 which explains the power under...

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has a variety of powers under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA 2000). This Practice Note will discuss the FCA’s...

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