Dawn raid—table of relevant authorities and the scope of their powers
Dawn raid—table of relevant authorities and the scope of their powers

The following Risk & Compliance guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dawn raid—table of relevant authorities and the scope of their powers

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. It also covers the penalties for failing to comply with their requests. For more detailed information in respect of each authority, see Practice Notes—Dealing with dawn raids by the police, Dealing with dawn raids by the Financial Conduct Authority, Dealing with dawn raids by the Serious Fraud Office, Dealing with dawn raids by HM Revenue & Customs, Dealing with dawn raids by the Competition and Markets Authority, and Dealing with dawn raids by the Health and Safety Executive.

In the table, Y indicates that the body does have the respective power, whereas N indicates that it does not.

See below for notes and references.

Investigator Basis of authority Powers Penalties
Enter Search Seize documents/materials Ask questions Can use force reasonable force to enter, where necessary Can require the occupier to ensure that the premises are left