Dawn raid—who can raid my organisation and why?
Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners LLP
Dawn raid—who can raid my organisation and why?

The following Risk & Compliance practice note produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dawn raid—who can raid my organisation and why?
  • What is a dawn raid?
  • Purpose of a dawn raid
  • Search warrant
  • Who can carry out a dawn raid?
  • Serious Fraud Office
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • Police
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Risk & Compliance?

The UK Government has legislated to permit a number of UK authorities to obtain search warrants to 'raid' a business premises.

The potential for a dawn raid to be executed against a company is an everyday reality for many businesses given the increasing criminalisation of business practices, more regulatory criminal offences and the proliferation of money laundering laws and regulations. The prospect of an intervention by the UK authorities has increased since the introduction of the Bribery Act 2010 and the new corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery. This offence will soon be mirrored by a corporate offence of failure to prevent tax evasion and the Government is considering whether to introduce a corporate offence of a failure to prevent economic crime and money laundering.

What is a dawn raid?

A dawn raid is an unexpected visit by the police

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