The officials have arrived, introduced themselves, and have asked to see a particular person or the company's most senior member of management on the premises. You should:
- Calm, polite, and co-operative.
- For the company's most senior member of management and, if available, the most senior lawyer on-site, to meet the officials.
- Move the officials into a meeting room that does not contain any files or have access to the company's IT system.
- Explain that someone will be down to meet the officials shortly. In the meantime, note their identification credentials and contact details, take three copies of their formal authorisation documents (search warrant / production order / compulsory notice), these should identify the issuing authority and the legal basis for the dawn raid, and obtain contact details for the official in charge.
- If you have external compliance lawyers on stand-by, then call them and ask them to attend immediately.
- If you have no such existing arrangement, then please contact a Pinsent Masons Dawn Raids specialist.
- If you need immediate assistance, then please call us now.
- Check the formal authorisation documents and give the external lawyers details of which authority the officials represent, how many officials there are, and scan/email to the lawyers a copy of the formal authorisation documents.
- Ask the external lawyers by telephone to confirm the nature of the investigation: which authority is undertaking the investigation; is it civil, criminal or regulatory; do the officials have a search warrant?
- Ask the external lawyers to indicate when they are likely to arrive and convey that information to the officials.