dawn raids

A dawn raid is an unannounced search of your premises carried out by investigatory and regulatory authorities as a precursor to regulatory or criminal proceedings. The sudden nature of dawn raids can place extreme pressure on businesses and threaten their credibility, but damage can be mitigated with the right legal representation.

At Quinn Legal, our expert team is well-versed in police raids, searches and the seizure of documents. We work with companies across the island, advising them on how to respond in the event of a dawn raid, and acting quickly when one occurs to minimise disruption and protect their reputation.

What You Need To Know

Dawn raids are a frequent feature of corporate criminal and regulatory investigations, including fraud, bribery and corruption. As the first step in an investigation, an allegation does not have to be proven for a dawn raid to be triggered. More often than not, senior executives won’t know about an investigation until the authorities arrive on their doorstep, eliciting intense stress and confusion over how to handle the situation.

For this reason, it is necessary for your business to have a clear plan on how to deal with a raid and prepare your staff for all eventualities.

Download our handy manual for guidance on dawn raids.

How Can Quinn Legal Help?

Quinn Legal’s team is made up of highly experienced corporate lawcommercial advocates, senior criminal practitioners and litigators, who work with businesses across the island to create a clear action plan in the event of a dawn raid.

Our legal team will:

  • Provide critical insight on how to mitigate the risk of a dawn raid.
  • Offer guidance and put measures in place to help you manage the immediate effects of a dawn raid.
  • Assist you in drafting bespoke policies and procedures
  • Train you and your staff to prepare you for a raid
  • Audit and test your procedures

Supervise searches and help your business to cope in the aftermath of a dawn raid.


We offer advice and assistance on a pay as you go basis and once we have taken the time to understand your requirements we will look to agree a fixed fee with you and a payment plan.

Alternatively you take advantage of our innovative ‘Q-Protect’ service offering details of which can be found here.

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