Dawn raids

Dawn raids

"Shoosmiths recently advised DB Cargo on the competition aspects of the HS2 rail project, and is currently acting for Micronclean in a Competition and Markets Authority investigation regarding alleged anti-competitive activity."

Legal 500 2017

The competition authorities' ability to conduct so-called 'dawn raids' is the most dramatic of their extensive repertoire of investigatory powers.

A dawn raid is an unannounced inspection at business (or domestic) premises. The competition authorities conduct such inspections with a view to gathering evidence of an alleged infringement of the competition law rules.

Dawn raids do happen. Our EU and competition law team works regularly with businesses to help them prepare for the possibility that they might be raided.

Putting in place a few simple procedures upfront can pay significant dividends in the event that a dawn raid takes place.

If and when businesses are raided, we are on call to help. Our broad geographic spread enables us to offer rapid on-site assistance in most parts of the country.

Each of our offices has a team of lawyers well-equipped to handle such investigations. We are also able to provide specialist input by telephone.

We fully recognise that, in many cases, the dawn raid is simply the start of the matter for the business. Businesses that are raided are confronted with a plethora of follow-up issues, ranging from whether to comment publically on the investigation, to whether they should seek leniency from the authorities.

We understand the issues and we recognise the importance of working quickly and efficiently to establish the business' strategy for addressing them.