Dawn Raid Response Team

Our cross departmental dawn raid response team is market leading and internationally recognised. Our team advise clients across all sectors on regulatory inspections and follow-on investigations.

What is a dawn raid?

A dawn raid is an inspection at a premises used in connection with a trade or business, where the regulatory authority suspects potential infringements of Irish or EU law. Inspections by regulators are very often unannounced. However, a regulatory authority may in certain circumstances give very short advance notice to a company of its intention to conduct an inspection of the premises.

A regulatory authority will generally have the power on an unannounced inspection to:

  • Enter a premises, including business premises or homes of company staff, using reasonable force if necessary
  • Search and seize hardcopy and electronic materials
  • Ask questions

We provide bespoke advice to our clients to ensure they are ‘dawn raid ready’ and we regularly represent clients subject to dawn raids and investigations by both national and international regulatory authorities.

We advise and assist clients on-the-ground during the day(s) of an inspection and through to the conclusion of any potential subsequent investigation.