Competition law investigations often commence by way of a “dawn raid”. This consists of the competition authorities arriving at a business’s premises early in the morning and searching through documents, interrogating computer systems and questioning staff.
Raids can last for several days and are a very stressful and disruptive experience for the target business.
Our specialist dawn raid response team is able to quickly attend your premises and manage the progress of the raid on your behalf. We will ensure that we monitor what the investigators are looking at to ensure that they do not view anything that they are not entitled to look at. We will ensure that staff are only asked questions that the investigators are permitted to ask. In this way we will minimise the impact of the raid on your business and ensure that the investigation does not “expand” to become a “fishing expedition” for the investigators.
Due to the experience of our lawyers we will be able to ensure that the alleged anti-competitive conduct is quickly identified, ensuring that your business has the maximum chance to cooperate with the investigators (immunity from penalties or reduced penalties are available for timely cooperation).
Our lawyers acted on the first ever dawn raid under the Competition Act 1998 and have defended subsequent raid investigations across numerous industry sectors including transport, construction and branded sporting goods.