Our Investigative Law Work

Dawn Raids

The investigative agencies of the State have long had intrusive powers to obtain evidence for use in criminal proceedings, principally search warrants, production orders and witness summonses.

These powers are being pressed into service more and more not only for criminal investigations but also tax and customs investigations, financial services and markets' investigations, criminal and regulatory matters and, for example, to garner evidence for  civil proceedings such as recovery proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Members of chambers are able to advise on such powers and their implications and challenge orders in the courts. Recent successful challenges involving members of chambers include R (on the application of Mercury Tax Group v HMRC [2008] EWHC 2721 Admin, R (on the application of Peter Power-Hynes) v Chief Const of Norfolk [2009] EWHC 1512 Admin and R(on the application of Paul Cummins) v SOCA (2010) 27th July.