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Be Ready for the Regulator: Matheson Launches First of its Kind Mobile App for Dawn Raids in Ireland

AUTHOR(S): Helen Kelly, Kate McKenna
KEY CONTACT(S): Helen Kelly, Kate McKenna
PRACTICE AREA GROUP: EU, Competition and Regulatory
DATE: 03.10.2018

Many Irish and EU regulators can search or Dawn Raid premises to investigate a suspected White Collar Crime.  Their powers include to forcibly enter your business or home, demand information, and seize records. Ireland has seen more Dawn Raids in recent years and this trend may continue, as regulators’ resources increase and Brexit may mean that EU regulators will no longer Dawn Raid in the UK.

Matheson is the first Irish law firm to offer a legal tech solution to aid businesses who may face a Dawn Raid.  Matheson’s Dawn Raid App is a tool for crisis management and training: providing guidance during a Raid and increasing awareness of Raid protocol in advance.  Key features of the mobile app are:

  • Step-by-step guidance for a business experiencing a Dawn Raid
  • Quick access to Matheson lawyers

While every Dawn Raid raises specific issues and requires extensive legal support, the App provides a support which is essential especially in the first hour of a Dawn Raid.

Client-customised mobile apps and services are also available.  Matheson designs company-branded Dawn Raid apps with tailored guidance, including on search powers in particular legal areas such as Competition, Data Privacy or Life Sciences.  Matheson also provides Dawn Raid support services, including planning and managing communications in the event of a Dawn Raid, and training services, including compliance audits and Mock Dawn Raids.

With more experience of Dawn Raids than any other Irish law firm and offices in Dublin and Cork, Matheson is the go-to firm for advising clients on Dawn Raids in Ireland.

Commenting on the launch of Raid Response, Matheson Partner Kate McKenna said "As Ireland’s most innovative law firm, we have responded to our clients’ demand for easy-to-access guidance and in particular bespoke mobile apps to enhance preparedness for and management of a Dawn Raid”.

The Matheson Dawn Raid App is available on IoS and Android.  Details of a Dawn Raid webinar will be announced shortly.

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