RUDE AWAKENINGS: DAWN RAIDS ON THE TCHENGUIZ BROTHERS – UNDERSTANDING THE COURTS' POWER TO AUTHORISE SEARCH ORDERS
As part of the SFO's investigations into the 2008 collapse of Kaupthing Bank, over 130 police officers and investigators were involved in the recent dawn raids on the homes and business premises of Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz. Eight homes and two London businesses were searched, including the Mayfair offices of Rotch Property, the investment vehicle that controls the Tchenguiz brothers' property portfolio.These high-profile raids have brought the power of the court to authorise search orders and the use of raids, into the media spotlight. In this article we explain the circumstances in which the court can order a raid, and contrast the differing approach between the civil and criminal law in its application to search orders.
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