Sydney, 14 August 2014: Clayton Utz has
launched a new web-based 'Dawn Raid' application
(Dawn Raid app) that provides users with a
practical, step-by-step guide on what to do if they receive a
surprise visit from a regulatory authority.
The Dawn Raid app provides a checklist of "to do"
items which will assist in ensuring that a company complies with a
regulator's search warrant.
It is split into sections: what to do at the start of a raid;
what to do during a raid; and what to do following a raid.
The app includes functionality which allows the user to identify
the closest legal contact familiar with the company and the
particular regulatory authority conducting the raid, and provides
the user with ability to call or email those persons, or contact
their preferred lawyer at Clayton Utz, via the app.
Clayton Utz competition partner
Michael Corrigan said the Dawn Raid app was designed to be a
practical tool to equip a company's employees with the
information they needed, particularly in the initial stages of a
raid, to ensure the company complied with a search.
"When a regulator - be it the ATO, ACCC or ASIC - turns up
unexpectedly on a company's doorstep, it's usually not the
company's lawyers that receive them. There can be a time delay
between the commencement of a raid and the company's lawyers
attending the raid. In the interim, someone has to take
responsibility for the company's response.
"We wanted to develop a useful tool so that frontline
employees in particular can ensure they take the right steps and
are able to alert the company's legal team to the search
warrant at the first available opportunity. Given that there may be
some panic when a regulator arrives on the doorstep, the Dawn Raid
app is an easy to read, easy to navigate, and accessible tool -
even if the regulator has shut down the company's computer
"Ultimately the aim is to make the process of complying
with the search warrant easier for the company."
The app was officially launched last night at a function at
Clayton Utz in Sydney.
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