Executing a search order can be challenging and unpredictable. Our experience as supervising solicitors is second to none.

Serving and executing a search order requires a supervising solicitor with the firmness, flexibility and tact to handle the varied and complex legal and practical issues that may arise – both on the day of the search and in the days and weeks that follow.

You can rely on us to make sure your search will run smoothly.

We have supervised the execution of well over 100 search orders, doorstep delivery up orders and similar injunctions - including during the coronavirus pandemic.  We have been engaged by many of the leading City and national law firms  (including Mishcon de Reya, Jones Day, Hogan Lovells, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, PCB Litigation, Stephenson Harwood, Brandsmiths, Taylor Wessing, DLA Piper, Grosvenor Law and Willkie Farr & Gallagher) as well as the National Crime Agency (formerly SOCA).  We have been involved in search orders in some of the most high profile and high value litigation before the English courts in recent years, including JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & othersGordon Ramsay Holdings v Chris Hutcheson & others, and Mezhprombank & Deposit Insurance Agency v Sergei Pugachev.

Because we advise our own clients on fraud, intellectual property infringement, wrongful use of data and confidential information and other cases we are intimately familiar with the processes and the issues that may arise.

We believe few, if any, firms can match our experience in acting as supervising solicitors.

How we help

We are able to provide a team of up to 8 experienced supervising solicitors, both male and female, often at very short notice.  We supervise single and multi-site searches throughout England and Wales.

We offer secure storage facilities for documents and electronic images obtained during a search.

We can provide IT and other facilities for the inspection of electronic images following the search.  In several large international fraud cases in which we have acted as supervising solicitors, the courts have appointed us to co-ordinate very large review exercises (involving millions of documents in many languages) to make a neutral assessment of those documents for relevance and privilege.

Without compromising our obligations to act impartially, we can provide guidance on technical, practical and logistical matters to help ensure that any search order is executed as smoothly and effectively as possible.

What’s more, we do all of this at extremely competitive rates – especially for a City firm.

If you are advising a client who may need a search order, we are happy to discuss the practicalities with you.

Our experience as supervising solicitors, and our work for clients obtaining and responding to injunctions, means that we are also well-equipped to advise you if you have been served with a search order, or similar order or injunction, including orders for delivery up, preservation of evidence, and asset freezing. We are always happy to discuss matters on a confidential, no obligation basis, by telephone (to any of the key contacts below) or by emailing [email protected]