The SFO was given the go-ahead in July to continue its UK bribery investigation into the French engineering group, Alstom. The investigation had previously been halted for over a year pending the determination of a legal challenge by two of the directors into the way the SFO had conducted dawn raids. The SFO has faced recent criticism for the way it conducts dawn raids. The SFO raid was challenged by the two directors of Alstom on the basis that the searches were unlawful due to an absence of reasons, lack of reasonable grounds, omission of relevant information, inclusion of irrelevant information, overbroad and it being a non-specific warrant. All grounds of challenge were dismissed. The SFO's barrister, Jonathan Fisher QC is quoted in the Financial Times as saying that “The SFO will welcome the outcome, but it must not rest on its laurels. The decision makes clear that the court will subject SFO conduct to intensive scrutiny in any future challenge to the legality of a dawn raid”.