Police conducting drugs investigation search Herbert Smith Freehills’ Belfast office

Number of items taken from low cost support hub for further examination

The Belfast office of international heavyweight Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has been searched by police in connection with a drugs investigation.

According to a report in the Irish Times, members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) carried out a search of HSF’s low cost support hub at Cromac Quay in Belfast. The search was part of an enquiry following the discovery of drugs in the west of the city.

A spokesperson for the PSNI confirmed that detectives from the Organised Crime Branch had removed a “number of items” from the office “for further examination.” Continuing, the spokesperson said:

[The search was] in connection with the arrest of a 30-year-old man in the Ladybrook area of west Belfast on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs.

The report reveals that the man, who isn’t named, was interviewed and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Speaking to Legal Cheek, a spokesperson for HSF said:

We can confirm the police are investigating an incident in our Belfast office. We are not able to comment further at this point due to the ongoing investigation.

HSF’s Belfast hub opened in 2011 and is currently home to around 240 lawyers, paralegals and support staff.

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