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International law firm searched by police in Belfast

Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world’s best known legal firms with headquarters in London, New York and Sydney.
Connla Young

The Belfast offices of an international corporate legal firm have been searched by police as part of an investigation linked to drugs.

Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world’s best known legal firms with headquarters in London, New York and Sydney.

The firm also has offices in a string of countries across the globe.

It has emerged that the PSNI searched the firm’s Belfast office at Cromac Quay on Wednesday as part of an investigation into the discovery of drugs in west Belfast.

Police last night confirmed that detectives from the Organised Crime Branch carried out the search and that a “number of items were removed for further examination”.

A PSNI spokesman also revealed that 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", also on Wednesday.

The man was later interviewed and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Herbert Smith Freehills was set up in 2012 after a merger between British based Herbert Smith and Freehills, which has been described as one of Australia’s ‘big six’ law firms.

On its website the firm says it offers advice to the world’s leading banks and other financial institutions.

The firm is also reported to be one of the most popular advisers to FTSE 100 companies on High Court and Court of Appeal cases.

There was no response from Herbert Smith Freehills when asked to comment.

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