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NCA consent request guidelines

23 September 2014

These guidelines provide solicitors with advice on how to complete a National Crime Agency (NCA) consent request.

These guidelines were drafted as a result of discussions held between the Law Society's Money Laundering Task Force (MLTF) and the NCA regarding common reporting errors and the complexity of NCA guidance in this area.

You should also be aware of the NCA's change in policy, effective from 1 October 2014, where they will now refuse to consider consent requests that it believes do not contain sufficient information.

We recommend that you use SAR Online when submitting your consent requests as this will prompt you for certain relevant information.

You should also ensure that the contact details held by the NCA for the appropriate individual at your firm are up to date, especially if you have not submitted a SAR for some time.