The Law Society is committed to making the UK a hostile environment for illicit finances by helping solicitors in England and Wales act as gatekeepers to the UK financial system.
Solicitors play a key role in detecting and preventing money laundering, and the Law Society as the named supervisory authority under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 shares the government’s objectives in ensuring the UK has a robust and effective AML regime.
To achieve this, we provide AML guidance to our members and work alongside government, law enforcement and other supervisory authorities to improve the UK’s legislative and policy framework on AML.
While the Law Society is the named supervisory authority, we have delegated all regulatory functions to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which acts independently and is responsible for monitoring and enforcing solicitors’ compliance with their AML obligations.
We look at what a money laundering reporting officer needs to consider before deciding that there are grounds to make a report to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Our team of solicitors answers questions on a wide variety of subjects, including anti-money laundering, costs, conveyancing, client care and complaints handling.
A summary of decisions from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal involving breaches of anti-money laundering requirements made in February and March 2018.
In April 2016 the government made a commitment in its Action Plan for Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing to reform the SARs regime.
Page 91 of the legal sector AML Guidance offers new information on when the 'reasonable excuse' defence to the principal money laundering offences may apply.
Page 104 of the Legal Sector AML Guidance states that ‘section 330(9A) [of POCA] protects the privilege attaching to any disclosure made to a nominated officer for the purposes of obtaining advice about whether or not a disclosure should be made.'
I am selling property for a client to a buyer who is represented by a notary. I have checked that the notary is registered with the Faculty Office. Can I assume that the notary will undertake the usual anti-money laundering checks on his client?
The Law Society is delighted to announce the appointment of two sanctions practitioners on our highly regarded Money Laundering Task Force.
The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) recently updated section 3.4.1 of the Financial Sanctions Guidance.
The final version of the legal sector AML guidance was approved by HM Treasury in March following a draft in September. We list the changes between the draft and final guidance.
Our latest advice and tips for new money laundering reporting officers.
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Our practical online course helps fee earners to recognise the warning signs and improve their risk management.
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The toolkit contains a full range of draft policies, procedures and template forms which legal practices can adapt to their individual circumstances.
Solicitors needing legal advice on anti-money laundering (AML) compliance can access an online directory of solicitors who practise in this area and are willing to be contacted by other solicitors seeking legal advice.