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Customer due diligence for registered charities

I have been approached by a registered charity wishing me to act on the purchase of a property. What customer due diligence checks should I undertake?

For registered charities, you should take a record of their full name, registration number and place of business. Details of registered charities can be obtained from:

- The Charity Commission of England and Wales
- The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
- The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

Other countries may also have regulators which maintain a list of registered charities. You may consider it appropriate to refer to these when verifying the identity of an overseas charity.

For more information, please see Chapter 4 of the anti-money laundering guidance for the legal sector

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this article, it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such. The Law Society does not accept any responsibility for liabilities arising as a result of reliance upon the information given.

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