Anti-Money Laundering Policy
Money laundering is the process through which proceeds of crime and their true origin and ownership are changed so that the proceeds appear legitimate. Terrorist financing is providing or collecting funds, from legitimate or illegitimate sources, to be used to carry out an act of terrorism.
It is a requirement of Anti-Money Laundering regulations that we (i) identify and verify the identity of our clients before establishing a business relationship; (ii) obtain assurances about the transactions which we are asked to carry out; and (iii) identify the source of funds.
As to the type and standard of due diligence we carry out, will depend on the type of client, the documentary evidence, to verify a client’s identity, its business and geographical location, amongst other things.
On making you a first appointment, for a face to face meeting, we will ask you to bring with you your original documents, and this will include documents to establish your identity such as passport or drivers licence, and documents to evidence your residence, and this should be in the form of a recent(not older than 3 months old) a utility bill, Council Tax Bill, or bank statement. If these documents are not available for whatever reason, where possible, we will seek the necessary documentation from publicly available sources and databases to which we have subscribed, such as InfoTrack, or Experian AML check.
For clients who are abroad, and the meeting would take place via video conferencing, we would require proof of identity and residence in advance of the meeting date, and on forwarding a scan by email, the original documents must be verified by a local lawyer in that country.
We will only use your document for the purpose of carrying our Anti Money Laundering checks, and in providing legal services to you.
We ask that you provide all documents quickly, as we will not be able act for you, until we obtain all the necessary documentation within a reasonable timeframe.
Our Nominated Officer is Mrs Ariff.
Last updated: 23rd December 2021