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The Law Society has produced a comprehensive guide for solicitors to help them protect against misuse by criminals and demonstrate compliance with anti-money laundering requirements.
The Toolkitdetails all the latest anti-money laundering legislation and is designed to provide law firms with practical ‘need to know’ information.
It contains a full range of draft policies, procedures and template forms, covering compliance with legal obligations and options for monitoring this compliance by the law firm, which each legal practice can adapt to their individual circumstances.
The comprehensive toolkit has been written by Alison Matthews, the former chair of the Law Society Money Laundering Task Force and Money Laundering Reporting Officer with over 12 years experience in this area.
Law Society Chief Executive Desmond Hudson said: “Solicitors have a key role to play in helping to fight crime and reduce the ability of criminals to misuse legal services in an attempt to keep their ill-gotten gains. Compliance with money laundering obligations is one of the greatest challenges for solicitors in the UK today due to the scope of the threat. It is essential that firms have implemented effective procedures for dealing with this type of threat.
“This toolkit builds upon the wide range of services which the Law Society already offers to our members in this area, and will particularly be of assistance to smaller firms who find developing systems and monitoring compliance to be a challenge with limited resources and expertise. The Law Society is committed to helping solicitors meet their obligations and provide a robust defence against money launderers attempting to misuse their professional services.”
The valuable publication for all solicitors, follows the publication of the Law Society’s anti-money laundering / counter terrorist financing practice note which has been approved by HM Treasury.
The Law Society is the independent professional body, established for solicitors in 1825, that works globally to support and represent its members, promoting the highest professional standards and the rule of law.
Contact: Catherine Reed, Press Office, The Law Society