In February last year, the Identrus operating rules were being finalised and Lovells was advising Nat-West, HSBC and Barclays on the finalisation of the draft rules. The Identrus scheme has more than 40 member financial institutions from North America, Europe and Asia which have agreed to be subject to Identrus's uniform system rules. These specifications have been set up to ensure compatability of e-commerce identity validation services between member institutions and their customers.`Lead partner Conor Ward at Lovells said that in the last part of 2000 the firm was approached by the e-commerce department of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and asked to advise on the various legal and contractual requirements needed for the introduction of the scheme.`The Royal Bank of Scotland is the first bank in the UK to achieve Identrus accreditation.