September saw the first piece of Anti-money laundering (AML) guidance to cover all legal professionals. Whilst it is marked draft as it requires final HM Treasury approval, this is seen as a key part of the review of the whole AML regime and reflects how AML supervisors are working together.
Authorised firms will follow this guidance as part of their AML supervision by CILEx Regulation. Simply, for consumers this will mean they will wish to understand the details of any transaction, the source and use of any money connected to the transaction, and request documents to confirm your identity. However, the regulations may require them to seek further information as required.
CILEx Regulation will now be identifying unregulated firms that need to comply with the regulations.
So, if your firm is unregulated but either:
then you may need to be supervised for AML.
The guidance can be found here
If you should be and are currently not being supervised, then let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can see if you can be included within the support and guidance that we provide.