Before we start legal work for our clients, we are required to carry out Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (“AML and CFT”) checks. We understand this can seem like an unnecessary and invasive step in engaging a lawyer.
So why do we do this?
Law firms are now required to complete these checks because they are significant targets for criminals to try to launder money through for the funding of terrorism and other illegal activities.
How do we do this?
Before we start work, we need your photo identification and proof of address. In most instances we use our AML software, APLYiD. This uses secure facial recognition software through your smart phone and compares it to your photo identification. It also checks that your proof of address matches that which is held by government agencies. The whole process is very quick and easy.
If this isn’t possible or you prefer to do this in person, then you can come into our office with your photo identification and proof of address, and we can complete this check manually.
If you have any questions regarding AML and CFT please feel free to contact us.