Money Laundering Regulations 2017

In common with all professional practices and financial institutions, if you are a new client, or if we have not taken instructions from you for some time, we are required to verify your identity and address to comply with the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (“the Regulations”) .

You will be required to provide this information, which we will need to check, before we are able to proceed with your matter. For most people this will mean supplying  a current passport or photographic driving licence, your date of birth, and evidence of your address. As part of Birketts’ client onboarding and due diligence  process we may use electronic credit reference agencies to search sources of information relating to you.   An electronic note is left on your credit record to say that a check has taken place but this is NOT a hard credit check and won’t impact your credit score.  Credit reference agencies may keep a record of that information and provide it (and the fact that a search was made) to their other customers for the purpose of verifying identity, to assess credit risk and to prevent fraud, money laundering, and to find debtors.  For further information on how credit reference agencies, such as Equifax, process your personal data please refer to the Credit Reference Agency Information Notice.

For clients who are not instructing us in their personal capacity, the Regulations also require us to identify and verify additional relevant individuals including, for instance, shareholders and ultimate beneficial owners of companies.  Birketts’ requirements for some of the more common types of client type are as follows:

Limited Companies:



There may be occasions when we will require further information and evidence of identity depending on the circumstances.  We will advise you if any further documentation is required.

In order to minimise any delay caused by the need to comply with these Regulations, please ensure we have the required documents and information as soon as possible.

We have partnered with Thirdfort, Legl and First AML to assist with completion of required client due diligence checks. Further information on these providers is available on request.

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