All firms of solicitors, accountants, banks and other financial institutions have a legal obligation to ensure that they have procedures in place designed to combat money laundering.
When acting for you we are obliged to establish your identity and to keep evidence that we have done so. We will ask you to provide confirmation of both your name and address. The list below provides a guideline of documents that can be used:
List A – Proof of Identity:
- Current signed passport
- Current UK photo-card driving licence
- Photographic registration card for people self employed in the construction industry (C1S4)
- Firearms or shotgun certificate
- Bus pass with photo
- National identity card containing photograph
List B – Proof of address:
- Recent Utility bill or statement less than 3 months old (not mobile phone)
- Local Council Tax bill for the current year but less than 3 months old
- Current UK photo-card driving licence (if not used for List A)
- Bank, Building Society or Credit Union statement or passbook containing current address
- Water bill issued for the current financial year
- Recent Mortgage Statement from a recognised lender for last full year
- Solicitor’s letter confirming recent house purchase or Land Registry confirmation of address
- Council or Housing Association rent book/statement or tenancy agreement for current financial year
- Current house or motor insurance certificate
- Confirmation from the Electoral Register that client lives at the given address
One form of identification cannot be used for both name and address. For example, if a current UK driver’s licence is accepted as proof of name, it cannot then also be used as proof of address.
Corporate and other Business Clients:
Partnership of non-regulated professionals (including an LLP) with 5 or less partners, identity evidence for the individual responsible for the transaction and all individual partners.
Partnership of non-regulated professionals (including an LLP) with 6 or more partners, need full name of partnership, identity evidence for the individual responsible for the transaction and one other partner and all other individuals who directly or indirectly are entitled to or control 25% or more of the capital, profits or voting rights.
Companies (including a UK LLP) not listed on a regulated market such as the London Stock Exchange, a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation is required, together with identity evidence of the individual dealing with transaction and identity evidence of all other individuals with 25% or more of the shares or voting rights of the company.
Companies (including a UK LLP) listed on a regulated market such as the London Stock Exchange, a copy of a dated page from the website of the relevant stock exchanges, together with identity evidence of the individual dealing with transaction and identity evidence of all other individuals who exercise management control.