Money Laundering Regulation and their Application
The SRA have been raising concerns about the application of the regulation generally within firms and earlier in the year made it clear that they were focusing on the AML and taking action against firms who fail to implement the appropriate procedures to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations.
Principally the SRA are looking at: -
- The appointment of an appropriate person who is properly trained with the authority to take decisions
- Screening of relevant employees on an ongoing basis
- Establishing an independent audit function assessing the adequacy of your policies and their application
- Ensuring staff are trained and kept up to date with procedures and their obligations
The SRA have some worrying statistics that supports and to some degree evidences that too many law firms do not meet the required regulatory and statutory requirements and action is now being taken. These statistics include: -
- 21% of firms are not compliant
- 64% of firms are using low quality risk assessment templates
- 33% of firm's activity to comply with regulations was recent enough to suggest that they were undertaken in response to an enquiry from the SRA
The result of the findings is that the SRA have responded by contacting 7000 firms, specifically focusing on their risk assessment and compliance with legislation and regulation.
If reading this causes you or your law firm some worries the time to act is now. Review your policies and ensure your processes are up to date and that you can demonstrate implementation and supervision within your firm.
If you are compliant and can demonstrate this, there is no need for concern. If, however, you worry that your procedures and auditing is not at the standard that is expected, ACT NOW! It is better to act now and demonstrate that positive steps are being taken, rather than do nothing and deal with the consequences...
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- Demonstrate implementation and active compliance through auditing and reporting
- Provide training for key roles and all staff
- Maintain and monitor compliance on an ongoing basis
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