UK law firms subject to the Money Laundering Regulations are required to establish an independent audit function to examine, evaluate and make recommendations regarding the adequacy and effectiveness of their practice's anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing policies, controls, and procedures, “where appropriate to the nature and size of the practice”. This can be carried out via an internal or an external auditor.
Though an AML audit does not need to be conducted by an external auditor, over 50% of firms choose this method. The Compliance Office team thoroughly understand AML regulations, are up to date on the latest SRA AML guidance and can work with you to efficiently carry out an AML audit.
An AML audit involves gathering all the necessary information to conduct a comprehensive review of the controls your firm has in place and comparing these findings against its regulatory obligations. This involves:
Initial consultation with law firm & scoping
Review of your Anti-money Laundering Policies, Controls & Procedures (PCPs)
Law firm file audits / file reviews
Independent AML Audit Report
Our partners at Compliance Office have the expertise needed to help you conduct an independent, tech-enhanced AML audit, in accordance with the latest Legal Sector Affinity Group (LSAG) guidance. Their team keeps their pulse on the latest AML requirements and your audit will be completed by former practising solicitors with many years of experience in law firm regulation, often former SRA staff.
You won't need to worry about dedicating extra time and internal resources to this critical process and you'll be free to enhance your compliance controls and fully adhere to regulatory requirements.
Once the audit is completed, you'll receive a detailed report as well as an action plan that will be critical in helping your firm address any weaknesses.Book a free consultation