AML Compliance
for Solicitors and Law Firms

Protect your business from crimes and fines

Money laundering costs the UK over £100bn annually*. Understandably, those sectors at risk of being used to launder money face significant pressure to counteract it, with the legal industry high on that list.

Under the supervision of OPBAS (The Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervisors), legal industry regulators have increased oversight to tackle the money laundering threat in the sector. In a climate of heightened regulatory focus, it is more important than ever that your Customer Due Diligence (CDD) controls are robust.

Underpin your AML policies and procedures with a combination of expansive, insightful intelligence and flexible technology. Your fee earners will be able to conduct risk-based CDD that meets AML obligations quickly. This will free them to focus on their core priority – your customers.

600

The amount of onsite visits undertaken by relevant Professional Body Supervisors in the legal sector.

(May-April 18/19)^

366%

Increase in the total value of fines issued by legal sector Professional Body Supervisors.

(May-April 18/19, compared to previous reporting year)^

£31,954

The average fine handed out to legal firms for money laundering contraventions.

"The legitimate services and reputation of the legal sector offer an attractive proposition to criminals with cash to invest… there is a very real risk and firms need to be cognisant of that risk when conducting CDD."

Head of Anti-Money Laundering – Law Society Scotland

What are your Customer Due Diligence OBLIGATIONS?

Your CDD must be robust, risk-based and evidenced. Simply taking copies of your customer’s ID documents is not enough to mitigate the risk of money laundering. It is also unlikely to satisfy your regulator.

A clear understanding of the risks associated not just with the client but also the matter they are instructing you on, is essential. There are several key activities that your CDD should incorporate:

Efficiently manage money laundering risk

Identity verification

Criminals can easily source forged ID documents or manipulate genuine ones. Confident verification of identity requires multi-layered checks that utilise a variety of independent tools and sources. In addition to verifying the client, you should also confirm the identity (and assess the risk) of any associated beneficial owner.

Know Your Client

Risk assessment

Risk associated with clients should be assessed on an ongoing basis, not just at point of onboarding. Are they politically exposed? Are they sanctioned? These are risks that evolve over time and should be monitored continually.

Scalable AML solutions configured to specific needs

Understanding the purpose and nature of the relationship or transaction

Why does the client want to carry out the transaction? Does the activity meet their known business profile? What is the source of funds to be used? You should only engage when you are happy the above factors point to a legitimate transaction.

AML Checks – multiple access options

Ongoing monitoring

Risk changes over time and today’s low risk instruction, can become tomorrow’s high risk exposure. CDD is not a ‘one and done’ scenario; ongoing monitoring of client relationships is critical.

To help you conduct CDD that is both effective and customer friendly, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions offers a unique combination of technology, data and advanced analytics that will help you to quickly establish the risk associated with prospective clients.

CRITICAL INTELLIGENCE to support your AML compliance

Comply with regulations, with minimal impact to your clients and business.

Efficiently manage money laundering risk

Save time, improve efficiencies, focus on your business

Meeting your AML obligations should not be an onerous task, nor should it impact on your revenue-generating activities. LexisNexis® Risk Solutions can help to ensure this is the case: our proprietary technology and data will help you to identify and manage money laundering risk at the first possible opportunity.

Know Your Client

Know your client – even when they’re not present

Supporting initial and ongoing customer due diligence (CDD), our range of AML solutions will help you to authenticate client identity, flag potential high risk entities (such as individuals who are Politically Exposed Persons, or under Sanctions) and conduct enhanced due diligence. All of these activities can be conducted without the customer physically present, helping to ensure business efficiency and customer satisfaction.

AML Checks – multiple access options

Multiple access options

 

  • Web App
    Conduct checks via our intuitive, easy-to-use web app.
  • Mobile Identity Check App
    Reduce customer friction with secure, remote identity authentication.
  • Batch
    Screen high volumes of clients on a one-off or regular basis.
  • API
    Integrate our solutions directly into your existing systems.
Scalable AML solutions configured to specific needs

One stop for your AML needs

Complementing our advanced analytics and technology, we work with a variety of industry partners who provide AML consultancy solutions. If you need support with your AML processes, policies and controls, our partner network will be able to provide appropriate advice and guidance.

 Identity Verification and Authentication

Identity Verification and Authentication

LexisNexis® IDU®

Know who you’re dealing with – a fundamental in AML regulation. LexisNexis® IDU® is a web-based identity management solution that enables multi-layered identity checks. IDU combines data from multiple credit bureaus with our proprietary collection of consumer records, to provide industry leading verification coverage of the UK population.

Delivered in tandem with a range of supplementary checks including ID document authentication (conveniently performed via our IDU Mobile App), email risk assessment and multi-factor authentication; IDU can be integrated seamlessly into your case management software, accessed via an online interface, or used on a batch screening basis. You can even empower your clients to verify their identity remotely, via our mobile app.

 

Reduce client reject rates

 

Tailor each check to the risk presented

 

Identify entities which require further investigation (PEPs, Sanctions)

 

Enable fee earners to process clients quickly

PEP and Sanctions Checks

PEP and Sanctions Checks

LexisNexis® WorldCompliance™ Data

Assessing the level of risk a client and the given matter presents should be carried out both upfront, and on a continual basis. Supported by over 400 researchers, located across the globe, LexisNexis® WorldCompliance™ Data is updated 24/7, to help you identify higher risk entities such as Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and sanctioned parties. WorldCompliance Data can be accessed directly from within LexisNexis® IDU®, via our flexible screening platform, LexisNexis® Bridger Insight® XG, or through our enhanced due diligence investigation tool, LexisNexis® EDD Insight.

 

Identify PEPs, their family members, business partners and close associates

 

Flag State Owned Entities, identify parties subject to sanctions and reduce regulatory risk

 

Screen against multiple major sanctions watchlists (e.g. HM Treasury, OFAC and EU), via a single, consolidated view

 

Maintain an electronic audit trail of checks, to provide evidence of your due diligence

Ongoing Monitoring

Ongoing Monitoring

LexisNexis® Bridger Insight® XG | LexisNexis® WorldCompliance™ Data

Due diligence is not a one-time event. In a fast changing world, risk profiles can evolve overnight and leave you potentially exposed. Applying a risk-based approach and screening your customers for any changes in circumstance, on a regular basis, will allow you to spot new risks as they happen. This requires two critical components – insightful risk data to flag changes, and intuitive and powerful technology to match your clients to such data.

LexisNexis® WorldCompliance™ Data provides in-depth and continually-updated watchlist screening data, collated by more than 400 researchers globally. Used in combination with LexisNexis® Bridger Insight® XG, our flexible screening technology that can be moulded to your business needs, it will help you to identify risk at the earliest opportunity.

 

Conduct ongoing monitoring of your client base

 

Flag PEPs, Sanctions, Adverse Media and Enforcements

 

Apply a risk based approach, tailored to departments, teams and even individual users

 

Reduce the need for additional support staff

 

Drive efficiencies by reducing the level of ‘false positive’ matches

Enhanced Due Diligence

Enhanced Due Diligence

LexisNexis® EDD Insight

When a situation presents a greater level of risk – such as dealing with a PEP or an entity from a higher risk jurisdiction, your team will have to undertake deeper due diligence. Not doing so exposes your organisation to financial crime and reputational risk, and could invite scrutiny from the regulator.

Our enhanced due diligence investigation platform – LexisNexis® EDD Insight – is a powerful web-based investigation tool. Delivering a unique capability, it draws together UK consumer, UK and EU business, and global risk data via a single investigation platform.

In addition it allows you to request researcher-generated Enhanced Due Diligence Reports for the highest risk entities, globally.

 

Obtain a detailed view of the risk presented

 

Research the legitimacy of a transaction, and create an evidence trail

 

Identify and evaluate relationships between people, between businesses and between people and businesses

 

Uncover beneficial owners and the risk they present

 

Search the deep web for adverse information on a potential client

* National Crime Agency news release: Forty-two businesses have been identified as having potential compliance failings in customer checks, record keeping and identifying risk.

^ OPBAS - Anti-Money Laundering Supervision by the Legal and Accountancy Professional Body Supervisors: Progress and themes from 2019

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