Anti-Money Laundering Resources

Guidance for lawyers

Law Society of England & Wales

Anti-Money Laundering Guidance for the Legal Sector

Anti-terrorism Practice Note

Responding to a financial crime investigation Practice Note

NCA Consent Request Guidelines

Bribery Act Practice Note

Law Society response to HM Treasury consultation on the AML and CFT supervisory regime

Law Society response including discussion on proposed changes to the legislation, including the Consent regime

Updated Law Society guidance on the European Commission list of High Risk Third Countries


Sanctions – what do they mean for law firms?

Sanctions and high risk jurisdictions webpage  (CONTAINS LINKS TO HIGH RISK JURISDICTIONS)

The European Union Financial Sanctions (Amendment of Information Provisions) Regulations 2017

HM Treasury and Office of Financial Sanctions guidance

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Cleaning up: Law firms and the risk of money laundering

Warning notice to profession

SRA Anti Money Laundering Report (Findings from Thematic Review) May 2016

Warning notice, updated October 2019

Firm risk assessment guidance

Firm risk assessment checklist

Firm risk assessment template

SRA Guidance on The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 has been updated

National Crime Agency

The SARs Regime webpage

SAR Guidance Notes

Closure of cases requesting consent

Suspicious Activity Reports Annual Report 2015

National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime 2017

Anti-money laundering: the SARs regime – Law Commission report

Financial Action Task Force

Recommendations February 2012

Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Vulnerabilities of Legal Professionals

Guidance on Beneficial Owners and Transparency

Risk Based Approach Guidance for Legal Professionals

FATF high risk jurisdictions

FATF consolidated list with links to national risk assessments

FATF Report on Professional Money Laundering July 2018

FATF Guidance for a Risk-Based Approach for Legal Professionals

International Bar Association

IBA resource with information on equivalent legislation in various jurisdictions

A Lawyer’s Guide to Detecting and Preventing Money Laundering

International Bar Association and the Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Report of the Task Force on the Role of Lawyers and International Commercial Structures

Transparency International

Corruption Perceptions Index

Basel AML Index Report 2017

European Parliament

The Fourth EU Money laundering Directive has now been approved: See here.

European Parliament Draft Recommendation to The Council and The Commission.

The EU’s response on CFT

The European Union Financial Sanctions (Amendment of Information Provisions) Regulations 2017

5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive, which amends the 4th  Anti-Money Laundering Directive

Sixth European Anti-Money Laundering Directive – This will implement new jail sentences and sanctions for money laundering. Note: The UK, Ireland and Denmark are not taking part in the adoption of this directive.

UK Home Office

Department for Business Innovation & Skills discussion paper on the proposed register of people with significant control (PSC register)

Home Office and HMT Action plan for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist finance, including call for information on proposed changes to the legislation

In July 2016, HM Treasury updated its Advisory Notice on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing controls in Overseas Jurisdictions

Updated HMRC Estate agency guidance for money laundering supervision

Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing: supervision report 2017-18

UK Treasury

Financial sanctions: consolidated list of targets

Regime Specific lists

Doing business in Russia and Ukraine: Sanctions latest

US Department of the Treasury

Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Programs and Information


CIA World Factbook

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database (‘Panama Papers’)

Search Facilities

EC Find a Company service. At present, this search facility covers Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden and Norway. It will cover more countries and provide more information and documents in due course.

Open Corporates – The largest open database of companies in the world

EC Find a Lawyer service provides search facilities against bar lists in many European countries.

Money Laundering Regulations

The Money Laundering Regulations 2003

The Money Laundering Regulations 2007

The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017

CLC practice note on Money Laundering Regulations 2017

The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018

Companies House

Companies House guidance on People with Significant Control