AML regulations and your obligations

It is thought that the scale of money laundering affecting the UK annually is in the hundreds of billions of pounds. Unfortunately, legal professionals are at risk of being targeted for their skills and services to hold or transfer money because of the perceived legitimacy this offers.

The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on Payer) Regulations 2017 set the rules for enforcement of the anti-money laundering legislation and they were updated by the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019

The rules require all independent legal professionals that provide legal or notarial services and/or trust and company services to be supervised for compliance by one of the specified professional bodies (also known as anti-money laundering supervisory authorities) or by HMRC.

It is vital that you understand your regulatory and legal obligations including the Criminal Finances Act 2017, and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The penalties for aiding a money launderer range from fines to imprisonment, depending on the severity of the offence. CILEx Regulation will consider any actions related to assisting or facilitating money laundering as serious misconduct

How to deal with the risks of being targeted for money laundering:

Do I need to pay a levy?

Depending on the revenue of your business you may be required to pay the Economic Crime Levy.

Our annual AML report

CILEx Regulation Anti-Money Laundering Supervision Report 2022/23

Additional AML resources

The Joint Money Laundering Steering Group provides comprehensive Guidance on Anti-Money Laundering procedures for the financial services sector, which provides a valuable resource for the rest of the regulated sector

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body whose purpose is the development and promotion of national and international policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. Its 40 Recommendations are backed by mutual evaluations of its member countries.

Financial Sanctions – linked to your AML responsibilities

The observance of Financial Sanctions is often closely linked to your AML responsibilities, and we have provided specific information to assist you to comply with your obligations.


CILEx Regulation is a member of the Legal Sector
Intelligence Sharing Expert Working Group (ISEWG).

Legal Sector Intelligence Sharing Expert Working Group

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