Identity Verification

As mentioned in our terms of engagement, we are required by law to obtain satisfactory evidence of the identity of every client.  As solicitors we deal with money and property on behalf of clients every day.  Because of this we may be the target of money launderers. These are criminals who wish to pass money earned through illegitimate means through a legitimate system such as the property market.  Once money has been laundered there is less chance that it will be traced back to criminal activity.

Private Individuals

We are required to verify that you are who you say you are and that you live where you say you live.  In order to do this we will need to see and copy for our records the following:

  • Photo Identification – e.g. Full signed passport, Full UK/EU driving licence
  • Proof of address – e.g. Utility bill, council tax bill, current bank statement

N.B. Please note that the proof address must be dated within the last 3 months

Partnerships

Partnerships will usually be treated in the same way as private individuals and as such we will require photo identification and proof of address from each partner.

Private Limited Companies and LLPs

Where we are instructed by a private limited company or a LLP we are required to verify the following:

  • Company name and number

  • Registered office and business address

  • Identification from two officers of the company as per private individuals

In order for us to verify your company it will be useful for us to have sight of and take copies of the following documents:

  • memorandum and articles of association

  • certificate of incorporation

  • recent published accounts