As law firms navigate an increasingly globalised and digital landscape, the importance of robust Anti-Money Laundering (AML) procedures has never been more critical. This guide provides comprehensive insight into understanding and navigating the regulatory environment, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Legal Sector Affinity Group (LSAG), Lexcel, the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), and HM Land Registry Safe Harbour Standard. Verify 365, with its vast array of features, proves to be a valuable tool in facilitating these processes.

Understanding the Regulatory Landscape

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

The SRA’s money laundering regulations are stringent and rigorous, requiring firms to be vigilant in their compliance. Key to this compliance is:

Risk Assessments: Firms must conduct ongoing, firm-wide risk assessments to better understand and mitigate potential areas of risk.

Client Due Diligence (CDD): Adequate verification of clients is necessary. This process includes identifying clients and verifying their identities on an ongoing basis. This is where Verify 365’s KYC ID checks and AML checks prove to be indispensable, automating the process and ensuring thoroughness.

Suspicious Activity Reporting: It is the firm’s responsibility to act promptly on any suspicious activity, keeping detailed records and, where appropriate, reporting to the relevant authorities.

 Legal Sector Affinity Group (LSAG)

In compliance with the LSAG AML guidance, law firms must:

Firm-wide Risk Assessments: This requirement ensures that firms are aware of their risk profiles and are actively working to mitigate these risks.

Policies, Controls, and Procedures: Law firms must establish robust policies and procedures in place to prevent activities related to money laundering and terrorist financing.

Training: Firms must also provide regular training to ensure all members understand their AML obligations.

Record Keeping: Maintaining comprehensive and up-to-date records is crucial for evidence of compliance. Verify 365’s eSign, ePay, and eForms features can simplify record-keeping processes, ensuring all relevant documents are easily accessible and secure.


Lexcel accreditation requires firms to exceed basic regulatory requirements, focusing on quality client care and business management. Complying with Lexcel’s regulations requires:

Practice-Wide Risk Assessments (PWRA): To identify any potential risks related to money laundering or terrorist financing, a PWRA must be performed and documented.

Client Care: A strong focus on client care ensures transparency, trust, and improved service quality.

Verify 365’s client-centric features, including KYC ID checks, sanction checks, and source of funds checks, provide a streamlined process, enhancing both the client experience and the firm’s compliance with Lexcel standards.

Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)

Under CQS regulations, law firms should:

Training and Audits: Mandatory training ensures staff are aware of their AML obligations, while audits confirm compliance with regulations.

Due Diligence: Firms must be thorough in understanding the source of their client’s funds. Verify 365’s Source of Funds Checks can simplify these processes, ensuring due diligence is carried out accurately and efficiently.

Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD)

For high-risk clients or complex transactions, Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) is required. EDD involves a more rigorous investigation into a client’s background and business activities. Verify 365’s KYB & UBO Company Checks features simplify the EDD process by providing a comprehensive overview of the client’s company, beneficial owners, and source of funds.

HM Land Registry Safe Harbour Standard

HM Land Registry’s Digital Identity Standard, known as the Safe Harbour Standard, has been developed to improve the security of property transactions in the UK. The Safe Harbour rule offers protection for law firms that follow the Land Registry’s guidance on digital identity verification. In this context, if they perform digital identity checks in line with the standards, they can be assured that they are deemed to have taken reasonable steps and are consequently protected from enforcement action by HM Land Registry.

Under the Safe Harbour Standard, law firms are required to:

Identity Verification: Firms need to establish the identity of their client using a reliable and independent source. Verify 365’s KYC ID Checks can automate this process, providing an accurate and efficient way to establish a client’s identity.

Document Validation: This involves checking the validity of identity documents. This process can be facilitated by Verify 365’s advanced algorithms that can detect fraudulent documents.

Risk Assessment:: Firms must conduct an appropriate risk assessment. Verify 365’s AML checks, sanction checks, and source of funds checks provide a comprehensive overview of a client’s risk profile, aiding in thorough and efficient risk assessment.

By aligning with the HM Land Registry Safe Harbour Standard and utilising the extensive suite of features offered by Verify 365, law firms can significantly enhance their AML compliance while improving the efficiency and security of their property transactions.

The Role of Verify 365 in AML Compliance

With its extensive suite of features, Verify 365 can streamline a law firm’s AML compliance processes:

KYC ID Checks & AML Checks: Facilitates the identification and verification of clients, aiding in CDD and EDD processes.

Sanction Checks:: Helps identify any potential risks associated with a client.

Source of Funds Checks: Provides clarity on a client’s wealth origin, aiding in due diligence and EDD processes.

KYB & UBO Company Checks: Provides insight into a client’s business activities and beneficial owners, aiding in EDD.

eSign, ePay, eForms: Helps maintain thorough and secure records, aiding in record-keeping and providing evidence of compliance.


AML compliance is complex and can be daunting for law firms. However, by understanding the regulatory landscape and using advanced technology such as Verify 365, firms can ensure they are fully compliant. Verify 365 provides a streamlined, comprehensive solution to AML compliance, ensuring law firms can focus on their core business.