8. Verification of identity of the client.

For the following reasons it is imperative to verify the identity of the client at the time when instructions are taken or as soon as possible afterwards:

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    (1)     to ensure that neither the solicitor nor the firm has any conflict of interests which would prevent the solicitor from acting;

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    (2)     to ensure that the client is who he says he is and thus the solicitor has proper authority to act;