Money Laundering Regulations 2017—enforcement, offences and penalties—law firms
Money Laundering Regulations 2017—enforcement, offences and penalties—law firms

The following Practice Compliance guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Money Laundering Regulations 2017—enforcement, offences and penalties—law firms
  • Relevant requirements
  • Enforcement
  • Civil penalties and notices
  • Criminal offences and penalties

This Practice Note explains the offences, penalties and enforcement provisions contained in the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (MLR 2017), SI 2017/692 which came into force on 26 June 2017, as amended by the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/1511 from 10 January 2020.

The MLR 2017 impose a duty on supervisory authorities to effectively monitor relevant persons and take necessary steps to ensure compliance by those they regulate.

Part 9 of the MLR 2017 identifies 'relevant requirements' and creates powers to impose civil penalties on any person who contravenes a relevant requirement as well as creating criminal offences where a relevant requirement is contravened.

Relevant requirements

The following table sets out the relevant requirements, to which civil and/or criminal penalties may attach, that apply to law firms (ie it does not contain relevant requirements which apply only to, eg FCA-regulated entities), and identifies help available on Lexis®PSL.

Relevant requirement Help available on Lexis®PSL
18—Risk assessment See subtopic: AML & counter-terrorist financing—Risk assessment.
19—Policies, controls and procedures
20—Group level policies, controls and procedures
21—Internal controls
See subtopic: AML