Money Laundering Regulations 2017—scope and application—law firms
Money Laundering Regulations 2017—scope and application—law firms

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

  • Money Laundering Regulations 2017—scope and application—law firms
  • Scope
  • Application
  • Jurisdictional reach and group policies
  • Examples

This Practice Note sets out the scope and application of 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 from 10 January 2020 by the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/1511.


The MLR 2017 repeal and replace the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (the 2007 Regulations) and implement the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (4MLD). They set administrative requirements for the anti-money laundering (AML) regime within the regulated sector and outline the scope of customer due diligence. The regulations aim to prevent the use of professional services for money laundering by requiring professionals to know their clients and monitor the use of their services by clients.


The MLR 2017 apply to:

  1. relevant persons, ie:

    1. credit institutions

    2. financial institutions

    3. cryptoasset exchange providers

    4. custodian wallet providers

    5. auditors, insolvency practitioners, external accountants and tax advisers

    6. independent legal professionals

    7. trust or company service providers

    8. estate agents and letting agents

    9. high value dealers

    10. casinos

    11. auction platforms

    12. art market participants

  2. acting in the course of business carried on by them in the UK

  3. who do not benefit from one of the very narrowly-drawn exclusions in Regulation 15

See: Scope and application of the MLR 2017 for law firms—flowchart.

Independent legal professional

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