Our advisory services provide specialist advice to companies and individuals, in regard to regulatory and legislative requirements in the UK.
Our team of specialists have a wealth of knowledge across our key service areas and understand the challenges being faced. They have worked with a number of organisations to support them to mitigate against financial crime and are at the forefront of regulatory and legislative changes and what they mean for clients.
On 1 August 2022 the UK’s register of overseas entities was launched, governed by the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022. The register will be public and will contain details of the beneficial owners of overseas entities and (in some cases) their managing officers.
Overseas entities who own or lease land or property in the UK will need to register by 31 January 2023. Entities that disposed of property or land after 28 February 2022 will also need to register.
As a UK Firm, regulated by the ICAEW, we can assist you in verifying the identity information required by Companies House. We can obtain the Overseas Entity ID which is now required by Land Registry. We provide a full service which includes:
We can undertake a review of public records within the UK (and overseas if required) for individuals or entities which will comprise of the following searches:
Upon conducting adverse media checks, we will determine whether initial checks conclude that there is extensive negative media. If so, we can complete an advanced check. An advanced check is essentially a deep dive into all negative media found in the public domain on those in question.
Following a regulatory or internal review, you may have identified a number of clients for whom you do not hold sufficient Client Due Diligence information. Our team can be appointed to help remediate these clients for you and bring your client base in line with the regulations.
Similarly, you may have identified clients whereby ongoing monitoring needs to be conducted. Our team can help refresh the Client Due Diligence held for these clients.
Our expert team can help you conduct an in-depth risk assessment by identifying and assessing money laundering, terrorist financing, bribery and corruption and tax evasion risks.
We can also review existing risk assessments as part of your annual programme and document our findings and recommendations.
Following your in-house risk assessment, we can help you create internal policies and procedures to ensure legislative and regulatory compliance. We will ensure that the areas of risk to which you are exposed are fully embedded throughout these documents.
In consideration of the ever-changing laws and regulations in the financial crime environment, we can review your existing policies and procedures against the latest requirements, to ensure they remain fit for purpose:
To check that your policies remain effective, our team can review the Client Due Diligence conducted by your internal teams to ensure they are being approved in accordance with your established policies.
We can also review your internal systems and controls to check that they are robust and fit for purpose.
We can conduct sanctions, Politically Exposed Persons and adverse media screening as part of your obligations under Client Due Diligence for clients who pose a higher risk.
We can provide training to members of your organisation on the following topics: