David Illingworth, president of the ICAEW, wrote to all its members in the UK to explain how the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and November’s Money Laundering Regulations will effect them.
The letter said: ‘As many of these responsibilities fall on individual accountants and other staff providing accounting services, we wanted to take this opportunity to write to all members – to draw attention to their responsibilities.’
From 1 March, it will be a criminal offence for any firm other than a sole practitioner without staff to fail to appoint a MLRO.
Other new offences will include failing to maintain identification procedures for new clients or records of transactions with them. Firms will also have to put in place procedures for staff to report suspicions and provide training to help them understand the new regulations and spot money laundering.
The letter also said ICAEW’s lobbying of the government to minimise unnecessary burdens on professional firms had borne fruit, with the production of ‘early drafts of a substantially simplified standard report for less important matters’.
The average cost of fraud increased 35.4% to £3.9m in 2016, compared to 2015 data
Harrison Beale & Owen will (HB&O) have a new chairman and managing director at the helm for 2017
Satvir Bungar promoted to managing director in the mergers and acquisitions team
Carolyn Brown appointed as the first head of client legal services practice RSM Legal