On 1 July 2018, lawyers became reporting entities under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act 2009. The purpose of the AML/CFT regime reflects New Zealand's commitment to the international initiative to counter the impact that criminal activity has on people and economies within the global community.
Prior to accepting your instruction we must conduct a customer due diligence ("CDD") upon you and obtain verify information. This information includes:
To confirm these details, documents such as your passport, and accounts or statements that show your address, (such as a recent utility bill), will be required and verified.
If you are seeing us about company or trust business, we will need information about the company or trust including the people associated with it (such as directors and shareholders, trustees and beneficiaries).
Kindly be advised that If we are not able to obtain the required information from you, we may not be able to act for you.
If you have any queries or concerns regarding this please feel free to discuss these with the lawyer who will be undertaking your work.