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How All Too Familiar is being used

All Too Familiar aims to challenge mindsets and provoke discussion on the need for greater professional scepticism when faced with potential money laundering risks. This award-wining training film is being used by firms, universities and companies. Gain ideas and find out how with these case studies.

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Case study 1

Hitting a nerve

We talk to a senior partner in a small independent practice: “The film showed how quickly things can get out of hand to the point where you’ve got the police knocking at the door.”

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Case study 2

An easy sell for AML

BHP, one of the largest independent firms of chartered accountants in the north of England, used All Too Familiar to help strengthen and underpin its AML culture. “It was also very professional; one of our staff members even likened it to watching an episode of the BBC drama ‘Line of Duty’.”

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Case study 3

Payroll processing: stop and think about AML

Caroline Wheeler, Partner at Bevan Buckland LLP, tells us how our newest training film supported in-house training in a variety of ways. “I’d recommend it to any accountancy firm. It covers so many different aspects without being too technical or dry.”

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Case study 4

Creating a buzz

Chris Beeston, Tax Director and Money Laundering Reporting Officer at Geens, used the film to deliver two training sessions, which covered all members of the firm. “We had team members suggesting improvements to our procedures; these came out of the film and they were good suggestions.”

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Case study 5

Putting AML in perspective

We speak to Rachel Pugh, Client Director and Money Laundering Reporting Officer from Seymour Taylor, one of the longest established accountancy practices in High Wycombe and the Thames Valley. Rachel tells how the film “put AML in perspective. And it related to their world.”

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Case study 6

Know your client

Sophie Parkhouse, Technical and Training Partner at Albert Goodman, tells how she used All Too Familiar to encourage firm-wide discussions around AML culture and reinforce the importance of ‘knowing your client’.

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Case study 7

Hitting the mark

Gibson Appleby, a small firm of chartered accountants based near Brighton in Sussex, used All Too Familiar to engage partners and other staff, and build on its existing anti-money laundering (AML) training resources.

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Case study 8

Incorporating ICAEW films into our University programme

"These practical insights are so valuable to the rounded education and deeper, practical understanding of the responsibilities of accountants that our students need."

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Case study 9

Switching the dial

Hear how Bishop Fleming used All Too Familiar to host dedicated workshops at its offices, and found the film “very powerful and far more memorable than a traditional presentation”.

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Case study 10

Richer conversations

Grant Thornton UK LLP used ICAEW’s AML educational drama All Too Familiar as part of its routine quarterly training for its audit practice. “The film’s naturally engaging; it’s well produced, and it’s well acted,”

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Training materials available to support the running of workshops and away days.


Develop skills to identify potential money laundering red flags, mitigate the risks of money laundering by designing effective procedures and how to prepare good quality suspicious activity reports Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).


Identify how and when to disengage from a client, a firm’s professional responsibilities when engaging with law enforcement, appropriate levels of customer due diligence (CDD) and risk assessments for client relationships.

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