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Anti-money laundering

Guidance and other work that we have done on anti-money laundering law and practice, in the UK and internationally.


In this section

To report or not to report

Are you clear on when the privilege reporting exemption applies to money laundering suspicions or knowledge? Are you reporting when you should not do so? If you are in any doubt on these issues then read on.

Risk assessment and customer due diligence

Has your practice carried out a firm wide risk assessment?

The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (MLR17) require firms providing accountancy, trust or company services to take appropriate steps to identify and assess the risk that they could be used for money laundering, including terrorist financing.

Debunking derisking

ICAEW Risk and Regulation Manager John Mongelard outlines some of the reasons why banks are closing accounts for small businesses, and what you can do about it.


Making SARs safely

The Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) takes the need to protect the confidentiality of reporters very seriously. Access to Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) information is conditional on compliance with Home Office issued guidance.

SARs Top tips for effective reporting

The National Crime Agency (NCA) have expressed their appreciation for the Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) that accountants provide. By ‘mining’ the database of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and investigating similarities, trends and patterns, Law Enforcement have been able to uncover and prosecute organised criminal activity.

Anti-money laundering - the essentials

Issue 11 - November 2018

The eleventh issue of 'Anti-money laundering - the essentials' covers OPBAS, whistleblowing and anti-money laundering news such as the launch of the National Economic Crime Centre.

Issue 10 - September 2018

The tenth issue of 'Anti-money laundering - the essentials' covers: HMRC’s TCSP register, criminal record checks, the Fifth Anti-money laundering directive and contains useful resources from the FCA and NCA.

Issue 9 - March 2018

The ninth issue of 'Anti-money laundering - the essentials' covers: new HM Treasury guidance, firm-wide risk assessment and a new AML compliance review checklist.

Criminal record checks

Definition of a beneficial owner, officer or manager (BOOM)

Under Regulation 26 of MLR17, from 26 June 2018, ICAEW must approve all beneficial owners, officers and managers (BOOMs) in our supervised firms. The MLR17 define these terms but the Accountancy Affinity Group (which comprises all the accountancy professional body supervisors) have agreed further guidance to identify the relevant roles:

Criminal record checks

The new Money Laundering Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations (MLR17) came into force in June 2017. These have placed new obligations on firms and ICAEW.

Registration and supervision

Background and representations