Anti-money Laundering Compliance for Law Firms 2nd edition

A handbook and guide, advising on practical implementation of the European Union Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive. Assisting European law firms in remaining compliant.  

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  • Publication date: January, 2019
  • Pages: 123
  • ISBN: 978-1-78358-360-7


The European Union Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive is the most sweeping AML legislation ever to have been introduced in Europe. It aims to strengthen the existing rules, prioritising the fight against tax avoidance, money laundering and terrorism financing by reinforcing the necessity of measures such as risk assessments, setting clear requirements about beneficial ownership, and expanding the definition of a politically exposed person.

This second edition of Anti-money Laundering Compliance for Law Firms is intended as both handbook and guide, advising on practical implementation of the Directive’s mandates and assisting European law firms in remaining compliant. It will also act as a best-practice toolkit for firms practising beyond Europe. Featuring contributions from a range of experts in the field – from barristers specialising in financial crime to compliance experts and consultants – this timely publication provides the latest intelligence on successful adherence to the Fourth Directive, along with an anticipatory exploration into the possible effects of the upcoming Fifth Directive and changes within the regulatory landscape.


Chapter 1: Reviewing the AML landscape
By Ruth Paley, principal associate at Eversheds Sutherland

Chapter 2: Evidencing compliance with the key requirements of MLR 2017 – practical help
By Ruth Paley and Zia Ullah, principal associate and head of corporate crime and investigations at Eversheds Sutherland 

Chapter 3: Politically exposed persons and their definition
By Anita Clifford, principal associate at Bright Line Law 

Chapter 4: Source of funds and source of wealth enquiries
By Amy Bell, director of Teal Compliance 

Chapter 5: Managing the risks – the need for compliance strategies
By Tracey Calvert, director of Oakalls Consultancy

Chapter 6: The UK Criminal Finances Act 2017 and its wider implications
By Michael Ruck, partner at TLT LLP, and Angela Craven, associate at TLT LLP

Chapter 7: Benefi cial ownership provisions of the Fourth and Fifth Directives
By Ian Hargreaves and Deirdre Lyons Le Croy, partner and associate at Covington & Burling LLP

Chapter 8: Sanctions and their implications for law firms
By Robyn Brown, associate at Eversheds Sutherland

Chapter 9: The proposed Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive
By Ruth Paley and Zia Ullah, principal associate and head of corporate crime and investigations at Eversheds Sutherland

Full Overview


Amy Bell
Amy Bell is a compliance consultant with a passion for helping firms adapt to the changing legal landscape. She has 13 years’ experience in working with law firms, and in 2017 launched Amy Bell Compliance Limited. Through consultancy with partners, and by delivering training, she provides support for everyone in the firm helping them to understand compliance and how to apply risk management principles to improve client service and deliver efficiencies. She is a member of the Law Society’s Money Laundering Task Force, where she represents the solicitors profession at government and in Europe. 
Robyn Brown
Robyn Brown is an associate at Eversheds Sutherland LLP, within the financial services disputes and investigations group. She joined the firm after a number of years working in treasury and finance for a top five UK Building Society. She has experience in all areas of financial crime, including international financial sanctions, fraud, anti-money laundering and anti-bribery & corruption. She regularly advises regulated and non-regulated corporate clients on financial crime compliance, and also has experience in defending corporate clients in respect of regulatory investigations and enforcement. Robyn conducts audits and risk assessments upon AML and sanctions control frameworks at various financial institutions, and was previously acting head of sanctions for a Japanese Investment Bank. Her recent experience includes assisting a large technology company with its sanctions compliance program following an internal investigation and remediation project and delivering comprehensive sanctions training to a large investment bank.
Tracey Calvert
Director of Oakalls Consultancy Limited. Tracey lectures on professional conduct, financial services, and anti-money laundering policies, and also provides compliance training and writes on compliance topics. She is the author of Outcomes-Focused Regulation: Compliance in Practice; COLP and COFA: Compliance in Practice; Ethics in Law Firms: A Practical Guide; In-House Ethics in Practice; and Conflicts and Confidentiality for Law Firms.
Anita Clifford
Anita Clifford is a barrister at London’s Bright Line Law and a solicitor admitted to practice in Australia. Her practice centres on criminal and civil cases involving money laundering, fraud and asset freezing. Additionally, Anita advises firms on anti-money laundering issues, including the development of policies and procedures. Anita speaks regularly on anti-money laundering matters and is the author of peer-reviewed articles on aspects of fi nancial crime. In 2018, she worked with the Council of Europe to deliver anti-money laundering training in the Republic of Moldova and Georgia. 
Angela Craven
Angela Craven is an associate in the investigations and financial crime team at TLT LLP. Angela has experience in undertaking regulatory investigations and advises clients on various aspects of regulatory compliance, governance and disclosures, including those relating to Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering and the Criminal Finances Act. She also has experience of defending both corporate and individual clients. Angela deals with investigations and criminal proceedings commenced by the major enforcement bodies, including – amongst others – the Crown Prosecution Service, the Financial Conduct Authority, the National Crime Agency, the Serious Fraud Office, and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
Ian Hargreaves
Ian Hargreaves is a partner in white collar team in the London office of Covington & Burling LLP. Ian advises clients on major fraud – both civil and criminal elements, asset tracing and recovery, bribery and corruption, money laundering, modern slavery, sanctions, and investigations/ compliance work. He also has experience in corporate and commercial governance and risk management as well as commercial disputes and cybercrime. Ian frequently speaks at legal conferences on issues such as bribery and corruption and money laundering. He is also often quoted in the press and has written several articles on these issues together with cybercrime and modern slavery.
Deirdre Lyons Le Croy
Deirdre Lyons Le Croy is an associate in the white collar team in the London office of Covington & Burling LLP. Deirdre has advised clients in relation to enforcement actions, internal investigations and compliance programmes concerning fraud and corruption, anti-money laundering, export controls and economic sanctions, and modern slavery. She is a frequent writer on these issues in legal publications. In 2016, Deirdre acted on the landmark R v Jogee and R v Ruddock case. In addition, Deirdre has also worked as an international regulatory advisor to the Corporation of Lloyd’s of London, where she managed risks arising in Africa and Latin America concerning corruption, money laundering, sanctions, financial regulation, and market access. Deirdre is also an ambassador for Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
Ruth Paley
Ruth Paley is of counsel at Eversheds Sutherland in the corporate crime & investigations group, with twelve years’ experience at the London Bar where she was ranked in Chambers & Partners. She maintains a highly specialist corporate and financial crime practice, with extensive experience in the white collar, financial regulatory and compliance sphere. She is frequently engaged to provide strategic advice and representation to a range of multinationals, financial institutions and individuals. Recent work includes undertaking a detailed and complex AML review in respect of a series of suspicious transactions for a European bank and preparing a comprehensive AML risk assessment under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 for a regulated Global Top 20 law firm. 
Michael Ruck
Michael Ruck is a partner in TLT’s financial services team in London. Michael previously spent four and a half years at another City law firm in the corporate crime, investigations and enforcement team; prior to that, he spent almost six years working in the FCA’s Enforcement and Market Oversight Division. Michael is a highly experienced investigations lawyer, with a broad range of experience including advisory, regulatory liaison and large-scale, complex and multi-jurisdictional investigations. His experience spans various regulatory issues and he has worked closely with a number of UK and foreign regulators, including the FCA, SFO, ICO, DOJ and IRS. Michael has a deep understanding of a wide range of regulatory issues and procedures, making him a trusted advisor to his clients, often at board level.
Zia Ullah
Zia Ullah is head of the corporate crime and investigations group in Eversheds Sutherland’s financial services disputes and investigations team, specialising in international sanctions, AML and ABC. He advises on all aspects of financial crime compliance and was previously the global head of Sanctions at Barclays. He is recognised by Chambers and Partners as a “Leader in the Field” of corporate crime and investigations. His relevant skills and experience include acting on behalf of Barclays in the reported case of Hmicho v Barclays Bank – the lead case on ownership and control in relation to EU and UK Sanctions – and supporting a global, UK-headquartered bank with enhancements to its sanctions compliance processes.

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