SRA expect all firms to take reasonable steps in due diligence

Posted: 12/02/2015

As advised by Lawyer Checker, all fee earners at Kidd Rapinet LLP have been instructed to ensure that they obtain the recipient solicitors’ client account details at the earliest juncture in the transaction and as part of the process of verifying the instruction.

Why do this?

Conducting the search on the recipient firm later on in the transaction – for example just before exchange of contracts – could throw up many problems if the account number is found to have little or no transactional history.  Safeguarding client money has become an intrinsic part of the process for Kidd Rapinet.

As senior partner Paul Taylor explains:
“Here at KR we are keen to adopt a pro-active approach when it comes to looking after client money. This is why we have incorporated a Lawyer Checker search into each and every one of our transactions, where monies are to be remitted to another firm, regardless of how well we know that firm.  If any firm refuses to provide its client account details, our policy is to not remit monies under any circumstance. It is imperative to us that we have a satisfactory Lawyer Checker search which will enable the team, in consultation with me as COLP, to make an informed decision.” 

It has been confirmed that the SRA will expect all firms to take reasonable steps when performing due diligence and verification that the recipient firm is a genuine one.

Are you taking reasonable steps in due diligence to protect your client? If you would like more information regarding Lawyer Checker Reports, please do not hesitate to contact Pali on 0151 591 1170 or call search@paliltd.com and we can guide you through the simple ordering process via your account on www.paliltd.com.

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

www.paliltd.com

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