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AML for Conveyancers

Course Description


  • 1.5 hours
  • Foundation
Understanding anti-money laundering is critical. It is a criminal offence to be involved in this process, and conveyancing has been identified as a particularly attractive way for criminals to seek to launder money.

This course is an important and practical tool to help you protect yourself and your firm. It is tailored to the needs of conveyancers, and you’ll cover everything you need to fulfil your anti-money laundering obligations: from understanding the money laundering offences and identifying red flags, to conducting a risk assessment and client due diligence.

Written by Amy Bell, a renowned expert in the field and former Chair of the Law Society’s Money Laundering Task Force, it is underpinned by the Legal Sector Affinity Group Anti-Money Laundering Guidance for the Legal Sector. It is based on examples of good practice from the guidance and is relevant for all conveyancers.

This course does not form part of the CQS training requirement.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course you will:

  • Understand how money laundering affects the legal profession.
  • Understand the principal money laundering offences and the connected offences.
  • Understand the level of suspicion required to commit a money laundering offence.
  • Be aware of the common red flags for suspicious activity.
  • Be aware of the requirements for client due diligence.
  • Be able to identify risk factors when considering transactions.

What this will cover

This course consists of three modules.

1. The Money Laundering Offences
2. Warning Signs of Suspicious Activity
3. Risk Assessment and Client Due Diligence

Module 1: The Money Laundering Offences (30 min)


This module looks at how your firm may be targeted by money launderers and provides a detailed guide to the principal money laundering offences and connected offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA 2002), including the threshold for suspicion. It is an important tool to help you avoid committing a money laundering offence or another connected offence.

Module 2: Warning Signs of Suspicious Activity (20 min)


This module covers the most common red flags for money laundering and the steps you can take to identify suspicious instructions. It also provides an overview of reports to your MLRO and disclosures to the National Crime Agency.

Module 3: Risk Assessment and Client Due Diligence (40 min)


This module provides a comprehensive guide to risk assessment and client due diligence under the MLR 2017, including risk indicators, the documents that are useful for identifying and verifying all types of clients, and what to look for in source of funds documents.

Assessment (complete e-learning to unlock)


The assessment consists of 20 questions. In order to pass the assessment you must achieve a mark of 70%. The assessment can only be taken a maximum of three times before the course must be taken again.