From 1st July 2018 the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 will apply to all New Zealand law firms including Wilkinson Rodgers.
The purpose of the legislation is to detect and deter money-laundering and financing of terrorism pursuant to New Zealand's international obligations.
The Act requires all law firms to mitigate the risk of being used to launder money or finance terrorism and to identify potentially suspicious activities.
The legislation has applied to banks for some time and, later this year, will also apply to accountants and real estate agents.
Next time you engage us to work for you, we will require you to provide documents in order to verify your identity. These may include a current passport, driver's licence or full birth certificate as well as a bank statement or utility bill to verify your residential address. This will be held electronically in our secured system and will not be released to any third parties.
Please do not be concerned if we ask for more information or documents. We are legally required to obtain this information from all clients, even those who have been clients for many years. If we are not able to collect and verify this information, the legislation precludes Wilkinson Rodgers from being able to act for you.