The UK government has introduced various measures to reduce the means of hiding the origins of money gained from illegal activities and to restrict the financing of terrorism.
These measures are regularly updated but, broadly speaking, they require solicitors to establish and retain evidence of the identity of their clients. Being asked to provide such evidence is a standard requirement - it does not mean that you are under suspicion of money laundering.
While the nature and extent of the documentation required will vary according to the circumstances, all my firm's clients are subject to an identification process. This process may also require a face to face meeting.
Please note that my firm does not accept cash payments nor does it hold money or other assets on behalf of clients.