It is very likely that practitioners will have numerous questions regarding aspects of the AML/CFT legislation and how to deal with practical issues arising from it. This session aims at addressing some of these issues drawing on insights from the experiences of the first reporting entities, as well as focussing on the particular challenges facing the legal profession.
The intention of this session is that it be an interactive engagement with the opportunity for practitioners to indicate the issues they would like discussed ahead of the seminar. It will be presented by a practitioner and a representative from the banking industry, both of whom have personal experience of the issues faced by reporting entities already part of the regime, and also an awareness of the particular issues facing the second phase entities.
- Identify potential solutions for some of the practical issues that lawyers will face including declining instructions, educating clients, exiting a relationship based on an AML profile, and managing legal professional privilege.
- Understand better some of the grey areas in the legislation and how these may be dealt with in practice.
- Gain insights from professionals with experience in balancing business and compliance drivers, and managing sustainable compliance programmes.
- Gain an understanding into the role of other reporting entities, particularly banks, how their obligations may impact their dealings with you, what assistance you can expect and where the line is drawn.
Who should attend?
This seminar will be relevant to almost all lawyers in practice but it will be of particular importance to senior partners and practice managers who will be responsible for the appointment of Compliance Officers.
If you have questions, please send them through prior to the seminar for the panel’s consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Barrister and Solicitor
Fiona Hall is a barrister and solicitor specialising in AML/CFT, consumer credit and privacy law. After her admission to the bar in 1987, Fiona initially practised general commercial litigation and banking law at large law firms in both Auckland and London, before moving in-house. Her in-house counsel roles covered a number of credit and credit related businesses as well as for a government regulator.
Fiona has acted as the head of compliance and both privacy and AML officer in conjunction with her legal roles. She has developed and implemented a number of AML/CFT programmes and has been a presenter at many AML/CFT conferences and fora.
As a member of the ADLS subcommittee on AML/CFT, Fiona has played an integral part in engaging with the legislators and regulators to ensure the particular challenges facing the profession are heard and understood. She is currently advising and assisting a number of law firms, big and small, to implement their AML programmes, while continuing to advise existing reporting entities as the law evolves.
Head of Financial Crime and Security Services, Westpac New Zealand