Financial compliance

The Financial Compliance Department is responsible for monitoring compliance with the accounts rules, including the money laundering regulations and related areas. This is done through the inspection and accounts certificate processes, and by advising our members on compliance and best practice issues. Our work is overseen by the Client Protection Sub-Committee (formerly the Guarantee Fund Sub-Committee).

The accounts rules govern the way firms must manage their financial records and, in particular, client money. The rules not only provide a framework for firms but also set a benchmark for the standard of financial control that clients may expect from their solicitor. 

The accounts rules and associated guidance can be found in our rules and guidance section: B6: Accounts, Accounts Certificates, Professional Practice & Guarantee Fund. This includes the rules and guidance regarding accounts certificates.

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Should you have any queries regarding the department or our work, please contact:

Ian Messer
Director of Financial Compliance
The Law Society of Scotland
Atria One,
144 Morrison St,

Telephone: 0131 226 8897
Fax: 0131 226 7884

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