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As one of Waitakere’s oldest and largest law firms we pride ourselves on meeting the needs of our clients in every way possible. In today’s world that also means informing our clients on current events and new legislation and how it can affect their business. We inform our clients through eNews communications and regular updates here.

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21/06/2018
If so, there are some important changes to our procedures that you need to know about.From 1 July 2018, Smith and Partners’ trustee companies will be subject to the rules and procedures in the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (“AML Act”).The purpose of the AML Act is primarily to prevent proceeds of crime being laundered through lawyer’s trust accounts.In order to prevent this, the New Zealand Government now imposes a number of new obligations on all trustee companies.To ensure we are compliant with our new AML obligations, and to discharge our obligations as trustee, we will no longer be able to sign documentation as your trustee without you making an appointment.At your scheduled appointment time, we will sit down with you to discuss your trust’s circumstances and to fully understand the nature and purpose of the documentation that needs to be signed, before we can sign the same.If Smith and Partners is not currently undertaking any other work for you, then we will need to open a file.
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13/06/2018
From 1 July 2018, lawyers are subject to the rules and procedures in the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (“AML Act”). 
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