Lawyers have a unique and special relationship with their clients. This includes a professionally binding obligation to you to hold and use all information you have made available to us in total confidence. There is however one situation where we have a legal duty to disclose information with or without your knowledge.
Solicitors under the Proceeds of Crime Act may have an obligation to notify a body set up under money laundering legislation if they believe their client or prospective client may be handling illegal money, even without telling the client they are doing so.
Advisers who do not make the disclosures could go to jail or be struck off the Solicitor’s Roll and so lose their livelihood. If we make a disclosure in relation to your matter, we may not be able to tell you that a disclosure has been made. We may have to stop working on your matter for a period of time and may not be able to tell you why.