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Verifying your Identity

Evidence of Identity

The Anti-Money Laundering Regulations to which we are subject are very stringent and we are obliged by law to check the identity of each and every one of our clients (and in some cases third parties who are connected to the client).

Until we have verified your identity, we will not be able to accept money from you, and in the case of a property purchase, this may hold up the process in that we will not be in a position to apply for searches until we have received the money from you to pay for them.

ID Requirements

1 item from list A and 1 from list B for each client. The ID can be verified by presentation of the original documents – if you are sending through the post, please ensure that you send the documents by secure mail – please check with Royal Mail for the safest method – we will return original documents by Recorded Delivery after we have taken copies for our records. We will also accept copies of the relevant documents if they have been certified as true copies (and a true copy of photographic ID) by either a solicitor, or Legal Executive (CILEX). We will also accept copies of documents that have been verified by the Post Office Document Certification Service.

List A – evidence of personal identity

  • Valid full passport
  • Valid current HM Forces Identity card with photograph
  • Valid UK photo-card licence

List B – evidence of address

  • Bank debit card or credit card (Visa or Mastercard) issued in the UK with an account statement less than 3 months old
  • A utility bill less than 3 months old
  • A council tax bill less than 3 months old
  • A council rent book showing rent paid for the last 3 months
  • A mortgage statement for the mortgage accounting year just ended
  • A notification of tax code letter from HMRC

If you have any difficulties with providing an item from list A, we may be able to accept two items from list B instead – or a very recently expired passport, provided that the photograph still represents a true likeness of the holder.

Please note that in addition to the above, we will carry out an on-line identity verification check for each client.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the process, please contact us on 01472 353961 or



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Barrass White Legal

G4, The Enterprise Village

Prince Albert Gardens  

North East Lincolnshire

DN31 3AG


Tel: 01472 353961



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Office Hours

We are available Monday to Thursday 9-5 and Friday 9-4.30 and will endeavour to respond to all emails and telephone messages within one working day. If we are not available when you call, please leave a message or send an email and we will get back to you.


We will also be available at other times, by appointment.


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