Certification of Identity by a Counter-Signatory

In order to act as your accountant, under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017, we are required to verify the identity and address of every individual who is to be a director, shareholder or employee of a client company.

One form per director, shareholder or employee is to be submitted.

This form is to be completed by a suitable counter-signatory. Attached to the form, we require:

  1. A counter-signed copy of the director/shareholder’s passport (to provide proof of identity). Please copy the passport photo page only, and ensure the copy displays the whole page, including the long passport number at the foot of the page.
  2. A counter-signed copy of a recent utility bill for the director/shareholder (to provide proof of address). Please ensure that the utility bill is dated within the last three months.

Both photocopies must also be signed and dated by the counter-signatory.

A suitable counter-signatory for this purpose is a person who has known you for at least two years. Please note that the person providing the counter-signature must not be related to you by birth or marriage. Neither should they be in a personal relationship with you, nor live at the same address. See below for a list of suitable counter-signatories.

If you have difficulty in providing either of the required documents, please contact us so that we can confirm appropriate alternatives.

Acceptable counter-signatories

  • Accountant
  • Airline pilot
  • Architect
  • Bank/building society official
  • Barrister
  • Chartered surveyor
  • Chemist
  • Dentist
  • Doctor/surgeon
  • Engineer (with professional qualifications)
  • Fire service official
  • Funeral director
  • Legal secretary (members & fellows of ilS)
  • Local Government officer
  • Member of Parliament
  • Merchant navy officer
  • Minister of a recognised religion
  • Nurse (SRN and SeN)
  • Officer of the armed services (retired or active)
  • Optician Person with honours (eg. Obe, Mbe etc)
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Police officer
  • Post Office official
  • Solicitor Surveyor
  • Teacher/ lecturer
  • Trade union officer
  • Warrant officer
  • Chief Petty Officer
Amy FowlerCertification of Identity by a Counter-Signatory