Changes brought into force by the Immigration Act mean, for an attorney opening an account on behalf of the donor, or an attorney being added as a signatory to the donor’s account, checks will be run against their personal details, including their address, and not their business details

The Immigration Act 2014, which received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014, brought about a raft of changes to immigration laws. 

One of these changes places a requirement on banks and building societies, from 12 December 2014, to complete an immigration status check on anyone wishing to open a bank account (section 40 of the Immigration Act).

This will include completing status checks for an attorney who is opening an account on behalf of the donor or an attorney who is being added as a signatory to the donor’s account. 

Due to the nature of the status checks,  an attorney’s personal details must be used to perform the check. This will also be the case for professional attorneys – the check will be run against their personal details, including their address, and not their business details.

If you act as  an attorney for a client in your professional capacity, you should be aware of these new requirements.