So you’ve had an AML inspection from your professional body. Now it’s time to pick up the pieces.


  1. Respond in good time to enquiries from the reviewer (even if it’s merely to acknowledge receipt of correspondence).
  2. Ensure that the information you supply to the reviewer is meticulously accurate and complete.
  3. If asked to select documents relating to clients for submission to the reviewer, select those clients with care, review the documents before submitting them, and provide additional explanations of these documents to the reviewer if that may help.
  4. Keep a copy of everything you submit (or request a copy from your supervisory body if you do not have a copy).
  5. If you are not confident that your AML procedures are fully satisfactory, consider obtaining external assistance before responding to the reviewer.


  1. Backdate or falsify any documents to be submitted for review.
  2. Waste the reviewer’s time with incomplete or half-baked responses hoping to buy extra time. If you have insufficient time, simply ask for more time at the earliest possible stage of the process.

All our CPD courses are listed here, including our Audit Update webinar.

To hear more about the latest AML developments and how to be on the alert for suspicions of money laundering and terrorist financing under the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Acts 2010 to 2021, see our latest Anti-Money Laundering webinar here.

Please also go to our website to see our:

  • Anti-Money Laundering Policies Controls & Procedures Manual (March 2022) – View the Table of Contents click here.
  • AML Webinar (December 2023) available here, which accompanies the AML Manual. It explains the latest legal AML reporting position for accountancy firms and includes a quiz. Upon completion, you receive a CPD Certificate of attendance in your inbox.
  • letters of engagement and similar templates. Please visit our site here where immediate downloads are available in Word format. A bulk discount is available for orders of five or more items if bought together.
  • ISQM TOOLKIT or if you prefer to chat through the different audit risks and potential appropriate responses presented by this new standard, please contact John McCarthy FCA by e-mail at
  • We typically tailor ISQM training and brainstorming sessions to suit your firm’s unique requirements. The ISQM TOOLKIT 2022 is available to purchase here.