If you choose to appoint us, we are required under the Money Laundering Regulations to step through some hoops.
We have to satisfy ourselves that you are who you say you are, and accordingly we ask that you send us certified copies of the photo pages of your passport and one other piece of identifying information which is recent and which shows your current address, such as a utility bill or landline telephone bill.
Your high street bank will normally be able to certify copies of these documents for you for no charge.
Only after this is done may we act for you.
We will send you an engagement letter, setting out the terms on which we do business, and an authority ("64-8") that allows HMRC to talk to us about you. There will be such letters for you individually and for your business. When you have returned these to us signed and dated, our engagement will commence.
We are also required to follow professional etiquette and enquire of your current advisors if there is any reason why we should not accept your appointment.
Accordingly we will ask for your written authority to speak to your current accountants, and we will also provide you with a pro forma letter advising them of your intention to move to us.