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Privacy & Terms of Engagement

In accordance with our obligations under New Zealand law as from 1 July 2018, we ask prospective and existing clients for more information regarding the AML/CFT law.

This means Morton Tee needs to have procedures in place to detect and deter money laundering and terrorist financing activities, similar to the processes that banks and financial institutions follow.


Why do law firms need to put these processes in place?

There have been instances in New Zealand where criminals have laundered illegal funds through lawyers’ trust accounts into assets that appear to be genuine, such as property. When this occurs, it becomes difficult for the authorities to trace the source of the funds.


In other instances, money has been funnelled into terrorism via a law firm to protect the identities of those involved.

There is no suggestion that lawyers were complicit in such activities, but they were used as unwitting agencies.


What does the AML/CFT law mean for you?

Before providing services to you on any new matter, Morton Tee will need to gather information, including:

  • The nature and purpose of the work you are asking us to do

  • Personal information, such as your full name, date of birth, address and IRD number

  • Information about your business or trust, including the people associated with it

  • The source of funds for any transactions


To verify this information, we will need to ask you for certain documents such as your passport, driver’s licence and letters confirming proof of address.


There is no need to feel alarmed when we ask you for more information. We are legally required to obtain these details from everyone, even if they’ve been a client of the firm for decades.


Please select from the forms below the one that applies to you and return by email or post. If you are unable to provide us with the information required, it is likely we will not be able to act for you.

In addition, if we are depositing funds into a bank account on your behalf, we will require confirmation of the account details (including the account holder) by way of a bank statement or similar. In some cases, we are also required to report deposits of monies into overseas accounts to the Department of Internal Affairs (being the regulatory entity for AML compliance by lawyers).


Thank you for helping us play an important part in bringing criminals to justice and protecting New Zealand’s reputation as a safe place to conduct business.


If you have any concerns or queries about the AML/CFT law changes and how they will affect you, please contact reception.


Click here for our Terms of Engagement

Click here for Individual Tax Residency Self Certification Form

Click here for Entity Tax Residency Self Certification Form

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