Digital ID Verification in the Legal Sector – Joint Statement

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- 22 March 2022
Joint Statement in Support of Digital Identity Technology in the Legal Sector

Legal services regulators issue joint statement in support of Digital ID technology

LawtechUK has today issued a joint statement with the Regulatory Response Unit (RRU), to help address misconceptions around digital identity verification and highlight the benefits of adoption by legal businesses.

The RRU is a ground-breaking initiative convened by LawtechUK to support the lawtech sector and enable accelerated development of technology and innovation in law, to meet the needs of business and society.

You can access the full statement here.

Despite the benefits of digital identity verification for clients and consumers, LawtechUK and the RRU have identified reluctance within the legal community to use and adopt this technology. This hesitance often stems from misconceptions around regulation, and a lack of awareness of the technical capabilities available to support clients and legal businesses themselves.

The joint statement confirms that legal services regulation does not prohibit the use of digital ID verification tools in any of the jurisdictions of the UK and in fact the Government is working to encourage and unify ID verification across sectors, for the benefit of the public and professionals.

When used correctly, digital ID verification can provide a fast, cost-effective, and reliable way to verify an individual’s identity and reduce money laundering and compliance risks. It can make it easier to spot fake documents for example, make the client onboarding process faster and smoother, and support the legal community to keep pace with changes in international economic sanctions.

Jenifer Swallow, Director of LawtechUK said “The joint statement sets out to erase the lingering myth that legal services regulation prevents the use or reliance on digital means of identity verification in law. Responsible selection, adoption and implementation of these tools can help improve compliance practices and client service across the legal sector.

Digital identity technology has become a valuable tool in combating money laundering risk across industries worldwide. It is critical that the legal community keeps up with advancements in technology and focuses on how they can be best used for the benefit of their clients and wider society - it is great to see the regulators working together to support this.”

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