Biography

With over 22 years experience in working with solicitors, (10 years in private practice at a top 10 law firm and 12 years in Professional Ethics at the SRA), Alison Matthews is truly expert in all aspects of law firm regulation and compliance. Alison understands how law firms need to operate in the compliance field and has a wealth of practical experience.

Alison Matthews is renowned as one of the UK’s leading experts on money laundering and professional conduct for solicitors. She has built an excellent reputation as a well respected and trusted, pragmatic yet commercial compliance expert with an encyclopedic knowledge of the relevant law/regulations.

Alison chaired the highly respected Law Society’s Money Laundering Taskforce having been an inaugural member. She was a key member of the Government’s Money Laundering Advisory Committee and SOCA’s SARs Regime Committee. She is well regarded in government circles as well as within the higher echelons of the legal profession.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Legal Compliance Bulletin. Alison lectures for the Law Society of England and Wales, the Law Society of Scotland, the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man Law Society. Her AML toolkit has been published by the Law Society of England and Wales.

She has a deep understanding of regulation and the Code of Conduct and what lies behind it. Her detailed knowledge of how a diverse business model operates enables her to give practical and commercial advice. She has advised at Board level on major strategic issues, (including advice on the LSA, the move to an LDP and towards ABS). She understands the complex legal and compliance issues faced by legal practices.

She has also advised on all FSA compliance issues, including the move to FSA regulation and the demerger from Irwin Mitchell, the setting up of an OEIC, the move to principles based regulation and implementation of TCF.