DVDW Advocaten requires all of its clients to provide proper identification to the attorney handling their case at the outset.
Identification can be provided in the following forms:
- In the case of legal entities: in the form of an extract from the Chamber of Commerce's Commercial Register and a valid identity document (i.e. a passport, driver's licence or identity card) of the representative of the legal entity.
- In the case of an individual/natural person: in the form of a valid identity document (i.e. a passport, driver's licence or identity card).
Why is this necessary?
The Dutch Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Prevention) Act [Dutch acronym: 'Wwft'], the successor to the Identification (Provision of Services) Act [Dutch acronym: 'WID'], requires DVDW Advocaten to identify clients for particular services and representatives of such clients by means of a passport or driver's licence, an extract from the official commercial registers or another document designated by the Wwft to that end.
Furthermore, the Regulation of the Dutch Bar Association on Administration and Financial Integrity [Dutch acronym: Vafie], which entered force on 1 July 2009, requires attorneys to identify all of their clients. This duty applies to all cases and to all attorneys.
Copies of identity documents are stored centrally. The personal data involved is used by DVDW Advocaten to comply with its legal obligations and to carry out its services.