I have had a clearance letter from an accountant with two requests, both unusual to receive. Very unusual is a request as to whether or not I have had any money laundering problems with the client. My immediate reaction to this is that I think that any information supplied by me on this, whether positive or negative, would be impermissible. The second is a request as to whether or not the client had paid me promptly and whether there had been any fee disputes. My take on this is that I would be uninclined to supply any information other than, possibly, to say that my client does not presently owe me any money; alternatively and probably preferably, I might contact the client to ask whether they wish me to supply information and, if so, what information.
Any views, legal or practical, on either of these?