Here are the latest scam alerts issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
Documents marked using stamp claiming to be from SJ Solicitors LLP
ID in support of the purchase of gold coins has been endorsed with a stamp of “SJ Solicitors” listing an address of 604 Green Lane, Ilford and telephone number 020 6548 3700. A second stamp has been used claiming to be from “S & J Solicitors” of Suite 6, Woodrow Centre, London.
The SRA do not regulate any firm named “S&J Solicitors” of Suite 6, Woodrow Centre. The genuine firm of S J Solicitors LLP based at 604 Green Lane have stated the stamp used on these documents in support of the purchase of gold coins is not genuine.
Phone calls claiming to be from “Jackson Solicitors”
A member of the public has reported receiving a phone call from a “Jackson Solicitors” concerning a motor accident. The caller uses the number 0208 123 8819 and address 179 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth.
The SRA say they regulate no such firm. “Jacksons Solicitors” was a genuine firm which closed in 2011. “Jacksons” is a separate genuine firm based in Hampshire who say they are not connected with these calls.
Emails misusing the Clear Law LLP and My Claim brands
The SRA say they have seen emails using the Clear Law LLP and My Claim names and brands in relation to a personal injury matter. The emails come from a “[email protected]”.
Whilst Clear Law LLP is a genuine firm and My Claim one of the brands they use, they say they are not connected with these emails.
Website falsely claiming to represent Richard Nelson Solicitors
The SRA say a website has been set up claiming to be that of Richard Nelson Solicitors at www.richardnelsonsolicitors.co.uk. The genuine Richard Nelson Solicitors became Richard Nelson LLP in October 2010 and have said that whilst they own this domain name they currently have no control over it. The firm’s genuine web address is http://www.richardnelsonllp.co.uk/
What to do
The SRA say when a firm’s or individual’s identity has been copied exactly (or cloned), due diligence is necessary. If you receive correspondence claiming to be from the above firm(s) or individual(s), or information of a similar nature to that described, you should conduct your own due diligence by checking the authenticity of the correspondence by contacting the law firm directly by reliable and established means.
You can contact the SRA to find out if individuals or firms are regulated and authorised by the SRA and verify an individual’s or firm’s practising details. Other verification methods, such as checking public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records) may be required in other circumstances.