Alerts

Warning: Correspondence from a firm falsely claiming to be an agent for Linklaters LLP

17 March 2017

The SRA has been informed that correspondence has been sent from a Colombian firm which falsely describes itself as being an agent for Linklaters LLP.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that correspondence has been sent from a Colombian firm which falsely describes itself as being an agent for Linklaters LLP.

The letters which have been seen by the SRA were sent from a firm named "AP & Asociados", which claims to be a law firm based in Colombia. The letters are headed, "AP & A >< Linklaters". The notice at the foot of the letters refers to the firm as "AP & P LLP".

The SRA has been informed that the letters were sent in relation to an arbitration matter. One of the letters was sent from the email address "UDRP@linklaters.us". Within the correspondence as seen by the SRA, the firm has described itself as being affiliated to Linklaters LLP and as being "Agent for Linklaters LLP US South America & Caribbean".

The SRA has been informed that "AP & Asociados" is not genuinely affiliated to or an agent of the genuine firm (see below). Accordingly, any business or transactions through correspondence headed "AP & A >< Linklaters", or using the email address referred to above, are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Linklaters LLP is a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.

The genuine firm of Linklaters LLP has confirmed that it has no connection to the Colombian firm, correspondence or email address as referred to in the above alert.

What should I do?

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.