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Warning: Letters claiming to be from "Richard Willmott Chambers & Co" and website “www.rwillmottllc.com”

A website at “www.rwillmottllc”, and letters in the name of "Richard Willmott Chambers & Co", falsely claim to be for a firm of solicitors providing legal services.

What is the scam?

A website is operating using the address, "www.rwillmottllc.com", which claims to be for a law firm called Richard Willmott LLC operating from offices in Birmingham and Manchester.

The SRA has also seen letters claiming to be from “Richard Willmott Chambers & Co”. The letters relate to supposedly claiming money, but one letter  asks the recipient for an initial payment to cover “Stamp Duty and Registration Fees”. The letterhead includes reference to the website “www.rwillmottllc.com”.

The website and letters provide an address of "Suite 601, 34-35 Ludgate Hill, Birmingham, B3 1EH". The website also provides another office address of “Suite 361, Princess Street, Central Manchester, Manchester M1 6DE”.

The website provides telephone/fax numbers of “+44 121 270 2854“ + “44 203 710 6617” and an email address of “richardwillmott@rwillmottllc.com". The letters seen by the SRA also provide telephone numbers of "+44 121 227 5033”, +44 121 270 2854” and “+44 116 326 1507”.

The website claims that several legal professionals work at Richard Willmott LLC.  The SRA does not authorise or regulate any of the lawyers named on the website.  The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor with exactly the same name as someone pictured on the website (James Rhodes), but he is not the same person pictured on the website (see below).

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm called “Richard Willmott Chambers & Co” or “Richard Willmott LLC”.

Any business or transactions conducted by or through “Richard Willmott Chambers & Co”, or through the website "www.rwillmottllc.com" are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called James Rhodes.

The genuine James Rhodes has confirmed that he has no connection at all to the website and letters 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.

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