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Warning: Email misusing the name of Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP

An email has been sent, falsely claiming to be from Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP containing a link to a shared file.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that an email has been sent, falsely claiming to be from Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP, containing a link to open a shared file.

A concern is that the attached link may contain malware.

The email seen by the SRA appears to have been sent from “Laurie Fairhurst, Finance Assistance” in the Commercial Property department at Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP. The email appears to have been sent from the email address “LFairhurst@LClgb.com”.

The email misuses the name, registered address, website address and the SRA authorisation number of a genuine firm of solicitors, together with the email address and direct telephone number of two genuine solicitors, and the mobile telephone number of an employee of the genuine firm (see below).

Any business or transactions conducted through the email address LFairhurst@LClgb.com are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm by the name of Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP. The firm’s genuine telephone is 01892 510000 and the fax number is 01892 549 884.

The mobile number 07733 891734 belongs to a member of the Thomson Snell & Passmore Business Services Team - Information Security, and the fax number 01892 540170 is a direct fax number for the Thomson Snell and Passmore Commercial Property Team. 

The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Gilbert Green, who is a Partner at Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP and whose email address is gilbert-green@ts-p.co.uk.

The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Mark Steggles, who is also a Partner at Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP and whose direct dial is 01892 701273.

The genuine firm Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP and the genuine Gilbert Green and Mark Steggles have confirmed that they have no connection to the email referred to in the above alert, and that they do not employ anyone called Laurie Fairhurst.

The firm has posted a warning about hoax communications on its website.

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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