Warning: Correspondence misusing the name "Pond Marsh" and "PM Solicitors LLP"

14 July 2017

The SRA has been informed that correspondence has been recently sent to a bank falsely claiming to be from "Pond Marsh, Managing Partner", at "PM Solicitors LLP".

What is the scam?

The letter seen by the SRA claims to be a "Letter of Intent for Claim of Deposit in Account" on behalf of a client in America.

The letter which the SRA has seen claims to be from "Pond Marsh, Managing Partner" at "PM Solicitors LLP". The letter provides a contact telephone number of +07583167745 and an email address of The letter also gives the postal address and land line telephone number for a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called PM Solicitors LLP, nor does the SRA regulate an individual solicitor called Pond Marsh.

Any business or transactions through PM Solicitors LLP or the contact details +07583167745 and email address 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 of solicitors called Pond Marsh Solicitors, whose genuine address is 249 & 253 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 3PB. Its genuine telephone number is 01253 620466.

The genuine firm of Pond Marsh Solicitors has confirmed that it has no connection to the correspondence referred to above.

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.