"M.B.W. Law Solicitors" and website "www.mbw-law.co.uk"
13 March 2017
The SRA has been informed that letters have been recently sent, which claim to be from "M.B.W. Law Solicitors" in respect of legal matters.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that letters have been recently sent, which claim to be from "M.B.W. Law Solicitors" in respect of legal matters. The SRA is also aware of a website of "www.mbw-law.co.uk".
A letter seen by the SRA dated 16 February 2017 provided a contact address of Nightingale Chambers, 67 High Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 5TA, a telephone number of 0800 038 5401 and an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org". The website "www.mbw-law.co.uk" also promotes the same telephone number.
The letter states that MBW Law is the trading name of M.B.W Law Limited and includes a registered office address and SRA number of a genuine law firm (see below).
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm called "M.B.W. Law Solicitors" or "MBW Law"(see below).
Any business or transactions undertaken through "M.B.W. Law Solicitors" or "MBW Law", or the website "www.mbw-law.co.uk", are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm called Diversus Legal Limited under the SRA number 634377. Diversus Legal Limited was formerly called M.B.W Law Limited until 7 February 2017 (according to Companies House records). The genuine firm's contact address is 279 London Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 5AG.
The genuine firm has stated that it no longer trades as MBW Law (or MBW Law Solicitors) and states it has no genuine connection to the letter 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.