Warning: Emails falsely claiming to be from Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP

19 May 2017

An email has been sent in relation to an inheritance, falsely claiming to be from "James Campbell" of Shearman & Sterling LLP.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that an email has been recently sent that falsely claims to be from "James Campbell", at Shearman & Sterling LLP. The content of the email seen by the SRA relates to an inheritance claim.

The email which the SRA has seen, states it is from "James Campbell" of Shearman & Sterling LLP. However, the SRA is informed that it was actually sent from the email address "". The email also provides a contact number of +44 703 196 6244 and misuses the address of the genuine firm (see below).

Any business or transactions through the email address "" or +44 703 196 6244 are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm has its head office at 9 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2AP.

The SRA does regulate several genuine solicitors by the name of James Campbell, none of whom are currently employed at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

The genuine firm has confirmed that it has no connection to the email 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.