Warning: Website in the name of Harbottle Lewis
22 February 2018
The website "www.harbottlewis.com" is operating, which falsely claims to be for a law firm based in London.
What is the scam?
The website "www.harbottlewis.com" is operating. The website claims to be for a genuine law firm called Harbottle Lewis.
The website claims that "Harbottle Lewis" is a law firm with an office in London and provides a contact address (via a map) of 14 Hanover Square, London, a telephone number of +44 2033 895770 and a fax number of +44 2033 895643.
The website in the section "our team" lists "Rolly Mofat", "Janice Wellwood", "Jameel Reid", "Malcom Owen", "Laura Claire" and "Alan Quint" as individuals who work at the firm.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm called "Harbottle Lewis" but does regulate a genuine firm by a similar name (see below).
Any business or transactions through "Harbottle Lewis" using the website, contact details or individuals named above are not undertaken by a solicitor's firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm by the name of Harbottle & Lewis LLP who have offices at 14 Hanover Square, London, W1S 1HP. The genuine firm has a website at www.harbottle.com and a genuine telephone number of +44 (0)20 7667 5000.
The genuine firm has confirmed that it does not have any connection with the website referred to in the above alert.
The SRA do not authorise or regulate any of the individuals named 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.