Warning: Website in the name of Andrew Denning (“www.andrewdening.com”)
5 February 2018
A website “www.andrewdening.com” is operating for “Andrew Denning”, and claims to be for a law firm based in London.
What is the scam?
The website "www.andrewdening.com" is operating. The website claims to be for a genuine law firm called "Andrew Denning" (or Andrew Denning LLP).
The website "www.andrewdening.com" has copied some images and text from the website of another genuine firm, but does not appear to have misused that firm’s name or contact details.
The website "www.andrewdening.com" provides contact details of +44 (0)79 7824 9883 (phone), +44 84 4264 3481 (Fax), email@example.com (email), and also states that the firm has an office address at 107 Cheapside, London. EC2V 6DN. Several genuine firms of solicitors are based within offices at this address, please see below.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate an individual solicitor called Andrew Denning (or Andrew Dening), or a firm called Andrew Denning (or Andrew Denning LLP).
Any business or transactions conducted through the website www.andrewdening.com, or the email, phone or fax numbers referred to above, is not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates eight genuine firms of solicitors which have offices or are understood to use office space at 107 Cheapside, London. EC2V 6DN.
None of the genuine firms using this address are believed to have any connection to the website referred to in this 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.