Warning: Websites for "AAF Solicitors" / "AA Fearnley Solicitors"
29 March 2018
The websites www․aafsolicitors․com and www․aaf-solicitors․com are operating, which falsely claim to be for a firm of solicitors.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that websites are operating from www.aafsolicitors.com and www.aaf-solicitors.com.
The websites falsely claim to be for “AA Fearnley Solicitors LLP trading as AAF Solicitors”, based in London.
The website misuses photographs and information from a website operated by a genuine firm of solicitors (see below). The website also misuses the name of three genuine solicitors (see below) which it claims are partners.
The website provides the address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below). It also provides a telephone number of “020 8998 9333” and a fax number of “020 8998 7222”.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called “AAF Solicitors”, “AA Fearnley Solicitors” or "AA Fearnley Solicitors LLP" nor does it authorise and regulate individuals with the names Adrian Fearnley, Donald Trueman, Angela Alexander, Maria Cooper and Paul Mcnamara.
Any business or transactions through the websites www.aafsolicitors.com or www.aaf-solicitors.com are not undertaken by a solicitor’s firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
YVA Solicitors LLP is a genuine firm of solicitors that is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm’s website is www.yvasolicitors.com.
The SRA does authorise and regulate genuine solicitors called Shamil Patel, Nicholas Kephalas and Jonathan Bishop, all of whom are partners at the genuine firm of YVA Solicitors LLP. The SRA also authorises and regulates several individuals called Anthony Walker and Andrew Collins.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine firm called James E Barnes, whose address is Access House, Manor Road, West Ealing, London, W13 0AS.
The genuine firms of YVA Solicitors LLP and James E Barnes have confirmed that they have no connection to the websites www.aafsolicitors.com and www.aaf-solicitors.com referred to in the alert.
The SRA used to authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called AA Fearnley Solicitors. This firm closed in 2006 and is no longer authorised and regulated by the SRA.
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.