Warning: Website for "Birchman & Partners LLP"
19 March 2018
The website “www.birchmanpllp.com” is operating, which falsely claims to be for a regulated firm.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a website is operating from “www.birchmanpllp.com”.
The website falsely claims to be for a law firm based in London.
The website claims that Steven Birchman is the “Principal Partner” and also lists several other individuals – Rufus Adam Kori, Yvonne Khan, Joy Gallagher, Susan Tillerson and Richard McFaul - which it claims are “solicitors” or “consultant” at “Birchman & Partners LLP”.
The website also misuses the name of three genuine solicitors (see below) which it claims are Partners.
The website provides the email address email@example.com, and also a number of different email addresses for the above individuals, which all end with @birchmanpllp.
The website provides an address of “31 Cursitor Street, London, EC4A 1LT”. It also provides a general email address of “firstname.lastname@example.org” and telephone numbers as “+44 7978 227341” and ”079 7822 7341”.
The website is not a website for a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA. The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called “Birchman & Partners LLP”, nor does it authorise and regulate individuals with the names Steven Birchman, Rufus Adam Kori, Yvonne Khan, Joy Gallagher, Susan Tillerson and Richard McFaul.
Any business or transactions through the website, telephone numbers or email addresses shown above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.
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Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate genuine solicitors called Andrew Veitch, Charlotte Slocombe and Francis Montagu, all of whom have confirmed that they have no connection with the website listed above, or with “Birchman & Partners LLP”.
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.