Warning: Website "www․djwachtelsolicitors․uk" and correspondence of "D.J Wachtel (Solicitors) LLP"
22 March 2018
The website "www․djwachtelsolicitors․uk" is operating, which falsely misuses the name and address of a genuine firm of solicitors.
What is the scam?
A website is operating in the name "www.djwachtelsolicitors.uk".
The website falsely claims to be for a law firm based in London and misuses the name and address of a genuine firm (see below).
The website also lists four "attorneys" supposedly called "Dorman J. Wachtel", "Henry Brook", "Jean Coker" and "Andrew Rodney". The SRA does not authorise or regulate any solicitors of these exact names.
In addition to misusing the genuine address of a genuine firm, the website also provides a contact email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org", a telephone number of 07440934018 and a fax number of 020 8711 2352.
The SRA has also been informed that at least one letter (in German) has been sent in the name of "D.J. Wachtel (Solicitors) LLP". A letter seen by the SRA refers to the website above and misuses the same postal address. The letter again lists the fax number of "+44 20 8711 2352” but lists an email address of "email@example.com" and a telephone number of "+44 208-089-3321".
The website mentioned above is not a website for a genuine firm of solicitors, and the SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "D.J Wachtel (Solicitors) LLP".
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.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm called Dorman Joseph Wachtel.
The firm’s genuine address is 57 Mansell Street, London, E1 8AN.
The genuine firm does not presently have a website. The current partners of the firm are Paul Joseph and Michael Wachtel, both of whom are solicitors. The firm's telephone number is 020 7680 6300 and its fax number is 020 7680 6301.
The genuine firm of solicitors and partners of Dorman Joseph Wachtel have confirmed that they have no connection with the website or correspondence referenced above, or to any correspondence using the name "D.J Wachtel (Solicitors) 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.