Warning: "Winston Hausfeld Law Firm" and the website ""

14 November 2018

The website "www․winstonhausfeld․com" is operating for "Winston Hausfeld Law Firm", falsely claiming to be for a law firm in England.

What is the scam?

The website "www․winstonhausfeld․com" is operating, and falsely claiming to be for a law firm called "Winston Hausfeld Law Firm", with an office in London.

The website provides a postal address for "Winston Hausfeld Law Firm" of "4 Winsley Street, London, W1W 8HF”. The website provides a general email address of "info@winstonhausfeld․com", telephone number of “+44 7024053957" and fax number of "+44 8447740694".

The website also currently lists seven supposed partners or solicitors. Only two of the names used are the same as genuine solicitors of England & Wales (see below).

In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding has been sent to a member of the public signed by “Gary Lames” of “Winston Hausfeld Law Firm”.

The SRA does not regulate anyone by the name of "Gary Lames" and does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "Winston Hausfeld Law Firm".

Any business or transactions through "Winston Hausfeld Law Firm", or the website "www․winstonhausfeld․com" are not undertaken by a solicitor’s firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm called Hausfeld & Co LLP. The registered postal address of the genuine firm is 2nd Floor, 12 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DW.

The genuine firm of Hausfeld & Co LLP has confirmed that it has no connection to the Memorandum of Understanding referred to in the above alert or to the website and law firm referred to in the above alert.

The SRA authorises several solicitors called Gregory Allan and John Connor, none of whom are believed to be connected to the website or law firm referred to 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.