Alerts

Warning: "Philip Johnson & Batuhan", "Ian Blight & Associates" and "Russel Gate & Partners"

17 October 2018

Websites "www.philipjohnsonbatuhan.com", "www.ianblightassociates.com" and "www.russelgatelawpartners.com" falsely claim to be for law firms.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that the websites "www.philipjohnsonbatuhan.com", "www.ianblightassociates.com" and "www.russelgatelawpartners.com" are operating.

The websites claim to be for law firms called, respectively, "Philip Johnson & Batuhan", "Ian Blight & Associates" and "Russel Gate & Partners".

All three websites have almost identical designs and layout, and falsely claim to be for firms that are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "Philip Johnson & Batuhan", "Ian Blight & Associates" or "Russel Gate & Partners" and the websites set out above are not websites for genuine firms of solicitors.

The website for "Philip Johnson & Batuhan" provides a postal address of "Yesikoy World Trade Centre EGS, Business Park Block F. Istanbul Turkey", a telephone/fax number of "+90 539 293 1179" and an email address of "info@philipjohnsonbatuhan.com".

The website for "Ian Blight & Associates" provides a supposed postal address in London, a telephone/fax number of "+447937001332" and an email address of "info@ianblightassociates.com".

The website for "Russel Gate & Partners" provides a supposed postal address in Birmingham, a telephone/fax number of "+44 784 588 5121" and an email address of "info@russelgatelawpartners.com".

Any business or transactions through the three websites or supposed law firm's set out 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 genuine solicitors called Philip Johnson, who are not believed to be connected to the website using the same name set out 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.