Warning: "Gordon & Irwin LLP" and the website "www․gordonirwinllp․com"
21 January 2019
The website "www․gordonirwinllp․com" is operating, falsely claiming to be a law firm.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that the website "www․gordonirwinllp․com" is operating, falsely claiming to be a law firm in London.
The website provides the following postal address "40 Holborn Viaduct, London, W1J 5LS, United Kingdom", email address enquiries@gordonirwinllp․com, telephone number "+44 (0) 330 133 1760" and fax number "+44 (0) 701 197 3374".
This website is not a website for a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The website appears to be copied from the website of a genuine firm of solicitors, including providing the names and photographs of a number of genuine solicitors who are employed there (see below)
The website also partially misuses the postal address of another genuine law firm (see below).
Any business or transactions carried out in the name of "Gordon & Irwin LLP" or through the website, contact number and email address set out above are not undertaken by a solicitor's firm or a solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Forsters LLP whose registered office is 31 Hill Street, London W1J 5LS. The genuine firm’s website is www.forsters.co.uk.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Irwin Mitchell LLP who has an office based in London. Its genuine postal address for the London office is 40 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1N 2PZ.
Both the genuine firms Forsters LLP and Irwin Mitchell LLP have confirmed that it does not have any connection with the website 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.