Warning: Documents falsely claiming to be misusing the name "Andersons Solicitors"

16 July 2019

 Assured shorthold tenancy agreements have been prepared misusing the name "Andersons Solicitors".

What is the scam?

Assured shorthold tenancy agreements have been prepared misusing the name "Andersons Solicitors".

The SRA has been provided with two Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements which contain an unknown signature and a logo at the end of the document with the name "Andersons Solicitors". The logo does not provide any other name, address or contact details but does state "excellence through experience".

Any documents containing this logo claiming to be from "Andersons Solicitors", without any additional contact details but stating "excellence through experience", are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm with the name Andersons Solicitors. Its genuine address is Regent House, 13-15 Albert Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 1JX.

The SRA also used to authorise and regulate a separate firm of solicitors called Andersons Solicitors but this firm ceased to practice on 30/09/2013. This firm’s address was 40 The Ropewalk, Nottingham NG1 5EJ.

Both the current genuine firm and the previous firm of Andersons Solicitors have confirmed they are not connected to the documents or use of the logo 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.