Warning: Website: www․acumensionlegal․co․uk
3 May 2019
The website "www․acumensionlegal․co․uk" is operating, which falsely claims to be the website for a genuine law firm in Luton.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that the website "www․acumensionlegal․co․uk" is operating, falsely claiming to be for a law firm called Acumension Legal Solicitors with offices based in Luton and Guernsey in the UK.
The website provides the following telephone number '+44 (0)1582 228 299', fax number '+44 (0)1582 645 810' and email address of 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.
The website claims that Stephen Baughn, Gary Copley, Jiang Zhang, Paula Skinner, Ian Broadfoot, Janice Edney, Brian Hanrahan, Bijal Jamal, Brian Sullivan, Ross Allen, Cordelia Howard, Michelle McGuiness and Barry Holmes are members of its team. The website also gives the names of several genuine solicitors (see below).
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called Acumension Legal Solicitors, nor does it authorise or regulate solicitors with the names Stephen Baughn, Gary Copley, Jiang Zhang, Paula Skinner, Ian Broadfoot, Janice Edney, Brian Hanrahan, Bijal Jamal, Brian Sullivan, Ross Allen, Cordelia Howard, Michelle McGuiness and Barry Holmes.
This website is not a website for a genuine firm of solicitors.
Any business or transactions through the website or the contact details 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 authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Acumension Limited (SRA ID: 615035). The genuine firm's registered address is at 1 Universal Square, Devonshire Street North, Manchester, M12 6JH and telephone number is 0161 277 5100.
The genuine firm, Acumension Limited, has confirmed that it has no connection to the website referred to above.
The SRA previously regulated a genuine firm; Acumension Legal Solicitors based in Luton, however the firm ceased trading on 30 November 2018.
The SRA also authorises and regulates individuals called Yuet Lee, Rachel Kelly, Timothy Williams, Frederick Turner and Gerald Lynch none of whom are believed to have any connection to the website referred to above.
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.