Warning: Stamp misusing the name of "Lia Solicitors"
21 May 2019
Documents have been received by law firms purportedly certified with a stamp of "Lia Solicitors".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that law firms have received copies of identification documents purportedly certified with a stamp of "Lia Solicitors".
The SRA has received a report that law firms have received documents, including a driving licence, certified with a stamp of "Lia Solicitors", and the name and signature of a solicitor at the firm (see below). The stamp provides a postal address of "6 Poplar Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7AD". The telephone number provided is "0121 444 0020", and it is signed using the name of a genuine solicitor (see below).
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Lia Solicitors. The genuine firm’s registered address is 6 Poplar Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands, B14 7AD. Its genuine telephone number is 0121 444 0020.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Soraya Nabi who is employed at the genuine firm.
The genuine firm and the genuine Soraya Nabi have confirmed that they have no connection with the documents or "stamp" 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.