Warning: Website: www․stephencolgate-solicitor․co․uk

8 May 2019

The website is operating.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that the website is operating, falsely claiming to be for a law firm with its head office based in London.

The SRA has been advised that the website provides the telephone number "+44 772 107 7535", the email address and the postal address 33-35 Melton Road Leicester, Leicestershire LE4 5EA.

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "Stephen Colgate Solicitor" nor does it authorise or regulate a solicitor called Stephen Colgate. Any business or transactions through the website or the contact details set out above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s firm regulated by the SRA.

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.