Warning: The website "www.bayviewchambers.com"
5 December 2019
The website "www․bayviewchambers․com" is operating, claiming to be for a firm of solicitors based in Manchester․
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a website "www.bayviewchambers.com" is operating, claiming to be the website for "Bayview Chambers, Solicitors at Law".
The website gives the postal address of a branch office of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The website also provides a postal address in the British Virgin Islands, a telephone number of "0917 993 9939" and an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The website also misuses the name of a genuine solicitor (see below) and claims she is part of the firm’s 'Management Team'.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called 'Bayview Chambers'.
Any business or transactions through "Bayview Chambers", the website www.bayviewchambers.com or the contact details above are not undertaken by a firm of solicitors or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates affirm of solicitors called Curtis Solicitors Limited. The registered postal address is 452 Cheetham Hill Road, Cheetham Hill Manchester M8 9LE. The firm website is www.curtislaw.co.uk.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Alexandra Cardenas Ortiz.
The genuine firm Curtis Solicitors Limited and the genuine solicitor Alexandra Cardenas Ortiz have confirmed that they do not have any connection to 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.
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