Warning: Charles Burton Solutions and the website "charlesburtonsolutions․com"
16 December 2019
The website "charlesburtonsolutions․com" is operating, falsely claiming to be for a firm of solicitors in London․
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a website "charlesburtonsolutions.com" is operating, claiming to be the website for "Charles Burton Solutions LLP.
The website provides a postal address of "CBSights Quarter, 14 St John, Lane London EC1M 4AJ", a telephone number of "+44 756 817 2764", a fax number also of "+44 756 817 2764" and email addresses including "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The website has copied and misuses text and layout, and also the photographs of some genuine solicitors and other staff, from the website of a genuine firm (see below).
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "Charles Burton Solutions LLP" or "Charles Burton Solutions".
Any business or transactions through the website or telephone / fax number referred to above, or any email address ending "@charlesburtonsolutions.com", 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 a genuine firm of solicitors called Kingsley Napley LLP. Its genuine registered address is Knights Quarter 14 St John's Lane London EC1M 4AJ and its genuine Document Exchange address is DX 22 Chancery Lane.
The website warned about in the above alert displays and misuses photographs of a number of this firm's genuine partners, with names seeming to have been changed.
The genuine firm has confirmed that the firm and its partners have no 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.