Warning: The website "http://rpdltd․co․uk/" claiming to be for "R P Davenport Limited"
24 December 2019
The website "http://rpdltd․co․uk" is operating, falsely claiming to be the website for a firm of solicitors based in Telford, Shropshire․
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a website "http://rpdltd.co.uk" is operating, which falsely claims to be the website for a firm of solicitors called "R P Davenport Limited".
This website is not a website of a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.
The website misuses the name and SRA ID of a genuine company authorised by the SRA (see below), and an address in Telford used by several authorised firms. The website provides a contact telephone number of 4420 8059 2210 and email addresses of "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com"
Any business or transactions through the website or contact details above (or any other email addresses ending "@rpdltd.co.uk") 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 solicitor called Rachel Davenport. Ms Davenport’s genuine company R P Davenport Limited is also authorised by the SRA under SRA ID: 653035.
R P Davenport Limited holds a position as a corporate member of another genuine firm of solicitors, Clarkes LLP, of which Ms Davenport is also a member. The address of R P Davenport Limited (and of Clarkes LLP and several other genuine firms and/or companies authorised by the SRA) is Hazeldene House, Telford Centre, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 4JL.
The genuine Ms Davenport has confirmed to the SRA that neither she nor her genuine firm / company 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.