Warning: "London Court Chamber Solicitors" and the website "www․londoncourtchambersolicitors․com"
23 December 2019
The website "www․londoncourtchambersolicitors․com" is operating, which falsely claims to be the website for a firm of solicitors based in London․
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a website "www.londoncourtchambersolicitors.com" is operating, which falsely claims to be the website for a firm of solicitors called "London Court Chamber Solicitors."
This website is not a website of a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.
The website provides a postal address of "55 LCC Great Suffolk London SE1 0UG United Kingdom", a telephone number of "+44 (330) 027 16812" and an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org."
The website is a clone of a genuine firm of solicitors and misuses the SRA ID number and photographs and names of several solicitors at the genuine firm (see below).
The website has a photograph of an individual called "Alfred Edmund" claiming to be a "Consultant Solicitor."
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a solicitor called "Alfred Edmund."
Any business or transactions through the website or 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 a genuine firm of solicitors called Gardner Croft LLP. The head office is at 2 Castle Street Canterbury Kent CT1 2QH. The contact telephone number is 01227 813 400. The website is www.gardnercroft.co.uk.
The genuine firm and all the genuine solicitors have confirmed to the SRA that they do not have any connection to the above alert. The website also misuses the name of another genuine solicitor Ian Pinder who is no longer employed at the firm. It is believed the genuine Ian Pinder has no connection to the 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.