Warning: Claimed link between the website 'https://centurytrade․co․uk' and Blacks Solicitors LLP

29 November 2019

The website 'https://centurytrade․co․uk' is claiming to be based at the offices of Blacks Solicitors LLP in Leeds․

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that the website "https://centurytrade․co․uk’ is falsely using Blacks Solicitors LLP in Leeds as its contact address․

The website provides the contact address of: "Blacks Solicitors LLP, City Point, 29 King Street, Leeds LS1 2HL"․ This is the name and address for a genuine law firm (see below), but as noted below the genuine firm have confirmed to the SRA that they have no knowledge of or link to the website or organisation․

The website is not a website for a firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA. 

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Blacks Solicitors LLP, whose head office address is City Point, 29 King Street, Leeds LS1 2HL.

Blacks Solicitors LLP have confirmed to the SRA that they have no genuine connection with 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.