Warning: Document misusing the name Liverpool Legal Services Ltd

8 November 2019

A commercial lease agreement has been stamped as certified by Liverpool Legal Services Ltd.

What is the scam?

A lease agreement between a Landlord and Tenant has been stamped as certified by "Liverpool Legal Services Ltd," misusing the name, address and contact details of a genuine solicitors. 

This document was sent to an energy supplier by the alleged new tenant of the property, to show a change of tenancy had taken place.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a registered company Liverpool Legal Services Ltd [company registration number 08222805] whose address is now c/o E. Rex Makin & Co, Whitechapel, Liverpool L1 1HQ as a recognised body law practice [SRA ID: 658396]

Liverpool Legal Services Ltd has advised the energy company that it did not certify this document and the stamp used to do so has been fabricated and has notified the SRA of the situation.

If you receive a document purporting to have been stamped as certified by the genuine firm Liverpool Legal Services Ltd then you are advised to check directly with Liverpool Legal Services to make certain as to its authenticity.

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.