Warning: ID Card misusing the name of Paragon Law

7 February 2020

An ID Card for "Barr. David Anderson" was given to an individual, falsely claiming to be a business card connected to "Paragon Law".

What is the scam?

An ID Card was given to an individual which misuses the name of a firm of solicitors, Paragon Law Limited (see below).  The card also misuses a name that is shared by numerous genuine solicitors (see below).

The copy of the ID Card seen by the SRA shows a picture of someone claiming to be a "Legal Attorney" called "Barr. David Anderson", falsely claiming to be working for the genuine firm (see below).  The card seen by the SRA states it was issued in February 2014.

The ID card misuses the logo of the genuine firm but was not issued by the genuine firm.

Any business or transaction through an individual using the above ID Card is not undertaken by an authorised solicitors’ practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates numerous genuine individuals called David Anderson, none of whom are believed to be involved in the above matters.

The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Paragon Law Limited (trading as Paragon Law), whose head office address is Finelook Studios, 7B Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AJ. The firm’s branch office address is 50 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LX.  The genuine firm has confirmed to the SRA that no genuine David Anderson has worked for their firm, and it has no connection to the ID card 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.