Warning: Emails misusing the name of Kate Hathaway of Blake Morgan LLP

14 January 2020

Emails have been sent to at least four different clients, purportedly from Kate Hathaway of Blake Morgan LLP.

What is the scam?

Emails have been sent, purportedly from Kate Hathaway, to at least four different clients, requesting payment of funds needed for exchange in relation to property purchases. Alternative bank account details to those of the genuine firm (see below) were provided.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine law firm called Blake Morgan LLP, whose head office address is Harbour Court, Compass Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4ST.

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Katie Hathaway. Miss Hathaway is an Associate at Blake Morgan LLP.

The genuine firm of Blake Morgan LLP and the genuine Miss Katie Hathaway have confirmed they are not connected to the emails 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.