Warning: Letter misusing the name of Colman Coyle Limited
13 July 2020
A letter has been sent claiming to be from "Colman Coyle Solicitors" in relation to a supposedly Personal Guarantee Bond.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received a letter from an individual claiming to be a "Principal Partner at Colman Coyle Solicitors". The letter relates to a supposedly Personal Guarantee Bond.
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called "Colman Coyle Solicitors". However, it does authorise and regulate a firm with a similar name (see below).
The letter provides a telephone contact number of "+44 770 077 240" and an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The letter misuses the postal address of a genuine firm of solicitors and the name of a genuine solicitor(see below).
Any business or transactions through any of the contact details above are not undertaken by a firm 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 Colman Coyle Limited trading as Colman Coyle. The address is Wells House 80 Upper Street Islington London N1 0NU.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Andrew Flint who is a Partner at Colman Coyle Limited. The genuine email for Andrew Flint is Andrew.email@example.com and the genuine telephone contact number is 02077045110.
The genuine firm of Colman Coyle Limited and the genuine solicitor Andrew Flint have confirmed to the SRA that they have no connection to the letter 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.