Warning: Documents claiming to be signed by "Henk Wolmarans" at TLT Solicitors

14 July 2020

A Memorandum of Understanding has been witnessed by someone claiming to be "Henk Wolmarans, Attorney at Law, TLT Solicitors."

What is the scam?

The SRA has seen a Memorandum of Understanding that claims to have been witnessed by "Henk Wolmarans, Attorney at Law, TLT Solicitors".

The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors with the name "TLT Solicitors" or any solicitor with the name "Henk Wolmarans".

Any business or transactions through a firm called "TLT Solicitors" or with a person named "Henk Wolmarans" are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm with the name TLT LLP. The genuine firm does have an office in London.

The genuine firm has confirmed that it does not have any connection to the document referred to in the above alert and that it does not employ anyone by the name of Henk Wolmarans.

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.