Warning: Emails misusing the name Latham & Watkins
3 March 2020
Emails have been sent, falsely claiming to be from Latham & Watkins Solicitors regarding an overdue invoice.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that some third parties have received emails falsely claiming to be from "Latham & Watkins" regarding "Overdue Invoice". The emails were sent from an individual called "Ekaty Bagerman" claiming to be a "Senior Associate & Dept Collector" using an email address of "email@example.com".
The emails misuse the name and London registered postal address of a genuine firm of solicitors and the name of a genuine solicitor (see below).
Any business or transactions through the email "firstname.lastname@example.org" are not undertaken by a solicitor's firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Latham & Watkins is the business name of Latham & Watkins (London) LLP, a genuine firm of solicitors which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm has multiple offices around the world including a genuine office at 99 Bishopsgate London EC2M 3XF.
The SRA authorises and regulates a solicitor called Katherine Bagerman who is an employee at Latham & Watkins (London) LLP.
The genuine firm and the genuine solicitor Katherine Bagerman have confirmed that they have no connection to the emails referred to above.
If you have any concerns regarding an outstanding invoice you have received from the genuine firm, please check with your usual contact at the firm.
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.