Warning: Emails purporting to be from John Adams of Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP

31 March 2020

Emails have been sent purporting to be from John Adams of Shearman Sterling (London) LLP following new instructions.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent to a company purporting to be from "John Adams" a partner of "Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP".

The emails seen by the SRA appear to be confirming instructions in relation to a business transaction. The emails have been sent from "John Adams" and from the email address "" providing a mobile number of T: +44 20 32391914.

Any business or transactions through the contact details provided above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or by an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine law firm called Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called John Adams who is a partner at the genuine firm of Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP. His genuine email address is

The genuine firm of Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP and the genuine solicitor John Adams have confirmed that 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.