Warning: "Gareth Taylor Solicitors" and the website "www․garethtaylorsolicitors․co․uk"
22 May 2020
The website "www․garethtaylorsolicitors․co․uk" is operating, which claims to be for a firm of solicitors called "Gareth Taylor Solicitors" based in London․
What is the scam?
The website "www.garethtaylorsolicitors.co.uk" is operating, which falsely claims to be for a firm of solicitors called "Gareth Taylor Solicitors" based in London․
The SRA does not regulate or authorise a firm of solicitors called "Gareth Taylor Solicitors"
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a solicitor called Gareth Taylor.
The website provides the telephone number "+44 844 357 0048", an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org" and an office postal address of "10 5 Fleming Close London SW10 0AH".
The website misuses the names of multiple genuine solicitors and the image of a genuine solicitor. The website also misuses the SRA identification number of a separate genuine solicitor (see below).
Any business or transactions through "Gareth Taylor Solicitors", the website "www.garethtaylorsolicitors.co.uk" or any of the contact details provided above are not undertaken by a firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Karen Roberts; whose genuine SRA ID number is 38910. Ms Roberts has previously confirmed that she has no connection to the website referred to in the above alert (and is believed to have no genuine connection at all to the website).
The SRA also authorises and regulates a number of solicitors whose names are misused on the website warned of in the above alert (and one whose photograph is misused). None of these genuine solicitors are believed to have any connection with the website referred to in the above alert (which is believed to have cloned data from an old website).
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.
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