Warning: The website "www.bslalawyersllp.com" falsely claiming to be a law firm called “BSLA Lawyers LLP”
10 November 2020
The website "www.bslalawyersllp.com" is operating, falsely claiming to be for a law firm based in London.
What is the scam?
The website “www.bslalawyersllp.com” is operating, falsely claiming to be for a law firm called “BSLA Lawyers LLP” based in London.
The website provides an address of Thomas Moore Chambers, 7 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP, a telephone number of “+44 203 807 9322”, an email address of “firstname.lastname@example.org” and a fax number of “+44 203 808 3662”.
The website claims that “BSLA Lawyers LLP” is regulated by the SRA under the SRA ID number 380688 (see below)
The firm claims to employ attorneys called “Stephen (Rick) Ban”, “Shanan S Shriber”, “Larry Blair”, “Marydiane Mulvihill”, “Allyson Matvey” and “Jessica Hauth”. It also claims to employ two attorneys with the same name as a genuine solicitor and a trainee solicitor (see below).
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called BSLA Lawyers LLP.
Any business or transaction through the website, telephone number, fax number and email address, and the above individuals are not undertaken by a firm or solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
There is a genuine firm called British Spanish Law Association, whose SRA ID is 380688. This firm is a CPD Course Provider, and not a firm of solicitors. The genuine address for British Spanish Law Association is Thomas Moore Chambers, 7 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP. It is believed that British Spanish Law Association has no genuine connection to the website referred to in the above alert.
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called Nathan Vidini who has also confirmed that he has no connection to the website referred to in the above alert.
The SRA also regulates genuine individual called Joshua Baker who is a trainee solicitor at a genuine firm, and who is believed to have no connection to the website 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.