Warning: Website "https://mbclaw․org․uk/" claiming to be for a law firm called "MBC Law Prime Lawyers"
5 November 2020
The website "https://mbclaw․org․uk/" has been operating, falsely claiming to be for a law firm in London․
What is the scam?
The website "https://mbclaw.org.uk/" has been operating, falsely claiming to be for a solicitors’ firm called "MBC Law Prime Lawyers".
The website provides an address of "Camden Town, London, England", a telephone number of " +44 2037 699 545 " and an email address of "email@example.com” The website falsely claims that “MBC Law Prime Lawyers” (and by extension the website) is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The website also misuses the name and SRA number of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors that is connected with the website "https://mbclaw.org.uk/"
Any business or transactions through the website referred to above, or through any company operating the website, are not undertaken by a solicitor or firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a firm called MBC Law Limited; whose head office is at The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Queensway, Birmingham B4 6AT, with a contact telephone number of 0121 562 1704. The firm’s SRA ID is 562609. MBC Law Limited trades as "My Business Counsel" and its genuine website address is "www.mybusinesscounsel.com".
The SRA also authorises and regulates a firm with the name MBC Solicitors Limited (which trades as Morgan, Brown & Company); whose head office is at 10 Bexley Square, Salford, M3 6BZ with a contact telephone number of 0161 834 6662. This firm’s genuine website is "www.mbcsolicitors.co.uk".
Both the genuine firms MBC Law Limited and MBC Solicitors Limited have confirmed that they do not have any 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.