Warning: The website "www․youngandpearce․com"
20 November 2020
The website "www․youngandpearce․com" is falsely claiming to be a website for a firm of solicitors
What is the scam?
A website is operating from the website address "www.youngandpearce.com", falsely currently claiming to be the website for a firm of solicitors in Nottingham.
The website misuses the old name, domain name and website of a genuine firm of solicitors which closed / merged into another firm in 2011/2012 (Young & Pearce - see below). The website falsely currently claims it is the website for a firm of solicitors in Nottingham dealing with ‘how to buy bitcoin in South Africa’, as well as allegedly providing reserved legal activities.
The website misuses the names and (old) photographs of some genuine solicitors and individuals, and provides a telephone number of 0115 959 8888 and a fax number of 0115 947 5572. The website also provides an office address in Talbot Street, Nottingham that is now used by a separate genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
Any business or transactions through the web domain "www.youngandpearce.com", or the telephone / fax numbers above, are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice authorised and regulated by the SRA or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Rotheras which, following several firm mergers, incorporates the previous firm of Young & Pearce that closed in 2011/2012 having previously traded from 58 Talbot Street, Nottingham, NG1 5GL. The website of the old, closed firm had been "www.youngandpearce.com".
The current, genuine head office of Rotheras is: 2 Kayes Walk, Stoney Street, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1PZ and its genuine website address is www.rotheras.co.uk.
The SRA also regulates the genuine firm of Chris Bennett & Co LLP, that has a current Nottingham branch registered at 58 Talbot Street, Nottingham, NG1 5GL.
The genuine firms of Rotheras and Chris Bennett & Co LLP have confirmed that they do not have any genuine and intended connection to the website in the alert above.
The various individuals, including some genuine solicitors, whose names and/or (old) photos are still being used on the website referred to in the above alert, are not believed to have any genuine and intended connection to this current version of the 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.