Warning: 'D.B. & CO' and its website falsely claiming to be a solicitors firm
23 April 2021
A website for 'D.B. & CO' is operating, falsely claiming to be for a solicitors firm based in London.
What is the scam?
The SRA has seen the website 'http://dbandcoasso.com/' is operating, falsely claiming to be for a firm of solicitors based in London. It appears that pages of a genuine firm’s website (see below) have been copied.
The website falsely purports to be for a law firm called 'D.B & CO' (or 'D.B. And Co') and offers ‘commercial litigation, arbitration and fraud litigation’ services. It also claims that a number of individuals work for 'DB And CO', including a number of solicitors.
The website provides the email address firstname.lastname@example.org and telephone numbers +44 (0) 782 172 1442 and +44 (0) 754 420 5350. The website also provides an address of 13B Kenwyn Road, Clapham London, SW4 7LJ.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm called 'D.B And CO' (or 'D.B. & CO').
Any business or transactions through 'D.B. And CO' (or 'D.B. & CO'), or the website or contact details referred to above, are not undertaken by a firm of solicitors or 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 Eldwick Law, who are based in London and Bradford. Their genuine website is www.eldwicklaw.com and their email domain name is @eldwicklaw.com.
Eldwick Law does have an office in London, at 5th Floor, Chapel House, 18 Hatton Place, London, EC1N 8RU.
The genuine Eldwick Law has confirmed that it does not have any genuine connection to 'D.B And CO' / 'D.B. & CO' or the website referred to in the above alert.
The SRA also authorises multiple genuine solicitors with the same names as some of the names listed on the website warned of above. None of these genuine solicitors are believed to have any connection to 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.