Warning: Website falsely claiming to be 'Trustlaw Solicitors'
26 February 2021
Social media advertisements falsely claiming to be from Trustlaw Solicitors in respect of COVID-19 support package funds, directing members of the public the website 'www.trustandlawsolicitors.com'.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that an Instagram account named 'trustnlawsolicitors' is falsely claiming to be for Trustlaw Solicitors, advertising COVID-19 support package funds.
The advertisement directs the public to the website 'www.trustandlawsolicitors.com' falsely claiming to be for a genuine firm of solicitors.
The false website quotes the Company Number 04336120, the address Chancery House Millennium Court, Stokesley Business Park, Stokesley, North Yorkshire, TS9 5JZ, and the email address 'firstname.lastname@example.org.'
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a firm called Gibbens & Company (Solicitors) Limited, which trades under the name Trustlaw Solicitors.
The genuine address of Gibbens & Company (Solicitors) Limited is Chancery House, Millennium Court, Stokesley Business Park, Stokesley, TS9 5JZ and its website is 'www.trustlaw.co.uk'. The firm’s genuine telephone number is 01642 888 088 and genuine general email address is email@example.com.
The Company Number 04336120 relates to Trustlaw Developments Limited.
The SRA is also aware of the website 'www.trust-law.org' which is operating, claiming to be for lawyers based in London and misusing photos and company documents.
Some of the images listed on the website as 'Attorneys' supposedly working at the firm appear to have been cloned from the website of a law firm based in the USA.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Stephen James Gibbens, who is a Director of Gibbens & Company (Solicitors) Limited. Mr Gibbens is understood to also be a Director of the (non SRA regulated) genuine companies Trustlaw Financial Services Limited (Company Number: 04242535) and Trustlaw Developments Limited (Company Number: 04336120).
The genuine Mr Gibbens has confirmed that neither he, nor his firm of solicitors or his other companies have any genuine 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.
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