Warning: Documents misusing the name of Tuckers Solicitors
15 January 2021
Documents misusing the names of Tuckers Solicitors LLP and Sadique Al-Hakeem have been sent to an individual in Kuwait.
What is the scam?
Documents have been sent to an individual in Kuwait, falsely claiming to be from Sadique Al-Hakeem of Tuckers Solicitors LLP.
The documents are in Arabic but provide and misuse the genuine London office address for Tuckers Solicitors LLP (see below). The documents seen by the SRA purport to be signed by "Sadique Al Hakeem".
We understand the documents were provided with identity documents to supposedly verify "Sadique Al Hakeem". These included a Photo ID card purporting to be from the Law Society, which refers to the solicitor as "Sadiq Hamad Al-Ahmadi" and misuses the genuine SRA ID number of the genuine solicitor (see below).
Any business or transaction through "Sadiq Hamad Al-Ahmadi", or through the documents referred to above, is not carried out by a solicitor authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Tuckers Solicitors LLP, whose head office address is 39 Warren Street, London, W1T 6AF. The genuine firm employ a solicitor called Sadique Al-Hakeem, whose genuine SRA ID number is 429925.
The genuine firm have confirmed that they do not undertake any work in Kuwait.
The genuine Tuckers Solicitors LLP and Sadique Al-Hakeem have confirmed they have no connection to the documents 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.