Warning: 'Lake Solicitors' and a connected website claiming it has offices in London and Newcastle
26 March 2021
A website is operating for 'Lake Solicitors', falsely claiming to be a website for a firm of solicitors based in London and Gateshead
What is the scam?
A website is operating from the website address 'https://lakesolicitors.co.uk/', falsely claiming to be the website for a firm of solicitors called 'Lake Solicitors' based in London and Newcastle upon Tyne.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called 'Lake Solicitors'.
The website misuses wording and details copied from the website of a genuine firm of solicitors (London Sol Limited - see below).
The website misuses the names and, in some case, photographs of genuine solicitors and individuals, and provides a telephone number of 0191 2058 537 and a contact email of 'email@example.com'. The website also provides and misuses an office address in Broad Lane, Tottenham, London which is the address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below). The bogus website also provides an address in Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Any business or transactions through 'Lake Solicitors', the web domain 'https://lakesolicitors.co.uk/' or the telephone and email addresses 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 London Sol Limited, which trades as London Solicitors with a head office address of Unit 2, Fountayne Business Centre, Broad Lane, Tottenham, London N15 4AG. The website of the genuine firm is 'http://thelondonsolicitors.co.uk/' and the telephone number is 020 8808 1285
The genuine firm of London Sol Limited has confirmed that they do not have any connection to the website in the alert above.
The various individuals, including some genuine solicitors, whose names and photos are being used on the website referred to in the above alert, are not believed to have any genuine and intended connection to the bogus 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.