Warning: Emails misusing the details of McHale Legal Ltd
29 March 2021
Correspondence has been sent misusing the SRA ID and addresses of McHale Legal Ltd and the name of Waldron & Schofield, a trading name of McHale Legal Ltd
What is the scam?
We understand that an email has been sent to a member of the public claiming to be from a fraudulent third party. The email footer contains the genuine SRA ID and both the genuine branch and head office address of McHale Legal Ltd. It also contains the name Waldron & Schofield, a trading name of McHale Legal Ltd. (see below in relation to the genuine firm and solicitor).
The email seen by the SRA appears to have been sent from the email address 'email@example.com' and is asking the recipient to settle an outstanding invoice. The email appears to contain the email footer for McHale Legal Ltd which has been changed to the name of the fraudulent third party.
Any business or transactions through the email address 'firstname.lastname@example.org' 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 McHale Legal Ltd whose registered head office address is 19/21 High Street, Altrincham, WA14 1QP. The registered branch office address is 25 York Street, Heywood, OL10 4NN.
The registered SRA ID number for the head office of the genuine firm McHale Legal Ltd is 591457. Only McHale Legal Ltd are authorised by the SRA to use this ID number.
The genuine firm uses email addresses that end with the domain name '@mchaleandco.co.uk'.
The genuine firm of McHale Legal Ltd also uses the following trading names: McHale & Co Solicitors, J Arnold Hancock & Co, Sedgwick Legal and Waldron & Schofield Solicitors.
The genuine firm of McHale Legal Ltd has confirmed that it does not have any intended connection to the email 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.