Warning: Documents misusing the name of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP
1 March 2021
A contract was sent misusing the name of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP.
What is the scam?
The SRA has seen a supposed contract or 'Funds Management & Investment Agreement', which misuses the name of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP.
The document appears to relate to a member of the public (the 'Investor') supposedly allowing an individual third party living abroad to act as a 'Funds Manager' for a substantial sum of money. The document contains a header claiming to be from 'Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP Attorney at Law & Notary Public', before also misusing the address of a genuine firm (see below). The document also contains a false 'stamp' and signature, misusing the name of the genuine firm.
Any business or transactions through similar agreements headed as being prepared by 'Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP Attorney at Law & Notary Public' (with no logos relating to the genuine firm), are not documents prepared by a genuine 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 Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP. The firm's genuine office address is 15 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1BW. The firm's genuine website address is www.petersandpeters.com
The genuine firm of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP have confirmed that they do not have any genuine connection to the document 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.