Warning: Website falsely claiming to be Premier Law Chambers
1 March 2021
A website is falsely claiming to be a law firm called 'Premier Law Chambers'
What is the scam?
A website is operating from the website address 'https://premierlawchambersltd.com/', falsely claiming to be for a law firm in Essex called 'Premier Law Chambers'.
The website provides the telephone number '+44 871 358 1310' and an email address of 'clerks@Premierlawchambersltd.com'. The website also provides and misuses an address in Essex that used to be the address of a genuine firm (see below).
The website lists six supposed 'Attorneys'. The website misuses the names of some genuine solicitors among these 'Attorneys' (see below), and separately misuses several photographs of other genuine people, copied from another website.
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm called 'Premier Law Chambers' and any business or transaction through the website 'https://premierlawchambersltd.com/', or the email addresses and telephone number referred to above, are not undertaken by a firm that is authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA did authorise and regulate a Premier Law Chambers (SRA ID – 573727) and subsequently Premier Law Chambers Limited (SRA ID – 644334). The registered address of both was 16 Bennett Road, Romford, Essex, RM6 6ER but they have now closed and are no longer authorised.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Alexander Phillips, who was a director of the authorised firm Premier Law Chambers Limited. Mr Phillips has confirmed that he has no genuine connection to the website referred to in the above alert.
The SRA also authorises and regulates genuine solicitors called Colin Richards and Barry Khan, both of whom are believed to have no genuine connection to the website referred to in the above alert.
None of the genuine people whose photographs are misused on the website referred to in the above alert are believed to have any genuine connection to the 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.
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