Warning: Website falsely claiming to be a law firm called 'Stevens and Kennedy'
1 March 2021
A website is falsely claiming to be a law firm called 'Stevens and Kennedy'.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed of a scenario where individuals were directed to contact a supposed solicitor named as 'David Moreno' of 'Stevens and Kennedy', who were using the website ‘https://www.stevens-and-kennedy.com/’. The website is understood to have been in both English and French.
The website is currently partially disabled; however, a UK address and telephone number remain visible. They are: ‘81 Crouch Hill, N8 9EG London’ and ‘+44-20-3389-6012’.
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called 'Stevens and Kennedy'.
Any business or transactions through "www.stevens-and-kennedy.com/", through anyone purporting to act for a solicitors firm called 'Stevens and Kennedy' or using the contact details above, are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does have a record of a non-practising solicitor called David Moreno. The genuine David Moreno does not hold a current practising certificate and is not authorised to practise as a solicitor in England or Wales.
The genuine David Moreno is believed not to have any genuine connection to the website referred to in the alert above.
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.