Warning: The website

20 December 2016

A website is operating from "", which falsely claims to be for a legal firm providing legal services.

What is the scam?

A website is operating using the address,"" (or "") which claims to be for a legal firm called "Owen & Harvey Solicitors". The SRA does not authorise or regulate any firm with the name Owen & Harvey Solicitors.

The website ""(or "") misuses the names, images and details of some genuine solicitors, who are employed by the genuine firm of Burges Salmon LLP, as well as including the names of individuals who are not authorised or regulated by the SRA.

The SRA has been informed that the genuine individuals who are authorised and regulated by us, and whose names, details and/or images have been used on the website "", have not consented to their names, images or other details being used on this website.

The website "" (or ""), also provides various contact details, including an address of 426 Vauxhall Road, London, SW1V 1AU and telephone numbers of "+44745 237 8809" and "+44743 072 8809".

Any business or transactions conducted through the website "" (or ""), or the contact details provided through that website, are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

The SRA previously published an alert of 5 April 2016, concerning the website "". That previous report is similar to the current report as the website, "", misused information belonging to the genuine firm of Burges Salmon LLP.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Burges Salmon LLP is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA and they have confirmed that neither they or any genuine solicitor employed by them, have any legitimate connection to the website referred to in the above alert.

The firm has posted a warning about hoax communications on its 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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