Alerts

Warning: The website www.dvlockwood.co.uk for David Lockwood & Co

7 November 2016

The SRA has been informed of the website "dvlockwood.co.uk", claiming to be from a firm called "David Lockwood & Co".

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed of the website " dvlockwood.co.uk ", claiming to be from a firm called "David Lockwood & Co".

The address provided for the firm "David Lockwood & Co" on the bogus website is "Parkgate, Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1NW". The telephone number listed is "+44 (0) 2921 280462", fax number "+44 (0) 2921 680137" and the email address "info@dvlockwood.co.uk".

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm called "David Lockwood & Co". Therefore, any instructions, business or transactions through the website ,"www.dvlockwood.co.uk" are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

The bogus website appears to have been copied and adapted from the website of a genuine firm of solicitors, Fuglers (in association with David Berens & Co) LLP, without the permission of the genuine firm. The photographs and details of some solicitors at Fuglers (in association with David Berens & Co) LLP are listed on the website. The identities of the genuine solicitors have been used without their knowledge or authority.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Fuglers (in association with David Berens & Co) LLP is a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA. Fuglers (in association with David Berens & Co) LLP also trades as Fuglers Solicitors. The genuine firm is based at 70 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4QG. The genuine website is www.fuglers.co.uk. The genuine telephone number is 0207 323 6450, fax number is 0207 323 6451 and email address is admin@fuglers.co.uk.

The genuine firm confirm that they have no connection to the website "www.dvlockwood.co.uk" or "David Lockwood & Co".

The website for Fuglers (in association with David Berens & Co) LLP has been previously cloned. Please see 'Related SRA scam alerts'.

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.