Alerts

Warning: Email misusing the name "Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP"

13 July 2017

An email has been sent to a member of the public falsely claiming to be from Robert Paterson at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP in relation to an inheritance matter.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received an email falsely claiming to be from "Robert Paterson, Partner / Legal Practitioner" at "Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP".

The email seen by the SRA is headed "Very Urgent" and refers to the supposed release of inheritance monies by a client. The email asks the reader to provide personal details in order to obtain the release of these monies.

The email has been sent from robert.paterson@consultant.com.

The email misuses the former name of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

Any business or transactions carried out through the email address above are not undertaken by a genuine solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA formerly authorised and regulated Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co prior to its combination with Gowling in 2016, when it became Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. 

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP is a genuine firm that is authorised and regulated by the SRA.

The SRA does authorise and regulate several individuals named Robert Paterson. There is a genuine solicitor, named Robert Paterson, who is a partner at the genuine firm, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. His genuine email address is "Robert.Paterson@gowlingwlg.com".

The genuine firm, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP and the genuine solicitor Robert Paterson have confirmed that they have no connection to the email referred to above and that it was not sent by the genuine Robert Paterson of Gowling WLG (UK) LLP.

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.