Warning: Emails falsely claiming to be from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

19 May 2017

Emails have been sent to members of the public falsely claiming to be from "Patrick Edward" at "Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP".

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that members of the public have received an email from "Patrick Edward", which falsely claim he is writing from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP. Attached to the email is a letter regarding an unclaimed inheritance.

The correspondence seen by the SRA was sent from the email address and claims that "Patrick Edward" is a "solicitor at law". The correspondence also misuses the genuine firm's genuine address (see below).

Any business or transactions carried out through the email address 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?

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The address for the genuine firm is 15 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1BW. The genuine firm have confirmed that they have no connection to the emails referred to above and that they do not employ anyone named "Patrick Edward".

The SRA does not authorise and regulate any solicitors named Patrick Edward. The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor named Patrick Edwards, who has confirmed that he has no connection to the emails referred to 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.