Warning: Website operating for "Venable Solicitors"

5 October 2017

A website is operating from "" which claims to be for "Venable Solicitors".

What is the scam?

A website is operating from "" for "Venable Solicitors". The website provides telephone numbers of "+44 745 201 1105", "+44 20 3807 0228" and "+44 778 371 6797". The website also provides fax numbers of "+44 20 3905 2707", "+44 20 3905 2614" and "+44 20 765 70089" and an email address of "".

The website claims that several solicitors work at "Venable Solicitors", including "Stephen John Baughn". The website also misuses the names of several solicitors working at a genuine firm (see below).

The website also misuses the address of another genuine firm (see below).

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm called "Venable Solicitors", nor a solicitor named "Stephen John Baughn".

Any business or transactions through "Venable Solicitors" or through the website or contact

details noted above, are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate genuine solicitors called Tanya Seevaratnam and Christopher Ward, who are genuine solicitors who practice at a genuine firm called Summit Law LLP. The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Will Searle who previously worked at Summit Law LLP.

The SRA authorises and regulates several solicitors named Julia Turner and Alex Gordon, none of whom are believed to have any connection with the website above.

The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine firm named Rosenblatt Solicitors. The address for Rosenblatt Solicitors is 9-13 St Andrew Street, London, EC4A 3AF. The genuine firm's website is:

Both the genuine firms of Summit Law and Rosenblatt Solicitors have confirmed that they have no connection to the website 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.