Alerts

Warning: Letters misusing the address of Clark Wills Law Firm LLP

5 September 2017

The SRA has been informed of two letters falsely claiming to be from Clark Wills Law Firm LLP, sent to the Department for Culture Media and Sport and another unnamed authority in reply to surveys conducted by them.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that the letters have been sent to the Department for Culture Media and Sport and another unnamed authority in reply to surveys conducted by those authorities. The letters falsely claim to be sent from the address of Clark Willis Law Firm LLP.

The letters were signed by a “Christopher S. Burns” claiming to be a partner at “Cock Burns & Burrows LLP” and gives the address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "Cock Burns & Burrows LLP", nor does it authorise or regulate an individual solicitor called Christopher S. Burns.

Any business or transactions through "Cock Burns & Burrows LLP are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Clark Willis Law Firm LLP is a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm has its head office address at 105 Bondgate, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 7LB.

The genuine firm has confirmed that it has no connection to the letters referred to above.

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.