Warning: Emails misusing the name of Andrew Lidbetter

Correspondence misusing the name of Andrew Lidbetter.  

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that an email has been sent to a member of the public falsely claiming to be from Andrew Lidbetter.

The email seen by the SRA relates to the recipient potentially claiming the benefit of a “Will investment” of the sender’s deceased client. The email seen by the SRA would appear to be a dispute between the sender and a member of the public regarding the release of the death certificate of the sender’s client, and a complaint about the charge fee the sender has requested. 

The email seen by the SRA appears to have been sent from the email address of "".

The email misuses the name of a genuine solicitor (see below). 

Any business or transactions from Andrew Lidbetter using the emails listed above are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

A similar alert has previously been published on our website relating to emails which claim to be linked to Herbert Smith Freehills. Please see Related SRA scam alerts.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called Andrew William Lidbetter who is a partner at the genuine firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP which is authorised and regulated by the SRA.

The genuine solicitor Andrew William Lidbetter and the firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP have confirmed that they do not have any connection with the e-mail 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.

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