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Warning: Emails misusing the name Herbert Smith Freehills

Emails have been sent which falsely claim to be from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.  

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent to organisations falsely claiming to be from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. The emails refer to an attached legal expense, relating to legal work carried out by the sender.

The various invoices seen by the SRA set out a fee summary and bank details where the recipient should send the money and ask the recipient in the body of the email to arrange for same day payment and confirm with the sender once payment has been made.

The emails appear to have been sent from the email addresses of “ipad_094@aol.co.uk”, “ipad_0811@aol.co.uk” “spad_541@aol.com”.

Any business or transactions from "Herbert Smith Freehills" using the emails listed above are not undertaken by a solicitors practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

The firm has its head office which is located at Exchange House, Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EG, England.

The genuine firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has confirmed to the SRA that it does 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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