Warning: Power of Attorney misusing the name of "Kingsley Napley"

A “Power of Attorney” has been sent, which falsely claims to be “stamped” by “Kingsley Napley”

What is the scam?

The SRA has received a report that a member of the public has received a “Power of Attorney” document, dated “4 December 2017” which purports to bear the stamp of "Kingsley Napley".

The power of attorney also refers to “Simon Hardy” as being the legal representative.

The “Power of Attorney” document referred to was not “stamped” by a genuine firm and should not be relied upon. Any Power of Attorney purportedly prepared by Simon Hardy and including a similar “Kingsley Napley” stamp for supposed authenticity (rather than a stamp for “Kingsley Napley LLP”) was not prepared by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA (see below in relation to a genuine firm / individual).

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm called Kingsley Napley LLP.

The SRA does authorise and regulate more than one genuine solicitor called Simon Hardy, including one who is a partner at the genuine firm of Kingsley Napley LLP.

The genuine firm Kingsley Napley LLP, and the genuine Simon Hardy who works at that firm, have confirmed that they have no connection to the Power of Attorney referred to above. The genuine Mr Hardy has been with Kingsley Napley LLP since February 2013, and the firm has confirmed that any genuine stamp of the firm from that time or since would use the full name of “Kingsley Napley LLP”.

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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