SRA Update

Bogus firms: Are you at risk of being cloned?

SRA Update Issue 24 – May 2012

A small number of bogus firms have sprung up in recent months. We are keen to ensure that you do not have your identity stolen in any way so we have issued some guidance to both firms and the public to be on guard. The latest of these is a bogus website www.bains-cohen.com, which is not a legitimate website of solicitor's practice, Bains Cohen Solicitors LLP.

Bains Cohen Solicitors LLP is a legitimate solicitor's practice authorised by the SRA and their legitimate website is www.bainscohen.com. The firm is based at four offices: 61a East Street, Barking, Essex; Central House, 1 Ballards Lane; 10 Fenchurch Avenue; and 91a Weston Park, Crouch End, all in London.

The following contact information is NOT correct for Bains Cohen Solicitors LLP:

  • Suite 1097, Kemp House, 152-160 City Road, London EC1V 2NX
  • Tel 0203 627 4664
  • Fax 0203 627 4767
  • Email info@bains-cohen.com

If you do discover that you have fallen foul of this sort of deception, you should

  • contact us and your insurers, and
  • consider legal action such as an injunction to stop misleading statements or to freeze assets if money has gone missing.

For more guidance, visit www.sra.org.uk/identitytheft.

Raising public awareness

We are also taking action to make the public aware of these deceptions by publishing alerts on the consumer section of our website at www.sra.org.uk/consumers.

If you think that your identity may have been stolen, contact the Red Alert Line on 0345 850 0999 or email redalert@sra.org.uk.