Legal firms, continue to be alert to scams

Legal firms, continue to be alert to scams

Thursday, 19 November 2020

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about the scams that are prevalent in the legal market and beyond. The issue of scams and how they’re carried out is becoming more intricate and sophisticated which means legal firms should always keep it in mind when considering any payments being made and any ‘fake’ mail that your clients may be receiving.

In my last blog on scams I highlighted the prevalence of false websites and emails misusing the name of legal firms. Take a look at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) website here and you’ll see that this is becoming more and more of an issue for the legal industry. The fact that the SRA has a dedicated page with posts appearing almost daily with the latest scams shows that this is here to stay. Therefore, all legal firms should make sure that all of their staff members are regularly reminded of the forms scams can take.

How often does someone in your legal firm run an internet search for your firm’s name? Legal firms may not do this as part of their weekly processes, and while there is nothing to say that anything will appear, adding in this little extra step every week could make sure that your firm is on the front foot if the search returned a hit.

My first two blogs on this topic are a reminder of how CEO fraud and vishing could catch you and your legal firm out. With the advent of more home working in the current times we’re in, a quick check to a colleague for a routine email or request for payment may now be a bit less likely but could open up a whole new world. Whilst everything may be legitimate, an extract from the SRA website sums it up well:  “…if it seems too good be true, it probably is. Your money may disappear, but the thing you were promised won't appear.”

Need help?

If you’d like to discuss this with us in more detail, please contact me or a member of our Legal team. You can find contact details on the Our People section of the Larking Gowen website. Alternatively, call 0330 024 0888 or email

Martin Bugg


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