A scam is a type of fraud used by criminals to trick you into giving them money or personal details. To help scams appear genuine, sometime criminals will use the name of law firms, solicitors, or other individuals within the firm without their knowledge. In particular, the risk posed by criminals intercepting emails and changing correct bank details is increasing. To minimise this risk, we will never change our bank details during a transaction, or send our bank details by email.
Law firms are being targeted by criminals to conduct cyber fraud and we are aware that Shakespeare Martineau has been previously targeted by criminals in this way. We continue to work with relevant authorities and regulators to take proactive steps to prevent incidents occurring. The Solicitors Regulation Authority consider this to be a high risk to the legal profession and to the public, and provide an update of recent scam alerts on their website which can be viewed here: http://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/scam-alerts/scam-alerts.page
If you are unsure of any communication or documentation purporting to be from Shakespeare Martineau or Corclaim (a business name of Shakespeare Martineau) or any member, employee or consultant associated with the Firm, please contact our Head of Compliance in writing at Shakespeare Martineau, No. 1 Colmore Square, Birmingham, B4 6AA or by telephone on 03300 945 100.