29 May 2020

The website “www․gowmans․co․uk” is operating, which claims to be for a firm of solicitors called “Gowmans”

What is the scam?

The website “www․gowmans․co․uk” is operating, which falsely claims to be for a firm of solicitors called “Gowmans”.

The SRA does not regulate or authorise a firm of solicitors called “Gowmans”.

Any business or transactions through “Gowmans” or the website “www․gowmans․co․uk” are not undertaken by a firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA did authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called Gowmans which merged with WBW Solicitors LLP on 1 April 2017. The genuine website is www.wbw.co.uk.

WBW Solicitors LLP has no connection to the website 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.