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, sometimes 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 previously been 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 ad to the public, and provide an update of recent scam alerts on their website here: