Astonishing increase in fake law firms is a major concern
By Ian Groome
The latest figures, which are for 2014, show that this problem has more than doubled since 2012. In 2014, there were 701 reports, which is also an increase of 28 per cent on the previous year.
It is a worry for law firms as we often have to deal with other solicitors in our day-to-day issues, especially in transactions like conveyancing involving the buying and selling of property.
Respected solicitors like Bowsers wish these crooks would stay away from our profession, but with the dawn of the Internet creating rich pickings for criminals, we have to deal with the world as it is and not how we would like it to be.
It doesn’t matter where in Britain you live. A victim is as likely to come from the Fens as from one of our metropolitan cities and identity theft is the biggest issue, with it accounting for 41 per cent of the statistics available.
We believe it is only right that we use this platform as a means to educate the public here in the Fens as to the scale of this problem.
The issue will not go away easily, so the only way the public can stay safe is by using solicitors who they know and trust.
It’s clear that law firms like us, and other high street practices, are really the safest option.
The legal world is a complicated one there for the big decisions in life, so it makes sense to not take risks as the work we are involved in often involves great sums of money.
High quality professional advice in any field should not be the cheap as chips.
It should be about value and quality, giving customers the assurance that excellent legal professionals are doing a good job.
We, like all decent professional lawyers, will do all we can to keep reminding the public to stay away from the reaches of criminals.