Please be aware that criminals may pose as someone from Herbert Smith Freehills, in order to carry out scams or frauds. These scams will often originate by email and may take a number of forms, including offering money, bequests under a will, threatening legal action if the victim does not respond, false invoices for legal services, telling you that bank account details have changed, malicious attachments made to look innocuous such as an industry update, requests for password or bank account details and links to helpful or relevant websites. Key to the scam is the entering into any form of communication with the victim, or making the victim take some action such as clicking a link.
If you receive an email of this nature claiming to be from Herbert Smith Freehills, do not correspond with the sender. It is highly unlikely that it originates from any Herbert Smith Freehills entity.
Specifically, it would be highly unusual for us to change our bank account details so if this appears to be the case you should check with an Herbert Smith Freehills person known to you.
If you are asked for money or bank account details please contact us at [email protected]. We routinely report scams constituting crimes to law enforcement agencies, but it is impossible for us to completely put a stop to the use of our name and the names of our lawyers for this purpose.
The Solicitors' Regulation Authority also maintains a website listing scams that it is aware of involving UK law firms at http://www.sra.org.uk/alerts/.