Barker and Lowe Legal Recoveries - sounds like a real legal firm - but is it?

A Payday lender was recently ordered to pay £2.6 million in compensation.

The company had been sending letters to customers who had fallen behind with their repayments. The letters threatened to take legal action against customers and charges were added to customers' accounts for the cost of sending the letters.

The letters appeared to have been sent by law firms, for example Barker and Lowe Legal Recoveries. However, the law firms did not really exist.

How to check a lawyer or firm

Most legal firms and lawyers are real, but before you ask a lawyer to carry out any work for you it is sensible to check they are genuine. You can also make sure that there are no disciplinary penalties against them.

Go to our type of lawyer page and click on the type of lawyer you intend to instruct from the list on the left hand side of the page. This will take you to facts about that type of lawyer.

This includes a link to check that the lawyer is genuine and a link to find out if there are any disciplinary punishments against the lawyer e.g. Check a Solicitor's Record on the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) website but each regulator has their own system.

Find more information from the Solicitors Regulation Authority's scam alert page about things to watch out for from bogus solicitors and scams.    

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Penny says:

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 13:55
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how do i check someone is actually a lawyer. Is there a register. I have been to SRA and they don’t have this person but advised me to come to you.

Legal Choices says:

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:49

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Hi Penny

Many thanks for your comment.

To check if someone is a regulated lawyer in England and Wales there are links to the online registers for each category of lawyer in the ‘Types of Lawyers’ section on the Legal Choices website : http://www.legalchoices.org.uk/legal-choices/types-of-lawyers/

However sometimes other people who aren’t a regulated lawyer provide certain types of legal advice and support. For example, this includes people who write wills, as this is not a legal activity that can only be carried out by someone who is regulated.

As you have already spoken to the SRA in this case, it may be advisable firstly to ask the person you are interested in verifying to confirm their job title – whether he or she is a solicitor, another type of regulated lawyer, or someone else – and if he or she is regulated by anybody.

Once you have this information it will be easier to work out their status.

I hope that is helpful.
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